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Old 09-04-2008   #100
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Re: Pass The Ghost Story

Sergio did not like seeing his bike tipped over like that--not at all. In a world like his, in a world where safety was found in movement, Sergio's bike was a kind of home to him. A man needs a home, particularly when the world around him has become hostile and uncertain.

As he leaned over to pick up his bike, he paused. Years of fighting, years of running, years of seeing a world gone mad--he knew the signs of a trap.

"A Burner," he whispered. Burners were poor souls, people who had gone insane from the heat and the crumbling society. They wore scraps for clothing. They scratched at their skin until it became raw and infected. They would do such abominable things to their victims that they, too, would become Burners--those who survived, anyway.

A Burner was hiding somewhere all right, waiting for the moment. Waiting for Serg to make a wrong move. Time drew out like a blade. Sergio listened and waited.
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