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  • Ascension II: Tic-Tac-Tony’s

    Half an hour later, he was sitting in a booth at Tic-Tac-Tony’s, listening to Doc Akin crunch his way through a patty made from something chitinous. “You know what’s been buggin’ me most?” asked Yrtl, “How did she find out about that 10,000...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 4 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: The Candour of White Goods

    The wall was pretty dumb at the best of times, but Yrtl still felt it was deliberately ignoring him, so eventually he gave up and tried the bedroom curtains instead. “Hey, curtains! Where’s Dona?” The curtains, silent witnesses to the most intima...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 4 days ago.
  • Ascension II: Opportunity

    Bates hit the broken and rather nasty pavement in front of the permanently open entrance to Hooligan’s. As he lay there amid splashes of used beer and squished wads of gum, in his mind he played back the stimulus that had triggered his flight respons...

  • Ascension II: First Mate (Mature)

    Ishikawa’s pod bumped against something metallic. He heard chains, then a knock on the hatch. Anybody who wasn’t using a can-opener must mean well; so he pushed it open, stretching and breathing the best air Juno had to offer. He looked around. His...

  • Ascension II: Think Pitcher, Think!

    The rounds kept coming – POP, breathe, POP. Pitcher had scampered over to the load bearing column between the small windows. Both of them spidered from high calibre rounds. “Think Pitcher,” he had his pistol, not that it would do much...

  • Ascension II: Motel Hell

    His cardkey gave him access to the private stairs which thankfully were soundproofed from the din of the main floor. Pitcher ascended and looked for room 1-F. The halls were bright but smelled of a struggling and underpowered HVAC system. He noted came...

  • Ascension II: Quick Change

    Once inside Hooligan’s Pitcher was bombarded by sights and sounds which frayed his prison cell mind. Abundant neon, BarkerBots selling wares and locals and offworlders rummaging through countless bins hit him from all sides. All he really wanted ...

  • Crowd

    I know you were in there, too. I searched for your eyes but couldn’t find them. I saw too many eyes. I saw too many hairstyles. I was distracted by them all. I was distracted by glare and by kittens. I’m gonna pass out. I’m too tired....

  • See for Life, See Love

    It is the end of all things that stood. It is the beginning of all things that live. A forest stretches and we hear the rustling of leaves on branches and we hear squirrels rushing from the ground. 9:44am A young man delivers his paper to the teacher: ...

  • Proof of Trust

    If you trust me to catch you when you fall to guide you downwards without impact And you fly without fear to ground you your only tether a connection that refuses confinement Then you become more then your skin can hold and express more with your body ...

  • The Return of Steele: Return

    Maya pressed herself against the corner of the bank. She couldn’t believe that the little shake was a bank. She pushed the thought out of her mind as she looked around the corner. The street was empty, and the air seemed motionless. She quickly s...

  • masses

    all the seats have been taken. you are left standing behind right where the men held you down with their hands on your ankles, on body parts you used to remember. it used to hurt but you got used as well. used to it you lie. you lie still and close yo...

    • Author: punpun
    • Posted 6 days ago.
  • i feel fine

    I opened the door to my room and sat on my bed. The door was still open, I guess it didn’t matter. It was late. 3 AM. 4. Who cares? No one was around that late, whoever was on that floor was probably passed out as well. Everyone else? Whatever. L...

    • Author: soup
    • Posted 7 days ago.
  • Fire in the Hole (Superhero Black Hole, part 137)

    We attached the explosives to the four corners of the Grid window with some clay-like bluish-grey putty. Al had upended the couch; using it and the cushions we made a sort of a pillow-fort—very reassuring, I know. He started to explain how it was act...

  • Ascension II: A Shot in the Dark

    Tunnel lights flowed around the tram. Nobody seemed to appreciate having a volunteer driver. A cop and two of the more-intelligent riders thrust the non-volunteer passengers to the rear. The other cop tazed Bates on the back of his neck. His body spasm...

  • Rekill 5

    On our way out, I see a sign taped to the wall: Swing dance tonight! “Do you swing?” I ask. Cindy blushes. “I mean, the dancing kind?” “Oh, yes. That is, I used to, when …” I sense another mental wound, and rus...

  • Danger Lurks Behind the Teeth

    The Cemetery was dark and creepy as usual. These Bloodsuckers love playing up to the usual stereotypes, with blood-stained everything – tables, walls, floors, chairs, everything. We found Thesos sitting at the bar, sipping blood wine. “How ...

  • Ascension II: Talkin' to the Walls

    Yrtle pushed his way through the slow-flowing sludge of low-grades exiting Center, noticing one guy in an Atomworks uniform a size too big for him casting furtive glances at everyone. Escaped con, he surmised – must have hopped off a transport, &...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 7 days ago.
  • Rekill 4

    Edie’s screen door flaps behind us, a torn corner of screen bending to the breeze. We’ve beaten the lunch crowd, but not by much. A pimply busboy clears breakfast detritus. A pair of gray-hairs linger over coffee. Two short-skirted waitress...

  • Eclipsing the Light

    The great mystery becomes clear in the end. What began in warmth and light is swallowed by deep darkness. The enigmatic monsters came, injured, and destroyed. Power flows through my veins, at a cross road, one last time. The masses undulate in an angry...

    • Author: Adukes
    • Posted 7 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Express

    Red lights were flashing. “Security alert. Colonial police have been summoned,” chanted a mechanical voice. Bates drove the floor-scrubber at the platform; panicking commuters jumped aside or got buffed. A tram had just arrived; he drove th...

  • Ascension II: Fare Game

    Bates walked around a man driving a floor-scrubber; the Authority believed in sanitation as a deterrent to crime. He stepped up to the turnstile. A pleasant chime sounded, followed by a woman’s voice; “Ten roubles, please.” “I j...

  • Rekill 3

    “Deputy Miller,” The lab tech says, “Are you here for an appointment?” She unscrews the green cartridge from the needle in my arm and screws on a blue one. “No,” says the deputy, his eyes following her fingers. “I was behind this fellow o...

  • On the Scene, Ready for It

    A battered pick-up ferried Doctor Wonder to the disaster in progress, driven by a pair of well intentioned citizens eager for their hero to arrive in a timely fashion. The hero thanked them, weakly and quietly, before turning to carefully make his way ...

  • Flavored Savory

    Flavored savory and toppling over tongues, she ran. She ran like something was chasing her. But the only thing that chased her were the words she left behind. Music played and drowned me. She hurried and fell into dirty saliva, turning over and washing...

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