[ITS] Chapter 12: The Routine

This is the fifth time that he’s raided that store, and he’s gotten quite good at it over the past few weeks. The key was made from a strip of metal he’d quickly lifted from the back of Tom’s truck, which he’d carved into the appropriate shape with his detailing kit and by gnawing on it […]

[ITS] Chapter 12: The Routine

[ITS] Chapter 10: The Retainer

He flies down deserted streets as he makes his way through the grid-like arrangement of blocks, heading for Holly’s address. The giant ducks under streetlights as he passes them, and it feels a little bit like a game; he swerves around a single car and remembers that there’s a human sport that looks similar to […]

[ITS] Chapter 10: The Retainer

[ITS] Chapter 9: The Store

Stars, how refreshing it is to be carrying on something like a conversation with someone. Not just someone, but a human, at that! Honestly, Galen wasn’t sure that he’d ever see the day when a human would be talking to him like an equal. Sure, she still thinks he’s human too; but that’s just details at this […]

[ITS] Chapter 9: The Store

[ITS] Chapter 8: The Help

Her eyelids are heavy when the notification lights up her phone at almost 2 in the morning. She’s been texting all evening, and so reaches for it where it sits on the couch armrest with a sloppy groan. “I thought you were in bed,” Holly mumbles, wondering why she isn’t in bed herself. The late-night […]

[ITS] Chapter 8: The Help

[ITS] Chapter 7: The Bridge

The room is dimly lit from the lower-quality energy that now trundles through the once surging grid of this prefecture’s capital city. It’s been one tritium* since the ceasefire, and the Ntaa are still struggling to rebuild their razed homeworld, called simply Tchanggarec in Common: The Machine Hive. The Ntaarin name for it, obviously, holds the planet in […]

[ITS] Chapter 7: The Bridge

[ITS] Chapter 6: The Turn

It’s a training day at EYSAR. The team’s recently gotten all-new GPS gear – the old stuff was apparently getting embarassing to be seen with, but funding is hard to come by and a lot of the guys already part with their own money enough as it is to buy gear. Brett, the new guy, […]

[ITS] Chapter 6: The Turn

[ITS] Chapter 5: The Broken Ties

Honestly, I’m not sure what to say. I’m not even sure if I should believe you… I hope you’ll understand when I say that this is the most ridiculous, far-fetched thing someone has ever told me! I mean, I can’t actually verify this until billing gets a hold of me, but if I take you […]

[ITS] Chapter 5: The Broken Ties

[ITS] Chapter 4: The Hospital

She wakes, dull and heavy, from the death-sleep of general anesthesia, finding herself in a quiet and verybeige room. Without any idea why its beigeness seems remarkable to her. A nurse is at her side, smiling, and says something to the effect of “everything went well, we’ll be taking you to your room shortly”. Holly […]

[ITS] Chapter 4: The Hospital

[ITS] Chapter 3: The Bout

“You want us to do what?” The woman’s voice on the other end of the line is cold. Her job doesn’t resemble HR so much as it does, say, a food inspector’s. Galen’s chassis cycles a long draw of air, and he looks down at his four-toed feet as he stands on a lawn of […]

[ITS] Chapter 3: The Bout

[ITS] Chapter 2: The Beartooths

There’s only one more call before the start of Yellowstone’s busy season – a simple case of a father and son who didn’t make it back to their car before nightfall – and by May, Galen’s permitted himself to begin forgetting about the pilot of the Cessna. It’s early June when he’s summoned to what […]

[ITS] Chapter 2: The Beartooths