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Twilight of Ares - Episode Two

A Microdose of Fiction series

By Matthew FrommPublished 11 months ago Updated 10 months ago 1 min read
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Twilight of Ares - Episode One


“400 out.”

The cockpit comms crackled to life, replacing the silence of deep space.

Given the choice between flying this can and getting spaced, Gunnarsson would hit the airlock control himself.

“Contacts. Scope’s painted red.”

“Stay sharp. 300.”

He imagined Rodriguez praying next to him. Whatever keeps you breathing kid.

“Aye Cap. Lancers coming off port. Watch their ions.”

“Escorts down. 150 – shit target lock.”

Damn, they didn’t last long. Wasted hardware.


“Too late, ordnance released.”

“Hang on lads, hard braking burn.”


The shuttle bucked below him, and Gunnarsson barely tensed before the spin G’s knocked him out.


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 6/12. 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

    Talk about immersive writing, Matthew! This has so much packed into its microdose, I am definitely glad I made the decision to start reading this series! Well done!

  • Action and suspense: Great combination!

  • Cathy holmes10 months ago

    You writing on these short pieces makes me that I'm sitting right there watching. Really well done.

  • Ian Read11 months ago

    A great continuation, you keep me just on the edge of my seat

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