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Chapter 16: Accidental InfiltrationChapter 16: Accidental Infiltration by Al-Rey-Writer
Before long, the two fire-dwellers found themselves walking on gray soil once again—only now they had a charred forest to accompany them. Finding herself a little spooked, Rainbow Dash had to try extra hard to keep her composure—but the further in she and Spike went, the more this place creeped her out. She felt as though one of the trees would extend its branch out and try to scratch her with its spindly twigs.
Spike, ever the vigilant one, managed to find what he assumed was a path to their destination: a clean trail leading to an orange light off in the distance. He beckoned Rainbow over—but before he could speak, Spike heard sounds coming from the village; it sounded like talking. “Well, there’s definitely people nearby.”
With Spike’s knowledge in volcanic villages, he was not at all surprised to see Ta-Koro sitting right in the volcano’s belly. A giant hole had been cut out of the mountain’s face, allowing anybody to simply wal
Gauloises Blondes - a Sci Fi / Tech Noir ShortGauloises BlondesGauloises Blondes - a Sci Fi / Tech Noir Short by LiviuAndrei
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
- Ecclesiastes 1:2, King James Bible
In the cacophony of notifications and alerts, video calls, bells and other whistles, Henry Jordan moved solemnly through the crowd, finally attaching himself to the tail of an immense line, his head down, as if it were a funeral procession. All around, people with their heads down too, their faces lit by pale lights from screens on the back of their hands.
Some thirty meters up ahead, the line culminated in one of twenty-four Points of Sale, manned by seemingly cheerful cashiers (officially POS managers) working at a speed that made waiting times no longer than a few minutes, even for long lines like the one Henry Jordan found himself in. Some time ago, he recalled, there was some business over POS managers being replaced by automatic tills, but there was a strike, there were talks, and the threat of automation seemed to have been averted. Alth
Chapter 15: Shattering these Close Ties for PeaceChapter 15: Shattering these Close Ties for Peace by Al-Rey-Writer
The Equestrians walked forward for a few hours longer, humored that the land had seemed to transform from an icy tundra to an unfamiliar warm desert. To further add to the exoticism, not a single cactus sprouted from the ground. Despite having visited Appaloosa on multiple occasions, almost none of the travelers noticed the lack of cacti—none except Applejack, who noticed immediately and shuddered, feeling like she needed to find a cactus just to keep from going insane.
Not long after entering the desert, Twilight heard something nearby and gasped. “Stop!” she exclaimed, her voice barely above a whisper.
All the others did what they were told—though some of them looked a little annoyed.
“What is it, Twilight?” asked Rainbow Dash, her words sharp and bitter.
“Shh!” The Toa of Water clenched her teeth, as though she was resisting the urge to bite Rainbow’s head off. “I can hear somebody nearby.”
At that, the Toa of
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