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 →

Timeless

Despite countless weeks spent on coding and design, she'd almost forgotten the outfit. School notification; dance-hall activated. Eyes closed, chest tight, time to upload. Other students uploaded too, filling the dark virtual dance-hall with a chaos of colour. The guests contrasting with timber decor meant for long-lost tuxedos and ballgowns. She took a moment to... Continue Reading →

Change

The old cattle shed sat three streets from her no-longer small childhood home. The house's presence hung heavy over town now, sprawling in its decadence and greed. Perhaps they hadn't changed. A droid greeted her, lead her inside to a room bright with filtered sunlight and untouched delicacies. The woman that entered both was and... Continue Reading →

Returning

She and her brothers spent many summers out by the rusted cattle shed, before the sunburns became too much. They thought it was haunted. "Pantry and freezer are stocked, should do you all till we get back," their parents would say. Then they wouldn't hear from them for weeks. At first it was exciting, then... Continue Reading →

Visitor

The grounds shuddered. The air hummed along with urgency. Something was happening. Its kin at rest, a lone creature emerged from its dwelling, peering out toward the meeting line of void and land. The hum grew violent as the void tore open with a flash. From the tear, a being of another kind tumbled into... 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 →

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