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From the author: A soldier contends with the toll of war on a distant planet.
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Every morning, I wake up with the words that were drilled into my head in basic: “Your armor is your protection. Your unit is your home.”
They run through my mind as I stand in formation with my platoon, at a base whose name I can’t remember. We’re too tired from the war to care about straight lines. The armored figures surrounding me are recognizable despite the identical shapes, people I’ve stood with through training and deployment to the bottom of this god-forsaken gravity well. We had...