By Fredric Brown, Bill Pronzini
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Oh. ” He had to think fast. Ellie might know that not much was in season now. She probably wouldn't know much about hunting foxes and anyway she wouldn't know they didn't have dogs. “Foxes,” he said. “Oh, Joe, don't shoot foxes. They're cute. ” He laughed. “I probably won't get one. But, look, if I do, I'll have it made into a fox scarf for you. ” She laughed, too. “Don't bother, Joe; I've got a fox scarf, red fox. And that's what struck me as funny; my telling you not to shoot a poor little fox, and when I got that neckpiece—and I saved up for months to get it—I never thought that somebody had to shoot a fox for it.
I mean, we're heading for the blowup to end all blowups. ” “You mean war with Russia? ” Krasno shrugged. “Joe, every war up to now has been a war, but the next one won't be; it'll be something you can't picture. It'll end up with the few of you who are left living in caves and fighting wild dogs—if all the dogs aren't eaten before it gets that far. And it's going to happen, Joe. It could happen next week. ” It made Joe uncomfortable, Krasno talking that way. But it was better than having him talk against Mitch, when they were both working for Mitch.
And have a big stock of bullets for it, too; you won't be able to get any more after it starts. Everybody isn't going to get killed off—or, hell, maybe everybody will be killed off if they start using bacteria. But if they come through, they're going to be ones who have guns when things start. You'll need a gun to get a loaf of bread. Money won't mean anything. And if you got a gun you might be able to make it a little easier for yourself if you get too bad radiation burns— or maybe the plagues will be something you'd just as soon not die from after you get it.
Here Comes a Candle by Fredric Brown, Bill Pronzini