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Twilight of Ares - Finale

A Microdose of Fiction Series

By Matthew FrommPublished 4 months ago 2 min read

You can catch up on the entire series HERE


A gravity well opened between them, the suddenness and power too vast to comprehend.

The Hivemind stood, unyielding, and discarded the marine into the darkness. Gunnarsson felt like a tethered ship in a maelstrom on Titan, a drop amongst Titanic waves.

He thought life ended in a rush of DMT analogs to ease passing, but no mosaic of memory greeted him as the cytoplasm of his cells boiled. Beneath and beside the unimaginable pain existed nothing but opaqueness…until.

Images flashed furiously across his mind. Thousands, then, millions of lives extinguished. He watched marines die under Olympus Mons, a destroyer above Luna succumbing to the swarm’s overwhelming force, and the coming invasion of Earth itself, all as his body collapsed under the Hive’s indomitable will.

How can we survive against such power?

But no…Gunnarsson did not simply watch. He pulled their alien triggers and tore humans apart with tentacled limbs. He felt their corporeal blood and neurons connecting first to the Hivemind, then spiderwebbing across the solar system–binding us all.

“You got one thing wrong,” He said through gritted teeth. The Hivemind stood upon the precipice, and the marine swore he saw a flash of concern.

Gunnarsson smiled and did what tethered ships in storms do best.

“I’m no drone. I’m a Goddamn Marine,” he bellowed and wrenched the Hivemind’s tethers down into the infinite darkness.


Author’s Note:

Epilogue to Follow...

Welcome to A Microdose of Fiction, a series of genre fiction micro-stories that offer you an exclusive glimpse into expansive worlds. We're coming up to the end, so it's a perfect time to catch up. If you've enjoyed this, please leave a like and an insight below. If you really enjoyed this, tips to fuel my coffee addiction are always appreciated. All formatting is designed for desktops. You can check out all my works below:

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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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  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    😮😮😮😮😮😮… wait! That’s not enough. 😮😮😮😮😮😮😮. I loved the integration descriptions. Very effective. Such a journey this has been, Matt. Can’t wait for the Epilogue. 👏👏👏👏👏

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    Ooh - so does each stand alone, or does this one follow the others? I was getting some warhammer vibes here!

  • Diani Alvarenga4 months ago

    What inspired you to write this story?

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