The Castle

Tales From One-Eyed Cat Lane
Interlude: Emily’s Offer

Interlude: Emily’s Offer

Emily- You’re so damned tired.  And hungry. But mostly tired.  Seamus turns on the TV, because of course he did, but it’s something in Arabic, and you close your eyes for just a second… ...and you’re somewhere else.  Some epic cavern like the inside of...

Prelude: Emma

Prelude: Emma

Emma: You hadn’t heard from Steve since your tour in the Zoo last summer. What you had together can only charitably be described as a fling - more accurately a series of awkward encounters that were fun enough, but ultimately lacking any chemistry. Still, he’s cute...

Prelude: Emily

Prelude: Emily

Emily: This is it.  This is the big one.  A masterwork. This is going to be epic. It’d be enough for a thesis.  If it wouldn’t get you arrested. Network probes, adaptive learning, decryption, and dark-net compute that spins up and down at certain times...

Prelude: Hugo

Prelude: Hugo

Hugo: The Laotian Hummingbird, your repurposed 200-foot fishing trawler, tosses about in ten-foot seas a hundred and fifty miles off the coast of Galmudug province.  It’s a relatively cool February night, and you’re choking down a dinner with the few men you have...

Prelude: Cole

Prelude: Cole

Cole: “What the hell am I doing?”  The grey cliffs zip past the hatch of a not-quite-surplus Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk.  You’re wearing your not-quite-surplus IMTV, ECH, ILBE, M16A4, Glock 19, and the other thousand pounds of bullshit you were sick of the...

Prelude: Margaret

Prelude: Margaret

His name was Ezra. You’d just taken a job as the assistant manager of the Barnes & Noble near Faneuil Hall.  It had the authenticity of a McDonalds in Disney World, but at least it was in an old building and here and there some of the century-old architecture...