I searched his spaceship quarters for his favourite brown pair amongst the futuristic interior.

But I wasn’t supposed to be here, authorities had my signal logged.

My team gained access to locked drawers via external game code changes.

Highly illegal.

I sped up my search.

Proximity alarms sounded as I found the pair beneath some spacesuit underclothes. I scanned their size, colour, scuff marks, everything, and uploaded the data.

“Now,” I said, via comms.

My external team deactivated the program, waking me before authorities gained a visual.

His real world funeral was perfect, replica in-game boots and all.


This piece was inspired by the Carrot Ranch’s Jan 18th Flash Fiction Challenge.

I dedicate it to my Father, who passed away a year ago this Jan 24th. It was inspired by his love of gaming, and how he was the first one who, through Dune, truly introduced me to the world of sci-fi, a genre which soon became my utterly consuming creative life’s passion.

Thanks Dad.

16 thoughts on “Boots

    1. Thank you Charli, I hoped for as much! I’ve been reading and studying a lot of sci fi, and finally have a completed first draft of sci fi from NaNo to rework over the year. I’m glad you enjoyed this flash and I’m planning on there being many more to come, on a more regular basis too. Thank you for your ever-present support and inspiration Charli!

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  1. A nice tribute to your dad. It’s funny that you’d mention Dune because I like fantasy and I’ve never read it and just this past weekend I was thinking about it.

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    1. Thank you :) and yes, I used to love fantasy, it was my chosen genre as a preteen and in early teens, but my dad picked up a Legends of Dune novel (written by Frank Herbert’s son) and that’s how I got entirely absorbed in sci fi. It’s more modern than Dune itself but is an amazing tribute to its history and how it came to be, and is a phenomenal standalone trilogy in itself.

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  2. In many genres, we have to build worlds. I thought of this for fantasy but then realized sci-fi and to an extent, historical have to create worlds we do not regularly experience. That’s a definite shift I see in your writing — I felt drawn into another world. I’m excited to read more of your writing!

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    1. I agree completely. Each of those genres require a huge aspect of world building, and I think that’s what I enjoy the most in literature; experiencing unique worlds I’d be hard pressed to find in the real world. I feel like I’m always learning and growing when I experience new things. Like your curiosity and passion for exploring, how you described searching for the hidden beaches, working your way down a rock face, walking the unbeaten path. It resonated deeply in me and I think it’s why I felt most compelled to get back into a routine of contributing flash fiction at the Ranch once more, it challenges me to go exploring again.

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        1. I love reading about your little explorer tales, I love that you find a little time for it where you can and I live vicariously through you and your experiences of the US, a world so different from down under. We can’t wait to visit in the future!

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    1. Exactly what I was going for! Thanks for the feedback 😊 I was first introduced to the Legends of Dune trilogy which is based around the rise of the sentient machines before Dune itself, and how the space folding spice-mind navigation started but the Dune universe was what started my love for sci-fi and I’ve been devouring all kinds since. Though Ready Player One is still on my TBR list. Would you happen to mean Black Mirror’s USS Callister? I just watched it and yes, it definitely played a huge part in inspiring this piece too. I watched all of Black Mirror within a week, it’s phenomenal.

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      1. Yes, I meant the “Black Mirror” episode. :) Admittedly, I’m only somewhat of a sci-fi fan. When things get more violent (like that episode with the woman successively murdering people) I don’t like them as well.
        Ready Player One was extremely information-dense. The author clearly likes the 80s; not my favorite era. :D The premise is also intriguing.

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        1. Yeah, I enjoyed that episode for the memory viewing tech but she did get a fair bit out of control, I’m glad it caught up with her in the end. I’ll have to keep in mind the 80s aspect of Ready Player One, not much a fan here either 😅 a bit like the original Blade Runner? I do love a good premise though.

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