"War Clock Ticking"
by GX Jupitter-Larsen
He was on the subway heading downtown, watching updates from the war on his little handheld TV set.
The news made no mention of how their once disputed leader had used this conflict to legitimize his highly questionable mandate. The news made no mention of many things.
As it was every day, the train was crowded with the usuals, not to mention noisy with cracklers, roarers, bubblers, thunderers, and bursters. Then, in all the noise, from the corner of his eye, he noticed this stranger.