Monthly Archives: April 2022

Eclipse 19

“Team! The Namestone is indestructible! Kill her!” Valkyria drew her explosive throwing katana.  That weapon, Kang thought, packs the power of a star-core bomb, liquid-density plasma at 20 million degrees, albeit plasma that disappears after spreading a few yards.  Valkyria … Continue reading

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Eclipse 18

It was a safe bet that the League teleport block team was parked someplace safe in Europe.  They would be targeting Eclipse through Valkyria’s eyes.  The area they could cover from a distance was small, but that should be perfectly … Continue reading

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Eclipse 17

“Miss Eclipse,” Durand started, “what are your plans for…” “Be still, Durand.  There is important business.” The Screaming Skull’s voice was as chill as a tomb.  His face was as impassive as the stone wall behind him.  Durand found herself … Continue reading

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Eclipse 16

Cheers from the restaurant audience were deafening.  Even the oldest patrons would not have watched Jackie Fisher and the combined Grand Fleets being sunk, the last time a serious effort had been made to recover the stone, but most had … Continue reading

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Eclipse Part 15

Kang stared at the screen, unable to help himself.  All activity in the kitchen ground to a stop.  The screens showed a long, grey marble corridor, illumined by two rows of unblinking cressets, flames that burned without pause or flicker.  … Continue reading

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Eclipse 14

“Miss Schumacher, you are a woman of iron will,” Kang continued. “There hasn’t been a real challenge since that chess player, 50 years ago.  You aren’t going to watch?” “Kniaz Kang, whoever it is,” Dorothy said, “she is going to … Continue reading

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Eclipse Part 13

“This is Vera Durand with the Persona News Network.”  Her voice was sharp and clear.  Behind her were jagged rocks and a smooth marble terrace.  Centered on the terrace was a staircase, leading down. “I am now broadcasting from Atlanticea.  … Continue reading

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Eclipse Part 12

Silk appeared on the scene.  Only if you looked very carefully, Kang recalled, would you observe that she was now wearing a force field bracer.  Any number of people noticed that she was armed not with her usual Ruggels 0.60 … Continue reading

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Eclipse Part 11

Flashback Kniaz Kang’s Shanghai Marco Polo North Cosmopolis, Washington The sign in the parking lot announced: Kniaz Kang’s Shanghai Marco Polo.  Featuring the finest in Chinese, Italian, and Russian Cuisines.  Invented Here — General Tso’s Pizza! Invented Here — Il … Continue reading

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Eclipse Part 10

The oven clock said my half past dark was in fact just one hour past sunset.  The oven light was more than enough, especially when I knew exactly where everything was stashed.  Sunset? I must have slept the day around.  … Continue reading

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