Avatar Author: Radical Yellow Duck Ok, I'm back. One heart attack, a triple CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, pronounced cabbage) and two sessions of beating my computer into submission. I am back. I'm old. Real old. I'm so old I remember when dial... Read Bio

The strains of Pachelbel’s Chorus sounded a bit tinny coming from the speakers. The smoke from my cigar wafted up to the corridors vent port.

I pulled my belt off and wrapped it above the hole in my leg. Cinched it tight and grasped my gun again. I pulled myself up and proped my gun on the debris that surrounded me for cover.

“Dennis… It’s me, Marty.”

Marty and I went back quite a ways. She had the kind of eyes that drew you in, like a naked singularity. We had been together for five years, subjective. Had our share of laughs, drunken liberty calls, and more than once shared our bodies in a crowded bunk. Her short auburn hair, her rounded …

“Dennis, we have to talk,” her voice came from around the corner.

“I’m going to step out, into the corridor. I’m unarmed.”

She stepped over the bodies that lay in the corridor. Her empty hands spread out to her side. She didn’t glance down at the spilled brains and blood that oozed on the deck. A red dot from my laser sight fixed itself to her forehead.

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  1. Avatar The Fantastic Mister Fish

    Welcome back!!
    And what a grand…

  2. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    Takes the character of Dennis and really polishes him up into stellar material – the whole way he describes his and Marty’s ‘subjective’ relationship is wonderfully done, and the tension between the two of them is both… Violent, and sexually charged?

    I felt the cliffhanger could have been a little more slick, perhaps a line of dialogue rather than the quite matter-of-fact prose, which cuts out rather quickly.

    But great way to move the story forward in an interesting direction – and to rejoin the Ficly fold! MH :)

  3. Avatar bluefish

    I don’t mean to be a dick, but it’s “Pachelbel.”

    I love the line about the eyes and the naked singularity, though. Charged!

  4. Avatar Radical Yellow Duck

    corrected. thanks

  5. Avatar Abstract

    Nice to see you back, Radical.

  6. Avatar Amaris Wolfe

    They have history, but he’s still willing to kill her? I’d call that bluff anyday.
    Intriguing. I shall go back and read the prequel.

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