His blood pounded in his ears. David knew he couldn't put it off any longer. He needed to try to get a deadline extension through combat, as was company policy. "Victory or death," he said to himself.
He took his helmet off and reached for the phone to call his wife to let her know not to wait up. Even if he survived tonight, he anticipated a trip to the emergency room later. Scars from his previous deadline extensions throbbed with phantom pain as he dialed.