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Avatar Author: Nauctshea Old bio boring. New bio commencing: At some point, I figured out I like to read. First books of importance: The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander in the 5th grade. I specifically asked to stay inside during recess... Read Bio

“You’ve been here six times,” Marie grinned behind the small book store counter, “and you still haven’t bought a book.”
“I like the smell,” CES Marley countered, taking a deep breath for emphasis, “What do you do after you close the store?”
Marie’s grin faded a little. “I look after my children. We live upstairs.”
“I’d have never guessed.”
“They’re adopted.”
CES Marley stopped as something tumbled down some stairs through a door behind Marie. Marie gasped and turned away. He could see her hurriedly helping a little boy off the ground and back upstairs. She returned shortly.
“Your kids are pretty special?” he whispered. Marie nodded. “I saw the implants.”
Marie visibly blanched. Cyborg Elimination Specialist Marley grabbed her from across the counter with the intent of restraining her and calling for backup.
She didn’t budge. It was CES Marley’s turn to blanch. He knew he could throw cyborgs weighing 800 pounds.
Marie registered the shock. “Military grade.”
CES Marley realized he had made a grave error.

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  1. Avatar cthulhuburger

    Oh man, I totally dig it. If you wanted to make the reveal a little different, Marie could roll up her sleeve to show a tattoo on her arm (a regimental logo with a bar code underneath, maybe).

    That’s just what popped into my mind, but I genuinely dig what you did with this story.

  2. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    wow this is really great you really have a feel for this challenge

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Awesome twist at the end! The detective gets more than he bargained for..

  4. Avatar Jessica Cahill

    You totally have a gift for this…specially the military stuff. Very fun.

  5. Avatar Branwen Hernandez

    WOW. I hope you write more to this. Or at least more along these lives. I love Mech. You’re awesome. Thank you.

  6. Avatar Nauctshea

    It is part of larger story I had roughly outlined about the lack of corporate ethics, alienation and the human fear of aliens, geek-type obsessions taken to an unhealthy level, martial law, revenge, and a teenage girl forced to become the most hated thing in the world: and inhuman human.

  7. Avatar Jessica Cahill

    Oh…is that all? ^^

  8. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)
    hey here is another cyberpunk challenge please go enter it’ll be fun I love cyberpunk

  9. Avatar Radical Yellow Duck


    at least until their hard drive crashes.

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