The Distant Speck
Anderson took a deep breath of briny air and turned to see who had boarded the schooner. His curly-haired crewmate Mina grunted and shucked another huge coil of hemp rope off his shoulder. It thudded on the deck beside the mainmast.
A Time for Courage
Beneath the forest of towering masts, busy stevedores' calls echoed along the wharf as the bells of Saint Brigid's rang the six o'clock hour. Pipe smoke swirled around a pair of captains who stood between the entrances of two pubs, where they monitored their ships and glared away any sailors who considered ducking in for a last draught before their voyage. Seagulls bickered over fish guts a kitchen girl threw into the street in front of the Peculiar Puffin. The more weathered captain pulled a pocket watch from his waistcoat and pretended to look at it, gesturing toward a nearby shadow.
Arthur and Marisol
The haggard man with the haunted green eyes shuffled to the small kitchen table and hoisted his travel-worn black case onto the pink Formica, placing it squarely in front of one of the two chrome-framed chairs.
Author's note: Alien Honeymoon features characters that were introduced in Space Diner Proposal. You are invited to acquaint yourself with them by reading that story here on Vocal:
One Fin Florida Day
Zach snarled and hopped across the warm, sugar-white sand to sit on a low post. He tossed his backpack toward one of the Adirondack chairs he had dragged out to what he considered his own private section of beach. Then he plucked gingerly at the sandspurs embedded in the ball of his foot before glaring back along his trail to locate their source. He would find the demon weed before dusk, and it would meet its well-deserved end in flames. Cabbage palms rustled in the breeze as he transported the prickly grass seeds, loosely cupped in his hand, and dumped them on the growing pile of fallen twigs and driftwood within the wide stone circle. He then grabbed the iron poker that lived next to the fire pit and retraced his steps to find the cursed plant.
Author's note: This story features characters that were introduced in Robot Amnesia and portrayed in Robot Remembrance and Robot Refuge. You are invited to acquaint yourself with them by reading those stories here on Vocal:
Space Diner Proposal
A hum of late lunch activity pervaded the Giant Leap construction platform's red, white, and blue bedecked Lone Star Diner. Clinking glasses and waitresses' saying, "I'll be right back with that," punctuated good-natured conversations.
Author's note: Robot Refuge features characters that were introduced in Robot Amnesia and Robot Remembrance. You are invited to acquaint yourself with them by reading their back stories here on Vocal: