Lunar Trajectory

“Ha!” Astrid landed on her feet this time. The scrawny girl looked around at her new surroundings. Moments ago she stood next to a wide, deep chasm; then, Ballisea sent her somewhere else. Astrid landed at the edge of a filled parking lot; a sea of colorful cars stood between her and a lively strip…

Lunar Origin

Astrid looked the frail, short man up and down. Astrid’s mother, Tana, stood 5’6″, but the bag of bones next to her was noticeably shorter. His skin color matched Astrid’s, both were several shades darker than Tana’s dark brown. There was no doubt he was Astrid’s father. “Hi,” Astrid said, then she turned to the…

Lunar Lift

Dennis shut his eyes, clenched his fists, and tensed his body as the rocky ground below rushed up to meet him. Instead of the brief, final moment of agony he expected, his backpack caught something. He felt the straps bite into his shoulders the moment he stopped falling, then he was lowered gently to the…

Lunar Landing

“Ow!” Astrid landed bottom-first on a concrete picnic table in the park. While pain shot up her tailbone she heard several chimes fill the air. A group of four kids sat at the table she landed on; instead of being surprised, they all checked their phones instead. “Sorry,” Astrid apologized to the group and climbed…

Lunar Travel

“What are you trying so hard to hide?” the lean one asked. Astrid sighed at her captors. She looked up at the chubby one with greasy brown hair; he seemed to be the more level-headed of the two. “I don’t have anything to hide, I’m just passing through.” “Don’t lie!” the skinny guard asked. Despite…

Lunar Following

“Thank you!!” Jane shrieked with delight. She reached out and wrapped her arms around Carol for a one-armed hug; she was careful to hold the small gift-wrapped box out of the way with her other arm. The two friends met for breakfast at a cafe. Jane was the first to arrive and she chose to…

Lunar Eclipse

“I think it’s over-” the polite stranger fell mid-response. He attempted to point at some place further along the plaza before collapsing to the ground. Astrid heard the sound of dozens of bodies hitting the ground along the side-walk. The 14-year-old girl had a feeling she was close to the place she was looking for…

Lunar Flight

“I’m 14!” Astrid growled at the Captain. She landed in the middle of a battle and fled to cover. She found safety in the Captain’s tent, as well as the Captain and his armed guards. Luckily, the aging soldier kept a cool head and started to ask questions. Astrid took offense at being called ’13’….

Sun’s Warmth

Astrid tried to ignore her pounding head as she looked around the large warehouse. It did not take very long, she could not move her head. Beyond the handful of soldiers, she spotted a dozen workers in lab coats. They ran this way and that shouting numbers and orders at each other. She stood strapped…

Use It or Lose It

“OH COME ON!” Luna growled at the computer. It was general frustration, she knew the computer wasn’t at fault. She was in the middle of taking a personality quiz. She got as far as her name and favorite number before her ISP decided she did not need to be on the internet anymore. The 18-year…