By sheer chance I had done the right thing. This was a special bomb, one each issued to us for this mission with instructions to use them if we found ways to make them effective. The squawking I heard as I threw it was the bomb shouting in skinny talk (free translation): "I'm a thirty-second bomb! I'm a thirty-second bomb! Twenty-nine... twenty-eight... twenty-seven!--"
It was supposed to frazzle their nerves. Maybe it did; it certainly frazzled mine. Kinder to shoot a man.
Rico in Starship Troopers
Submitted by Andrew Peterson on July 22, 1997.
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