Posts Tagged "fiction"

Last Dance Over the Red, Red World

by on Sep 2, 2014 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

4250 Words Are you dauntless, Konstantin? Are you happy and sagacious in your high tower, surrounded by your servants and your sycophants? Do you feel safe, with the Death so far below? Don’t. I’m coming for you. I’ve slipped through your gates, and I’m climbing to you with the...

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The Sandbirds of Mirelle

by on Aug 4, 2014 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

2700 Words This is my truth: In the autumn of 2309 I crossed from one lonely star to another and took a tour to the sandbird tracks of Mirelle. The only other passengers were a married couple, and our guide was a priest in training. I was eighteen, and it was my first assassination. We...

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Sister of Mercy

by on Aug 4, 2014 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

3300 Words Morning, and the frost was thick on ferns already yellow with the changing season. The sun broke from the horizon, thin light stirring the dying insects to crawl for one more day. I pushed the scratchy woolen blankets off my body and stood, shivering, from the bed I made in...

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Ten Days’ Grace

by on Aug 4, 2014 in Short Fiction | 12 comments

3550 Words Julia Kettan first knew her husband was dead when she looked out the window and saw a car emblazoned with the crest of the Bureau of Family Affairs pull up in the driveway. Her legs went weak, though whether from relief or fear she couldn’t tell. Robert hadn’t come home the...

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Blessed Are the Hungry

by on Jul 1, 2014 in Short Fiction | 68 comments

5400 Words That afternoon they flushed San Carlos Seldran out the airlock. Everyone on Cabra Deck was required to watch, even the little ones. Despite what old people tell you, in the vacuum of space your blood won’t boil. Your body won’t explode either. In less than a minute you’d...

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