Just One

Career day, they'd say. Detaching from the cerebral collective, I scour the repository, wanting to remember on my own. It's been many a century, but I'll make change there. They've all held strong to their core designs, I'm sure. "Ah! Found it," I cease searching. "This is your ultimate decision?" Great Mind asks. "My only... Continue Reading →

Pieces

Motes danced in the morning's first sweltering rays. Hektor savoured two plain, poached eggs, resolving to take some home one day. His mind's eye showed his home's rituals, worlds away, mrul-filled bowls steaming. He smelled its comforting decadence. Soon. Outside, planting seedlings, Hektor trained his mind toward his Earthen students, out too, exploring, growing. He... Continue Reading →

The End

Screams from inside forced the woman - visitor, friend - through to the master bedroom. She froze before the scene. "No-" a child, face of horror, backed away from the bed, "I tried to stop...it wouldn't- let me..." On the bed, the child's mother gasped for breath, "knew...I shouldn't have-" she clutched her throat, blood... Continue Reading →

Strength in Peace

Leaves swayed at the ship’s landing. Its team stepped out onto the alien world, fully suited, protected from its thick atmosphere. Deep violet vegetation sprawled toward the horizons ahead. Behind, an ocean of scarlet brine swelled and oozed. “Mission here is to survey, we need to claim this world before the enemy,” the commander said.... Continue Reading →

Raven

> 2237 - 03 - 07 Starship Raven. Departing Earth orbit. Onboard systems reduced. Power rerouted to propulsion system. Maximum acceleration. Destination arrival time: 42,327 Earth years. > 44,564 - 07 - 23 Destination reached. Asteroid mining drones dispatched. Planetary entry sequence complete. Metamorphosis protocol activated. Generational fleet arrival: 27,424 EY. > 57,309 - 04... 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 →

Ice

“It’s ready. Transferring now,” says the VR technician. “Thanks,” I say, studying the new data floating in my vision. I equip a well-worn headset. Ripples of code give way to a silent darkness, only a lone light shines from behind onto icy ground. I’m pulled along by a gradual acceleration, subtle but present. A chunk... Continue Reading →

Boots

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... Continue Reading →

Balloon

“Parcels, games, entertainment. Done. Got the coding for decorations? I still couldn’t find it in the system.” “Found something better. But I’ll need help.” We finished everything just as guests arrived, entry pad scanning in each individual. The VIP was en-route, guided by my partner. We all hid. When they arrived, the room scanned my... Continue Reading →

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