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 →

Warm Welcome

"Pathway closed. Rift secure," announced a warm voice, filling the air around two bewildered humans. Adult and child; woman and girl. A different being approached. Human, only in appearance. "Welcome," it said, robes fluttering, "we trust your journey was painless?" "Please help," the woman held the girl close, "she's-" "Yes, we'll take care of the... Continue Reading →

Supply Run

Slinking along the dark and barren hillside, pack of acquired supplies secured tight, I see movement. Have I been caught? I drop low, confident in my darkened outer-wear, and watch the quiet, sprawling city. A flash by the edge reveals an individual stumbling past the barrier, long, unshaven white hair gleaming in the night. I... Continue Reading →

Swift Passage

The alien planet hung like a pool of blue. Their only stop on a one-way journey. Their vessel's final dregs of energy concealed them in orbit while their shuttle fell into the alien atmosphere. The violent entry rattled the shuttle, pilot and crew breathed deep lungfuls, fighting to clear their minds, to imagine a paradise... Continue Reading →

Lost

The man took his eyes off his son for a moment, vision filled with the semi-transparent, augmented display of his son's latest medical assessment. They still didn't know what was in his son's head. What had changed him. Then his son was taken. The man looked away for only one, single moment. Years passed. Labelled... Continue Reading →

Phasing

Phasing began. Tahvket donned the cloth to be worn to Center. House-family fitting it while praying for energies to take and seeds yet unformed. Elders braided Tahv's endless white hair. Hair to be shaved if one's seed fails. If one doesn't phase at all. Shaved to free the energies within. As few seeds take form... Continue Reading →

Beyond

The stones of worship returned, settling into position around the throng of hopeful. Would they feel the great Beyond this day? Their paths carried scholars and explorers between countless neighbouring worlds, but never Beyond. The crowd buzzed with nervous energy beneath the spread of stars, wrapping themselves up in each-other as one. One being. One... Continue Reading →

Carrot Cake

“Scanning; water, sand. Beach.” “Correct. This?” “Turbine engines, winged structures. Aircraft.” “This?” “Two humans. Arms around eachother. Content. Hugging.” “What else?” The human watched the Android ponder. “Unable to ascertain without further details.” “Guess.” “Scenarios with highest probabilities are a need for warmth, or pressure to ease physical discomfort.” “Anything else?” “Physical fatigue; a need... Continue Reading →

Old Mystery

The door creaked open. Cool air drifted out from darkness beyond.She took a step, and another, hand guiding along soft, dusty walls. Her other hand searched above.Click.A dim globe created great shadows behind piles of books, old chests and dusty boxes. She knelt beside a lone one, a lump forming in her throat, hand hovering... Continue Reading →

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