“There is no such thing as luck; there is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.” — Robert A. Heinlein
They watch and they wait. They are waiting for the time when you slip up. From the darkened hulks of damaged civilization, they eagerly hunt, sniff for the weakness they presume you’ll one day show.
You appear young; that’s what trips up their hopeful lust. They are sure you are a neophyte. Untried? Untrue.
It is that unspoken surprise the Fell left you with — the seed you carry in your core — that makes you appear unaged. You will die looking so. Anyone who tries you will share that seed. The seed of the Fell… parasites of the universe. Although you are strong and versed in personal tactics, you are also being hollowed out by an enemy that came with the unseen ships and the madness that destroyed civilization. The Fell are a… “a cancer.” It’s best to think of it that way.
That said, while it’s true your days are passing fast, what lives inside you gives you a strength, a quickness, an alertness — a prowess! — that those who dwell in the shadows cannot overcome.
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For the March Speculative Fiction Challenge, at D. Wallace Peach / Myths of the Mirror.