“The coordinates are wrong! Taking fire.”
“Shit! Beta team! Check in! Beta team!”
There was no response, just a hollow emptiness where even a quiet set of comms should have given a small hiss of white noise to show they remained active.
Bailey swore loudly. It was a setup and she’d fallen for it like the noob she was. She pulled off her headset, momentarily ignoring the cries from Alpha and Gamma teams, and took a long drink, from the nutrient tube that ran into her pod.
Fresh out of a promotion to Field Team Leader and her first mission was a shitshow. This wouldn’t stand. She couldn’t let it. Those were her people, and some of them had their real bodies on the line out there.
She activated her field ‘droid, smashing it out of its box and nodding to the salutes from the humans on Alpha team as she began issuing orders and moving forward with them: 3 warm bodies, 3 drones, and now her.
Continue reading “Prompt Short Story: Duty”
He woke up and looked around, not recognising where he was. Jolting to his feet, he whooped with joy.
It worked! The time machine worked! Either that or he was having one hell of a hallucination…
Continue reading “Prompt Short Story: Tomorrow”
It’s always a little quiet here when one of us is fading. We always fade, you see, but we don’t always come back, or sometimes it’s just a long time before we do, and even then the chances of winding up in the same district isn’t super high.
The Agency assigns us based on some complicated algorithms, and if the numbers don’t land on you, well, you stay in the closet, so to speak. At least we’re dormant while we’re not in use, I can’t imagine passing all that time still awake and thinking.
Anyways, when one of us is on their way back to the closet, we gather around whoever it is, and we hear stories of their kid – from the first day they became their Friend, to the day they realised the kid was growing out of them.
Continue reading “Prompt Short Story: Mothball City”
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And we’re back and starting from scratch… All the stories that used to be here are safe, but rather than repost every single one, I’m going to combine a lot of them, with some that never went up here, into an anthology and publish it. Any requests on what not to leave out will, of course, be noted!