Projectile Guidance

“Double or nothing!” Travis shouted, angrily, then dropped several $20 bills on the bar in front of Keith. “You can’t hit it again. No one’s that good.” Keith shook his head. “I’m done fellas,” he shrugged and grinned at Travis, the biggest, dumbest thug in the rundown biker bar. “I ain’t tryin’ to take all…

Punishing Star

“We’re living in a simulation!” Jaime said suddenly. He stared at his best friend, Martin, sitting across from him. Jaime offered him lunch in the park and Martin never turned down free food. The curly-haired young man raised a single eyebrow at Jaime but continued taking a bite of pizza. “I’ve thought it for a…

Star Creation

[SP] A world like ours except it has an mmo like systems in it, like leveling, respawning, and loot dropped from enemies. “Welcome to the AlterNet!” Mark heard a woman’s voice behind him and turned around. He stood outside in a golden field of grains under a darkening purple sky. A black, featureless mannequin hovered…

Star Tour

“… and you can find those here in the library,” Jessie said. The pink-haired woman’s tour of the academy grounds ended inside the largest library Mark had ever seen. He looked upward to and realized there were several more floors to the giant library. Most of the tables were occupied. “You’ll be spending a lot…

Star Recruit

“Your Earth is pretty,” Jessie said. The pink-haired woman stared up at the glittering stars in the night sky. She and Mark sat on the lonely park bench at two in the morning. “It’s not bad,” Mark shrugged. He stared at the ground while he sorted his thoughts. He’d had a fairly stressful day and…

Framing Device

“It’s gotta be somewhere,” Mark stuck close to the wall as he shuffled down the narrow, bright hallway. White marble floors and whiles reflected sunlight throughout the hall. Mark needed to squint to avoid the bright pain. “Where the hell am I?“ “There you are!” An angel wearing a black and gold robe emerged from…

Sharp Contact

“Could this be a hoax?” The gathered men and women sitting around the long boardroom table all shook their heads. “No, Mr. President,” one of the men said. “We’ve done an exhaustive analysis of the signal and everything indicates that this is a genuine event. Despite no sign of any vessels in orbit around the…

Cyber-friends

“What about that one?” Roger pointed at a sleek, white cube by the door. It appeared to be made of translucent crystal, but the material was so dense the inside could not be seen. The gnomish shopkeeper shrugged. He sat on a raised platform behind the till. “Found it. Couldn’t get it open. As is,…

Expositional Service

“You didn’t need to close,” Flutter said. The giant red-headed woman bowed respectfully in front of the frail, elderly woman a quarter of her size. “But, I appreciate it. It’ll be nice to eat in peace for once.” Donna Chang, the old woman, gestured for Flutter to stand up and sit at the table. “If…

Family Knight

“I have enough,” Grace nodded at her mother. “But I’m not sure if I’m ready yet.” The two women sat in the kitchen of their small home during their weekly visit. Grace lived with her parents, but work kept her busy. The Saturday morning coffee had become their time to connect. “Why not?” the elderly…