Flash Friday: The Voice of Mars

They told her that to be a good announcer she had to believe in what she was saying. The words didn't matter. Just her conviction. It feels like a cop-out now. "I don't want to read it," she says. She feels like she's on the verge of tears — she feels the heat behind her eyes. Odi at least has the decency to look sad for her. He doesn't understand, though. He's a native. "I know." "Why don't you read it?" His eyes stay locked on hers while he shakes his head. "You're…Read more …

Flash Friday: The Arcade

Niyah's death is unexpected and too soon. She barely gets out of the city, really letting the Jake open up into a good stride. But there's an ambush, Martian katonas crouching behind the treeline who wait for her to get between them before hopping up. She knows she gets at least two of them, but the others gun her down. The screen goes blank. "Game over," it says. She slaps the controls and strings out a vibrant curse. Swiping her token again means climbing out of the machine, and if there's someone else…Read more …