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  • Never Let Me Down Again

    Another night, another takeout container sitting on the table’s edge, as [[:alex-lathem | Alex]] poured through the disorganized mess that was this section of the stacks at ASI. She’d been trying to track down a lead referencing just where [[Amalgamated …

  • A New Career in a New Town

    Two weeks after [[Loose Ends | Braxton Falls]] Aaron and Alex stepped out of the elevator on the 30th floor of the ASI building. It was just after 7am when they arrived. Ken was waiting at the reception desk flipping a clipboard while chatting with the …

  • Disposable

    By the time the criminal investigation personnel were through, the only thing Taz could breathe or taste was death, and she knew that's what the smell of a Florida swamp would mean to her forever. The sodium floodlights that had kept the wetlands around …

  • Reevaluation

    [[:mallory-mal-cunningham | Mal]] tightened the rubber strip around her upper arm before sliding the needle into her vein. She filled three vials before releasing the band. She labeled each of them in her precise handwriting before sending Chelsea a …

  • Alive

    [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron]] and [[:mallory-mal-cunningham | Mal]] had stopped at a Stars ‘N Scones in Indiana an hour or so before sunrise to fuel up on caffeine and carbs before the final stretch toward their destination. While Mal pored over her findings …

  • Seeing You

    Mal slid the chicken and vegetables into a skillet; it had been awhile since she actually cooked a meal. She mostly lived off of protein bars and takeout, when she remembered to eat at all. But she wanted to make an effort for Eva. This could be a big …

  • Down With Disease

    [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron Mathias]] pulled off his jacket and hung it on a hook behind the door in the laboratory, then sat down on the narrow but comfortable bed in the center of the coolly-lit sleep chamber. Lying on a table next to the bed was an …

  • There is Always a Place

    Chapel Hill, NC has a history of outsiders, weirdos, punks, hippies, actors and miscreants of a particular blend. Lately they’ve been harder to find. Making way for the marriage of new money and old. Developers out to make even the airport coffee …

  • What's in the Box?-Destiny

    I yank open the door to the apartment, slam it quickly and lock it. and leaned against it for support. I didn’t really remember how I had gotten back home. I remember the subway, vaguely. “Holy fuck. What the fuck.” I say through ragged breaths, as …

  • Seizing the Future

    _“Nothing in this world connects you more to what you're studying, then actually living in the outside, beyond these coddling walls. The Empire Foundation is now offering a summer camp to help shape minds. Those who wish to emulate my experiences living …

  • What's At Stake?

    "Whoa. You're not even ready yet?" Natalie said as she pushed her way into Grace's bedroom. Grace grabbed her purse off the bed. "What do you mean? I am ready." She replied glancing at her reflection in the mirror over her dresser. "Girl, we are …

  • Making a Point

    Mal scanned the Secret Frequency, checking to see who else had responded to [[:captain-retired-grace-valentine | Grace's]] request for help. Grace sure knew how to get her attention, last time it was [[My Bloody Valentine | savaged bodies]], this time it …

  • Bullethead

    *I. Wake-Up Call* "(soundtrack)":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bdOefF_tyU When he was lucid enough to remember any of the conversations they had with him, the doctors at the hospital told Aaron he was one of the most fortunate ballistic trauma …

  • Placebo Effect

    So much blood…. [[:natalie-allegro | Natalie]] couldn't move. She stared as the blood slowly crept toward her dark purple Docs. She watched as it spread out the side of her boots and seeped in between them. It's like a purple and red butterfly. It' …

  • Q&A

    “What is at the end of time and space and at the beginning of eternity?” “What? Are you kidding me?” “When you have me, you want to share me. When you share me, I no longer exist.” [[:edward-mclaughlin | Ed]] sighed. “No, not this again.” “ …

  • Prague

    The plane had landed on a private runway and the acquisitions team was currently loading their bags into the cars that had been sent to take them to the museum. Alex checked her watch and did some quick math; it was only 6 pm in Philadelphia. She had been …

  • Overdue

    _An actual letter with postage and everything arrives in Denver:_ Ed, I’ve started and torn up this letter more times than I can count. It’s taken close to 24 hours on a plane for me to sit and think about everything that’s happened. Getting out of …

  • Medium Pace

    ("Soundtrack":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXGPn3GV1iE) [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron]] peeled off his gel-padded shooting gloves, taking a thin layer of skin and sweat along with them, and removed his earplugs and eye protection. The drive in from …

  • Hotter Than Hell

    Charlie counted off the new tempo for the song. It took a while to get it perfect, but tonight needed to be special. The solo guitar intro was replaced by Nikki’s electric piano buzzing in a few seventh chords to create more harmonic tension. “This …

  • Communiqués

    *Date*: April 27th, 2016 *To*: [[:aaron-mathias | amathias@asi.net]] *From*: [[:elijah-sharpe | admin@asi.net]] *Subject*: STOP ORDER #1884 - 4/27/2016 - 4/30/2016 Mr. Mathias, Per ASI Field Order #17036, you are to discontinue taking the …

  • Doing it Right

    “Mal?” She jumped at the sound of her name, interrupting her train of thought. “Hmm?” Mal turned to [[:eva-jimenez | Eva]], who was rummaging around in the fridge. “I asked if you wanted a beer, _querida_. Twice.” “Umm...sure, thanks.” She …

  • Rosso Come Il Mio Cuore

    She unfolded the note for the fourteenth time, the paper feeling softer in her hands with each reading. _[[:natalie-allegro | Natalie]]...I love you..._ Still reeling from the revelations in the letter and not sure how it made her feel, she refolded …

  • Good Talk

    “[[:alex-lathem | Alex]], I slept with [[:natalie-allegro | Natalie]].” The words hung heavy in the air of Alex’s fifth-floor apartment. [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron]] had been working up the courage to say them for hours, but the time hadn’t seemed right …

  • Desert Thoughts

    [[:tazendra-taz-crow | Taz]] shifted her backpack more comfortably under her head, lying in the bed of a rusted-out old pickup abandoned in the Mojave Desert somewhere between Victorville and Ridgecrest. Every star the human eye could see seemed to be out …

  • Morning After

    Aaron parked the Audi in front of the motel lobby and grabbed a carrier full of steaming coffee cups and two bags of pastries out of the passenger seat. It was just after 8 a.m.; through the lounge windows he could see Eva and Mal seated at a small table …

  • The Normal They Need

    ("Soundtrack":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI0a9hTh5AU) “WHAT?! Are you freakin’ _kidding_ me?!” Natalie yelped. The car swerved dangerously into an adjoining lane of the 405 as she turned to face Aaron. He reached up with his right hand in panic …

  • A Pain that I'm Used To

    [[:edward-mclaughlin | Ed]] watched [[:alex-lathem | Alex]] get out of the cab by herself and walk into the night office at the no-name motel where they’d stayed on their first trip to Denver. Beside him, [[:the-sept-of-the-clouds | Dain]] sat, arms …

  • Knowledge

    “You want something, don’t you?” The little [[:cicuta | Fae]] girl bounced from foot to foot, staring at her intently. Mal struggled, trying to find the words to express what she wanted. In that moment all she wanted was not to fail again, which meant …

  • Hitchin' a Ride

    The sky is shifting into the harsh gold of a late Florida afternoon as a semi comes wheezing into a Pilot truck stop just outside of Pensacola. The passenger side opens and a figure that seems to carry the dust of a western desert hops out, wiping black …

  • Last Entry

    Dear Diary, I should be sad that Reuben is dead. His duty is done, and I know he's in a better place. Heaven. Valhalla maybe. He saved me from Hades and from a portal to Hell, so who's to say where we're supposed to go? Wherever it is, I just always …

  • Heroes—Recommendation

    _One of the recommendations promised to the students of Libra house, Northstar Leadership Camp_ Dear Admissions Committee, It is my honor to write this letter of recommendation for Mr. Aarav Ganguly-Perez. I was his mentor for the Northstar …

  • Found My Way

    So many people tried to help me on my way; So little time and there’s still so much left to say. There’s no explaining all the things that I’ve been through— But I’ve finally found my way to you... [[:natalie-allegro | Natalie]] stepped down off the …

  • I Will Follow You Into the Dark

    The buzzing vibration in his pocket took [[:the-sept-of-the-clouds | Dain’s]] attention away from the sparring match in front of him. A visitor from the East Coast had been goaded into challenging Big Man and everyone was enjoying the spectacle. He looked …

  • Hoping for a little help

    Hey [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron]], This letter is going to be strange, so I ask that you bear with me. I’ve been going through a bit of a rough time since the camp. I keep thinking of [[:shandi | Shandi]], and the other campers, how I didn’t save them. …

  • Through Her Eyes

    Mid-morning sunlight streamed through the atrium and reception area of the ASI building. It was fairly quiet; most employees had already come in for the day. The noise from the city outside hummed underneath the soft music that drifted through the sound …

  • Where We Go From Here

    The first ten minutes or so of the ride back to Wilmington was very quiet; Alex spent most of it with her eyes closed. Aaron saw no reason to break the silence; she’d speak when she was ready. He sensed that no word or gesture could make this better right …

  • All the Time in the World

    “No. No, no, no! Lady, I already told you, I want the second bottle from the back, bottom shelf, third from the right. Not that one.” [[:charles-powell | Charles]] pointed across the bar at the specified bottle. The bartender sighed in exasperation for …

  • Dawning Light

    Alex glanced at the clock on the bedside table—it was 4:30am, fifteen minutes since the last time she had looked at it. It had been a little over two weeks since she had returned from New York. She slipped out of the bed, leaving Aaron asleep, grabbed her …

  • Wayne's house guest

    Every day since returning from the camp, [[:wayne-hodges | Wayne]] couldn’t help but wake up early. He was relieved to find that he didn’t wake [[:josephine-josie-bennett | Josie]], or at least she didn’t seem to wake when he awoke from the same damn …

  • Paint It, Black

    [[:the-sept-of-the-clouds | Dain’s]] voice faded from [[:edward-mclaughlin | Ed’s]] mind. Looking down, he could see just how much of his blood had soaked into the makeshift barricade he sat behind. And then that realization, too, faded. A heavy weight …

  • Slippery When Wet

    The five-hour drive from Los Angeles to Monterey passed quickly. Hourly stops to walk and water Fae notwithstanding, [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron]] and [[:natalie-allegro | Natalie]] made pretty good time, spending most of the drive swapping music on the …

  • Promises

    It was nearly time. [[:josephine-josie-bennett |Josie]] knew deep within that the coming days would likely change everything. They had gotten the call early that morning, [[:jackson-carver-iii | Jackson Carver]], was holding a rally in Dallas. Josie had …

  • Inked

    Natalie squeezed the black vinyl of the chair, her silver-painted nails digging into the cool plastic. The pain in her shoulder was intense, but it was nothing compared to the worry in her heart. The low buzz of the tattoo needle turned to white noise as …

  • Rebirth

    Doctor Adrian Skaar knelt down by the tombstone. It said Kennedy, but he knew the coffin below was empty. For a moment his memories flashed to the fire, to the fear in her eyes, and then to the quick slash of the knife in his hand. In the present moment, …

  • Wield The Spade

    ("Soundtrack":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snpg3WhLo5A) [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron]]’s eyes glazed over as he stepped away from his computer for the first time in hours since he’d gotten home from headquarters. It had been a grueling few days, most of …

  • Lunch Break

    Alex was sitting in one of the small conference rooms inside ASI, reviewing various blueprints and reports strewn across the table. There are too many variables, she thought to herself as she sifted through the information. She closed her eyes, resting …

  • When The Rage In Me Subsides

    ("Soundtrack":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PPC7s2_Qh8) The pounding bass of the speakers placed around the dance floor of the trendy Dallas nightclub to which the women had gone after dinner rang in [[:eva-jimenez | Eva]]’s ears. Downing the last …

  • It's No Game

    Her finger hovered just above the off switch for the helicopter when a call came in on the dedicated ASI line. She saw Granger look back at the bird with a question in his eyes and she raised a finger to indicate a moment. 'Yes Elijah?' "Grace, I need …

  • The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning

    “So you’re just leaving us?” [[:the-sept-of-the-clouds | Leanna]] was less than happy, to put it mildly. The past few months had been intense, and she had grown close to [[:granger-simms | Granger]] through it all. What he had done for Big Man was above …

  • Tough Call

    Marshall picked up his phone. He recognized the number; answered it anyway. (on phone) Hello, This is Marshall with...(sigh.) Hi, Maya...No, I can talk now...Yeah, I took a few weeks leave...Yeah, Paris. I know I'm not in the Airforce anymore. You …

  • Welcomed Distractions

    [[:josephine-josie-bennett | Josie]] looked down at her phone for a fourth time; the 'No Signal' symbol had yet to vanish, and her frustration escalated to a new level. Pacing through the cabin barefoot, she tried in vain to find somewhere she could get a …

  • Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

    The Suburban pulled into Granger’s Own a little after one in the morning. [[:edward-mclaughlin | Ed]] and [[:granger-simms | Granger]] were both dead tired. Two solid days of driving, stopping only for food and bathroom breaks, had taken its toll. As they …

  • A Matter of Perspective

    Alex was packing up her laptop when Jonas dropped a stack of oversized books on her desk. “Hey Georgia, are you in a hurry to get home?” He slid one of the books aside, revealing the corner of a blue folder with red tape sealing the edges closed. “I …

  • Final preparations

    [[:wayne-hodges | Wayne]] stood on the porch of the cabin where he’d spent the last month with [[:josephine-josie-bennett | Josie]]. The last month of their lives had been almost surreal, and he wasn’t sure it had even happened. Sure, there were some bad …

  • Regrets, Part I

    ("Soundtrack":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrDj5XvZXX4) [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron Mathias]] sat calmly in the lounge chair on the executive patio as [[:elijah-sharpe | Elijah Sharpe]] poured two cups of coffee and reclined on a beach towel in his own …

  • Regrets, Part II

    ("Soundtrack":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUSpBAmSMb8) Aaron rolled out of the bed in the executive suite of the private jet Natalie had been lent by the Empire Foundation, struggling to keep his footing as his blood redistributed properly …

  • Where do you want to go?

    “Yeah? Okay, you got them then? Good. Yes I’m sure I want to do this. Thanks.” [[:josephine-josie-bennett | Josie]] stood at the doorway, watching [[:wayne-hodges | Wayne]] as he sat on the porch talking on his cellphone. She wasn’t sure who he was …

  • Road Trippin'

    _“Mija, tienes que prestar atención. ¡No sueñes cuando estás conduciendo!”_ [[:tazendra-taz-crow | Taz]] had no idea what [[:eva-jimenez | Eva]] had been saying, of course, but she got it. Pay attention. No mental wandering off. It was surprisingly …

  • Daddy Issues

    “That is an excellent diagram, Mallory.” said her science teacher, inspecting the drawing of a myofibril she was copying out of an anatomy textbook. “Thank you,” she replied, not looking up from her drawing. “I am particularly interested in the …

  • Bigger than Big

    [[:charles-powell | Charles]] wiped his brow as he shrugged off the riot gear and stowed it back in its case. While great for stopping a bullet (and posing for pictures), the heavy gear was hot and stifling. He and Keith had finished taking inventory of …

  • What A Fool Believes

    Before the return flight from Rome, ASI had already directed [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron]] to continue on to Denver and await another set of orders from headquarters. Luckily, he still had a place to stay there. Some good friends had seen to that decisively …

  • Message to Contingent Hunters

    _This message is distributed to Contingent hunters via snail mail, text from blocked numbers, e-mail from blind accounts, and robocalls._ Hunters of the Contingent, We are in a period of danger, more so than we have ever faced. Already the …

  • All for Nothing

    _(Recording starts)_ “So I guess this is day ten since I ingested the fruit. There was concern about the amount of propofol that was needed to keep me sedated. Anyway, since I’ve been talking to myself a lot even while I was unconscious Chelsea thought …

  • An email From Zak to his Agent

    To: Fred Fulson (ffulson@glamour.kingdom) From: Zak Zimmerman (truezak@zak.awesome) Subject: You might have been right about SC!! Attachment: marvinmillerinvestigations.jpg Hey Agentman. Do you remember when I played Chris in 'The Storm Has A …

  • Souless

    *Victim 1: 35 year old caucasian male. Third degree burns across the entirety of the torso, but not cause of death. Extreme heat melted the vitreous body, and there are small fractures on the inside of the orbit.* Mal paused, trying to find the best …

  • Dam research update

    Dam History I’ve been continuing to research the history of what I’m going to refer to as the Hill Valley dam. The reason I say that is that as strange as this sounds, on every record and drawing I’ve come across, there is some sort of copying error, …

  • Dr. Skaar--The More You Know

    As various primetime television channels fade to commercial, the first ad opens up on Dr. Skaar leaning against his desk. The classic oak furniture and masculine earth tones of his decor give a warm, comfortable feel to his office. Off to the side, …

  • Knowing is Half the Battle

    The high tinny sound of old country music filled the dingy bar. No one seemed to pay much attention to the aging jukebox in the corner, minus the drunk next to it humming along to whichever song of heartbreak and loneliness it played. Above it stood the …

  • Notes from the Road

    _Dozens seen on bulletin boards in migrant services centers, translated from Spanish:_ Brothers and sisters, keep your eyes open, because dark times are coming. The stories and legends of our childhoods are rising up and we are caught in the middle. …

  • Running Out of Time

    Quintin was running out of time. The portal back would be closing soon, the beetle bridges were starting to waken and writhe, and he only had one flare left. He waited, hearing the clicks and screams of the Albino Skeletons as they followed the trail of …

  • Can't Stop The Signal

    The last time [[Washington DC | Tamara Oliver]] had wandered into the Tulgey Wood, it had been a stiflingly hot and oppressive place, filled with the sounds of unnatural beasts prowling the underbrush. Now, it was cool and dark, and dimly lit with the …

  • The Promise

    [[:the-sept-of-the-clouds | Leanna]] stepped out of the supply closet of [[Hill Valley SC | Granger’s Own]] and into the garage proper. The pleasant Colorado air gave way to the oppressive summer heat of South Carolina. “Uuuuuugh. Summer. The worst …

  • Riots and Government Control

    Frogs chirp outside a small ranch house as the rain patters down on the roof shingles. Inside, a family sits in their living room, faces tense, staring at their TV as it fades from commercial back to the nightly news. The anchor’s somber voice cuts the …

  • Wishing Well

    The old well was a mossy, crumbling pile of fieldstones left over from the halcyon days of the Rourke estate, now taking up a small corner on the edge of the Hill Valley artist’s enclave with the encroaching forest just started to enfold it, with vines …

  • Dance, Magic, Dance

    “You remind me of the babe.” “What babe?” “The babe with the power.” “What power?” “The power of voodoo!” “Hey, if you’re talking about Maman Minerva, she’s got a name, and it’s kind of rude to call her things like ‘babe', [[:forest | …

  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door

    *St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hagerstown, Maryland* “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been…. 2 hours and 36 minutes since my last confession.” Father Franklin looked up, glancing toward the screened confessional window. “That’s quite …

  • One Day More

    “So this is it, man, one way or the other. We win or we die. Or maybe we win _and_ we die. _¿Quien sabe?_" “Girl, why you gotta be so damn depressing right now,” Reggie replied, “when y’all so damn close to the end of this shit?” “Because I need it …

  • Stayin' Alive

    "You've been doing what?" "Uh, crawling through the "zom-bayou":https://the-contingent.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log/the-quadroon-girl and kicking the proverbial ass of a tower of flesh. And then there was that battery of bad juju... Heh, bad-tery." …

  • Down in Belize

    "Down in Belize":https://youtu.be/UfAqP_3oNn8 John Arthur opened the trunk of his 2013 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. He tossed in the gear he had brought back into the alleyway: axe, shovel, a few empty bottles, and two empty cans of kerosene. Didn’t have the …

  • Craigslist Roommate

    I’ve made a mistake. Pro-tip; never advertise for a roommate on Craigslist. When Amanda first messaged me, I was excited, because I’ve never really had many friends who are the artsy type. She just landed a role in an off-Broadway musical, which is …

  • Who's Richard?

    Rhys wrinkled his nose. The smell was horrendous, and it took most of his concentration to keep himself from retching. Wherever John was for the last year, it certainly wasn't sanitary. The filthy remains of what looked to be a WWII uniform was strewn on …

  • Better monster hunting through technology

    To: Ryan Langston From: Fina Aquinas Subject: Better monster hunting through technology Body: Ryan, After your experience during our mission, I thought you might be interested in investigating what happened. I'm working on a database of …

  • A Deep Throated friend

    _To:_ Josie Bennett _From:_ aFriend _Subject:_ The penalty from saving Washington DC from zombies _Body:_ ...is apparently being hunted by the feds. I am a member of the group that saved Washington DC. My name is not important, but the …

  • Some Kids Are Dying to Graduate

    Work alongside Dr. Sandoval put me right in my element. I am competitive by nature, so working with another expert brought my best to the fore. The work was made all the better because of the opportunity to work on a Promethean, which I would have only …

  • Tea and Conversation with the Fae

    [Published 04/20/18 in _Reader’s Digest_ ] Since joining the Contingent about a month ago, I’ve learned more about the supernatural than I ever would have thought possible. I’ve met beings that I thought only existed in bedtime stories, and even the …

  • Letter to HR

    I wanted to follow up to my prior letter, which apparently never reached you, as I have yet to receive a response. While I'm delighted to be a part of the Contingent and all the good work it's doing I must ask for a response as the bill collectors are …

  • Jeremy gets a penpal

    The first day he wrote the request, he struggled to refer to the kid as anything other than "it", struggling with the initial onset of disquiet and several flashbacks from a time he can't recall. Blurs of inhumanly tall beings wielding terrifying weapons, …

  • The Spirit of Learning, Op. 2

    With my continued research in the Contingent's R&D Laboratory, I have come up with a working theory, though, it will require additional data to confirm. I first thought of it when Junior was repairing that old car that had pinned Ms. Rebecca Lynn’s not so …

  • The Real Story?

    To: aFriend From: Meredith Cohn Re: The penalty from saving Washington DC from zombies Dear Friend, Thanks again for the info. Hope you're getting plenty of rest and eating right after our latest adventure. I've attached a draft I'd like you to …

  • Finding Peace in the Horrors

    Darren inhaled purposefully as he closed his eyes. There was a brief pause before he exhaled in the exact same manner, trying to match the length of time taken for both. He lay in the salt-water tank, floating just at the surface and let his mind wander …

  • What's in the Box-Part 2: Results

    Hello Ms. Fisher, We've been studying the Cube that you left with us for a month and we found some strange occurrences. First, we'll go through what R&D has discovered: # We can scan through outer layers but cannot determine what's on the inside. …

  • Another Email from Zak Zimmerman to His Agent

    To: Fred Fulson (ffulson@glamour.kingdom) From: Zak Zimmerman (truezak@zak.awesome) Subject: Apology Please Forward Agentman! Find the email for Johnny Purify (you know who I mean) and send him what I’ve written. (Don’t edit or “correct” anything, …

  • Sitting in Broad Daylight

    For Gabrielle, her free time was in the daylight. Between Happiest Day and now working a few nights a week at The Contingent, she rarely went to bed before 3 AM, and woke at 10 AM every day. Honestly, she preferred it that way, especially after her first …

  • Fragment: Junior; Rain. Op #2

    When it rains, it pours, Junior thought, tucking the last pistol into the holder in the Beetle. He pressed the panel closed with a light click, the dashboard looking pretty well untouched with the compartment closed. It was the fifth of its kind he had …

  • HR: Denial and Acceptance

    "HR, This is Graham, how may I help you?", the bored slightly shakey voice responded over the line. "Hi I'm Tyr Anasazi and sent a message to Elton a bit ago inquiring about our insurance. Now I'm running into problems with the claims stating that …

  • Visiting Hours

    With concentrated effort Sir Nigel Mulberry, opened his eyes. Laying in bed, he tried to focus on the world above him. At this point in his life, hospital ceiling tiles were a familiar fixture. These were a bit different, they were covered with foam …

  • It wasn't because I didn't know enough

    Rhys lofted a brow at the curious item that his youngest-now-eldest brother seemed to obsess over. It's brass exterior was dull from the excessive man-handling as [[:john-miller | John]] fidgeted with it. Yet, the little crystal lenses still captured and …

  • Alone with only your thoughts

    _“Gabrielle, Dr. Skinner will see you now”_ She sunk her body into the near boiling water, letting the heat and rose scented foam envelope her. This had been her fifth bath after her last mission in the past week, higher water bill be damned. She …

  • Improving Employee Morale

    _As the morning shift of dead-eyed operatives files in to fill their coffee mugs or grab snacks and day-old sandwiches from the commissary, Debbie Herbig stalks into the room, her face an impenetrable mask of resolute cheer; her pencil already hovers over …

  • Blood Screening Procedure #21

    My hands haven’t stopped shaking. That whole mess was so god damn meaningless. Six people are dead, that I know of, seven counting that nut job that was herding us through the woods like game on one of his hunts. All because of some vendetta against …

  • John's Final Words

    Samantha held the bronze tube gingerly, eyeing the confounding device with dread. She didn't ask for it, yet here it was, willed to her by [[:john-miller | John]]'s dying breath. A slow sigh escaped her lips, composing herself. She still hadn't finished …

  • Bringing floral back

    "If you survive maybe we could bring you back." No, oh, hell no. She's worked so hard to get away the first time. She wanted to shoot something. Or run away, farther and faster, because she clearly didn't do a good enough job the first time. Kenny came …

  • What's in the Box-Recovery

    _I know I’m dreaming, because it’s the same dream that I’ve been having for the past month or so, ever since I had the vision. I see the cube, and inside is my father’s head, telling me that it needs more blood. The blood is coming, it’s pooling around my …

  • Selected Excerpts of Zak Zimmerman Media Coverage

    Selected Excerpts of Zak’s Recent Media Coverage: “Loser Actor Abandons Son at Hospital” - Headline from BuzzFeed “Who Is Zak Zimmerman and Why Did He Abandon His Son?” - Segment Header from E! “Zak Zimmerman: Viral Stunt or Criminal Negligence …

  • Getting Out of Your Own Head

    Sun is shining through the windows and casts beams of light across the room adorned in dark wooden furnishings with deep red adornments. Darren slowly walks over to a soft, cushioned chair with high arms and back. He settles in and picks at the pills of …

  • Failing Forward

    Willard was on his way back to R&D after being interrupted by an email from Derrick. He had spoken to [[:samantha-miller | Samantha]] about [[:john-miller | John]]’s decomposed remains a few days ago. He was distracted by his research and had forgotten. …

  • Family Tradition, Part 1

    Samantha and Rhys eyed the grey-haired man sitting across from them. It had been little over a year since they last met; A family reunion of sorts around Christmas, 2016. It wasn’t a particularly happy reunion then. It certainly wasn’t one now. He seemed …

  • Come Out and Play

    h5. Granger and Taz finally get around to learning how to drive It was a relatively cool morning for Hill Valley, South Carolina, but the day had settled into a state of hot, sluggish humidity by early afternoon. The great bay door was left open - the …

  • Georgia on His Mind

    “You didn’t have to do that,” Alex unlocked her apartment and pushed the door open. She dropped her keys in a bowl on the counter. “Yes, I did.” Jonas came through behind her, sitting a bag beside the bowl. “That abomination that you call a coffee …

  • Fireworks

    h5. Natalie Deals With Waiting After Dallas [[:natalie-allegro | Natalie]] checked her phone for the hundredth time. Still no new message from [[:aaron-mathias | Aaron]]. _Please be safe_. She repeated the mantra in her head, the same one she’d been …

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