Some alphabet soups that will appear in this short story:
TED – Training and Education Department
DD – Department of Defence
R&D – Research and Development
Shadow’s missions could be divided into three types: education, protection, and collection.
Education missions came from TED, and had her play all kinds of roles from example to predator for the sake of bringing up stronger and smarter Fighters to defend the city.
Protection missions came from DD, when squads had to venture into dangerous territory for their missions, or when a stranded squad needed help getting home. There weren’t many Fighters, so every one was a precious asset.
Collection missions came from R&D, and often involved collecting monsters, dead or alive. Preferably alive.
Out of all the different types of missions she received, the last type was the most challenging. Monsters were called monsters for a reason, and it wasn’t just because of their grotesque looks.
But she did it anyway, tying to avoid causing as much harm as possible, because R&D had a theory. Their theory was that these monsters actually used to be human, and just like how they had been turned from humans to monsters, there might be a way to turn them back.
Whoever came up with that theory must have been a genius saint at seeing the good in people, because looking at the monster before her now, Shadow could see nothing else but a dangerous threat.
She braced herself for battle as the monster did the same.
Time to bring you home.