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The Twilight of Ares - Episode 1

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By Matthew FrommPublished 11 months ago 1 min read
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The Twilight of Ares - Episode 1
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"Ten seconds. Hanger cleared."

He held his breath as plagued memories threatened to overwhelm him.

"Nine."

Private Gunnarsson saddled his rifle across his thighs.

"Eight."

Thankfully, his suit’s armor shielded the cursed thing's weight.

"Seven."

Gunnarsson flexed against the restraints, trying to maintain circulation.

"Six."

The infernal swarms drifted just beyond the ledge.

"Five."

The Ceres campaign was humanity's final gambit.

"Four."

Their shuttle trembled, and the impact resonance filled his helmet.

"Three."

The Agincourt’s railguns bellowed a response, their roar filling the air-mix atmosphere of the hanger. Soon, all would be silent.

"Two."

He exhaled.

"One."

“Release! God Speed.”

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Author’s Note

Welcome to A Microdose of Fiction, a series of genre fiction micro-stories that offer you an exclusive glimpse into expansive worlds. Every week, new installments and stand-alone adventures, all under 101 words, will transport you to far-flung worlds.

Make sure to check out the most recent releases of the current series, The Final Expedition (launching Friday) and the Twilight of Ares, which will be pinned to my profile (linked here), and prepare to embark on a journey of imagination in bite-sized portions. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures to come!

The next episode of Twilight of Ares will drop on 6/5. Subscribe to get it delivered directly to your feed.

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About the Creator

Matthew Fromm

Full-time nerd, history enthusiast, and proprietor of random knowledge. The best way to find your perfect story is to make it yourself.

Here there be dragons, and knights, and castles, and quests for entities not wished to be found.

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  • Paul Stewart7 months ago

    Ooooh...why have I put this off for so long. This was great. Using word count for the countdown helped in build so much tension. Splendid and now set up for what looks to be a gripping adventure!

  • Cathy holmes10 months ago

    This is great, and I found myself doing the countdown outloud. Oh dear, what have you done to me. lol

  • Derrick Mbabazi11 months ago

    Short and kinda suspenseful. Nice story Mr. Fromm. I'd be thrilled to publish any of your short stories on Ficspot.Com, a platform I recently launched specifically for engaging works of fiction.

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