Postcards from Afar [fiction 256]

The first message arrived 127 years after my brother disappeared. They said he drowned in the mine on JX40 and he was supposedly cremated immediately, but I always had my suspicions. Why would a supervisor drown? His crew had been dispersed to other sectors, put under secure communication status, and I had never been able to contact any of them.

That was the message: a photo of the mine Gyzor had been assigned with one of the JX-15 moons semi-submerged in it. The colors were incredible due to the levels of radioactivity. The next morning I asked my commander for a transfer to the JX sector on the next assignment round and the request was denied in an hour without explanation.

I tried to put it out of my mind. We were busy after all–everyone was putting in overtime now because of the beryllium deficit. But then I received another photo message. And this one really freaked me out.

It’s Gyzor, I swear it! I’d know my own brother. And not only that. But he’s back on our home planet, which is in the forbidden zone. Haha, yes, under penalty of death. But those buildings… that moon. It’s home. I need to go to him.

Of course it could be a trap. But why would they want to trap me? I’m just a lowly line worker. They could kill me anytime. For whatever reason, my brother needs me. And you’re the only one who can help me get home.

Will you help me?


Pensitivity’s Tell The Story

March Speculative Fiction Prompt

36 responses to “Postcards from Afar [fiction 256]

  1. This is great Paula. Love the way you’ve woven the two together.

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  2. I hope you do write more as I’m hooked. πŸ™‚

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  3. This is stunning! Your writing is captivating.

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  4. This is great, Paula. What wonderful world-building and a fabulous hook. This could be the start of book I’d be happy to read. Well done. I can’t wait to share. πŸ™‚

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  5. Captivating reding, great creativity … more please?

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  6. Very interesting story.


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  8. I like this one

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  9. I like this one


  10. I like this one

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  11. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    Paula’s story has a great hook that begs for more. Enjoy. πŸ™‚

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  12. I read the first book, so I imagine this one will be equally as compelling.

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  13. Very classic sci fi feel! I want to know what happens next!

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  14. A lovely story. Most enjoyable.

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  15. I really like this unique spin on the prompt!

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  16. The voice is way cool, and I love the freaky ending. “Will you help me?”

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