Stories tagged “ship”

  • Something From This Century

    g2 shrugged and perched before the piano. “Any requests?”she cried. “Something with some zip,” Alro called from the wheel. “Its a chase scene, remember?” The Irish Pianist shrugged and pounced on the keys with “...

  • New Land

    Sergei “Excuse me, sir-“ Sergei Reinmarker called out to a smartly dressed gentleman walking past. “Could you tell me-“ The gentleman continued walking, completely ignoring Sergei. “I guess not…” muttered Sergei. He stood alone in the rai...

  • The Trees are Different Here

    Theodore sat deeply, silently, attentively within the old avocado tree, on a low, horizontal limb, ensconced by so many shades of green and brown and gray that all other colors were imaginary. Various, unseen atomies skittered beneath the floor of desi...

  • And Captain Morris Said...

    Seneca He really is very foreign, isn’t he… mused Seneca as she listened to Sergei chatter on about his journey on the ship, the dolphins he had seen on the way, the friends he had made, and many other things. He doesn’t know when to ...

  • name your price

    Boah pushed past the tall man. “Ship’s full.” He placed a strong hand on Boah’s shoulder and squeezed. “Name your price.” Boah turned and put a hand on his hip, making sure the man could see the belaying pin he wore ...

    • Author: wilw
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • red glow

    Boah slept uneasily that night in his cot as the waters rocked the Inscrutable to and fro like a baby in it’s cradle. He dreamed that he saw a glint of red light dart out the pocket of his pants hanging at the end of the cot. He opened his eyes. ...

  • Slipping her moorings

    She’d snuck down to listen to the sailors’ tales for as long as she could remember, even if it did risk a beating. She’d learned patience from it. It had taken so much to fool her Ma into believing she was asleep, for she’d neve...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Pantone 286C

    From the window of her room, she could see the sea and the sky. Hard to see much else from the top of the highest tower in a castle perched on a cliff. On the best days, pale, fluffy clouds floated weightlessly in a cornflower sky, while their reflecti...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • the blood stone

    In other circles the tall man was known as Diaco Lastreses, Lord of Cordovia and famed duelist. Two weeks ago you would have found him sitting in a sun-drenched café in Palma de Mallorca, sipping wine and trying to decide which one of the young women ...

  • Full speed now! (Mature)

    The captain was tired, desperate and angry. His ship had suffered severe engine failure in the middle of nowhere, and he was about to lose his bonus if the engineers didn’t come up with a miracle. “Captain, we need you up on deck.” Ca...

  • Far Beyond the Rainbow

    The journey was not easy as I quickly found out. The mice and geese were mostly just food for the werewolves, there was a very uneasy truce between the dwarfs and the trolls, and the captain would retire early to his quarters each night and drink until...

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Stress Counseling

    And then it all stopped. Tessa stumbled a bit as her feet hit solid ground once more. “Would anybody,” she panted, “care to explain what just happened?” “We just hitched a ride from the ship I picked up on a sub-ether scan...

  • Buried Message

    I had stepped on a bottle. After studying it closely I noticed the paper inside. Breaking it, I carefully unfolded the delicate paper. “We are being forced rather pertinently to discard all our beloved belongings and hastily depart from aboard th...

  • The Pillar - Not So Empty Space

    “It’s all so…artificial.” Captain Lang breathed heavily. “Thirty years, I’ve been wandering the rim on these hulks, defending Earth from whatever isn’t even out there.” Commander Tom Relk sat in his chair, listening to his Captain’s l...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Nester - Anticipation

    Tara lay prone on the hull, peering through the magscope mounted on her rifle. The dots had grown larger in the last hour and she knew battle was minutes away. The readout on her helmet visor read 980 kilometers. 979. 978. 977. Tara took a moment to gl...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Pillar - Gorged Predator

    It hung motionless in the void, its jagged outline drawing an obsene line against the majesty of the sky. Twinkles of light-windows-littered its alien hull. It had the look of a predator, gorged on a kill. Resting, but still alert. Next to it was its p...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Nester - Hailstorm

    An invisible hailstorm ripped through space from the hull of The Volta. The deadly energy bolts quickly converged on the flanking hoard of enemy boarders. Roughly 2,000 body-armored soldiers were approaching The Volta from port as the main assault rage...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Pillar - Disappointed Rescue

    Commander Stine touched a button on his console. “Captain to C.I.C.” he spoke, and released, never taking his eyes off the viewscreen. A hundred years we’ve been out here, Stine thought. A hundred years and not a damn thing. So what the hell happ...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Nester - The Miss (Mature)

    Tara’s eyes went wide with surprise. She’d missed. In six years of war, she’d never missed. Twenty Eight major engagements 1,692 confirmed kills. 0 misses. Until today. She stared across the void through her magscope at the approachin...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Nester - The Assault

    The uncanny foe jerked itself in all directions with precise thruster blasts. It seemed to wrap around the invisible energy bolts like an unholy vine. It managed to evade every shot as if they were tennis balls playfully lofted by a child. Tara was, be...

  • Trouble on the Io

    The ship shuddered as another explosion rocked through its core. Alarms were blaring and an anxious crew was already in the process of running around, managing their various sectors of the enormous craft. On the bridge, Captain Delany was wringing his ...

  • The Pillar - A Graphite Figure

    It was hard to move fast with the gravity off. The regular rhythm of walking was thrown off by the grav-boots he wore. So, he turned them off. Pushing against the walls, Stine and his men drifted aft down the corridor. “Report, Lieutenant.” “...

  • Houses Of The Holy

    We slid into port last night on the tide, tying our ship up to a fog enshrouded dock where neither longshoreman nor streetwalker stirred. Aftweward, we slept the sleep of the dead; the storm we’d just ridden out having sapped the strength from ou...

  • Twenty Five Thousand Feet

    I mash my foot to the floor, and the hum of the engines grows into a full roar. The atmosphere whistles around the small canopy of my Tesla X800 as I push it to the max. Both turbines are roaring behind me now, leaving twin streaks across the sky. The ...