Category: Book 04 – Finding a Signal

Chapter 59

Curt opened his eyes. His mouth tasted like cotton, and all of his limbs felt sleep-dead, like he’d been asleep for- ‘Doc?’ he said, his voice dry, his mouth begging for water. ‘Doc, what the fuck? Parker-2 sat on the bed, a hospital-issue plastic cup in his hand, a long straw slowly swaying as he held the cup. ‘Drink.’ Curt… Read more →

Chapter 58

Stef shuffled nervously back and forth across the Hyde lobby. Ryan had told her when he would be shifting in, and even worldwide shifting didn’t take more than a few seconds, but it had felt nice to be early. It gave her the appearance of being organised – even if he loved her for who she was, there was no… Read more →

Chapter 57

Stef stared at Milla’s back, smiling as her HUD calculated the distances and angles between all of the freckles there. There was beauty to be had in a world that could be covered in tooltips at a thought. You always knew how warm it was outside, how far it was across your office, or how to perfectly turn your hand… Read more →

Chapter 56

Stef followed Milla through the Hyde agency, through the familiar parts that she’d been seeing since shifting in, and into halls she’d never set foot in, but were still somehow familiar, thanks to the cookie-cutter nature of agencies. Recruit dorm hallways apparently always looked like recruit dorm hallways. Milla required her room’s door open, and they walked inside. Compared to… Read more →

Chapter 55

The credits started to roll. ‘Another?’ Stef asked Milla’s hair. ‘Yarp,’ she replied. Milla slowly sat up, shook herself, and stood to change the DVD – it was still so strange to be using physical media – habit she’d ditched, even long before joining the Agency. The idea that you were reliant on a laser to read a circle of… Read more →

Chapter 54

Curt opened his eyes. It his life had been a movie – A Series of Ever-Increasingly Terrible Mistakes, a Portrait of Curt O’Connor – he would have been in the dark, both literally and figuratively. He wouldn’t have known if he was nine or ninety, if he was in bed with a lover, or in a prison cell. Real life,… Read more →

Chapter 53

The hallways of Madchester were cool stone, giving the appearance of the lower levels of a castle. They were underground, they had to be – she doubted that the quick-travel via tree-ingestion had somehow shot them into the sky. It was far from oppressive though, as there were bright windows every few metres, allowing what purported to be natural light… Read more →

Chapter 52

9am, Friday, Hyde 7pm, Friday, Brisbane ‘You see that tree there?’ ‘What tree where?’ Stef asked as she looked up from her coffee, then adjusted her sunglasses so she had a better view of the park. ‘That big one over there,’ Milla said. ‘The one that looks like a good climbing tree.’ She made at teasing face at Milla. ‘You’re… Read more →

Chapter 51

7am, Friday, Hyde 5pm, Friday, Brisbane There was a knock at her door, and a thought unlocked it. ‘Come in,’ Stef said, leaning back against the cool window. Milla, dressed casually for once, walked in, and sat cross-legged on the side of Stef’s bed. She swung up a red flask. ‘Tea?’ Stef looked down at herself for a moment, at… Read more →

Chapter 50

5pm, Thursday, Hyde 3am, Friday, Brisbane The common room was quiet – there’d been dinner and Disney movies, but the rest of the recruits had filtered out sometime during the second half of The Little Mermaid. ‘Another?’ Milla asked. Stef shook her head. ‘I can only do so many happy endings in a day.’ Read more →