The assassin stared down his scope at the politician he was about to eliminate. He wasn't sure who this man was or why the contractor wanted him killed. It didn't matter. Only the job mattered. And, of course, the payment.
Just for a moment he watched as the politician's lips moved, delivering what was no doubt a very stirring speech. Perhaps he'd have to catch a news clip of it later, or maybe some overzealous kid would have the whole thing posted on Youtube, grisly death included.
The assassin smiled at the thought. It might be a nice change to view one of his jobs from a closer angle for once. Yes, he would definitely try to find this on Youtube later, play it over a few dozen times and savor the thing.
But for now there was still the job to do. He pulled the trigger.
Nothing happened. Or almost nothing. Something was wrong.
The politician's head should've burst like a water balloon, or some reasonable facsimile. Instead nothing much had happened.
The politician had wince, put a hand to his temple, as if he'd been hit with a pebble, or maybe bitten by some insect.
Now he was turning, looking...could it be? He was staring down the sniper scope from the other end. But that was impossible. He was too far away to see his would-be executioner clearly.
Yet that undeniable feeling of being stared at wouldn't go away.
Now the politician was smiling. Smiling and staring.
Suddenly the assassin felt a tightness in his chest, the tightness quickly became a sharp, searing pain, making him scream. What was happening?
The pain grew worse every second. He couldn't breathe. He fired off three more shots in rapid succession, not really sure if he hit anything at all. He was no longer looking down the scope, he was gasping for breath like a landlocked fish as an acid fire burned in his chest. He lost all feeling in his arms and legs. This wasn't a heart attack, it couldn't be a stroke.
With each scream his voice grew softer until he could no longer be sure if any audible sound escaped his lips at all. His final thought as the world went black was that whoever this politician was, he wasn't human.