Stories tagged “SECRETS”

  • The Base

    “Sure is coming down real hard.” Teeny returned the pot to the burner. “Glad I'm inside even if I am working a double.”

    I nodded. It was a familiar story. Long before I had ever set foot inside the Hot Plate, Teeny's husband, Ralph, had been laid off fro…

    Posted 1 year ago
  • I Might Let You Read It One Day

    Thing is, this piece I'm writing, bares my entire soul. It involves you and me and all that we love and hold dear. It's told from my perspective, one that I think you need to hear.

    But if I let you read it, I am crucifying myself. The sacrifice it entai…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Real Professionals

    Nellis Air Station was our first stop, the closest site to Yucca Mountain with the facilities to handle our transport plane and the little half-squadron of robotic deathbirds that had followed us.

    Now we were cruising over the Las Vegas suburbs, stuffed …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Bases, Bunkers, and Hidey-Holes

    The Core Systems Alliance was not a great military power.

    It was the only power, which is not quite the same thing. We did not have seasoned veterans, brilliant generals, or ambitious young officers. That had all been outsourced to private security com…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • The Flight

    An hour later, we were in the air, strapped into the cabin of a supersonic transport plane. The engine howl was eerily muted at these speeds, and we could almost talk normally.

    "What are we doing, Lieutenant?" Boris asked quietly, eying the pair of mar…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Instructions

    What followed was not so much a mission briefing but a series of pronouncements from the little computer.

    "You have both been granted code word access to ELECTRIC RAVEN, and may not discuss information under this classification with anyone except…" the P…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Expert System

    "Is it correct that those present are only: Lieutenant Georgia Whitmore and Chief Petty Officer Boris Nenashev?"

    I tapped "yes" on the onscreen prompt.

    A synthetic voice began reading along as further text appeared.

    "Voice interface authorized. Lt. Whi…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • The Case

    Back at my desk, things only got more bizarre.

    "I've retrieved the plan files, sir."

    "Good. Open them, and follow instructions. Thank you for your service, Lieutenant."

    The SecDef hung up. Not even annoyed at the wait?

    I stared down at the file case…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Electric Raven

    Inside the safe was a rack of thin metallic briefcases, bearing coded nameplates.

    Badger, Dragon, Efreet… Raven.

    I tugged on the case, but it wouldn't come free. Then I noticed the warning placard inside the door of the safe.

    "NOTICE: Secure Files wi…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Disjointed Feelings

    As I returned home, I was stunned to see that my house was full of lights and sound of merriment. The wedding that had called me away scarce had as much excited activity. It had only been eight days or so but even from the road, I could see the house was …

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Oh, Nose!

    I like her nose.

    How many times have I said that to myself? It's not the sort of compliment you can hand out. Compliments from strangers are limited to: hair, dress, and nails. Anything that varies from our unspoken rule will screw up your tenuous connec…

    Posted 4 years ago