"I just don't see the point. Either way, we'll never know, you know? And what would it change anyway?" Cornflower interjected airily while her eyes tracked the figure prowling just overhead.
"Hrmm," Broth grumbled as his halting explanation was mercilessly derailed.
Crackers glanced between them and snorted, his whiskers twisting as if ...more
Context was important. The pieces, disassembled and arranged in neat little rows, were only a starting point. A careful cataloging of organs revealed much about a person, yet spoke little in regards to a guest entertained a week prior. Only a sum of the parts working as a whole provided ...more
Now it was time to close the trap. “Paprika, please, answer the question. We won’t hold you, or your team, accountable for simply carrying out what you believed were lawful orders.” A slight twist in his patronizing words emerged as a force of habit. The only thing protecting you, or ...more
"Does this look infected to you? Or, you know, potentially infectable? I think it looks like it could become infected, given half a chance. Be more of a surprise if it didn’t honestly; I mean take a look around, when’s the last time they cleaned this sewer anyways?”
In the beginning ...more
"That is a holy artifact, not some cudgel you...you stupid, feckless, improvident brute!” Starburst was just getting started on a rather long list of adjectives when he was interrupted by the loud and harsh barking laughter of Hardtack. Starburst’s furious gaze whipped around to include the leader of Self, and ...more
Paprika paused at this point in her tale, letting the blurred rush of memories subside before she attempted to chart a clear path through the tangled events. She had pieced most of it together in the days spent aboard the smuggler ship bound for New Haven, but it was hard ...more
"You’re right, someone does need to be held accountable. And since you will unfortunately be unable to find the perpetrator that sent the first Vision, I will support your indictment of Grusas Capers.”
Starburst started at this and began to study Cadbury much more carefully. Just beneath the agreement lay something ...more
The video of a security drone in full riot gear being reduced to a snarl of twisted metal spread through the students’ hastily constructed peer-to-peer network like a virulent meme. Completely cut off from the outside world, the students could only hunker down for the long night ahead and watch ...more
York shook his head, trying to clear the after-images of the unexpected Vision. It had leapt upon them in ambush, swallowing the Oracles in a torrent of rushing thoughts that were dark with foreboding. Some of it he’d understood, but his sensitivity to the threads of Purpose still far outstretched ...more
"I can’t believe we’re even having this discussion!” Dots' unexpected voice rang out, lost and bewildered as she stared at the assembled Oracles. Belatedly, she realized they were all staring back and lowered her eyes to the floor in discomfort.
York shook his head sadly. “I’m sorry Dots, but you have ...more