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Robotech_Master

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146 stories, 4 challenges, 261 comments, and 5 friends

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Chris Meadows spent his formative years in Jonesboro, Arkansas, followed by the small-town environment of Cassville, Missouri, before moving to Springfield to attend Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). He graduated in 1996 with a degree in Mass Media, and returned a few years later for another degree in Computer Information Systems.

Most of Chris’s professional experience is in the customer service and technical writing fields. Chris has always enjoyed writing, and has been a moderator of two separate Usenet newsgroups. His other hobbies include collecting Japanese animation and Hong Kong action cinema, roleplaying, and the computer game City of Heroes.

Chris lives in Springfield, Missouri with his two cats, Benji and Diva. He is currently helping to organize a small gaming convention, Springfield G.A.M.E., at http://springfieldgame.com.

On the original version of Ficlets, Chris wrote many interesting tales. They may be found in the Ficlets archive.

Stories

  1. Here Comes the Rain Again

    She glared back at me. “I told you it was an accident! It’s all because you kissed me and then stared right into my eyes. I wasn’t prepared for that! I told you I was deep, and you said you’d take that chance.” I winced. S...

  2. Memory Dump

    Rae came down to the garage again that evening. “Are you doing okay? I’m sorry…Mom and Dad won’t let me keep you in my room.” “I’m fine now. Especially since you took off the interlocks. Hey, what’s this thin...

  3. Rescue Handle

    As Fox was flung backward, Josh was suddenly unable to move as the padding of the compartment instantly inflated around him. Moments later, Fox hit the ground with a jarring shock. The compartment shrank back to normal, leaving Josh lying on his back. ...

  4. In My Mind I'm Going to Carolina

    I looked around. “That must have been some kiss.” She laughed and stood, and the dog came bounding over to sniff at my ankles. “Well, it’s your fault. You distracted me.” “I should distract you more often.” Eve...

  5. The Game is Up

    It was 10 a.m. that Sunday morning before Rae finally came down to the garage, looking far more pale than Vi had ever seen her. “Good morning,” Violet said. “Sleep well did we?” “They know everything,” Rae said. R...

  6. Scare Tactics

    “But you can’t just ‘secure the area’ forever,” Josh said. “People are going to notice the empty houses sooner or later. Friends and relatives are going to come looking.” “By then, spin control will be in...

  7. Take My Breath Away

    Madonna segued into Berlin, “Take My Breath Away”. We danced close as scenes from Top Gun played on a big screen at the end of the room. “Mmmm…” she murmured into my shoulder. “This is nice. I’ve missed this.”...

  8. A Kind of Decent Proposal

    “Soylent gas is people?” Josh asked. “Ugh.” “Yeah. I mean, it’s not even very efficient. You can’t run an army on a few truckloads of people.” Fox fired one more time, then started to jog around the build...

  9. Grandiose Plans

    “But…what am I supposed to do to him?” Star asked. “He seems fairly healthy at this point, and I’m morally opposed to…processing…people who don’t need it.” “Robovegan, huh?” Jason chuckled. “J...

  10. uʍop-ǝpısdn

    “.ɐǝpı pɐq ɐ sɐʍ ǝʞɐɔ uʍop-ǝpısdn ʇɐɥʇ buıʇɐǝ ʍǝuʞ ı” .pǝɥbıs puɐ ’ɐɟos ǝɥʇ ǝʌoqɐ ’buı1ıǝɔ ǝɥʇ uo uʍop ʇɐs puɐ ɯooɹ buıʌı1 ǝɥʇ oʇuı ʞɔɐq pǝʞ1ɐʍ ı .ɹoop ǝɥʇ b...

  11. Driving Home

    “Are you off your nut?” Lisa hissed to James as they shared the back seat of the woman’s car. Billy was driving, and the woman was sitting backward on the passenger seat, glowering at them and fingering the hilt of a bullwhip. “...

  12. Dominatrix Theory

    “Do you want us to be quiet, or do you want us to answer questions? We can’t do both at once,” Lisa said. Billy facepalmed. “You know what I mean.” “What’s this all about?” James asked, blinking against t...

  13. You Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round

    “Watch out here I come…” The music segued into an extended mix of Dead or Alive, “You Spin Me Round”. The dance floor was heating up with activity. Jackie leaned in and yelled in my ear, “I loved the eighties!” Did...

  14. Special Delivery

    A short time later, Vi clomped through Rae’s house as silently as she could, carrying Rae over her shoulder. She was glad that her feet were soled with the same rubber as her tires or things would be really loud. As it was, the whirring of her hy...

  15. Garage

    “Safe?” I sputtered. “Locked in a…a…what is this place, anyway?” As I looked around, overhead lights came on with the “thunk” sounds of breakers closing. It appeared to be a…garage? There were parking spaces fo...

  16. Suburban Firefight

    “He wasn’t?” Joshua said. “Not for a long time, anyway.” Josh felt the compartment lurch as the robot (he assumed) jogged for cover. “I used to be him. Then this happened, and I realized…” The compartment sho...

  17. Door

    “They cut all the hardlines before they attacked, and jammed long-range comms,” Nicky continued as I dashed down the narrow, dark passage. “But Bluetooth was still open. When your phone got within range—well, I had to wipe your devi...

  18. Pursuit

    “You could start explaining right now,” I said, as I jogged down the stairs into the subway station. “Perhaps you could begin with ‘who the hell are you and what are you doing in my iPhone?’” “My name is Nicole...

  19. Applecare

    As I left my job at the stockbrokerage on the 72nd floor of the 1 World Trade Center building, I put the wireless earbuds in. By the time the express elevator started moving, I was grooving to a Cree Summer oldie playing off my iPhone. But as the eleva...

  20. Vrooom!

    “Oh, for crying out—” Alex muttered under his breath, thumbing a button on the steering wheel console. “This is my day off!” he protested. “I’ve got company. Can’t Teal or Amber pick this up?” “Ne...

  21. fsck

    Jason sighed. “Well, on the one hand, there may not be much point until we have a ‘mech for her to go into. But on the other…if we get the ’mech and she’s still not ready, then we’d just have to do it all anyway.” ...

  22. Better Than GPS

    So anyway, at about 7:30 that night I went out to my old Honda Accord and started driving with no particular destination in mind. I turned at a whim, or if the light was red but I could take a right. It should come as no surprise that at 7:59:59 I pull...

  23. It Is a Silly Place

    “Surrender, now!” Sweeper said. “Before you lose more bits!” “Chert just scratched!” the robot growled, swinging with his other hand. “That’s not a scratch, your arm’s off!” Jiana said, as the...

  24. A Shocking Rescue

    How do I trans— Violet sprouted arms and legs and found herself lying on her belly in the grass before she even finished the thought. Oh, right. Instincts. She raised her head, hoping that the glow of her eyes wouldn’t give her away. If my eyes...

  25. You Know That It Would Be Untrue You Know That I Would Be a Liar

    Lisa grinned. “And the mechs’ plasma rifles can ignite the wires without leaving any traces of arson. Or at least, none that forensics will recognize.” “Then what are we waiting for?” James grinned. “Let’s ligh...

  26. The Big Thumbs-Down

    Jake quickly ran out into the arena, grabbed Billy’s right hand, and held it aloft. “The winner, by default!” He glanced at the split in the ground. “Or at least, by some kind of fault.” Billy seemed to be calming down—o...

  27. You Girls Are In For a Hiding

    Violet kicked in a burst of speed, accelerating so quickly that it was all Rae could do to keep from falling off. “Vi!” she screamed. “Sorry!” said Violet, not entirely sincerely. She zoomed up the street faster and faster, weav...

  28. They Have Us Right Where We Want Them

    The mech didn’t take long to decide what he thought of my proposal. “You trying trick Chert! You mine.” “Hulk smash,” I muttered under my breath, getting ready to dodge if I could. Not that it was likely to help, but it wa...

  29. But On Second Thought…

    Everything went white for a moment—then as one, we turned and looked north to where the mushroom cloud was slowly rising over the city. Moments later, a hot wind stirred our clothing, no doubt carrying with it microscopic particles of death that woul...

  30. Thanks for the Memory

    “But what kind of reinforcements?” James asked. “Whatever they’re after might make all the difference.” “And how do you suggest we find that out?” Lisa asked. “Well, I dunno, these guys are, like, walking...