The last of us black coffee enthusiasts are holed up in a miserable stretch of Amazon. We’re formed into a ragged line of riflemen and machine gunners, holding our own, but it won’t be long before the new face of evil—goddamned latte-drinkers—overrun our camp and feast on our innards. I’m running up and down the perimeter in a hunched crouch, wincing as spouts of dirt erupt around me from incoming fire. I plop down beside one of my heavy gunners with two cans of ammo. I’m about to ask him if he needs some rounds when his head bursts apart in a gory splatter of red. I look left, then right; the guys to my sides are ripped to pieces and long dead. I look front and see an enemy squad leapfrogging toward me through the opening in our defense. “FINAL PROTECTIVE FIRE!” I yell. I get behind the unmanned gun and we all lay down a withering storm of bullets. My hearing becomes a high-pitched keen and things go slo-mo; the assaulting force of latte-mainliners fix bayonets, rise from their bellies, and charge toward us. Nightmarish flashes reflect off my comrades’ faces as muzzle blasts highlight their grime-coated cheeks. As if from a great distance, I hear my enemies yelling, “SEMPER LATTE!” The next thing I know I’m flying through the air, courtesy of a salvo of grenades that crack into the dirt mound that’s serving as my cover. I get onto an elbow and open my eReader to Echo. Magic flash. The Velociraptor Corps—all mounted by weaponized Jessica Rabbit clones—charges through the underbrush, tearing into the flanks of our attackers. I’m spitting out dirt when one of these upstanding young ladies scoops me up, cops a feel, then slings me onto her saddle. “LET’S GET YOU A COFFEE, A CINNABON, THEN A SPONGE BATH!” She yells as we tear through the last of the enemy. Good God, could life get any better?
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