Untethered

  • [ i ]

    Angela fidgeted, waiting in the sparse waiting area for her name to be called. When she was nervous, she often played with her hair. Dark wavy tresses normally flowed down past her shoulders while her unruly bangs tickled her forehead. It seemed that no matter how long or short they were, her bangs could not ...

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  • [ ii ]

    For long moments, all was darkness. The doors sealed so perfectly that not even an outline of light remained around the edges. The only sounds were Angela’s, her breaths coming quickly from her heightened emotional state. With eyes wide open she was nonetheless blind in the complete darkness. Experimentally she waved her hand in front ...

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  • [ iii ]

    Zhang Shàng Shi sat alone at her desk, elbows propped up on its lacquered brown surface, gloved hands steepled as she gazed intently at her holodisplay. Nestled comfortably into her ears, tiny earbuds loudly broadcast a popular song with a pounding rhythmic beat to drown out the world’s distractions as she focused intently on the ...

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  • [ iv ]

    Angela blinked her eyes furiously. The overhead lighting was too bright, and her head throbbed painfully. Her eyes were filled with unshed tears despite her best efforts. She panted, exhausted from her sprint through the previous drone-filled chamber. Now that she had stopped dashing around so much, she felt her body heating up, and she ...

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