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He made his way through the hallways with his escort and arrived facing a nervous looking Med Tech in a lab coat and a facemask.

“We’ve found something about the Cithids, sir. I think I know why they attacked.” Jain perked up. “Pray enlighten me, Tech. Those bugs are usually the most peaceful blokes I’ve known.”

She lead him over to an autopsy table where one of the fallen invaders had been splayed open for study. Wheeling over a portable scanner, she positioned it over the brain cavity of the subject and pointed out a few details.

“Well, sir… We’ve found evidence of spores in their brains similar to the Cordyceps found on Earth. We fear that…”

She stopped as a bullet from Jain’s service revolver entered her head. The remaining shots found five other Techs before Jain himself was subdued. He was freed from the headache, but propogated the malicious payload as he hit the floor.

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  1. Avatar Tesseract

    Another dream… It was actually dreamt in a third-person aspect, and so it was written.

    Heh. Out of everything that exists in nature, the Cordyceps scares me the most… Wiki it if you’re unfamiliar with this nasty little ’shroom.

  2. Avatar Oy

    I’m confused as to what exactly the spore in your story does to the brain. It appears to trigger irrational or aggressive behavior from the given examples, but I’m still trying to figure out if this is triggered by a specific event or if it was just coincidence that it activated at the same time as the med tech started talking about it. Still, entertaining story, well done.

  3. Avatar Tesseract

    Coincidence, really. It’s a very basic propagation drive (incubation happens in the head, so the head shot is necessary to spread the spores), not a secondary intelligence.

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