Justice

"Any last words of advice?" Cal tried to keep his voice light, the words joking, but his mother saw through him. "You don't need advice," she said. "No one can handle this better than you." "You handled it pretty well when it happened to you." "No," Lil shook her head. "It wasn't the same. Val … Continue reading Justice

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"They're really something, aren't they?"  The two four-year-olds were focused intently on the village they were building out of their toys, paying no attention to their grandmother who watched with a smile. Dark heads bent down, sturdy legs crouched, quietly working in and around each other. A stack of books for the greenhouse, blocks for … Continue reading

Survival

Val was bored, which always pissed her off. She picked at the skin next to her thumbnail while the head of the zoology group droned on about the reproduction rates of apex predators and their prey. This was all stuff the previous generation had studied at length, but he "wanted to refresh their memories" as … Continue reading Survival

The Rest

Lil couldn't remember the last time she had slept. Two weeks had passed since Roon's death, and they still had no idea where this new disease had come from or how to stop it. The medical reasearch team was starting to question whether the strange molecules they'd identified were even to blame for the disease, … Continue reading The Rest

First

When they told her about the first death, Lil felt betrayed. Not by her father, who brought her the news. Not by the medical team, who had worked around the clock to identify this new disease. Certainly not by Roon, whose body had lost its battle.  Lil felt betrayed by Una itself. Una, the first … Continue reading First