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Twilight of Ares - Episode Three

A Microdose of Fiction Series

By Matthew FrommPublished 10 months ago 1 min read
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Twilight of Ares - Episode One

Twilight of Ares - Episode Two


“Warning. Low oxygen.”


Like any good idiot who jumped into space, Gunnarsson had a list of preferred ways to die, topped by nuclear atomization.

“Warning. Low oxygen.

Suffocation was only above slowly crushed by a titanium plate.

Gunnarsson slammed his stim pack, groaning as adrenaline filled him. All the other suits lay eternally still.

He ripped free the restraints and tangled cables around him and confirmed the casualties.

“Warning. Low oxygen.”

Rodriguez’s reserve tank was thankfully intact.

“Thanks, buddy,”

“Oxygen 96%.”

Once free of the wreck, his blood ran cold. The massive tentacled Leviathan already hovered over Hadfield Station.


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 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 6/19. Subscribe to get it delivered directly to your feed.

SeriesShort StorySci FiFantasyAdventure

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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  • D. ALEXANDRA PORTER7 months ago

    You are smart to offer microfiction. In this one, I like Gunnarsson's "list of preferred ways to die" and the "massive tentacled Leviathan." Bravo! 👏 I will not be on Vocal frequently due to career priorities, but when I can, I will stop by to enjoy more of your work.

  • Cathy holmes10 months ago

    Oooh, sounds like Gunnarson is in trouble. Also, as a Canadian I appreciate "Hadfield" station.

  • Lamar Wiggins10 months ago

    Just read all three. Pretty exciting stuff! I love Sci-fi. Can't wait for this to continue...

  • Ian Read10 months ago

    Bit of a close one for Gunnarson!

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