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  • Someone New

    Several years later, I was sixteen. Life had continued much the same, although Verux was now hesitant to send more people. We'd been pretty successful in beating them back, especially with Nochra on our side. She was an incredibly skilled fighter, with a …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Delta-V

    I can see the stars, but I don't have the fuel.

    My trajectory is set, but I'm gazing off to the side.

    I'm going somewhere, but not where I'm looking.

    The possibilities are limitless, but my choices finite.

    I started too early, and I'll be too late.


    Posted 2 years ago
  • The Split

    It had been fourteen days since he left. It was my choice, but, I couldn't help but think that this isn't what I signed up for. It had been a tumultuous twelve years and I knew I had to say goodbye, but I couldn't help but feel like I was ruining my life.…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Package Delivery

    Package tracking was the best worst part of the purchase process.

    I followed it religiously.

    Always updating to see where it was.

    Always waiting. Always checking. Always waiting.

    It would say how many stops away it was but still I would update the pag…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Late Night Liaison

    There she is; I'd recognize those eyes, that smile, the laugh that can melt steel.

    Her eyes met me from across the room and I knew something serious was on her mind. It was foreboding and exciting at the exact same time.

    She walked over to me with a str…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Firth

    The sea and sky have been entwined all day,

    Both a pale granite grey.

    A flat calm - clouds in the ripples and ripples in the clouds.

    Now it's dark, and the distant ship lights look like stars.

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Konrad

    Osterley spoke first - words tumbling out in a rush.

    "Something's happened at base. Or the spell was interfered with -"

    Silvertown's voice rode over her, tone steely and gaze hard.

    "There's nowhere we can go, and we don't have time to carry the wizard …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Uran

    Mornington found a syrette from his bag. He pressed lightly and drew a single shining bead of its contents; a light tap from his wand turned it into a dense white foam several times the size of the droplet that it had come from. Pushing the needle in unde…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Needs mustn't...

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 2 years ago
  • In the Orchard

    The swinging gate transformed. First, two broad arms uncurled from within the wooden slats. They stretched past us and scooped Riddy and me into a crushing bear hug. Then, when I was still seeing stars from our heads knocking together the wood grain took …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • The Man with the Full Cup of Coffee

    Just one more choice and destiny is yours. The universe whispered like she might hear.

    When Kimber emerged from the employee lounge she was wearing her apron stocked with straws, stirrers and napkins. She got too many looks with her hair down, but bett…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Loose Threads

    Power hummed through Rahmi's veins. Each pull of the thread brought a fresh surge of energy that threatened to break her concentration.

    This time, she told herself. This time, she would not fail. This time, she swore it, and she would swear it again and a…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Into the Stars

    She had a flicker of sadness as her ship pulled away from Lorentz Station.

    She didn't pay it much mind though as the adventure ahead was far greater than anything she could have imagined: A posting on the USS Elena Pitjeva. It was the first Orion class s…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Raised Glass

    The evening was clear and cool, a magnificent end to a warm autumn day. We leaned against white-painted porch rails to watch the sunset. Ma joined us for one, grimaced good-naturedly at the burn, and told us not to stay out too late before disappearing ba…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Accidental YouTube Star

    She was the kind of person who could spend all day talking about her makeup to a camera. After all, it was much easier than talking to a real, live human about... well... anything.

    She could imagine that she was just sending the video out into a void. A …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Feeding Time at the Zoo

    I was supposed to feed the wallabies.

    Oh, I remembered about an hour later.

    It was a slight the wallabies would not forget nor forgive.

    I'm convinced they keep a list in their head of each person or creature that slights them in the smallest of degrees…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Wintergewitter

    Silvertown watched Mornington snap open one of the new standard-issue collapsible aluminium wands. He held it against the ulnar vein in Newkirk's wrist and closed his eyes; she felt him send an exploratory pulse of magic into the dying magician's bloodstr…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Alphabet

    Beckton applied pressure to the wound through Newkirk's wadded-up coat, leaning in and using both hands. His attempts were met with no success, even after Silvertown joined him.

    A noise came from behind, a rhythmic thump of boots against a wooden floor. …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Pied Piper

    Far away. In another room, in another place.

    On a map table surrounded by officers and staff, a painted wooden figure that looked remarkably like Silvertown - down to the sparkle of her dress - took on a sudden lifelikeness. It waved for attention, spok…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Fractal Realities: Revision

    He was tired. He'd read the same sentence four times and he was still stumbling across the words like he'd never seen them before. He instantly dismissed the absurd thought that the book was rewriting itself as he read it.

    Inserting the bookmark, he cl…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Kanalkampf

    There was blood everywhere. The wizard's shirt and jacket were soaked through and one blood-red stain was spreading across his coat. Beckton was covered in it, as was the floor, but he drew a pocket knife and started cutting at fabric. It wasn't hard to f…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • The Knife

    He liked the knife; it was his favourite. A Wusthof chef's knife, he'd bought it online and it hadn't been cheap. He liked it's shape, the fit of the handle, the grind on the long cutting edge.

    He liked the way the knife cut.

    He liked the way the knife pe…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Talu's Escape

    Tap tap tap tap tap tap.

    The pink girl darted across the rooftop, jumping gaps and dodging arrows, crystals, rocks, and all manner of magical projectiles.

    "Talu, wait up!" The little weasel-like creature followed after her, much slower on its short litt…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Stepping on the cracks

    Grafham Road; left into Cable Street.

    The sun was sinking. The flow of people on the street ebbed as people sought warmth and the company of their families.

    Tessa drifted onward, the sound of cracking pavement filling her head with every step she took. …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Last Year's Heroes

    "Mum, you're on the TV!" Sally yelled into the kitchen as she stared, rapt, at the screen which showed a rapid-fire sequence of her mother as a teenage hero, obliterating huge monsters with her magical pink laserbeams.

    In the next room, Tessa slumped int…

    Posted 2 years ago