Stories tagged “Marauders”

  • Locked in the Dark

    The Marauder strike force had blown the generator. Breakpoint—the transforming robot automech with whom I was partnered—and I were stuck in one of the automech-sized service corridors, between Blast Door 3F and Blast Door 3G, which had automaticall...

  • The Marauder Factory

    We’d located the abandoned factory where the Marauders took truckloads of hostages. Per standing orders, we called in Aegis, the UN automech task force. There were only a few Marauders in the factory, and Aegis took them by surprise so that they ...

  • Becoming Robot

    When the Marauders invaded the Aegis base, I ended up all alone in the sealed-off mech lab. I’d missed the evacuation orders—when you work where giant robots are clanking around all the time, you learn to tune out most distractions. Now I might...

  • Too Stubborn to Die

    The driver had shown him what happened to Sera after he shoved her in the trunk, and he had panicked. The handcuffs were the only thing recognizable, the rest being an unidentifiable mess of dissolving bone and reddish goo. “Cooperate, or that...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Transformation

    “Right now? Put as much distance between the body in that alley and us as possible,” Sera said. “I think I have an even better idea,” James said, and turned a corner. “I think the first thing that we need to do is change y...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • More Lessons

    He nodded, looking thoughtful, “I guess that makes sense, sort of, since a turbine will run on anything that’ll burn. I… Uh, I’m not all that certain I want to hear any more about it, though.” “Good, I didn’t w...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Marauded! (Retro Ficlet Challenge)

    I had just hacked the Pentagon mainframe for the third time when I heard the sirens. Maybe they weren’t for me, but Jeanette Leroq, teen-uberhackeress-at-large, hadn’t stayed at large by being careless. I could always come back later if it was a fa...

  • Entrapment (Deception Challenge)

    The big, luxurious touring motorcycle was sitting unattended at the gas station. The engine was running, as if the driver had just stepped away for a minute. It was every cycle thief’s wet dream. Jason grinned as he settled onto the bike. This wa...

  • Walk like a... Truck?

    The truck continued to tremble, and then, as the sound played, the truck suddenly became a heap of uncoordinated robot parts. “You know, you could have warned me it was that…” Sera mumbled. “Undignified?” Lisa guessed R...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Scooter Girls

    Violet woke, confused. Her body felt strange…kind of folded up, but not in pain. As she tried to figure this out, someone said, “Hi, Violet. You awake?” It was Rae, her best friend from school. A slightly ditzy blonde, a little weird, but...

  • Getting the Hang of It

    The smirk on Sera’s face was unmistakable even on a mechanical face. Fur righted himself, looking outright embarassed, and glanced to Lisa, who just nodded. He once more pressed his attack, stepping into combat more carefully this time. Sera fell...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • His Nefarious Scheme

    “You’ll never get away with this!” the bike complained as they pulled off the interstate into a warehouse district. “They’ll look for me when I don’t report in.” “Actually…no, they won’t.” J...

  • Parting Ways

    “Bullshit! You sound like you know enough to think you know how we operate, but you have no clue.” she grumbled. “Oh, I wouldn’t be so sure I don’t know how you operate, some of my people have worked with you before.”...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • I'm a Highway Star

    “That’s ‘cuz you’re a flake, Bran,” the motorcycle said waspishly. “Oh ha ha, I’ve never heard that one before,” Bran retorted. Then he stared. “You’re a cyclemech! He actually did it!” ...

  • Never Trust a Car Who Says He Loves You

    He said he loved me. He said he would always protect me. He would take good care of me. I’m not sure why I believed him. I mean, it’s seriously weird when your car starts talking to you. But he wasn’t really my car. He was a robot. He...

  • Heart to Heart

    “I sort of got that feeling myself. But you’ve only given me half an answer there. You’re as much a part of this as he is, you know…” she replied in a deadpan. “I’m replaceable. If it wasn’t me it would h...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Attitude Adjustment

    “That’s kind of personal,” Star replied. “What are you doing?” “I’m hacking into you, what do you think?” “You can’t just ‘hack into’ me. I’m years ahead of any computer tech...

  • The Handlebars of a Dilemma

    “How could you do this to me?” Violet finally exploded. “Put me back in my own body at once!” “I can’t ‘put you back,’ silly!” Rae said. “You’re already there. I just copied you. I could...

  • Catch a Fallen Star

    “You followed the procedures to the letter?” Jason asked as he came back downstairs. Bran nodded. “It went just as you said. No deviations.” “Good.” Jason grinned. “So how’s my pretty lady feeling?”...

  • Drums in the Deep

    After the doors were shut, the two robots unfolded into humanoid shapes and the four of them walked down into the darkness, lighting the way with bike headlights and hand-held flashlights. “So what are we doing down here, anyway?” Lisa aske...

  • Ready, Set...

    They took up tactical positions, spreading out so that each angle of approach could be defended. James and Lisa stood side-by-side, weapons drawn, facing back the way they came, flanked by Sera on one side and Fur on the other. “Hold fire until w...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Now What?

    “So you pulled off this trick to get ahold of me? Why didn’t you just tell me who you were at the gas station, you big dork! If that jammer hadn’t worked, or had stopped working, I could have…” she trailed off. “I...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • You Meet the Nicest People in Tunnels

    “Hey, is anyone there?” The voice was only slightly distorted by steam tunnel echoes. Sera sighed. “This is going to be…interesting,” she muttered. Then, louder, “Billy Cougan? That you?” “Sera? Hey, haven...

  • Another Ulterior Motive

    Jason smirked. “You ain’t seen nothing yet. Megan—Star—whatever you want me to call you, can you come upstairs with me? I have something I want to show you.” “All right…” Highway Star, nee Megan, unfolded into her hu...

  • Let's Get Dangerous

    Before long, they were at the aforementioned building. Or rather, near it, in order that they remain unnoticed. The tunnels grew more heavily traveled as they approached the computer science department, and the noise of work was heavy in the air. ̶...

    • Author: Cossy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5