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There was something in the water.

She gripped the edge of the boat so hard her hands cramped. Below, something stirred among the murk. Something fleet and strange and many-armed.

She should row away but it was large -- too large to escape.

A glistening tentacle, pimpled with suckers, burst out of the water and waved in the air a moment, tapered tip curling.

She stared up at it, eyes wide with terror.

It descended toward her face.

And very gently booped her nose.

#microfiction #TootFic

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I remember the day the aliens came. All of them, at once. Their varied spacecraft hovered above every population centre. Then they sent their broadcast.

โ€œWeโ€™re really sorry. You probably wondered where we all were. It turns out that someone incorrectly typed your coordinates into our planetary directory.โ€

After all these years, we had the answer to the Fermi Paradox. It was DNS.

#MicroFiction #SysadminLife

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return of the obra dinn is really cool and all but like unironically where's all the other games that look like 90s macintosh hypercard games, i want more of this aesthetic

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In my untended garden, flowers just grow wherever they want. I love it.

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๐Ÿ’ญ dwarves who dug too greedily and too deep, and ended up in symbiotic relationships with the glowy green eldritch/alien lifeforms

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Most adventurers might gain some guiding device or trinket; a locket, a compass, a crystal ball, a mystical spirit or a lodestone.

I had an enchanted bone.

I wasn't even sure what part of whatever creature it'd come off of... I suspected an owl's thigh bone, but I hadn't really had the chance to compare.

If unattended, it slithered purposefully forward.

It mostly led me to rat nests but sometimes, making it all worth it, lost libraries.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

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RT @emializh@twitter.com

I'm a big proponent of "if you feel ambivalent about your gender try cross-sex hormones for a little bit and see what the vibe is" and I need to remember sometimes how extreme that comes across for a lot of people

๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”—: twitter.com/emializh/status/14

I can't stop listening to the Shadow and Bone soundtrack! It's so gorgeous!
youtu.be/4_ZALJabklI?t=618

Pro tip, don't watch Stowaway unless you're ready to be sad

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We thought they were meant to be assassins. It makes a good amount of sense: they don't breathe or eat, they're quiet (the clicking some of them make when they move is purely an affect, don't be fooled), and they have far more control over their movements than you or I. But that doesn't explain why they have creative urges, why they have morals, why they have fashion senses and emotions.

... of course they do. You just haven't been partnered with one long enough to pick up the signs. You have to know them as people, but you also have to know them as dolls too.

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it is good and brave to be soft and warm when the world is hard and mean.

The latest episode of has big Doctor Who vibes and I'm into it!

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it's extremely funny to me that Twitter created Vine, completely ignored it as it developed a small but extremely dedicated fan base, killed it, and then immediately afterwards watched an app that's basically "Vine with regular feature updates" become a worldwide sensation

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"What is it like, being a time traveller?"
"Of course, you must be very careful you don't do anything in the past that changes the future."
"Of course."
"But going to the past really reminds you of all the great things we have now, like chocolate, or slood."
"Slood?"
"Yea- Damn!"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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counterpoint: the best thing young people can do early in their careers is establish strong boundaries with their work so that it doesn't consume their lives

RT @ImNotJK@twitter.com

Unpopular opinion: the best thing young people can do early in their careers is to work on the weekends.

๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ”—: twitter.com/ImNotJK/status/140

The theremin-heavy score of Loki is extremely good ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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