Treasure Inside Part 2

Treasure Inside Part 2

The Story Continues From Last Time …  Rain turned on her heel and stalked down to the bottom of the ramp. She seized the girl’s elbow and hauled her to her feet in spite of her protests. “You’re coming with us,” Rain said. “To Orbona City?” the girl exclaimed, black eyes shining. “Hell, no.” Rain

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Namesake: Girls Like Flowers

Namesake: Girls Like Flowers

RATED PG for Language Xander liked daisies, just not scattered all over the ship. Al’s spontaneous decorating had turned the corridors on the Prodigal into a post-blizzard winter scene. Xander crouched in one of the corridors, trashcan in one hand, plucking daisies out of the floor grates with the other. An acid wash would have

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Between the Lines: Al

Between the Lines: Al

The prune-man sees things people-persons don’t. The prune-man knows more than any other man-man. So the prune-man says sit still, and Al will sit still. Except for her toes, because they wiggle-wiggle whenever they want to. And her fingers. They do too. A man-man in a white coat walks by Al’s bench. Processing-processing. Al’s brain

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Between the Lines: Sylphie

Between the Lines: Sylphie

RATED: PG for language I straighten the straps on my red silk nightgown as the second chime rings through the Oasis, trembling the rotten wooden walls. The grease-spattered window in my room rattles in its pane behind the ornate drape I use to keep out the rust-colored planet light of Jupiter. I snatch a cigarette

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Between the Lines: Vix Valentine

Between the Lines: Vix Valentine

RATED: PG for language There’s a black stain on the left heel of my favorite shoes. Damn dog. If that damned Pomeranian has ruined another pair of my shoes— I spin in the reflection of the shop windows and glare at the spot where that damn, damn dog chewed the red leather off my very

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Between the Lines: Darien Stone

Between the Lines: Darien Stone

RATED: PG for language I touch the cold crystal of the glass tumbler to my lips, but only half-melted ice meets my mouth. Empty. My glass is empty. I raise the glass and shake it once, just enough to rattle the ice. No response from the bed. I clench my teeth. “My glass is empty.”

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Between the Lines: Devon Chase

Between the Lines: Devon Chase

RATED: PG for language The spinning gold-tinted lenses on the glasses Kale’s wearing make it look like he’s got a head injury. Good thing nobody’s sitting close enough to notice them, or they might have questions. Questions draw attention, and we’re supposed to be inconspicuous. So, of course, that’s why Kale’s wearing scanning specs that

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Between the Lines: Evy Berkley

Between the Lines: Evy Berkley

RATED: PG for language I jerk awake at the shrill tone of the vidscreen, and I sit up with my heart in my throat. I’m in a chair. My office chair? Well, that would make sense, since I’m still sitting in my office. I fell asleep on my desk. Again. I must look a mess.

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Between the Lines: Kale Ravenwood

Between the Lines: Kale Ravenwood

RATED: PG for language Venus smells like the men’s room in a bar. And it’s not just the space port. It’s not Aphrodite City. No, Venus’s atmosphere smells like stale urine half cloaked by the cloying aroma of floral air deodorizers. Makes my head hurt. The chemical cocktail the engineers used to terraform the planet

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Between the Lines: Xander

Between the Lines: Xander

How do you ask a NUSovian, “What’s for lunch?” I don’t know. But the answer would probably be, “The same thing we’re having for dinner.” Because in my very limited experience, NUSovians only eat one thing. Rehydrated borscht. Yup. It tastes about as good as it sounds. My plastic bowl steams on the steel table

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