September 13th, 14th, 15th, & 16th

September 16th, 2010 -- "Ghost Walk"

The warm night bent across the world to meet with the sharp line of the white hot sand in the distance. For the cat, the night was like most others, where bits of ground gave way to padded feet with the soft swishing of dry dirt. Off in the distance and all around her, bands of faint color raked the dark sky for miles before reaching semblances of light.


September 15th, 2010 -- "The Soldiers of the 54th Ocean Regiment"

It was often suggested that the men and women of the 54th Ocean Regiment were, in the pointed absence of war previous to 2132, ill-prepared for the horrors besieging humanity. Some would claim laziness, others naivete or greed or cowardice. The soldiers were seen as inept. They were seen as nothing more than a nominal security task force hellbent on fulfilling contracts to keep up with life. Some would say that they had no idea, that they were clueless and doomed, that the sum of their combined merit would stand only as an armed formality in place of empty space on a battlefield.

They were expecting a humiliating defeat.


September 14th, 2010 -- "The TV Guide"

The low light of the den snapped off with the broken bulb, and Bob sat indifferent in the blue glow of the tube. The flat, square buttons on his control were rubbed round from years of use.

It wasn't always this way.


September 13th, 2010 -- "Falling Into the Nearest Sun"

One walked ahead of the other for the sake of making some kind of move to pass by the pause.

They had both sat for some time, watching, deciding for themselves which was closer. Which of the two was closer? Was one larger than the other? Were they looking at the dawn of one with the lingering of the other?

Beyond the quiet blank of intense heat could be heard the faintly interfering noise of much light, the shrouded sound of exploding fire brought to the volume a pin's drop dropping over and over again for the two's ears.

They stood and wondered and burned lightly over the course of the day.


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