The Raise of the Redcards The knife gleamed. The liquid at its tip glistened.           ‘That’s right,’ said the Master. ‘Not the blade that kills you. The poison.’           Trying to ignore the fetid, nauseating smell that emanated from the tribal leader, Dale Fox glanced around. He was surrounded by the Master’s many loyal followers and he obviously wasn’t going to get any help from them. He was alone in the village, having seen all the other exiles to the […]

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The Wild Zone Only two days after his diagnosis, Dale found himself in a line of twelve infected people, all destined for exile into the Wild Zone. He had been kept in isolation since the positive test, unable to see his family; and now he wondered if he would ever see them again. There was one small blessing, however. Marie and Julie had tested negative. At least they were safe.         ‘Move up to the field,’ barked Bryce, the Head […]

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The Fall Dale Fox couldn’t believe his luck. Okay, the Earth had been thrown into chaos by a horrific pandemic – and he no longer saw most of his family and friends – but his life was going very well. Somehow, the good fortune kept coming his way. It wasn’t just the gambling. After his discovery of what were now referred to as crypto-crystals, he’d been promoted to supervising engineer, which meant easy paperwork and shorter hours. Shorter hours meant […]

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Fortunate one Dale Fox finished work early and slipped out of the power station. His supervisor was occupied on another part of the island and the others within the facility were all busy fixing a fuel leak. Even so, Dale opened the door slowly and scanned the nearby buildings and jungle for any sign of a black uniform. Bryce and his hated security operatives were always on the lookout for rule-breaking; and attending a poker game while technically on duty […]

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Red Fox The little boat ploughed through the waves, every shuddering impact sending salty spray backwards. The five people on board were hunched low, already drenched despite their waterproof clothing. Dale Fox was even more exposed than the rest of them; sitting on a bench at the rear, steering the five-metre tender towards the beach. As the engine spluttered, the four pale faces ahead of him turned to him, panicked. Dale throttled back and the engine noise returned to normal. […]

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