Hunger: Chapter One

Raul stumbled back, knocking over his supply cart before he struck the loose railing of the platform. The loose creature, something like a mutated stingray with the ability to fly pursued him still. He had no idea what the thing wanted with him, how it could have gotten out, or even if the thing was […]

The Shell: Finale

Six: “Godspeed to you,” Knox came again, the recording rounding its twelfth or thirteenth playback. Emily lay in a dense mud, trying to pull herself hand over hand through to make it out of the tunnel. Her body had only been able to take her so far, and now, ever without the cappera, she doubted […]

The Shell: Five

Five: Throwing herself into the deep gash leading into the planet, Emily barely hid herself from a cluster of the spider-like native creatures. Though they couldn’t have spotted her, lacking eyes as they were, Emily wasn’t sure the coast was clear. Despite all their efforts, none of the research team had been able to break […]

The Shell: Four

Four: Emily hurried away from the massive gash in the earth, it would take all night just to go around it, but perhaps it could slow any other predators. The rift had turned the valley into a chasm, and the only means to get to the far end was by taking the long route around […]

The Shell: Three

Three: Sizing up the route once more, Emily started running numbers in her head and projecting where she should be by dawn. What lay in the lands below was desolation, no doubt some sort of hunting ground wherein the predators had a distinct advantage. Bones and other such remains, not everything on the planet had […]

The Shell: Two

Two: Dreams of better times, visions of a lost lover, sensations that Emily had long lacked, the memory of Mona, coursed through her mind. Yet, the sweet and sensual were broken by the sudden slicing of flesh, the pouring of blood down her lips, rousing her senses, and waking her mind. Dark, sharp fingers slid […]

The Shell: One

One: Static hummed, the recording looped again, and Emily heard Knox’s final message once more, “Remember, you are the only one who can do this now. Keep yourself safe, keep the shell safe, deliver it, and all will be fine. If you’re worried, know that I’m with you. If you think you might be hurt […]

The Final Defeat: Finale

5. The artisan was true to his word, he took control of our clouded entity and steered us to the Edge. All around this final vestige of light in a world made of nothing but the stuff, darkness hung. Off of the Edge, all was soot black to the point I’m sure none of us […]

The Final Defeat: Four

4. It took a lot of time, too long, but again I suppose time doesn’t mean much in the simulacrum, nor would it deter and defeat my goal. As we finished, Yiet proposed we absorb the entity that had assailed us and build us into a three-pronged being. I dove through the mass of information […]

The Final Defeat: Three

3. There was no exaggeration in Yiet when he said that things were dangerous beyond the realms the Dreadminds and Pleasurefiends dwelt. On the flat fields of the Fringe, just beyond the boundaries into any city, there was nothing. As entities, we existed, puffs of dust and clouds of energy but little more than that. […]