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  • Between Two Valleys

    Maybe I’m not observant. But I’ll tell you what, I’m perceptive. And that is a talent that not everyone possesses. Bubble bubble toil and spoiled, you’d burn me up if you could. Orange and black and blue, the pretty tigress trip...

  • 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 12 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Metallic Embrace

    The pilot, against all good sense, was still wrestling the near-unresponsive cockpit. His copilot had the unenviable task of damage control. “Staff Sergeant. Seeing as you’re still here, I need Door 1 open.” “Door 1, door 1, doo...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 12 days ago.
  • Ascension II: Smoke and Brimstone

    A dull orange smoke filled the passenger bay, the cabin lights casting volumetric cones that ended too soon. Ishikawa and Drone Three closed the second-last escape pod. Drone Two opened the last one, into which I ushered Reyes and Hart (after a brief n...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 12 days ago.
  • Frame 313

    Hilda, at the Ehrlich console, watched the chronoframes clicking by, her finger on the DELETE key. “Now,” said Blake. She hesitated, and remembered. ~ “You’re quite sure?” said Brom, the ministry man sent to hold up the Government’s...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 12 days ago.
  • You Were My Sunshine (Mature)

    I killed the sun when his passion dimmed For I knew he was leaving me for another Half a world away So I stained his white clouds with glorious scarlet And waited For the shallow darkness to swallow what was left

  • Food for Thought

    I crave the connection That comes from a single source A lonely light in the constant darkness Which (in its solitude) starves me Of all others In my desperation for scraps from a familiar table I miss the feast in which I choose the food And the compa...

  • Basket.

    Sweaty and exhausted they got inside of the huddle. “Okay you guys, we only need two more points and we win this thing!” The whistle blew and they got back on the court. Neil, the team captain, walked beside Gordon. “Look man, I don&#...

  • Reverend Fludd Ruins the Cake

    Reverend Fludd dropped the teapot on the cake, living up to his name. “I’m dreadfully sorry,” he sputtered. Eustace bolted to his feet, upsetting his chair. The Captain and Lady Tor exchanged a look, and the Captain withdrew. “The damage is min...

  • Ascension II: Into the Fire

    As he drove toward Juno Station, Pitcher reported in. He was in constant communication with what he euphemistically called his employer; “owner” would have been more accurate. His technology was tedious and slow. But it was undetectable, and imposs...

  • Ascension II: Out of the Frying Pan

    The view from Shuttle 1 was dire. Shuttle 2’s re-entry trajectory was too steep; it was dropping fast into the tainted clouds of Juno. “What’s wrong with them?” wondered Gillian. “Aerodynamics,” Carmen said. “Look at the ailerons. They’...

  • Even Heroes Get the Blues

    A sparce wind flicked bobbing weeds this way and that. The field stretched in all directions, a sea of green and tawny brown. Solitary and still, a hulking figure sat in the middle, eyes downcast and hands idly pulling apart seed clusters. Face red fro...

  • Ascension II: Invisible Men (Mature)

    “Why the fuck are you giving me this?” Bates waved the pistol at Pitcher, but avoided aiming it at him. “What’s your plan FOGman?” Pitcher shouted back as he navigated the Razor-rock back toward the highway. “Plan? I...

  • Ascension II: Tiangong

    Reckall ended the call and shook his head imperceptibly. “Re-entry it is, Captain.” In eerie unison, the four drone suits locked their boots to the floor with magnetic clamps to prevent hundreds of kilos of armour rolling around the passeng...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 13 days ago.
  • i want to clean your house (Mature)

    i want to scour every surface with a bottle of pine-sol (because you love the smell) i want to do your dishes i want to get rid of every germ you shed every morsel of food that didn’t get swallowed every sneeze left unguarded from the bathroom mirro...

  • Gravitas and Presence

    The Princess had watched in mournful dismay while the plasterer extracted the crossbow bolt. Pulled from the wall, the long spike was marked by three green stripes – found only on those fired from a crossbow of the King’s Rangers. Despite h...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 13 days ago.
  • The Reverend Holds Forth

    They enjoyed an intimate silence, despite the presence of Reverend Fludd, who slurped tea and ate cake with enthusiasm. Presently, Lady Tor rang the table bell, and Nancy appeared. “Do please check if Mr West has finished his nap and wishes to join u...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 13 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Lady Tor Says Farewell

    Lady Tor heard shots and felt the sky darken; crossing to the window, she saw the air full of birds, wheeling in a great mass above the house. And then, they were gone – and with them a pressure that, having lived with it so long, she only now recogn...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 13 days ago.
  • Rewards

    “Is she alright?” She demanded as soon as the guard opened the door. “Yes, Your Majesty. She was shaken up quite a bit though. She’s retired to her chamber.” She smiled, “Has the culprit been found?” “If ...

  • Airships: Closed Doors

    Dieter disappeared down a corridor while Hawkeye led her back towards the main party. “The Earl must have been alerted.” He looked out through the windows they passed by, searching for something he didn’t find. “It can’t j...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 14 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Halfsies

    “Bobby! C’mon, kiddo!” The grunts and huffs of running beasts were getting louder behind us. “Denni, I don’t think we’ll be able to make it…” “Shut up and run!” “Denni, there must be hun...

  • Airships: Rivalry Foregone

    ‘Difficult situations indeed’ Elletra couldn’t help but smile. Cerian ushered her farther away from the others, “Understand, my father, The Earl has been coming and going at very odd hours of the days and nights for the past few...

  • On Her Majesty's Postal Service (Mature)

    The real problem, Dabrose reflected, as his horse tore through the forest pursued by, well, nothing he could see at the moment, but surely something, was one of scale. In the grand scheme of things, the theft of the key was a massive problem for the co...

  • Traveler: Aurora Sunrise

    Assume the ridge and take your stance In darken sky those colors dance Where magic flows from sky to moon Take heart, my friend, I’ll be there soon Await my coming from below Footsteps pad through silent snow Panting breath flows thick as clouds ...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted 14 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Traveler: Two Forests

    Warm, thick night air filled his lungs, insects chirruped, underbrush clung to his legs, leaves swept dryly underfoot, moonlight cast its blue-edged glow on the tall trees. Taking calming breaths, Hable reached for the trees, past them, his bare arm ca...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted 15 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
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