55-word story assignment

On Mission

“Stalin wanted a new army that was brutal and pliant,” McCauley whispered. “Some scientist suggested human-ape hybrids. Stalin agreed. Women volunteered.”
“Bullshit,” hissed the kid, gripping his rifle.
“The scientist reported only failures. Left Africa within a year.”
“So why the fuck we here?”
“The scientist lied.”
–From behind them, a grunt of acknowledgement.

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