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  • 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 18 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Two Madmen (Mature)

    Pitcher returned with an armful of floor mats and a first aid kit. He laid floor mats over the sharp pumice the length of Bates’ body. “Roll,” he instructed. “I don’t get why you’re doing this,” Bates said. ...

  • my frain is bried

    paracetamol shouldn’t be my favourite thing but it really is.

    • Author: fuurin
    • Posted 19 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 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 20 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 20 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 20 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...

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