• Freed

    The Stowaway “We aren’t throwing her out the airlock.” The captain’s frustration was obvious. Carefully testing the bindings Ginger tried not to let either her or the ship know she was conscious. Most would still be stunned, and it was her chance to be able to do something, although she had no idea what. Taking over a ship with the tech it must have wasn’t a simple process. Most over any attempt didn’t work, leading to more problems than it solved. “Sometimes you’re too human for your own good.” The ship sighed. “I understand why you believe you should take her to the authorities, but it’s likely to be harder…

  • An Explanation

    The Unexpected Both Megan and Scott looked over, but only for a second, and then did their best to act normally. Eleanor glanced at Willow, who smiled. Then, after gently resting a hand on Eleanor’s shoulder for a moment as a reminder of her support, Willow left the lab. Explanations were Eleanor’s task. She raked a hand through her hair. When it came to when she needed to talk about there were no right words. Not being open made sense, considering the situation, but it could easily cause problems now the truth needed to be told. At least some of it. Keeping how she’d ended up in the lab a…

  • The Guide

    Watching Reaching the bottom was a relief. Every time Keeley was dropped from one platform to the next she found herself panicking for a few seconds, certain she was going to end up falling all the way down. It didn’t matter how many times she’d successfully dropped from one to the next. The further down they got the easier it was to see how far they had to go, and she’d focused on the fact she did have someone there to help her, because she would have fallen all the way to the bottom if it hadn’t been for Jack. At the same time Keeley couldn’t help wondering why he…

  • Watching

    Trapped Keeley was the first to arrive. That was good. It was also expected. Had things gone differently Alban would have wondered if they truly had the control they needed, but it was obvious they did. As he watched her, knowing exactly what it was she’d been expecting, he found himself smiling. She was the one they wanted to be there, the one who could help them fix the things that needed to be fixed, although he knew, considering what they were, that what they saw as things that needed to be fixed were probably what the developers had put in to make the game more complicated. Of course they…

  • Trapped

    The first thing Keeley did was check her way back. Being the first to test the newly created worlds was always worrying, because they could never be quite certain there was a way out, and that time there wasn’t. For a moment she wanted to laugh. It was either that, or cry, and she wasn’t going to cry. Knowing how dangerous it was meant they were always ready for the worst to happen – and being stuck wasn’t the very worst that could happen. Due to the way they created the games she knew there was a way out. All she had to do was play through the story line,…

  • Worries

    Watching Reuben was quiet as he stepped back onto the ship. Quiet wasn’t unusual for him, exactly, but he looked almost defeated. Studying him I tried to work out if I should say something. Even though he was civil he’d never tried to really get to know any of us. He did the job, and nothing more. From the way he acted it was obvious to all of us he wasn’t willing to put any roots down. “Do you want to talk about it?” I kept my voice low enough Vere wouldn’t hear, certain Reuben would have preferred neither of us say anything about his emotional state. “I’m willing to…

  • Watching

    Lessons Breathing in deeply, I slowly looked around, knowing the normal signs wouldn’t be any use. Everything was silent for a reason other than the monsters. A crashed ship, larger than anything I could have imagined travelling through space, with us moving around to try to save people and put out the fires, silenced everything. We were lucky to bring out some survivors. Most, from what we’d all seen, died due to the stasis chambers failing to open, which Tom put down to the generators failing. He believed those in other areas of the ship were lucky enough to get out using the life pods scattered throughout the ship. Not…

  • More Planning

    Changes Jessie’s closeness to Mile shouldn’t have bothered me. I’d known her for hours, the same way he had, and from the way she’d been acting it was obvious she was a friendly person. Yet there was this flash of jealousy, quickly quelled. There was no logical reason for it, but then I knew better than to think emotions were logical, especially as it probably wasn’t so much her. More a flicker of memory. From the smile he gave her it was obvious how much he needed the support. I’d done what I could to be there for Mile, as a friend. With professional support, from a builder willing to…

  • Changes

    More About Stormrock As I reached town hall I glanced back, to see Arlo was already holding Jessie in his arms. Smiling, I shook my head, remembering all the times he’d been there to help me. Pushing the door open I stepped inside, the same way I had back when we first arrived in Stormrock. Only it was a very different situation. Instead of walking into a room which almost looked the way it might have done back before the war I’d found myself in darkness. Had it only been the darkness I wouldn’t have worried too much. The growling from the corner was something else entirely. Fortunately Arlo was…

  • More About Stormrock

    Plans For Stormrock Galen led us to the back of the ruins of the building they’d managed to claim one room from to make town hall, and from there it was possible for me to see more of Stormrock. Gently, Arlo set me on the remnants of one of the walls, before sitting beside me. We looked out at what had once probably been a sprawling port town. In some places nothing was left behind, and in other ruins similar to the one I was sitting on. “Before the war a road led from here to the sea.” Galen sat on the other side, sounding wistful. “There are parts of…