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The Calm Before the Storm
November 6, C.E. 56
Naniwa, Main Island
Matthew looked around the Harbor as he walked down the ships gangway. He saw several commercial vessels docked. There was a group of dock workers unloading cargo from a nearby freighter; all of them were operating powered exoskeletons. And off in the distance he could see an Orb Union Aegis Class warship slowly heading southwest.
He stepped onto the dock unsure of what to do next. A black limo pulled up and the driver exited the vehicle. He opened the rear door and gestured for him to get in. Matthew complying climbed into the nearest back seat of the vehicle. Once he was seated the door closed and he noticed another man sitting in back.
You must be Matthew Onasi; I am Representative Uzumi Nara Athha. He held out his to shake which Matthew promptly did. On behalf of my father the Chief Representative of Orb I welcome you and your family to Orb.
Red Riding HoodI want to believe people so badly when they say they won’t bite
that I contemplate climbing into their smiling jaws
thinking that it might be better to be split in two than left hanging.
But always, I draw my red hood and flit back into the forest
running in the shadows of pathways, never stepping into clearings
because I’ve spent my whole life in the wilderness
and I still can’t tell the wolves from the woodsmen.
You Were Not An Aquarium BoySea-glass became your bones,
brine your blood, and seashells
melded into your skin.
You were not quite an ocean
when you said "This is your sign to love me."
My body was like a building;
tall, cold, almost unbreakable.
I was metallic and sharp,
towering over your waters.
I remember taking your hand in mine,
conch and coral shells scrubbing
my skyscraper wrists, and laughing
about how one day you would
submerge every last bit of me.
Your lips, riddled with argonauts,
found my cheek and I cringed
at the coarseness.
You asked if they bothered me
and I finally told you "I
think I love you."
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