And so you lost your Hollywood ambitions?""I thought I had. I waited on tables. I learned about life the hard way, and I suppose it did things to me. I would look at myself in the mirror and compare what I saw with the fresh, young girl I'd been when I was thinking of a… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight – The Case of the Restless Redhead, Episode 2
In the outer office," she (Della Street) said, "is a very starry-eyed young redhead with a figure that is much more important than her clothes would indicate, who gives the name of Evelyn Bagby. She says that she simply must, and I quote, thank Mr. Mason personally, unquote. She's redheaded and determined."Mason frowned. "She wasn't… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight – The Case of the Restless Redhead
Ten years ago, I wrote a series that started with 5150: Book One, quickly moved to the first edition of 5150 New Beginnings and when it finished, Urban Renewal was released. That series featured a street operative and her android companion - Pearl Lemay and Nina Luvdoll. I wrote 16 episodes of Pearl's Plight, a… Continue reading She’s Coming Back?
Nina swept the last of the sand into the dust pan. Standing up, she looked outside. “The storm is beginning to subside, mistress.” Pearl looked up from the service desk. “Good, I’ve got to leave soon. Vivian and I are going to the star port to attend Margaret Dominique’s bon voyage party. Now, you’ll be… Continue reading Mother’s Missing Grave, Part Two
Staff Sergeant Kate Tipton pursed her lips as she scrolled through the data. Something wasn’t right and it was beginning to irritate her. She looked up from her tablet and gazed out the window. The sunrise was gorgeous, complete with what the ancients called, the “rosy fingers of Dawn,” but upon closer examination she could… Continue reading Mother’s Missing Grave, Part One
The small hospital's surgical room was crowded with family and close friends. It was a rare occasion. On most planets, including New Hope, babies were born in birthing chambers often referred to as "artificial wombs." Only rich eccentrics and the poor living in the shadows of society had babies as nature had originally intended. In… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 16 – Postscript & a Preview
Though they were out of sight, Pearl knew that the noise made by the machine would attract whoever had entered the massive chamber. Four figures cautiously came into view. Pearl had never seen soldiers in exo-armor, the armor that covered from head to toe. She recognized the Hishen. There were a lot of Hishen on… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 15 – Placating the Powers That Wannabe – Conclusion
They left Corporal Evelyn Tam, the medic, Specialist Valerie Lawrence, and Private Anna Parunk to guard the equipment and act as their reserve in case they met any difficulty. The descent to the mysterious chamber took little time. They joined Sergeant Tanya Yates and Private Jenny T'sao outside of the chamber entrance. Sergeant Yates looked… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 14 – Placating the Powers That Wannabe
The fighter was now in the upper atmosphere racing toward the ground and the sunrise at the same time. Pearl was still miffed at being referred to as a "project", but she had not had the opportunity to confront Azumi about it. As gravity returned, the baby and her organs had rearranged themselves. The baby… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 13 – Power Switch?
It had been a little over five months since the morning when Nina put down her cup of tea and calmly announced that Pearl was pregnant. The majority of humanoid women throughout the systems affiliated with Gaea Prime use birthing centers for the prenatal development of their children. Whether conception was vaginal or in… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 12 – Planetfall
Pearl was the happiest she'd ever been. The daughter she had lost had found her way home. Kate Lemay was a staff sergeant in a recon platoon of Gryphon IV's prestigious "Racine's Rangers". As the military prepared for several months of training exercises, Pearl's "Katie" spent as much of her free time as possible… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 11 – Pregnant Pause
Pearl was surprised at how well Nina handled the Shadow Reaper on their way to Mrs. Chang's Palace of Delights Brothel. They had stopped briefly at the apartment to pick up ammunition. Pearl offered the shotgun to Nina, but Nina chose the stun baton instead. When they reached the brothel, Pearl was beginning to limp… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 9 – Pugilistic at the Palace