This is the 37th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
Exercising the Demons, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 7th January 2012
Word count: 911
Theme: technology, drive, determination, Freud, military, race, run
“Ten miles in ten minutes,” Colonel Alexander Addingham reported into Mike Koslowski’s ear piece.
“I can get this thing faster,” Mike responded.
“Just bring it back, even pace, don’t push it,” the Colonel replied.
Mike turned around, and started pounding the tarmac back to the testing base. The suit almost floated around him when it was in motion, a mixture of repulsors and mechanical supports did their best to make the suit disappear. The sensor package interpreted the users will and servos kicked in, empowering the user to move faster, and bounce further. Mike’s will was somewhat strongly inclined towards pushing it, and without honestly meaning to, the servos kicked in.