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HappinessStanding on the railing of a bridge there's only two things you can do. One you intend to jump. Two your going bungee jumping. I was going to do the first. Wind pushes me forward as cars fly past. People were beginning to notice the teenage boy standing on the railing. I gave myself seconds before the police's phones began to ring. I look down at the icy water and shiver. It's freezing just to look at. I could stay siting here and wait for the police to come pull me down and serve me a warm cup of hot chocolate. Life would continue as it had before but with the cold air of knowing around me and many whispers of . " that's the kid how tried to jump." no. It was to late I had made up my mind. I slid forward a feeling the butterfly's roll through me. A car pulled over only a few steps away causing a flutter of panic to rush through me. I close my eyes tite and push off. I'm falling. My hair wips my neck as the air is wrenched from my throat. I open my eyes and look around. It hits me. I'm
A Turning Point in the Clockwork WarA war of attrition
depends on supply and drawdown,
how much you have and how much you use up.
With personnel, the balance concerns
the influx of recruitment versus
the outflow of casualties, deserters, invalids.
There is only so much loss
that a fighting force can sustain
and still fight.
Pilot Claude Archer was the first
to challenge his invalid discharge.
"I don't need legs to fly," he said,
patting the healed stumps of his thighs.
"My Osprey runs on elbow grease."
The members of the discharge board
paused and looked at each other.
What he said was true.
The Osprey-class fighter jets
relied on hand controls,
and a sharp eye and iron nerve.
Fingers flicked through the stack
of discharge papers -- so many, many pages.
So many soldiers lost, never to fight again.
They could not afford to let slip even one
who might be retained, somehow,
to face the front line once more.
Far less could the war effort spare
one of its best pilots.
So they put Pilot Archer back on the roster,
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