Stories tagged “pitcher”

  • The First Pitch

    Joey was the youngest kid, at the age of 7, to win the chance to throw the opening pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays Home Game. Joey was giddy and nervous as he talked to reporters. It was the beginning of the baseball season in 1993. The Skydome was packed...

  • 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: 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 over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Dim Lights, Small City

    The Black Cruiser crested the Solward Dunes and nestled in the valley below sat Juno Station. It was the second oldest permanent station in the Human Sphere. Built nearly 50 years ago, it was and remains a blight on the USNE’s system map. If not ...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Escape

    The black land-cruiser was midway between the leaning, corroded atomizer and the ranked mirrors of a hydroponics farm when a stub-winged shuttle screamed close overhead. The driver braked with a jerk, awakening Pitcher. They stared out the side-windows...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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: Enter Stage Left (Mature)

    The intra-dental communicator had been silent for 2 years while Pitcher was away in JDC. It was abuzz the last 3 hours. The Black Cruiser, an ostentatious and conspicuous standout had to be ditched in Juno Station’s outer hoods. The inner checkpo...

  • Ascension II: Wait up! (Mature)

    Juno Station spilled over the Biowall to form the Outer Hoods. Buildings which housed the less fortunate (really, the destitute) hugged the inner station in an attempt to share the improved air and tap the fresh water lines. Still, Pitcher strode past ...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: The Loop

    “Hey stranger, you look tired.” The parlor streetwalker blew into the wind as Pitcher reached the Loop entrance. He didn’t want to answer, nor look directly at her. “What’d I say baby? Somethin’ you don’t like....

  • Ascension II: Platform Shoes

    The Loop platform was nearly empty, and that was perfect. All the fussing around Bates had left Pitcher in a bad spot – still clad in JDC garb. He wasn’t going to Center Station in that. The tram would soon arrive and Pitcher sized up the h...

  • Ascension II: Center Station

    Center Station was the best Juno had to offer. The Colony Administration Complex dominated the neighborhood. Around it were what few level 3 accommodations and shops the weak economy could support. With 7,000 inhabitants, 3 medium sized manufacturing p...

  • Ascension II: Quick Change

    Once inside Hooligan’s Pitcher was bombarded by sights and sounds which frayed his prison cell mind. Abundant neon, BarkerBots selling wares and locals and offworlders rummaging through countless bins hit him from all sides. All he really wanted ...

  • Ascension II: Motel Hell

    His cardkey gave him access to the private stairs which thankfully were soundproofed from the din of the main floor. Pitcher ascended and looked for room 1-F. The halls were bright but smelled of a struggling and underpowered HVAC system. He noted came...

  • Ascension II: Think Pitcher, Think!

    The rounds kept coming – POP, breathe, POP. Pitcher had scampered over to the load bearing column between the small windows. Both of them spidered from high calibre rounds. “Think Pitcher,” he had his pistol, not that it would do much...

  • Ascension II: The Monster Under the Bed

    The room was eerily silent as debris particles floated through the air. Light beams from the street created impossible shadows as Pitcher waited for the bum rush to come. He positioned his feet on the underside of the cot and prepared to vault it into ...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Getting Out Alive (Mature)

    Goon #3, clad in a Colonial Police uniform stood motionless. The bravado he and his cohorts exhibited moments ago was gone. Now he was alone and scared. His buddies were down and he was caught between running and entering the room. “Benny? You OK...

  • Ascension II: Taking Inventory

    The shootout would certainly soon draw the actual police and the cameras above meant Pitcher’s ID was no secret. The bodies would be pinned on him and JDC would become his home again – at best. Of course his assailants got orders from somew...

  • Ascension II: The Underground Beckons

    Dropping down to the space between Hooligan’s and some other shop provided little cover for Pitcher. This whole zone would be surveilled by Colonial Police drones in the next few minutes. Pitcher was not sure how advanced security had become sinc...

    • Author: Drake West
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Keep Your Mark Close...

    The ductwork provided no access to any hidden spaces. Pitcher crawled for a few minutes toward a terminus. He knew that his escape was merely a delay for the crawlers. He had to vacate JS fast. A light bounced off the Carbonium pipes and Pitcher follow...

  • Ascension II: Thankless Victims

    “What the hell! Hey why did you do that?” Ishikawa looked at Shwartz, then back at the bloody man with the gun. Pitcher pounced on the downed Hamsa and rifled through his pockets. He took a credit ring off him, a keyfob for the car and his ...

  • Ascension II: Low Bidder

    They emerged from the garage to find the street and the air above it alive with Colonial Police vehicles, drones and crawlers. “That was fast,” Ishikawa said. “This isn’t about the body in the garage,” Pitcher corrected hi...

  • Ascension II: Scramble

    ON HS TRL, Pitcher tongued, plastering himself under the scant overhead of the shed’s roof. “This is Juno Spaceport Police,” blared a loudspeaker on the copter. “You are trespassing on private property. Drop whatever you’r...

  • Ascension II: The Sky's the Limit

    KL TRGT NW Pitcher’s jaw rattled and his required answer rattled his mind. CNT KL NW – PRSNL RSK He looked around where he was: Heading into orbit in a stolen Jump Tender Fleeing multiple confirmed public kills Moderate loss of blood Impai...