Project Super Nex – Chapter Fourteen – Homesick

I barrel down the stairs from the steeple, bolt through the dining area, through the entrance vestibule and past the kissnut queen with its spiky branches looming over me. The ashmelin double doors slam open before I can touch them and I jump back from the frenzied throngs of Vermusk piling in. I squeeze my … Continue reading Project Super Nex – Chapter Fourteen – Homesick

Project Super Nex – Chapter Thirteen – Fading Into The Void

Cursed Cosmotic, I’m back in that tiresome meadow. It’s mostly the same—picking berries, traipsing down the grawtree-lined passage toward the meadow, sensing something rustling within the trees on my left. Not only do I hear a piano melody, but also the opening verse of “Delusive Eyes”—I can smell orchids, even though they’re out of season—and … Continue reading Project Super Nex – Chapter Thirteen – Fading Into The Void

Project Super Nex – Chapter Twelve – What Frightens

The red and lilac flush is fading from the twilight-blue sky, the cool air heavy with that recent-rainstorm fragrance. I’m walking briskly from the guesthouse to the Camerad without my messenger bag, which I left in my room; traveling light feels a little odd. About half the houses have their porch lights on, giving off … Continue reading Project Super Nex – Chapter Twelve – What Frightens

Project Super Nex – Chapter Eleven – A Little Brighter

I’m falling. Falling upward. My body is shooting up through a strange space where giant towers of stone and metal float in midair, where ribbons of color slither and twist as if they’re the manifestation of mystical spirits, where the sorrowful notes of a piano melody drift out of the distance, where the sharply woodsy … Continue reading Project Super Nex – Chapter Eleven – A Little Brighter

Project Super Nex – Chapter Nine – Vicissitude of Fortune

“What the bugfuck are you doing here?” That’s the first thing flying out of Penelope’s mouth precisely three seconds after she, Gene, and two of Augen’s faithful pobs showed up out of nowhere. The afternoon sunlight slicing through the library windows and the dusty air casts sharp shadows across Penelope’s glowering face, over the switchguns … Continue reading Project Super Nex – Chapter Nine – Vicissitude of Fortune

Project Super Nex – Chapter Seven – Shred of Everything

Lab C16 on the Citadelle’s thirty-first floor is nice enough, with its tables and computers arranged in loose circles, with its microscopes, vials, centrifuges, ultra-cold freezers, and tons of other supplies. It’s one of several laboratories in the building handling research for Warbearer projects. I’m running computer sims, organizing equipment, recording everything in excruciating detail … Continue reading Project Super Nex – Chapter Seven – Shred of Everything

Project Super Nex – Chapter Six – First Acquaintance

Mom’s dropping me off now at Gollinger Park on her way to work (she’s an executive for MacCloud Electronics up in the city). She kisses me on the forehead, ruffles my hair, wishes me luck on my tennis match with Dr. Fulbright. I climb out of her car, watch her drive off, and then I … Continue reading Project Super Nex – Chapter Six – First Acquaintance