Momo and I do a lot of our writing via instant messengers because we are, yet again, 13 hours apart. We also find it easier to get into our characters’ heads when we are role playing them back and forth. Sometimes we need to break the tension and seriousness and come up with ridiculous little snippets that will never make it into anything, but amuse us endlessly. We decided some were just too good to not share, and, thus, outtakes were created. Enjoy!

B: *squeezes his eyes shut as Leo navigates* We are going to end up like those turtle pilots!
L: *through gritted teeth* Turtle pilots?
B: From 20th century earthbound human history! The turtle pilots who went on suicide missions!
L: You took ONE Pre-Destruction Earth History class and I don’t think you learned anything!
B: THERE WERE TURTLE PILOTS!
L: KAMIKAZI PILOTS BRAEDEN! NOT KAMEKAZI! NO TURTLES!
B: WELL WE ARE STILL GOING TO DIE!

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Cycle 32 Year 2314 Day 362

Research Station 25 Planet SK13152

Walking normally and acting natural were really hard when you were about to commit treason and betray your best friend, Braeden realized after the third time Leo told him to relax and stop fiddling with his computerized cuff. Braeden huffed and turned off the holographic projection of their solar system and wished he hadn’t listened to Leo and had worn the military cap. His red hair was very noticeable. The Colony should have removed red hair as an option from the genetic database considering that it was in no way evolutionarily helpful to have flaming red hair, no matter how short it was. Completely caught up in these musings, Braeden lost track of where they were going and ran into Leo as he was getting scanned into the main computer hub.

“Careful, Brae,” Leo said quietly, his DNA sequence flashing on the screen before he leaned in for the retina scan.

“You be careful,” Braeden muttered back, resentful of how calm his friend was, while his underwear was soaked with sweat and his heart was pounding. Read the rest of this entry »