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  • Ascension II: Getting Out Alive (Mature)

    Goon #3, clad in a Colonial Police uniform stood motionless. The bravado he and his cohorts exhibited moments ago was gone. Now he was alone and scared. His buddies were down and he was caught between running and entering the room. “Benny? You OK...

  • Ascension II: Charms

    Of all the races sharing Juno’s alien enclave, the quadrimanians were the most feared. This was because their four hands gave them all sorts of advantages over humans; for example, in voting, doing handstands, changing diapers and applauding. In ...

  • Mr West Causes a Stir

    The Captain gazed at the mortal remains of Mr West, wrinkled and flaccid as a deflated balloon. How tranquil he looked. “Blödmann,” he cursed quietly, sliding the lids shut over eyes already losing their transparency, like those of a dead ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 7 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Another Opportunity

    Ishikawa paid a social call on Captain Llarenos while Reckall continued directing the rescue. Her steward showed him into her cabin, holding the door with one hand, ushering him in with another, positioning a chair with a third and handing him a drink ...

  • Ascension II: Theophany

    The Doc was right – a couple more lichuors later, and Yrtl didn’t give a damn about Dona, much less his refrigerator. Slack-jawed, he slumped in the booth and watched the entertainment: an ancient, jumpy holotape of a couple of barely-clad ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 7 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Dennis, His Missus, Or Something Else

    “Dennis. Dennis? Dennis!” “You’re very shrill when you get tired, you know.” This, mostly likely, did not represent the best response in the given moment. He’d uttered worse things, usually more quietly. Mrs. Uldridg...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted 8 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Dawning of a New World

    A spring wind blows across the grass caressing my frozen cheek. Dawn extends beyond the bounds of my sight. Earth whispers a song of hope, through my barren feet, as they traverse her facade. Hope rides the wind like a curious child and passion runs in...

    • Author: Adukes
    • Posted 8 days ago.
  • Airships: A Frank Exchange of Swords

    One moment Hawkeye was peering down onto the factor floor with her; the next, there was an almighty clang very close by. She ducked on pure instinct, rolling upright with stilleto in hand – and froze. Dieter and Hawkeye faced each other, huge swo...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 8 days ago.
  • Airships: Dead Heat

    Hawkeye was moving with an eerie silence as he led the way to one of the few windows that wasn’t boarded up with sheets of metal. Elletra couldn’t help but stare at the fluidity as he kept the weapon in hand as still as if it were another l...

  • Loyalty and Service

    “Very well, my lord. Is there anything you would like me to convey to the men?” “Simply that the compensation will be well worth their time. That will be all.” The valet bowed and left. Nydale took a moment to check his appearan...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 8 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Marquess of Aldsage

    “My Lord, a letter has arrived from the Queen herself.” The Most Honorable Nydale Marquess of Aldsage muttered an oath as he sat up in bed. “At this hour?” “It’s noon, My Lord.” Nydale shot a glare at his valet...

  • The Broken Typewriter

    She dolefully looked down upon her typewriter. How could she write her story without the complete set of keys? She never thought of it before, but one missing key could turn her whole plot off-center. Few people understood her trouble when she quickly ...

  • The Fab Four (Mature)

    “That’s exactly what I mean,” blustered the Blightmaster, wondering what alpaca lips looked like. If these horsemen showed up before the fight was over, which, judging by the progress made so far, wasn’t unlikely, he’d need to recognize them ...

  • Here It Comes ... Oops

    The Blightmaster took a stance, showing his profile. What it lacked in forehead, it made up in chin. He faced the hero across the battleground, raised his gauntleted arms and sighted menacingly down one of them. Doctor Wonder gasped and staggered back....

  • Ascension II: So Wrong

    Bates saw reflections in a pair of lenses. The shooter wasn’t alone after all; he had a lookout with night-vision specs. Bates spun and ran, heedless of his bare feet. Behind him an engine roared to life; no headlights came on. He tried a door in an ...

  • Gone Baby, Gone

    The mother, holding back tears, frantically pulls at blankets and sheets. The effort is in vane but required by maternal instinct, as is the glance around the dimly lit room. The window is closed. The closet door is closed. The ceiling is a swirl of bl...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted 8 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Lullaby

    A mother walks past her sleeping infants room when she hears a strange tune and a young girls voice. The voice was singing calmly and quietly. “Hush little baby don’t you cry. Im gonna sing you a lullaby. Hush little baby don’t you weep. That...

  • Ascension II: The Number Four

    Reckall nodded at Ishikawa’s approach. “Captain Ishikawa, this is Captain Llarenos of Wellentänzerin. Although we had an unfortunate incident during my descent, she has agreed to lend her assistance in recovering the other pods.” Ish...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 8 days ago.
  • Ascension II: The Monster Under the Bed

    The room was eerily silent as debris particles floated through the air. Light beams from the street created impossible shadows as Pitcher waited for the bum rush to come. He positioned his feet on the underside of the cot and prepared to vault it into ...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 9 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Taking Care

    Who knew how my breath would escape? Who knew that the ultimate taking care of someone would make me shine and gleam under dim lights? Who knew that eyes would lock into each other, and rays of vision would crush against each other, slowly and the grov...

  • 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 9 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 9 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...

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