Debt to be Paid

Radiation reached his skin through UV-resistant clothes. "Four-hundred-thirteen billion credits for today's contestant! If he survives..." A hidden crowd cheered. He retrieved his only permitted secret ingredient with a blistered hand. "What's today's contestant chosen for us?" Blinding light. The crowd gasped. The glare receded and he staggered forward, balancing a platter, alien delicacies piled... Continue Reading →

Promised Waters

Solar floodlights expose the beachfront like daylight. Crowds gathered there nightly to escape the endless heat, their music drowning the waves. I move on over slippery rock-pools and round the cliffs further up the coast. Human sounds fall away as the cliffs lower to reveal a river mouth and marshy swampland, visible now beneath unburdened... Continue Reading →

Somewhere Over

Human structures buzzed. Cat flicked ears. Crept beneath un-alive bushes with strange smells. Made the journey to Secret Place. Too many humans at Dark now. Can't handle Day anymore. Cat ruffled fur, warm air reaching skin. "Right there!" A child. "Shut up. Get inside." Child's Human. Child's eyes met Cat's as Human shoved Child through... Continue Reading →

Time Travel

Neuro-tech students gathered on a rooftop, beneath the City-dome, drinks in hand, and watched the decade's worst electrical storm. "Shortest night... solstice?" "Yeah." "I went in today." "You didn't-" "There was no fear, y'know? Back then. They just lived. Under the sun for hours at a time." "Really?" "Barbecues, beers, no sunscreen. It was-" "Exhilarating?"... Continue Reading →

Subdue

Drones overhead revealed the enemy territory via LiDAR readings. The enemy's shield-tech was far advanced, blips of movement only appearing sporadically on each soldier's heads-up-display. They couldn't get a complete picture. But it was enough. Orders remained. Subdue at all costs. A military unit moved out in small groups, silently diverging through the forest toward... Continue Reading →

Earth’ling

Readings returned slightly less than optimal levels, but their shuttle-mind assured them of safety. The first creature stumbled out, overwhelmed by colours. The browns and blues and golden yellows were not where they should be. And it hadn't ever seen so much green. Their journey from the dying world began generations ago, long before their... Continue Reading →

New Age

Several eons passed since they last visited Earth, they discovered humans viewed other-world strangers warily now, without the awe of old. Their job - gathering insights into human minds - meant molding their DNA to conform while on-planet. They looked human, though in this new age, reed undergarments, intricate piercings and feathered crowns weren't widely... Continue Reading →

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