A response to Nathaniel Lee's "Falling on my Head" in Mirror Shards.
General Myers paced the bottom of the amphitheater like a hungry wolf in a zoo where the enclosing pen walls have just disappeared. Soldiers stood at attention with their eyes locked forward and they didn't move like marble statues. Flatscreen monitors covered the wall behind the general.
"The enemy is insidious. We do not have accurate intelligence to collaborate the hypothesis that the intelligent water has been afflicted upon us by the enemy. But, who else would do this?
"These water creatures can only be terminated in nuclear power plants. Flames and high temperatures excite their molecules and the creatures fly throughout the containment zone. We don't need to kill these water creatures, we need to smash the enemy." The general scanned the troops as they stood at attention motionless.
A voice in the back said, "Whee! Time to report." A corporal frothed at the mouth and the soldiers near him backed away creating an obvious eyesore like a pimple on Heidi Klum.
"Didn't your orders instruct you not to consume water or other liquids for the last 24 hours? Get that man out of here and into the brig."