Corporations settle disputes on military
reservations, broadcasting the battles
to the addicted public.
For the mercenary miltechs who fight the
battles, win and get a bonus. Lose and
get paid the minimum . . . unless
wounded, and the medical fees are
deducted from their pay. Die on the
field of battle? The United Alliance of
Military Workers makes a one-time payoff
to the family.
Surrender and lose their union cards,
never to work again.
The miltech grunts are mere pawns,
shuttled around the reservation in a
never-ending attempt to outmaneuver the
Jorge, Tasha, and Isaac are employed by
PrimeMil, assigned to a light infantry
chasseur company. Cut off from the rest
of the platoon, a paycheck is the least
of their worries. They need to survive
But with someone else pulling the
strings, is there anything pawns can to
flip the board? Read the story and find
"Checkmate" is a novelette of
approximately 9,000 words.