100-Word Fiction: ‘We Have An Ethical Policy In Place’

The skies shudder in the midday heat as fighter jets screech overhead. Desert sands are crushed and churned by the caterpillar tracks of tanks. Localised conversations centre on canisters of teargas – security solutions, experts say, or ‘battlefield management’. Elsewhere we see stun grenades, fragmentation bombs, rubber ball shot… armoured personnel carriers rumble along while drones hover.

There is a soundtrack too: blaring global hip-hop blasts through the air. And a uniform: dark suits, darker sunglasses.

Everybody is smiling.

We have an ethical policy in place, says the UK spokesperson for the arms manufacturer at the Abu Dhabi arms fair.

You do?