Tarnished Tranquility

She's trudging through the forest as silence hits, sending chills through her despite the hike and heat of nearing sunrise. Could've been peaceful, under different circumstances. Determined to find her missing friend, she persists. Body growing numb. The forest's stagnant silence thickens. Her mind reels. Shouldn't have ignored the reports, her friend wasn't invulnerable. And... Continue Reading →

To the Edge

“Due end of week,” she said. I accepted the file transfer. “Anything else?” “Check in on the dome too, yeah?” “Or we’ll all die?” “Cold,” she said, her aug profile smirking. “Mars is colder.” “Answers for everything.” “This trip wouldn’t work without me,” I said. “Don’t be so sure.” We ended comms. I stared at... Continue Reading →

Binding a World

Day by day, the population thinned. Babies weren't being conceived as often as they once had. The sun's radiation increased week by week. Cancer counts increased. Hospitals overflowed. Lives faded.Those with fair skin donned sunscreen every morning without fail, before continuing life. Most just stayed indoors.All were failing fertility tests. Years pass.A coloured President. Prime Minister. Council and Board members. School principals. Teachers.... Continue Reading →

Learning

I'm holding tight, too tight, relax the hands, relax the back, breathe. It’s okay.Lights flash past. Eyes dart up, down, left, right, checking. They settle straight ahead for a moment, only to dart around again and again, keeping tabs on all surrounds.Hands are gripping tighter again. Relax. Breathe.So many things to focus on—perhaps too many... Continue Reading →

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