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Virgil Austin's Writings

Short Story
Mar.09.2011
“While you’re up, fetch me one of them eggs, T-bone, and mind you use your left hand. I seen you pickin’ your nose with t'other awhile back.” Shuffling across the sawdust covered wood floor of Legge’s General Store at Two Pines Crossing, Onus T. Bowles acknowledged the request with a wave of his wrinkled hand, middle finger extended. People hereabouts had called...
Short Story
Mar.09.2011
“Carson! Come and look at this.” “Bubba, we’ve got less than an hour to finish this job and get out of here. If you keep reading what’s in these chambers, we’ll never get done and you know what that means.” “Yeah, but. . . this one’s different. It’s a female inside and it’s due to open up  today. It’s still running!.” “What? They told us these were all obsolete...
Short Story
Mar.08.2011
Cairo, June 1  Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass announced today that a unprecedented major discovery has been made in a previously undiscovered tomb at Abydos, an ancient burial ground of early dynastic pharoahs. “My team was conducting a survey of  items from the tomb of Ramessunakht, an important high...
Short Story
Mar.08.2011
Cairo, June 10 -  At a news conference held in Cairo today, Dr. Zahi Hawass made the following announcement: “While there has been no progress in determining the composition of the metallic rod found last week in Abydos, examination of the stele found with the rod discovered a plugged hole in the bottom of the limestone slab. Once unplugged, this hole was...
Short Story
Mar.08.2011
Cairo, June 15 The scientific world was stunned today by the announcement that Dr. Zahi Hawass and five of his research team assistants were found dead in their severely damaged laboratory at Cairo University. The lone survivor, Dr. Mohas Agib, a specialist in metallurgy, was rushed to Cairo Hospital, suffering from 3rd degree burns over half his body. The rod...
Short Story
Mar.08.2011
 “You have all been found guilty of treason against the Empire!," intoned the Grand Puspat of the Tribunal Court. "It is our judgement that you be taken from this hall and placed into stasis, put aboard a skycraft and exiled to another place of our choosing; there to live out your lives far from the homeland where you have demonstrated your disdain and...
Short Story
Mar.06.2011
“Ladies and gentlemen, before we begin, I must tell you that there will be absolutely no questionstaken following this announcement. Thank you for your cooperation.” “Ladies and gentlemen, the Director of NASA, Mr Jerry Kunzman.” “Yesterday, on planet Mars, the Phoenix Mars Lander made the most unprecedented discovery in the history of the space program. The...
Short Story
Mar.06.2011
The sign flashes: Dec 31, 2029, 8:17am, 52° F, 12°C, over and over. “My name is. . . what?  What? How can I not know my own name?  Where am I?  Some city, looks like it’s big. Large, very tall buildings in every direction. People everywhere, dressed in grey jumpsuits, a sea of grey. No wait , there’s a red one. And over there a blue one. I look at what I’m...
Short Story
Mar.06.2011
blah, blah, blah / talk faster, witch / gotta go / she’s out there / shut up,  shut up / I’m not listening / blah, blah / just hurry up / faster / blah. blah, blah / time to go / time to find her / she’ll get away / faster / she’s near / I can smell her / I can taste her /  I can. . . “Are you payin’ attention, Boy? You better be listenin to what I say. I’m not...
Short Story
Dec.06.2010
“Hello,  this them Marines?” “Yeah, I wanna be a Marine.” “I can’t come down there right now. Can’t I jus’ axe you some questions?” “OK, I wanna be all that I can be. That’s what you guys say on the TV.” “What? The Army.....? OK, I got it.” “Yeah, well, can’t I be proud of being all I can be as a Marine?” “Just tell me whatcha got?” “Sure, I’ve had lots of jobs....