Stories tagged “Rocket”

  • Countdown

    5 George looked down at the picture of his wife he’d brought on the discovery. He sighed; it would be three weeks before he got back from the International Space Station. 4 Mike nervously checked the ships structural integrity. All the astronauts...

    • Author: Holdini
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Magistra Vellini

    I walked swiftly down the street. It was the same street I’d walked a million times over, but never with such fear. Train had offered to come with me, but I’d declined. It was a place I had to go alone. I hadn’t spoken to her in year...

  • Just a Purple Rock

    I opened the rocket doors and peered out into the extraterrestrial purple landscape, thick smog filled the atmosphere and high crater walls extended up into the martian sky. Upon my first steps form the shuttle the rockets beneath my feet seemed to emi...

  • Unrecognized Life?

    I stepped once more out of the safety of my rocket out on to the alien landscape. To my surprise the crunchy surface from before was now smooth. It wasn’t for a decent walk till I heard the familiar crunchy squeaking sounds under my feet. I bent down...

  • A Searching Soul

    We spent the next three years of college sampling the wares offered by the countless vendors in University City. Always we ordered wonton soup, honoring the challenge that bound us. Hao Shue, the new guy, became a treasured friend and an enthusiastic p...

    • Author: zxvasdf
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • As Many Wontons As There Are Stars

    Hao Shue rode the rockets into destiny, paying for the tickets by working ports or small jobs in cities. He hitchhiked the dynaflow freights or the FTL pleasure yachts preferred by the rich kids. You could would find him in some wayward corner of port ...

    • Author: zxvasdf
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Midori

    For a while, life was great. I was retired, with a cushy pension. We travelled, though never off planet. When my wife died, everything changed. My friends were her friends; they faded away with pitying smiles. My children had no time for me. There is n...

    • Author: zxvasdf
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • The Twilight of Our Years

    The dropship perched upon one of the smaller floating mountains. I climbed down, fists thick with flowering vine. The going was precarious but my old bones were still vigorous. It was beautiful here at dusk, the stars a scrawl towards a purpling horizo...

    • Author: zxvasdf
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • Memories (I)

    Pink skies Shaken awake by a Gentle touch Dad peering down Dressed at this hour Stumbling around Sleep still gripping my thoughts Pulling, drifting, like the devil’s advocate Clothes on, shoes next The waves call The pink sky welcomes Rubbing sleep...

    • Author: Mononoke
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Memories (II)

    Nothing can be right in the world Everyone is the enemy Parents the absolute foe Furious words screamed Pricking deep, like thorns Tension always in the air Building and growing A bud of a flower opening Flames swirling A monster threatening Clawing i...

    • Author: Mononoke
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Memories (III)

    It looked so close…but… JFK launch site was so far Day break next behind the clogged sky And then the kiss Everyone claps No one can prevent the smiles The white trailing dress The structured black tux Mothers crying Fathers being strong Holding ba...

    • Author: Mononoke
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Legacy

    Humans, being mortals, grow old and die, and Hao Shue was no exception. It was a wonder he’d lasted as long as he did—many moons had he passed inhaling rocket chemicals, switching from grav to micrograv and back again, starving as he gave the f...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Last Meal

    I carefully heated the soup over the ancient hot plate, fearful that the painfully backward technology would set the room on fire. My friend lay on his bed, respiring noisily. Every now and again he would hack up a ball of phlegm, aiming for the wasteb...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Dessert

    You’ve been very patient here with me; doubtless this is one of the stranger stories you’ve ever heard. The universe is full of weird and wonderful stories, though—I’ve caught wind of a fair few of them, traded over steaming serving...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5