“You think this will help?” Treyko asked, twisting his head in the vice of the chair. Even now, he still smiled. Heelna remembered those days, before she too had been plugged into the mainframe. Easier days, simpler days. “You know it will,” Heelna replied, as she tightened the wrist straps on Treyko’s wrists and upper… Continue reading Flash Fiction – Beyond Humanity (Stories on a Theme “Human”)
“You see it?” Veeni nodded, despite the fact that RED could not see her from this angle. The problem with AI computers was that they relied upon the ship’s cameras to see their crew, and this spot purposefully didn’t have a camera. It was the ship’s temple, albeit a small one. It also happened to… Continue reading Flash Fiction – Out There (Stories on a Theme “Travel”)
It wasn’t silent, there were still signs of life out there on the fields below. The workers had already gone back to their homes as the light fell away from the sky, but the birds were singing their final songs of the day. Above, a few reptiles flew ahead high up in the sky, their enormous triangle wings blocking out swathes of the sky as their riders directed them back to their roots.
The night before the battle for Captaincy of the ship, Owett watched the stars.
"You'd have thought that this would be worse," Tino said, prodding the edge of the lake with a stick. The seaweed was thick, too thick to support life. The whole lakes ecosystem had been killed for nothing more than shiny rocks. "It could have been worse," Marei said, pulling out the robots from the back… Continue reading Flash Fiction – Lakeside (Stories on a Theme – “Stagnant”)
“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” Ka’lee said, as they drifted over the edge of the Earth below them. Considered uninhabited for almost five hundred years, it had slowly evolved back to a Natural Planet, one which had no human contact. Until today. “Beautiful and bloody dangerous,” Regn’t said, hanging upside down from the ceiling. The fall-born… Continue reading Edge of the Earth – “Stories on a Theme” (Horizon)
“Isn’t it beautiful?” Terral said, staring up at the sky. The rain spattered off her visor, sliding down the outside of her exosuit. It would be a dream to feel the rain on her skin, one day. But that would be a hundred years or so down the line. This was just the first stage… Continue reading Teacup Story – Terraform
[Stories on a Theme - a weekly theme that I use as a spring board for short stories over the weekend. Catch up with the posts on my IG] Geshli stirred the soup, her stomach rumbling at the smell. It was her mother's recipe, based off one from her grandmother, filled with rich vegetables and… Continue reading Family Recipe – “Stories on a Theme” (Home)
“Go shove your head up the backside of an eltrank, Jone,” Kelv spat. Jone raised an eyebrow. She was never perturbed. “It’s just part of the routine investigation,” Jone said calmly, “you were the last person to see Retry alive, so you need to be questioned.” “Because you think I did it,” Kelv said. It… Continue reading Teacup Story – Facing Questioning
A short story based on this week's "Prompts on a Theme" - Future “You think it'll get better?” Kaelec asked. Resin smiled. She had to, Kaelec's optimism was the only thing holding the cover together. The advantage of being so young was the hope it brought. “I think so,” Resin said, “once the smog clouds… Continue reading Hope – Prompts on a Theme (Future)