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  • Ascension II: Bed of Nails

    Landing the stolen shuttle at an airstrip would have meant the end of his escape. So Bates had to ditch in wilderness; but Juno’s terraforming was too unfinished for him to hide there. Anyway, a city’s criminal underground was his natural h...

  • Teaching How to Dream

    A species unknown to you pale purple floaters bobble in my eyes and they ache from the dreams last night. If only somebody’d teach me how to dream… That’s a favor I could never fully repay, unless you somehow forgot too. Fleshy scales...

  • Ascension II: They

    “Musta been a tech, goofin’ around,” said one of the guys. “Or some crazy, hacking into the network. Those security protocols are way outta date.” “I’m not sure.” Yrtl watched his food congeal for a moment. “He was so kinda desperate....

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 16 days ago.
  • Ascension II: Lunchtime Autopsy

    Yrtl sat in the Atomworks canteen and prodded doubtfully at his veet-meat: grown in a nutrient-tank for 30 days, and sure as hell looked like it. Outside, the urban sprawl of Juno Station clung like a plaque to the surface of the moon. “So, whadya sc...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 16 days ago.
  • Ascension II: Traces

    “Sir, Kurzweil is back on-grid. An autonomous systems report just came in from the Juno Naval Base remote ansible.” “Yes, sir. We’re processing them now.” “No, sir. Given the length of time without contact, the backl...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 16 days ago.
  • Mr. West Fears the Worst

    Mr. West gazed up the tunnel, long after Percy was lost to view. How well things had gone! Thanks to him, not only was Tor Manor free of its pesky spirit, but the Tors were liberated from its suffocating protection as well. There was no longer any need...

  • Mr. West Explains All

    “Collaborator,” sneered Percy’s ghost. “What do you know of the tunnel and the light?” “A band of armed men demanded shelter in my house,” said Mr. West. Or did he only think it? Breathing was a nuisance, and a...

  • Switches

    She sat on the chair adjacent to where I was laying down. She slowly placed her coffee cup on the table so as to not spill any drops on her drops on her apartment floor. As she leaned back into her chair I closed my eyes, content. The lights were off. ...

    • Author: soup
    • Posted 17 days ago.
  • silence

    I’m going crazy with this silence. Why aren’t you talking to me? I’m being stupid. It’s nothing. So we disagreed. Whatever. It happens to people all the time. We promised each other we would talk things out and not give each other the silent tr...

  • When I Can't Dream

    Hearing it such a sad thing thought and escaped, “He would have been so proud of you.” Do the words still mean the same? Coming from you? “Following your heart. Becoming who you are.” He said the word “fag,” a lot. O...

  • Synapses

    Like two synapses gasping for air and a connection so tempting and pasts that drip with despair, Heat melts the two together in a hatchback in the drive and sweats through the paper of my own lotus flower. When I felt the smile on beautiful mountain li...

  • Ascension II: Escape

    The black land-cruiser was midway between the leaning, corroded atomizer and the ranked mirrors of a hydroponics farm when a stub-winged shuttle screamed close overhead. The driver braked with a jerk, awakening Pitcher. They stared out the side-windows...

  • Ascension II: Efficiency

    “Between the bribes and secret cyborg research, Lieutenant, it’s no wonder there’s nothing left for the colonies,” Ishikawa had commented dryly. I looked at him with Drone Two, who happened to be closer, and then released the se...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 17 days ago.
  • Ascension II: Pumpkin Seed

    Holmes rejoiced when he saw Reckall’s request for orbital collection of the prisoner. He could demand a larger than usual bribe for the service. The prison guards he sent were less pleased. There was no sign of Bates. Nervously, they examined the...

  • Ascension II: Dim Lights, Small City

    The Black Cruiser crested the Solward Dunes and nestled in the valley below sat Juno Station. It was the second oldest permanent station in the Human Sphere. Built nearly 50 years ago, it was and remains a blight on the USNE’s system map. If not ...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 18 days ago.
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  • Always There

    She sits in her room by herself, all alone. In her hand she holds a picture of the only one who cared. A single tear slips down her cheek as she remembers his loving presence, his caring touch. He had given meaning to her life, given her a reason to li...

  • Ascension II: Dissociation

    “An army marches on its stomach, Commander,” countered Ishikawa. “Ancient wisdom, but nonetheless true. Surely they taught you that at the Academy, if nothing else.” Reckall watched the Captain closely. Pupillary response and skin conductivity ...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 18 days ago.
  • 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 18 days ago.
  • Ascension II: Gift

    In the end, Bates got what he wanted; a ride to Juno. But not the way he wanted it; he was carried in a spacesuit tied to the outside of Shuttle 2. “If he wants to escape,” said Lieutenant Reyes, “Let him.” “Suppose heR...

  • Love I Long For (Relationship) cont.

    My fear in this is that since he said that, I will lose him to her one day. Maybe after seeing her randomly or spending time with her (they do go to the same church), he might realize that he still loves her. I’m scared to talk to him about it an...

    • Author: ~E
    • Posted 19 days ago.
  • Love I Long For (Relationship)

    As stated in my other post, I have someone in my life (who I’m going to call “N”) who makes me feel like I’m perfect. Beautiful. The only person in the world to him. He makes me feel like I have nothing to lose, but everything t...

    • Author: ~E
    • Posted 19 days ago.
  • The Fear I Fight (Family)

    My life is a jumble of thoughts, confusion, fear, and fact. Very little love is involved, except for one person who makes me feel like I’m the only person in the world and that I’m worth more than diamonds…but even fear in involved th...

    • Author: ~E
    • Posted 19 days ago.
  • The End?

    So, this is it. I dash myself to pieces on the rocks. Those who care for me can’t see me any more. Tears in their eyes now, blinding them. I did that. My wings aren’t beating any more. I’ve given up. Just let me fall. Leave me be. M...

    • Author: Lighty
    • Posted 19 days ago.
  • A Dance of Power

    The wizard struck first, a sweeping, one-handed gesture to throw five long spears of ice at the witch. Semantine raised a cloaked arm that shattered the projectiles and conjured a shimmering staff to rake the stage with summoned flame. And so the duel ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 20 days ago.
  • A Sudden Challenge

    Most duels at the yearly Trials were bluff, set pieces, drama and showmanship. Crowd-pleasers. Illusions, sometimes. Harmlessly straightforward attacks, in others. No risk at all to either participant. But the last few were always the real thing. At th...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 20 days ago.
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