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  • 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...

  • Knock Knock

    Finding a usable entryway on a ship the size of a small city when your own ship is the size of an RV is deceptively difficult. Rachel’s ship was made to work nicely with all the existing docking standards, and a few esoteric choices as well. As a...

    • Author: Ford Dent
    • Posted 9 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Rekill 2

    Too tired to look up, I gaze at the pavement as I ride. Cracks and potholes are my main concern anyway. It’s a divided highway, and I can hear any vehicles behind me. So I notice the hastily stenciled red arrows on the street right away. They poi...

  • Ascension II: Center Station

    Center Station was the best Juno had to offer. The Colony Administration Complex dominated the neighborhood. Around it were what few level 3 accommodations and shops the weak economy could support. With 7,000 inhabitants, 3 medium sized manufacturing p...

  • 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 10 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Altitude

    Rapidly spinning numbers surrounded the falling escape pods, altimeter readings counting down with worrying speed. Six escape pods to cover with only three suits. Two pods made hard landings on a rocky mountainside, carving cherry-red scars into the la...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 10 days ago.
  • The Bonds of Sisterly Affection

    Acalle’s mouth made a thin, highly disapproving, line. “Your confidence in the skills of your…companion notwithstanding, I hardly think his failure to kill you is sufficient proof of innocence.” Phaedra bristled at the emphasis ...

  • The Return of Steele: Return

    Maya was laying on the roof of the Lynchwood train station when she heard foot steps behind her. Lilith crawled up beside her, and whispered, “What’ve we got?” Maya looked back down the street. “Six waves of bandits have gone do...

  • Ascension II: Platform Shoes

    The Loop platform was nearly empty, and that was perfect. All the fussing around Bates had left Pitcher in a bad spot – still clad in JDC garb. He wasn’t going to Center Station in that. The tram would soon arrive and Pitcher sized up the h...

  • Rekill 1

    My name is Andrew Pace. Please don’t shoot me; I’m alive, and I need your help. I work on this phrase as I pedal, steering just outside the crevice on the highway shoulder. Should I make it shorter, so people don’t shoot me before I can say it? O...

  • Ascension II: Commute (Mature)

    Yrtl felt queasy as he rode the loop home – and not just due to his test-tube lunch. Recent events had been so disturbing he was almost grateful for the tedium of the journey back from the Atomworks to his tiny apartment near Center Station. He t...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 10 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Return of Steele: Return

    Lilith was chilli’n in Moxxi’s bar, playing slots and flirting with the sexy bar owner. She had decided to take a break from the game of Bunkers and Badasses, the gang was playing with Tiny Tina, and came to the bar to relax. Moxxi had just...

  • The Return of Steele: Return

    The shuttle ride had taken less time than Steele had expected. She had programmed in a trajectory to take her to T-bone Junction, but the navigation systems malfunctioned and sent her plummeting towards Pandora. She crash landed in a town the computer ...

  • Ascension II: Landing

    Juno rushed at him, expanding as his landing options shrank. Every vestige of civilization was already out of sight. Ishikawa tested the toggles that controlled the rear wings of his ram-air chute. He pivoted left and right, falling all the while. Thru...

  • Ascension II: Handout

    Bates peered down the stairs as he approached the woman. Was the convict that wouldn’t kill him lurking down there? “Hey, sailor; you buying?” she coaxed. “That guy you just talked to; who is he?” “Who’re you?” she challenged. He glared...

  • Only the End

    Neglous remains still. Great clouds of the tempest gather above. Small, furtive drops of rain are warning shots of the coming deluge. A groan erupts beneath the ground, eons of fire bent on escaping contained by little more than rocks and dirt. A champ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted 10 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: The Loop

    “Hey stranger, you look tired.” The parlor streetwalker blew into the wind as Pitcher reached the Loop entrance. He didn’t want to answer, nor look directly at her. “What’d I say baby? Somethin’ you don’t like....

  • The Return of Steele: Awakening

    She looked back to the woman, who’s mask of calm was shattered as she starred at the gaping hole in the wall. “I want a shuttle to the surface, and my clothes,” Steele said as if nothing had happened. With a shaking hand, the woman po...

  • Syringe Shaped Shadow

    A screen of digital text reflects manufactured trees bleached and pressed, without the mess, typed and sent in an instant ^ (sunlight made the night undress.) Each time we leave we leave an imprint. ^ (Dawn broke like an envelope this orange morning’...

  • Ascension II: Hide and Seek (Mature)

    Bates generally killed people who helped him. He hated them for making him feel weak. This man, serene and deadly, made him feel very weak. Bates turned his back on him and went into a shop. He didn’t care what it sold; only that it had smoked gl...

  • The Return of Steele: Awakening

    A ball of energy began to form in Steele’s left hand as she glared at the young woman, her glowing gaze burning holes though her. “How long?” Steele asked through gritted teeth. The woman swallowed visibly. “Tell me!” Steele’s voice was dri...

  • Airships: Sibling Rivalry

    “A horse? I’m honestly disappointed; I expected better of my brother.” Hawkeye tutted disapprovingly. “And we have something better?” Elletra asked, casting around for why they had stopped. “Certainly!” He rais...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 11 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
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