I’ve just put two pieces of fiction up. The first one is Coming up for Air. This continues the story of Lucky and comes to 3,400 words.
What has gone before:
Lucky is a humanoid alien who’s escaped a clash of star-faring civilisations. Her homeworld lies in the galactic core. The battles that destroyed her civilisation were a long time ago, so long that suns have faded to dullness. Few of the places she once knew can now support life. Her people, the flowing people, were destroyed by the measuring people. She’s been on the run since, and exists in slowtime a process that lets her sleep in suspended animation while her ship, the Expedient, ploughs its lonely furrow between the stars. Eventually the Expedient comes upon a back-water of the Milky Way, known locally as Orion’s Belt.
She wants to live quietly in America. The mid-West appeals to her but first she needs an identity. She decides to pose as a refugee from the recent Balkans War, who’s fled to live in the UK. Circumstances draw her to a down-and-out tramp.
The first two episodes of her tale are:
The second piece of fiction is Fire, Brimstone and Knights. This is a fantasy about a Knight, a Demon and a Dark Wizard, jealousy and revenge. It comes to 1,800 words and continues the story begun in A Night’s Tale.