Kitting Up

By David Scholes

sfgenreJanelle looked on — seemingly in disbelief — at my collection.

“I recognise some of that,” she said. “They look like noise nullifiers.” She pointed at a number of lightweight, moulded headsets and earplugs. “And those units,” she pointed out a floating weapons rack above our heads, “look like muscle disablers.”

I nodded.

“Yes. Calibrated to only disable the physiologically under 50s — with a double serving for under 25s.”

“What are those?” She lifted her hand towards an on-ceiling storage unit. “They look like the same thing but in different sizes.”

“Cushion impact fields, ranging from personal to small flyer size.”

“And those?” Janelle persisted.

“Universal Molecular Re-arrangers.”

Janelle’s mouth hung open. “Whaaat?”

“Oh shoot, they don’t work on flesh and blood people,” I said. “Just inanimate property. These are dangerous times for all of us old folks; you must have seen stashes like this before?”

“Not quite as extensive as this,” came the reply.

“Sorry, Janelle,” I said, “but I have to be on my way.” I started kitting up to go outside.

The lightweight exo-skeleton assisted, force-field protected armour flowed on easily, as did the supporting opticals. This gear allowed me to see round corners, through walls, and under floors, pavements and roads, and was lighter and tighter than an ordinary pair of sunglasses. I also gathered an assortment of stunners and disablers to take with me, along with a personal cushion impact unit as backup for my armour's force-field.

Janelle laughed. “I know this neighbourhood is classified danger level nine,” she said with a hint of seriousness, “but aren’t you just being a bit over the top? Please don’t tell me you’ve got all that on just for a walk down to the local shops?”

I groaned inwardly. “Don’t be silly. Of course not. If I was just going down the shops I wouldn’t need this range of stunners and disablers. No, I’m joining Tom, Fred and a few others on a senior citizen patrol. A retro thing we’re trying to revive. We hope it will catch on again. We’ll do a slow sweep around the block, check in on the armoured hospice, see that the Fedpolice are doing their job protecting the nursing home and scatter any youthpacks hanging around outside the retirement village.

Janelle whistled, perhaps suitably impressed. “Well,” she chuckled, “I did hear some references to a Dad’s Army being set up in the neighbourhood. “It looks like you’ll be giving new meaning to the term.”

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About The Author

David Scholes

david-scholesDavid has written over 200 speculative fiction short stories. Some of these are included in his eight collections of short stories (all on Amazon).

He has also published two science fiction novellas and been published on a range of speculative fiction sites. Including: Antipodean SF, Beam Me Up Pod Cast, Farther Stars Than These, 365 Tomorrows, Bewildering Stories, the WiFiles and the former Golden Visions magazine.

He will soon publish a new collection of science fiction short stories “Contingency Nine and Other Science Fiction Stories”.


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