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  • Ascension II: Velocity

    I was 1500 metres from the ground before the other pods came into view. Three pods had deployed reserves instead of primaries. One reserve chute had suffered a catastrophic puncturing hit from a piece of debris and was spinning. That one, then. Drone T...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Wait up! (Mature)

    Juno Station spilled over the Biowall to form the Outer Hoods. Buildings which housed the less fortunate (really, the destitute) hugged the inner station in an attempt to share the improved air and tap the fresh water lines. Still, Pitcher strode past ...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Enter Stage Left (Mature)

    The intra-dental communicator had been silent for 2 years while Pitcher was away in JDC. It was abuzz the last 3 hours. The Black Cruiser, an ostentatious and conspicuous standout had to be ditched in Juno Station’s outer hoods. The inner checkpo...

  • Ascension II: Insider

    “Jeez, what’s eatin’ him?” muttered Lynt. “How the hell a guy like that keeps a woman like Glenda,” Yrtl mused. “I’ve had better conversations with the zombies.” He indicated the noncons, mechanical...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Waiting Game

    Within the cramped confines of Shuttle 2, the crew made merry with the remaining rations while awaiting the arrival of Holmes. The shuttle was an optimistic tangle of jury-rigged repairs; having miraculously achieved lift-off and the journey to Juno wi...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 4 months ago.
  • From a Garret Window

    Abel woke at his table, the unfinished manuscript beneath him and his pen alongside, its nib dry. A leather cup lay at hand; instinctively, he snatched it up and drank dregs of sour ale. “Damn you!” he cried, spluttering, and flung away the...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Prospects.

    “Is he single?” “As far as I know he is. Don’t you go and matchmake again, our daughter is too young to be married and has no interest in matrimony.” She sighed, “She is fifteen, I’d hardly say that is too youn...

  • Insurmountable Oddness

    “Work? Yeah, work’s great. Most people are all like, complaining about their coworkers and shit, but we’ve got this family dynamic thing going. Ya know?” Marcy glowered at Jeb from over her large lenses. “Except brothers a...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Galactic Positioning System

    Atop a Chilean mountain, two astronomers sat at a table littered with printouts, tablets, and coffee stains. Dr. Petrov scratched his beard and fidgeted in his chair. “It’s a computer program? You’re sure?” The “Cygnus Sig...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted 4 months ago.
  • Wolf Songs

    Blake knelt down by the curtain. Reller could only see half his face in the firelight. The Lord did not look unkind, but Reller was wary. “Come out and sit by the hearth,” Blake coaxed in a soft voice, “We are safe here. I will have t...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted 4 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Down and Out [Version 1]

    Chance. It is not something one likes to bring to mind. The Everyman would deign to believe it is not he who will be the one in a million on whose number the roulette wheel settles, but someone must fill the position. That fateful evening, it was I. I ...

  • The Presentation

    The projector whirrs as it warms up. Papers shuffle as the attendants find their seats. The speaker clears his throat. “Gentlemen, thank you all for coming. In year 2872, approximately 13 months ago, a research vessel made contact with an unknown...

  • Greater Curvature

    Under a flickering flame, the intricate, flowing designs — covering every square inch of the walls and arched ceiling — might have seemed ominous, but Jasper would suffer no such indignity. Light as bright as day flooded the narrow passage,...

  • Closing In (Superhero Black Hole, part 131)

    As Al lead us all to the weapons storage area – (because of course we have a weapons storage area) – Tsering asked him: “What is going on?” If we had a catchphrase, I’m sure that’d be it. (One day, I’ll make t-...

  • Ascension: An Unknown Hand

    “I wonder,” said Mauris, “how you come to be here? It is rare for a sentient to access the Command Hub directly. Generally only noncons do so, and they being so prosaic, it is never necessary for me to manifest like this.” ̶...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 5 months ago.
  • Trapped

    So, I suffocate and smile. No one can know. That’s the only way I can escape, when my dust is choking no one but me and they’re all looking up. Following my flight, my fall, my fleeing. I am tangled in their praises, their love and lust and...

    • Author: Lighty
    • Posted 5 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Forked River II (Mature)

    Foxglove grinned as a foggy substance took solid form inside her mind. Leaura’s birth had made the master’s wife barren. In his desperation for an heir, he had taken on a concubine. She was barely old enough to bear children and the child s...

  • The Forked River (Mature)

    Foxglove wanted nothing to do with the boy. She thought that if his mother had lived, she’d surely have exposed him. Maybe that was just her savage blood talking but she knew no full-blood savage would ever amount to much in the kingdom they̵...

  • Magenta

    “He doesn’t do this at home.” The mother sat, frustrated, angry, at the end of her rope. Facing her was the teacher, frazzled, frustrated, also unsure of what to do with the student, who now sat calmly when only minutes before was ove...

  • Mr. West Has a Bad Dream (Mature)

    Mr. West found himself in a straight-backed leather chair, in a room that was a mirror image of his. The east window was open, and the lush cherry blossoms of the tree outside it anointed the soft breeze. He fidgeted; or perhaps we should say he ‘wri...

  • Out of Mind: Kind Beast

    It’s so cold: like a wolf’s air-house in the deep winter on the mountain, yes. But their deep fur caresses them & vessels the sweet heat scavenged from sparkle-white dust. I will use this knowledge for myself, to warm myself with every ...

    • Author: Escapist
    • Posted 6 months ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • 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...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 6 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Terence and the Tormaunt: Assumption Shattered

    Moving with smooth deliberation, the Tormaunt moved one of their legs forward, so that the foot was by Terence’s right forearm. The Tormaunt’s right leg knelt by Terence’s hip. It reminded Terence of the posture of one who was about t...

  • Don't Read The Autograph

    Sometimes mage’s work is drudgery – that’s what it was tonight. Molly and I were down in my lab, figuring out what ingredients I was low on. That meant knowing what ingredients I do have. Hence, drudgery – I can’t afford a...

  • 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...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 6 months ago.
  • Screams of the Dying

    Honorable death. As a warrior, your thoughts are different from those you serve. Yes, even as my King’s top commander I serve many. The people of the land are my charges, I owe them my greatest debt, my life. I’ve mixed steel with sinew a d...

  • A Night Like Tonight

    Some nights I wish I was in some part of a nebula, part of something dead. Tonight is one of those nights. I lie and say that I won’t get out tonight because the winds are too strong and the snow is too deep. What a great excuse! And I’ll t...

  • HOLLYWOODLAND

    They found her body high above Santa Monica Valley. Under wisps of white clouds, among a mountain’s majestic monochromes, deep dark grays, lucid livid light and nestled in vibrant vegetation, there she laid, young, beautiful and dead. Cannon and ...

    • Author: BiC
    • Posted 6 months ago.
  • Ascension: The Moment Itself

    A running countdown snapped me back on-task. I checked the gun’s load, switched the safeties off and settled it into the crook of my arm. The boarding craft slammed against the hull of the freighter, instantly forming a seal against the airlock. ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 6 months ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 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&#...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 6 months ago.
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