Stories tagged “FS 21492”

  • In Between Minds: The Price

    The world swam before my eyes. I tried to remember what had happened last time- hallucinations? There was a part of myself locked away, trapped on the other side of the gulf inside my mind and I had just pushed it even further away. Reality fell apart....

  • In Between Minds: Thoughts of Safety

    Safe? I’d never been safe. My parents had watched, helpless as the cruel hand of the government had plucked me from my home and taken me to Camp 32. Despite assurances that we would be cared for by the best, the government did nothing to protect ...

  • In Between Minds: Cascade of Deceptions

    A blanket of snow covered the roof of the train car. There is no sign of anybody. It’s dangerous up here. I repeated the images over and over. By the time the officer’s hat peeked over the edge, he was breathing hard and glancing to the gro...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Tide of Rage

    Panic and cursing followed my display of power. It was short-lived as one man snapped orders and the officer’s military conditioning kicked in. “Back up! Everybody back up! You two, climb those cars over there. On my signal shoot her. Thoug...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Storm of Consequences

    I awoke to the rhythmic staccato of a moving train, and to a pair of voices. Soft-spoken, yet stern they discussed my future. My mouth tasted of blood and my head felt like someone had used it as a football. I didn’t think I was hallucinating- th...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Moment of Renewal

    I had so many questions but the other voice didn’t respond to them. I didn’t know if it was ignoring me or gone. Was I getting crazier? Sometimes that happened to us. My stomach reminded me that food had been promised. I wanted to take a qu...

  • In Between Minds: Disconcerting Revelations

    Several piles of clothes in various cuts and sizes had been provided. I started getting dressed, selecting pieces for durability and warmth. I never wanted to be cold again. The conversation continued in my head and as confusing as it was, I needed ans...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Abatement

    The solyanka was thicker than I was used to, almost like porridge, but the delicate balance of spicy, sweet, and sour was perfect. I felt some of my lost strength returning as the throbbing pain in my head lessened. While I ate, I studied the people wh...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Dreams and Nightmares

    As the steward backed out, Kseniya reached into her pocket and gave him a handful of money. If that was the tip, then how much had the food cost? The math was boggling. My eyes must have revealed my amazement, for she smiled at me and said, “That...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds- Precipice of Responsibility

    The closer I got to the door, the slower I moved. A few feet from it, I stopped entirely. “If tying up loose ends is rule two, then what is rule one?” “Why obedience, of course.” At that moment he sounded like the Polkovnik. The...

  • In Between Minds- Distorted Revelations

    The door slammed open. ‘Sir’ stood there scowling. His jacket bulged making me suspect he had retrieved his gun. “Plans have changed. You’ve seen what we wanted you to see. Remember this, " he said pointing to the Polkovnik...

  • In Between Minds- Final Preparations

    “Our choices are limited but this does have the advantage of being a kind of final test. I need you to understand that we have made an effort to stay out of the way, to not get directly involved- until you. Many people will get hurt and probably ...

  • In Between Minds: Setting the Scene

    The door slid open and the Polkovnik was shoved roughly inside by the taller of the two guards who had been stationed outside his compartment. I gave orders quickly. “Kseniya, scoot over across from me. Martin, sit next to her. Closer. Do we have...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: An Unbalancing Act

    The train began to pick up speed as it left the station. It wasn’t packed, but more passengers rode with us than before. That thought gave me some comfort. “Whatever you did, undo it. Now.” Martin growled. Sweat beaded along the hard ...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: When Walls Crumble

    The noise after the silence was jarring- a thousand angry bees invading my mind. Without the need for walls to keep the constant noise of people at bay, the same walls I’d built myself after a series of increasingly painful lessons, I must have l...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Priority Shift (Mature)

    I wanted to answer in anger but I was frightened and knew it wouldn’t do me any good. I didn’t know how many people were on the train but all of their deaths were my fault. Val had tried to warn me. Yes I did. You keep telling me to leave, ...

  • In Between Minds: Desperation

    Martin’s voice was firm. “I’m sorry. I was wrong. There’s no place for you. Uncontrolled, emotional-” Staring down the sleek chrome of the gun barrel, I tried to reason with him. “That’s what I’ve been tr...

  • In Between Minds: Facing the Storm

    Can we trick her? I don’t know. Val’s voice was dubious. It’d be like tricking yourself- difficult but not impossible. Well we have to try something! I snapped back. Look, I don’t have all the answers- she frightens me. She̵...

  • In Between Minds: Emotional Debris

    I stumbled around for hours, trying to get away from the train and Kseinya. Need dictated my actions and I needed to be somewhere else. There was too much to process. Blood on my hands. Val gone. The other nestled in the back of my head. It wasn’...

  • In Between Minds: Reverberations

    Walking was far from my favorite activity, it left me too much time to think about myself. At the time boredom was my greatest enemy. While I mechanically paralleled the tracks hoping that the next train would come soon, I poked, prodded and did tests ...