Stories tagged “TO BE CONTINUED”

  • 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
  • Strategic Assets

    The Office of Strategic Assets was responsible for a number of things: planetary deuterium stockpiles, mothballed military bases, and reserve nuclear weapons.

    We'd all been shocked three years ago when the order came down to unseal one of the black sites…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • On Hold

    I tapped the mute key on my terminal.

    "Boris! Where's the QS-19 document safe?"

    The sleepy NCO looked up from his morning tea. All our shifts had been rearranged by the crisis.

    "Nineteen? Sub-basement. In the vault."

    "Seriously? Okay…" I unmuted the m…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • We Weren't Ready

    We weren't ready for the aliens, but should have been.

    They first got our attention with a series of six X-ray bursts out beyond the orbit of Neptune, one for each of their massive ships. Each was so bright, it took hours to tell that this wasn't a comet…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Interruption

    Liz' thoughts were interrupted by a flash of fire and a dragon's roar.

    Across the small park, a winged beast, its crimson scales glittering in the midmorning sunlight, loomed over a trio of fantastical figures standing knee-deep in the sea of swirling gr…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Imaginary Light

    Around her, the air glowed with imaginary light.

    A scintillating galaxy of text, artwork, and signage drifted just above every surface, ethereal and invisible without compatible hardware.

    It ran up walls and windows, across sidewalks and streets. The gr…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Quiet Streets

    Bundled up against the autumn chill, Liz wandered the city streets, alone with her thoughts.

    Stopping to let a train of delivery-bots cross the sidewalk, she glanced around, noticing again just how empty the streets and walkways were on a Saturday mornin…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • A New Start

    Liz Redmont needed a new start.

    She decided this, while staring down the donut-shaped puddle at the bottom of her coffee mug.

    It had been less than two weeks, since Emily had broken her heart. A week since she'd moved out, leaving Liz behind in an apar…

    Posted 3 years ago