Stealthy Steps

by Vikki Kestell


My name is Gemma Keyes. Other than my name, I am utterly forgettable—so folks haven’t exactly noticed that I’ve disappeared. Vanished. And let me tell you, invisibility comes with its own set of problems.

I should tell you about Dr. Samuel Bickel, world-renowned nanophysicist. “I need to show you what I’m protecting here, Gemma,” he insisted. I stared into the clear glass case. A faint haze inside the box shifted. Dissolved. Came back together. It reminded me of how mercury, when released on a plate, will flow and form new shapes. Only this, this thing was “flowing and forming” in midair.

And I need to warn you about General Cushing. SHE is short and a tiny bit plump and wears her beautiful silvered hair in an elegant braid at the back of her neck. And SHE knows how to smile sweetly. With the deadliest of sharks.


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Category: Hard Science Fiction