Category Archives: Short Story

Alirio’s War (conclusion)

Alirio hurried down the concrete passage, ostensibly following Koya though there was nowhere to go but straight ahead. Koya had ignored a few dozen identical metal doors that lined the halls down here, below the Taskmaster’s compound. Between them, Jean … Continue reading

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Operation Caesar’s Folly (part XXIII)

Issac considered for a moment that he should feel the urge to smile right now. His plans were working perfectly, after all. The meetings had picked up at 11, and Gavrilović had immediately started in on his earnest plea for … Continue reading

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Alirio’s War (part 3)

“Nobody escapes,” Alirio said, very sure of it. “Shaysh who?” the soldier smiled. Or tried to. His attempt made his face even more terrifying. “Nobody ever has,” Alirio shook his head as he said it. “Eshcapesh happen all the time,” … Continue reading

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Operation Caesar’s Folly (part XXII)

The Admiral was not a man to believe in coincidences. He was certain they happened, but in an abstract sort of way, the way one is aware that somewhere someone will win the lottery. It will happen, but almost certainly … Continue reading

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The Fleet [Scene of the Crime]

I turned the body a bit and got a better look at the boy. It was a boy. Not old enough to call it a man. Hair was shaved, and the scalp was tattooed like the kids down the Spine … Continue reading

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Alirio’s War (part 2)

The pain made everything a blur. Alirio could tell he was being dragged somewhere, then hefted onto something, but it was all a vague, broad strokes sort of awareness. All the details eluded him, as even with the implant off, … Continue reading

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Operation Caesar’s Folly (part XXI)

“Absolutely unacceptable!” Minister Ricci was shouting. Issac watched the man stomping furiously back and forth across the room. He looked over to Stein, who rolled her eyes. Baldrik Frey was merely nodding in agreement. “It is my opinion, Herr Schultz,” … Continue reading

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Alirio’s War

Alirio heaved the skid forward, throwing all his weight into the ore laden package along with three other slaves. He didn’t know their names. More than thirty slaves had died in Alirio’s barracks in the last month. Ebola. The Taskmasters … Continue reading

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Operation Caesar’s Folly (part XX)

Victoria opened the door into the infirmary and walked in, much to the alarm of nurse Lewis and Major Barrington, who seemed to be stepping away from each other very quickly. “Skymarshal Winthrop!” Lewis squeaked, hastily distancing herself from the … Continue reading

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Software

Allison was in a room with green carpet. She found it hard to believe that any government office would ever put in lime green carpeting, but her brain wouldn’t process R values anymore. Everything else was fine, but no matter … Continue reading

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