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Twilight of Ares - Episode Five

A Microdose of Fiction Series

By Matthew FrommPublished 10 months ago 1 min read
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Gunnarsson’s bullet pierced the wretched gray’s skin. It crumbled into a puss-colored cloud of component biological atoms that attracted and coalesced on its nearest hive-mate.

He longed for a simple pirate hold raid. Pirates stayed dead.

His remaining adversaries poured volleys down from their organic rifles, forcing Gunnarsson to hunker against the shuttle carcass, the impacts pulsing through the metal. If the dead Gray synthesized with the other, he’d run out of lead before the resulting monstrosity ripped his spine out.

As he prepared a last-ditch counterattack… the pulsing abruptly ceased.

“Chalk Two on-site. You alive, Private?”

“About damned time.”


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. I hope that these stories will provide entertainment while you sip your coffee and start your day on an adventurous note.

Make sure to check out the most recent releases of the current series, The Final Expedition and the Twilight of Ares, both of 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 7/3. Subscribe to get it delivered directly to your feed.


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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  • Ian Read9 months ago

    Glad to finally get back to this series. I'm loving the subtle dose of body horror you put into this installment, very Dead Space esque!

  • Lamar Wiggins10 months ago

    I loved the opening paragraph. The description of the resiliency was very well constructed. I got the visual right away. This was an exciting dose, Matt. Well done.

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