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Under the Microscope

James McCreet considers the opening of a reader’s dystopian drama



Cooper tried his best to ignore the revolution that was happening outside of his tin shack.1 It was the latest in a long line that had begun with Chloe O’Hara in Ireland.2 Some of them had failed,3 a lot more had succeeded,4 as civilian populations had overturned order in their refugee camps.5 He laid back on his bed6 and closed his eyes, but sleep would not come.7 It didn’t help that the sheets prickled his skin or that the mattress dug into his back.8 The water dripping from the roof onto his face and the shouting voices and gunfire didn’t make the process any easier.9 Cooper sighed and sat up. He guessed he would see what all the fuss was about.10 He poked his head outside of his hut11 and saw three men exchange shots across the muddy path with two soldiers who had taken shelter in one of the shacks.12

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