Poison is a short story by Jason M. Hardy that was published online on BattleCorps on 25 October 2004. It was later also published in print in the first BattleCorps anthology, The Corps.
|| A man flees a fight. / Does no one care for his life? / Who will he turn to?
Professional criminal Lukas Azhenov has fled from Luthien to his homeworld Tikonov after Omi Kurita was murdered with a poison, fulmitoxin, that he had crafted and sold. On Tikonov, he is unexpectedly caught between the fronts of the FedCom Civil War as fighting breaks out in the city of Tukwila. With increasing desperation and hoping to somehow catch a DropShip to bring him away Lukas moves across the urban battlefield. His hopes are frequently dashed and before long he is trying hard to simply survive. Ultimately, after he is wounded in a crossfire and unable to move, he is crushed by a BattleMech that steps on his body without even noticing him.