“Where Credit Is Due”

“Your compensation for today is 200 credits and five minutes.”

At the completion of another exhausting shift, Joaquín pushed his way toward the exit of the lithium processing facility.

Twelve hours of battery production had left him with fresh burns from the various mechanized elements of the facility and reeking of brine.

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“Another Day in Fairbanks”

A tired couple stepped up to the ticket window in the Fairbanks Depot. Their appearance was unusually disheveled and fatigued.

“We need two tickets to Anchorage,” the man croaked.

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“A Vengeful Crustacean”

The creature struggled free from wet newspaper and slipped out onto the kitchen linoleum.

Dinner guests returned to the refrigerator for alcohol.

The door was left ajar.

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“Qianzhousaurus Feathers”

This flash fiction originally appeared in Fictional Pairings — August of 2017.

Donald Barlow didn’t have any pots on his head or bands of aluminum foil wrapped around his arms.

That was a step in the right direction.

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“Ghost Without a Haunt”

“We know you’re angry over your death.”

Inexplicable difficulties at the extraction facility had resulted in a tentative abandonment.

Human presence on Mercury would cease.

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