Tag: science fiction

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Come Like a Tailor, Part 5

Amra followed Deol while Kaspinsky tried to talk to Donald. Once out of earshot, she asked, “Why did he lie about his service?” “Well, it’s complicated. He was assigned to Captain Bipen’s case when she developed amnesia. They fell in…

Come Like a Tailor, Part 4

Sita followed the children back to the gazebo. Her expression changed from gentle regard for her children to wary watchfulness of Deol and the others. She greeted them. “Beautiful day, isn’t it?” Deol studied her face. There were streaks of…

Come Like a Tailor, Part 3

The journey north on the hover train took less than three hours. Deol stared out the window at the blurred landscape as they traveled from tropical Manali to the alpine meadows of Pandukeshwar in the foothills of the Himalayas. Mercifully,…

Come Like a Tailor, Part 2

Three days later, Deol surveyed carnage of a different sort. She adjusted her face mask. The heat of the Tamil afternoon wasn’t helping with the smell of decay and blood. She stepped over a body as the United Nations observer…

Come Like a Tailor, Part 1

Push about, in and out, thimble them cleverly, Here’s to the King and Donald McGillivray. Captain Lakshmi Deol moved silently through the marshy jungle of Bangladesh. The steady rain did little to alleviate the heat. She made eye contact briefly…

Ghosts in the Suicide Forest – Part 11

Alice stared at Maiv with wide eyes. She breathed, “What did you do?” “Obviously, I chose to stay; a chance to save people, make a small difference.” She shook her head. “I plan to unplug her when I get too…

Ghosts in the Suicide Forest – Part 10

It was an early spring day just before the onset of the rainy season. Maiv was cleaning out the hut and rolled up a large area rug in the bedroom, intending to take it outside and beat the dust out…

Ghosts in the Suicide Forest – Part 9

“So?” Alice leaned forward. “What happened?” “I checked the letter again. It had changed to a single sheet that read, ‘Thank you. I am going to look for a new job. Maybe we’ll try Europe.” Alice frowned. “Are you certain…

Ghosts in the Suicide Forest – Part 8

Maiv explored the forest in the months following Marco’s death. She occasionally used the VR system, paying attention to angles of view to find cameras. It was a slow process since she still wasn’t sure how to tell the computer…