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JonB

Joined July 2013.

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Story writing: an unfortunate symptom of a leaky brain.

Stories

  1. A Hare in the Grass

    We lay among tumbled stones, in a hollow beneath the ruined wall. The late summer sun was dipping, shadows lengthening. Five miles off, the barrage continued: a distant rumble, a thudding through the earth. Gently I unbuttoned him, pushing fabric aside...

  2. Mr West Takes the Air

    Frost had turned the leaves to glass and the lawn into a glittering expanse, white and crisp as an unread letter. Lord Tor walked, trying to ignore the stooped figure of his companion, hanging beside him like a piece of tattered cloth caught in his per...

  3. Ascension: Quarry

    “Heaven is a privilege to be earned,” said Kohl, “not a right to be demanded.” He rested a hand on the gilded terminal before him: gleaming panels pierced by glowing orbs, blind eyes that flickered beneath his touch. “And ...

  4. Ascension: Of Earth and Heaven

    “Remarkable,” breathed Provost Kohl, as the encounter played before him: the sudden confrontation, ending in dazzling light, and death. “A plasma weapon.” Commissioner Seah failed to conceal surprise. “You know of such dev...

  5. The Inestimable Mr West

    The Captain chewed mournfully, swallowing with effort, before tasting the wine. He spluttered, and dashed the glass against the wall. “Essen ist scheiße. Wein ist scheiße. You people do not know how to eat or drink. No wonder you could not figh...

  6. Noir: The Sunshine Comes Indoors

    I snatched the sheet from the jaws of the Remington, and headed for the Boss’s office. He was there, as ever: a hoary old toad squatting in a yellow pool of lamplight. “Lambone,” he said. “You got me a story?” “Sure,...

  7. Ascension: Release

    Vana observed with detachment, as she fired the gun. Unfamiliar with the weapon, she discharged at full power – at this range, the result was devastating. A ball of plasma tore through the soldier, removing the middle third of his body, before shatte...

  8. Ascension: Walking Dead

    Lott looked out at the base, as the Commander continued. “Clean, as far as we can tell. But we take no chances – full hazard gear, standard arms.” “But Sir,” asked one of the platoon, “they are all dead… aren&#...

  9. Noir: Copy

    “Shaw Lambone, New Wroxeter, Nov 18 – Guests at an exclusive city restaurant and nightclub had their evening disturbed when violence erupted in the dining room. Couples enjoying a meal at The Topaz, East Green St, were horrified when a figh...

  10. Ascension: Ripples

    “Unfortunate,” stated the Cardinal. He tapped the goblet, sending ripples through the ruby fluid. “A necessary sacrifice,” replied the Provost. “No doubt. But nevertheless, we feel the loss – such wisdom and experien...

  11. Noir: Exits

    The band returned and struck up a tune which was quickly interrupted by a female screeching something about a diamond. I saw the owner grappling with the very woman Fedora-raincoat had abandoned a few moments earlier, and before I could figure out whic...

  12. Noir: The Scarlet Woman

    The band broke up and diffused towards the bar. I slipped behind a pillar, where I was out of sight, but had a decent view of the dining hall. I saw Pinky sitting opposite some old dame I took to be his mother, and Fedora-raincoat scowling at his date....

  13. Noir: On the Floor

    Feeling suddenly lighter for having escaped the gravitational pull of the bar, I wove an uncertain trajectory to the dance floor, threading my way between tables. No one gave me a second glance save a waiter who proffered a stony look, and the slick su...

  14. Elderflower (Mature)

  15. Noir: Lambone Makes a Move

    “Finished your milk?” The barkeep asked. I pushed my glass away and burped, happy as a baby. A quick glance around was enough to reverse my alcohol-induced levity. A few other dour-faced men hunched over their drinks: loners like myself, wa...

  16. Ascension: Death of a Colony

    She was dead before morning. They sealed her cooling body in the cabin, flooded with preserving nitrogen according to protocol, and then notified the Synod. Quarantine orders were issued too late: the disease spread rapidly, killing all. Shut in her ha...

  17. Noir: Peaches and Cream

    After a few minutes distraction – first with some slick, important-acting guy who I surmised was the owner, and then Pinky – the barkeep turned his attention to me. Third in the list of priorities, I thought: a familiar ranking and one I wa...

  18. Noir: Djinn and Tonic

    I closed my notepad and laughed. Jeez, that guy really was pissed. I remembered his ugly face as he warned me off, and the glimpse of his shoulder holster. I felt a frisson of fear , as the phantom bullets went through me – kinda pleasurable, fro...

  19. Ascension: Vector

    Fever took her, as she lay in her cabin. Her mind roiled; thoughts fragmented, dispersed… * Looking out across the plain, vast distances defeating the senses. “Ocean of Surrender,” she says. Ikal is surprised. “You know our hist...

  20. Turning point

    The President faced the window and exhaled, watching smoke flatten and spread like a palm against the glass. A door clicked open and Mason entered. “Mr President?” “Ribbentrop,” he said, flatly. “He’s here. Wanted me...

  21. Noir: Sentiments (Mature)

  22. Noir: An Old Flame

    I waited across the street as the clientele glittered their way through the entrance of the Topaz. Pulling my coat tight around me, I skulked in the shadow of a doorway, feeling my spirits sink as some unhelpful part of my brain reminded me that I had ...

  23. Ascension: Homecoming

    The shuttle was a speck, sliding over the face of an empty world. The envoy watched as mountains and canyons gave way to a vast, featureless expanse, flowing endlessly to meet the horizon. Oceanus Deditionis she thought, remembering a name her father h...

  24. Noir: Turning Tail

    “If I see you again…” he’d said, flashing me his shoulder-holster, “you’ll regret it.” I hadn’t needed telling twice. The guy was pissed, in both senses of the word, and I wasn’t going to risk a hole in the head – not for any hu...

  25. Ascension: The Envoy

    Cera gazed out across the surface. Inky black above, dazzling white below: a study in contrasts. Tiny figures moved ant-like along the axonal projection linking the main dome with the mining area: noncons, shuffling before the whip-hand of their overse...

  26. Noir: Cover Story

    I scribbled the details in my pad, then hung up, wondering what my chances were of getting into the Topaz, and what was breaking inside. DeSibio? Trouble – that was for sure. I stepped from the booth- and damn! He was right in front of me: fedora...

  27. In Memoriam

    She chiseled the stone, nimble fingers fluttering moth-like across the surface. Roses and willow she drew from it, cherubim and seraphim frozen in relief, like things still-born. The bell announced the arrival of a visitor. He stood in the doorway, tal...

  28. Ascension: Insurgence

    Giant excavators crept slowly above, churning through the frigid regolith, as the conspiritors met deep beneath the surface. “What you are suggesting, Cera”, said Ikal, “is mutiny. This satellite is still, technically, a military outp...

  29. Out of the Wind: Orders

    They stepped through the hatch into a flat white world, a pure blanket of snow hiding the devastation beneath. Tarn scanned the skyline: not a building left standing. “How could this happen?” he whispered. “And to not know…̶...

  30. Noir: Lambone Loses a Lead

    I got careless, after tailing the guy for over an hour. He seemed a little unsteady on his feet and I guessed what he’d thrown back in Gunn’s wasn’t the first he’d had that evening. Still, he seemed to know where he was going...