Short Stories

Defecting Programmer by Sophia Austin

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“Are you on schedule?”, demanded the General.  Even on a screen, he was an imposing figure. “Yes, we’re on schedule.”  As head researcher, part of the job was politics, Dr. Raymona Julien understood this.   “Good, and it’ll do everything you promised?”, asked the General. Julien added, “Everything and more.” “It just needs to do what you promised! It needs to quell these terrorists!”, the General ended the call. Julien didn’t waste any time opening a secure channel, this time it was just text, no face for identification. “The virus is ready.”, Dr Julian didn’t waste time with pleasantries. “Is this...


Sica - South Dakota State Park. by Nancy Austin

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Sica - South Dakota State Park. Written by Nancy Austin Well, we have found a park with eight miles of hiking trails and paved road all the way to it.  Nice! It’s been a few months since we were on a long hike. I am going to enjoy this. “Mom look, a coyote.”  says Pete. Wow, it’s huge. I hope there are more at Sica. And we’ve made it to Sica and it is beautiful.  Just enough parking, low cost, and water running everywhere.  There are waterfalls throughout the view. So we start our hike across the creek and up. ...


First 10 pages of Star Clans: A Troll Hunt by Peter Austin and Hezekiah Austin

  Chapter One: A Matter of Honor    Or    The Really Foolish Things Honor Gets You to Do.        World of the Whispering Forests: Town of Rolling Hills. Winter-Tears Hector, often called the Jarl of Tears or the Snow Leopard, entered the Underhill Inn and Tavern.  He paused inside the door to rack his lance, shield, hand-lance, battle-stone pouches and short-sword under the watchful eyes of the door-warden.  House Andromeda, the owners of Underhill, had a business to maintain.  Fights with the full array of Viking weaponry tended to destroy furniture.  The door-warden scanned Hector for weapons, verifying that he was...


The Ghost of Winter By Hezekiah A. Austin

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Long ago in the Clan of Leo, there was an old house-carl.  He had served his house well, guarding its gates against all its foes.  Bravely he fought against all their foes. Now, he sat by the fire, half-blind and crippled by time.  Yet honored still by the grey-haired Matriarch and few old servants that remembered his deeds. In the Fall of the year, change came.  Golden and Red were the leaves and slowly they had started to fall.  With the fall of the leaves came sadness. For the grey-haired lady of the hall sickened and died.  Wails and weeping...


The Forging of Five Night-Weapons Deathtouched Weapons of the Invitus By H A Austin

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The five weapons were forged by the greatest Invitus, Craftmaster Apollo.  His long-ship crashed into a strange dark rock, deep in the night-void. The rock drew in light from its surroundings and kept the power.  Craftmaster Apollo took the rock and broke it apart into a black metal ore. Incased inside the rock, he found the strangest thing. The branch of a huge tree.  The branch was black. Like the ore, it was imbued with strange powers. It could be bent, yet his hardest and sharpest tools could not scratch it. He sold half of his goods for better tools. ...