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  • Greenland Winter (Part 2) (Mature)

    Lars, 5 and 10, cracked his window- cold came in but smoke would go out. Crrrrriikkhh, crrrrrrrrihhkkh, criiihkh… the matches struck and ran along the matchbox with a muted resonance, and when the phosphorus began to ignite, Lars felt he was oxid...

  • Greenland Winter (Part 1) (Mature)

    Lars, 5 and 10, was a sad boy- but not sad enough to die. Dad would raise his voice just enough to ring the cedar house: “Come eat Lars, sit by the fire.” From wooden bowls they ate sausage with their hands, and Dad would down Siku vodka wi...

  • Memory is Like Water Carried in Cupped Hands

    An uncomfortable tingling ran across my shoulders and up the back of my neck; the sensation of insects crawling across my grave. “Where did he go? People don’t just disappear!” I didn’t quite shout. The girl looked away and said softly, “...

  • Maps

    I examined the map of the stars that I sketched out on a piece of printer paper, the pen stopped working well halfway through and turned it into a mess of dotted lines and half-finished thoughts. As I rose to my feet and spun with the Earth beneath me,...

    • Author: soup
    • Posted 23 days ago.
  • Ascension II: Quaker Guns

    Ishikawa climbed out of the rover and entered the earthworks, followed by Reckall. “I appreciate your judging this contest. The men are proud of their creations, and you are the man they were designed for.” “I’ll need to refer t...

  • Ascension II: Matters of the Hart

    One of Reckall’s drones (or was it Reckall himself?) restrained Bates and took him away. After most of the crew had returned to their meals and conversations, Ishikawa was taken aside. “Captain Ishikawa, this is Master Sergeant Hart.”...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 23 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Having Illusions

    Were you privileged growing up, or a wrong side of the tracks kind of kid? Did you slip through the cracks, asleep under city eyelids, running heavy mileage, too paranoid to relax? There is a lit candle for every sorrow shining from every part of the...

  • Restless Guest

    So it was my turn to be the host family for our newest visitor from the Intergalactic Unity Councel and I was beginning to think my cat Frizzle was right about this guy. My family consisted of me and Frizzle, who sat at a distance from our guest and st...

    • Author: Heron
    • Posted 24 days ago.
  • Ascension II: Improv

    After Bates stashed the knife in his pants, he sat up casually. He found himself looking up Ishikawa’s pistol. “It’s rude to steal the cutlery,” said the rebel captain. He flung his plate, as Ishikawa fired. The shot went into t...

  • Story rewritten and posted later in sequence

    Story rewritten and posted later in sequence – please move on to following instalment.

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 25 days ago.
  • Lord Tor Shoots Game

    Lord Tor stalked the woods with his shotgun, and longed for a life he had never known. A mere child when his father had been killed and the war lost in that final, decisive battle, he was now 19 years old – a grown man – and ready to reclaim his wo...

    • Author: JonB
    • Posted 25 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Penetration 2

    “Reckall hired me on Phobos,” Bates lied easily. “I’m a private contractor; so, no uniform. I just don’t fit in with them.” And he indicated the outnumbered USNE crew’s enclave with a jerk of his head. The rebe...

  • Airships: Drapes and Walls

    Elletra swallowed as Cerian made her way over in a significantly more restrained manner than her younger sister. Hawkeye quietly tugged Inessa away into a corner with Dieter, and they were alone. “Lady Fiamma. What a pleasure to meet you,” ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 25 days ago.
  • Airships: Escaping Memory

    Dieter ushered them through the buzzing throng of people and into a parlor that Elletra remembered having “chats” with the Earl in. Her heart automatically started racing but scanning the room, she found two young women deep in conversation...

  • An Explanation (& Free Recipe)

    Mushroom cloud, BOOM, loud, shh— Don’t think that way. Brush it off like banana breath in the morning. Here’s a hint, um, sometimes I write quick & rickety, like, pretty random, rambling on as long as the rhythm stays strong. Have the recip...

  • The Truth Hurts

    She keeps poking me in that irritated part of my brain. Her words are seeking to assassinate the truth. They are pounding like sledgehammers at my pride. BANG BANG BANG! Ok! “It is my fault that I didn’t consider your feelings when I said t...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 26 days ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Planetrise

    Mr. Black Cruiser engaged the autopilot and the 6 wheeled vehicle lurched forward. The PMH burned a straight shot across the rocky plain and vanished at the darkened horizon. “You look like hell.” He said referring to Pitcher’s releas...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted 26 days ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Lullaby

    Emotion was stronger here, more pure. I barely avoided being swallowed up by my sense of failure and kicked it off and away like it was a boot, heavy with mud. There was a vague falling sensation as the feeling dropped away. Dwelling on my mistakes wou...

  • Liars

    Sometimes it’s worth it. Tell someone what they want to hear, it will ease tension. I’m talking about the little things, the passing troubles that have no greater bearing beyond the moment. I left quietly, I stayed out of the way, retreated...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted 26 days ago.
  • Mr. West Makes His Point

    “A coward,” Major Percival repeated in disbelief. Fuming, the apparition waved a hand. The walls of the room dissolved, revealing a dank cellar with a beaten earth floor and fieldstone walls. “What a pleasant farmhouse you owned in Yp...

  • Ascension II: A Road to Nowhere (Mature)

    Juno had a TAE (Terran Atmospheric Equivalent) of .86, which meant that humans could survive without a spacesuit. It did not mean that Juno was a nice place to be outside. Pitcher stepped through the portal to the PMH way station and was immediately lo...

  • Ascension II: Penetration

    Bates walked into what had once been Threetown’s most popular eatery. Now it served as the mess hall for the survivors of the Synod-spawned plague and the USNE ship Nineteen Eighty-four. He took a tray and stared at the menu. He wasn’t actu...

  • Airships: Brothers in Arms

    Hawkeye shook his brother’s hand politely. Elletra was finding it to ignore the stark differences between the two siblings, despite their obvious similarities. The firm jawline and strong brow, the matching weapons – they simply highlighted...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted 27 days ago.
  • Airships: Reacquainted

    “Minister,” Hawkeye gave a small salute and a handshake, “I am-” “My brother!” A deep voice cut through the throngs in perfect Martese. Elletra spotted a handsome man bearing an astonishing resemblance to Hawkeye. Th...

  • Noir: Heaven and Hell (Mature)

    At 7:58, I reached over and shut the alarm clock off before it rang, refusing to let it interfere with this perfect moment. The warmth of her skin was intoxicating, enhanced by the heady scents of lilac and musk. I listened to the gentle rhythm of her ...

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