Category Archives: The Story

Trials of the Cybermancer! – Chapter 22: Retrofuture Team-Up

“Dad!” Kobi shouts, running out from behind me and towards his father.

“It’s nothing. I’ve been through worse,” he says, getting back up. “Not least of which is getting trampled by this asshole!”

“Dad, don’t say bad words.”

“Sorry.”

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Trials of the Cybermancer! – Chapter 21: The Hoard and the Horde

“No, I’m not a Cybermancer,” I tell Kobi. “I went to this address because your father is trying to kill me and I needed to get away.”

Or maybe he is only trying to seriously injure me? He was unclear on that.

“Oh.” Kobi sets down the VHS copy of Point Break and begins to ponder this. “That’s okay,” he says, finally.

…Eh?

“…Huh?”

“Wha?” he asks.

“Uhh.” I’m just.. really confused by his reaction here. “You’re okay with this…?”

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Trials of the Cybermancer! – Chapter 19: Good Exercise Time

Running was never my strong suit, and I was never a particularly athletic individual. When I first encountered R8PR over a year ago, I was changed, enhanced from my original body permanently. I gained extraordinary strength, accelerated healing, quick reflexes, and a tenacious attitude. But one thing I did not gain was stronger lungs.

I really wish I had better endurance when it comes to sprinting.

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Trials of the Cybermancer! – Chapter 18: Enroute

The fresh air…

The frosted-tip haircuts…

The tacky bright-blue windbreakers…

Oh, Atlanta in the middle of the day is so much more beautiful when you’ve been cooped up in hiding for half a week.

I like the tacky skyscraper built like a fake Eiffel Tower.

I like that guy over there peeing in the alleyway.

I like to be alive.

Okay, I’m done. Back to being ambivalent about (but secretly admiring of) Atlanta as a city.

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Trials of the Cybermancer – Chapter 15: Challenge of the Cybermancer!

He’s not speaking.

He’s just raising his palm forward at us. I don’t think Moonslash is playing around at this point.

“I think we should settle all of this like rational adults,” I say. “Maybe it’s time to talk it out–”

“You think a piece of filth like you is going to thwart me, a Cybermancer, by going to the Data Farm? I BUILT the Data Farm. This place’s my flesh and blood.” He continues pointing menacingly at Karina and me, and our buddy DODF too I guess, who continues standing at the reception desk.

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Trials of the Cybermancer! – Chapter 14: Let’s Go Down to the Data Farm

“Hurry it up,” Karina says.

We’re walking to the Data Farm. My legs are all still wobbly from the experience of travelling on the rocket highway lane, and partially from the terror of one of my skates nearly giving out inexplicably.

“I’ll go as fast as I damn please,” I answer.

“Oh come on,” Karina says. “What’s got you in a mood?”

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Trials of the Cybermancer! – Chapter 13: Sneak

With a sickness mask, sunglasses, and a winter scarf wrapped around my neck, Karina and I walk towards the highway entrance. The bright afternoon sun is shining down and scorching me, but that’s okay for now.

So far, no robots to harass me. No middle aged dudes with trench coats stalking me. This disguise, while making me seem like the Invisible Being from Outer Space trying to fit into society, has been flawless so far. Being a doofus is an acceptable outcome.

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