Series: Ongoing Science Fiction far future space colony

Jack of Spades

By Laurie Tom
Nov 11, 2019 · 9,324 words · 34 minutes

Photo by Deleece Cook via Unsplash.

From the author: Gerard Adher used to be a member of the ruling elite, expecting that he would have a long career in government. Even after the coup his family retained a position of privilege, but one day he learned that rank was no guarantee of safety. Fallen of favor, his family was killed and Gerard himself was sent to the Deck, an infamous prison satellite where prisoners are made to fight deadly machines and each other for a chance to survive. Updated every 2 weeks. First chapter is free!


5 Chapters

Chapter 1

Updated Nov 11, 2019 · 2,289 words (9 minutes) · 41 views

The labyrinth's killing machines are the end of many prisoners, and even those that escape are often killed by other prisoners hungry for food and weapons. Gerard has learned how to survive, but surviving isn't quite the same thing as truly living, and against his better judgment he decides to help a fellow prisoner.

Chapter 2

Updated Nov 25, 2019 · 2,186 words (8 minutes)

Gerard confronts Sara, who was once one of his fellow conspirators. The four of them had tried to assassinate Director Bennet, the man responsible for the current state of their colony, but one of their number betrayed the rest, leading to all the survivors being thrown in the prison known as the Deck.

Chapter 3

Updated Dec 9, 2019 · 1,653 words (7 minutes)

Before they were captured, there were four them; Gerard, Sara, Brand, and Delune. Each of them had a different reason for joining in the plot to assassinate Coloney Director Bennet, and each of them played a different role. But they were barely a team so much as a group of four people who happened to be headed the same direction.

Chapter 4

Updated Dec 23, 2019 · 1,666 words (7 minutes)

The day of Bennet's planned assassination arrived, and Delune was dispatched to infiltrate the assembly with Gerald providing remote assistance through his connections with the security detail. However, the four were still unable to present a united front and their camaraderie crumbled along with their plans.

Chapter 5

Updated Jan 6, 2020 · 1,530 words (6 minutes)

Following the failure of their assassination attempt, and loss of communication with Delune, Gerard and the others fell into accusations over the presence of a traitor. There was no other way they could have been discovered so quickly, but three of them momentarily put aside their disagreements to try escaping before the military net could catch them.