Bullet Holes

Bullet Holes

An "In Love and War" story

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Author: Cora Buhlert
Length: 22 page(s)
Language: English
Written: Oct 2016
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Science Fiction  |  Work: Erzählung
Keywords: military science fiction, space opera, space colonisation, science fiction romance, futuristic romance, torture, hard choices, Cyberpunk, nano-technology, empire, republic, soldier, short stories, cozy space opera, domestic space opera

Mikhail has to make a hard choice: Surrender or watch the woman he loves die...

Bullet Holes

Once, Anjali Patel and Mikhail Grikov were soldiers on opposing sides of an intergalactic war. They met, fell in love and decided to go on the run together.

Now Anjali and Mikhail are trying to eke out a living on the independent worlds of the galactic rim, while attempting to stay under the radar of those pursuing them.

When a seemingly routine courier job turns out to be a trap, Anjali is hit by a so-called smart bullet, a Republican weapon that slowly and inevitably kills its victims. Mikhail is given a choice by his former commander Brian Mayhew: Surrender or watch the woman he loves die in excruciating pain.

It is a choice between two equally horrifying fates. But maybe, there is a third option…


Bonus story: Shipbound

Pilot Pietro Garibaldi is angry to be stuck aboard the freighter Freedom's Horizon, holding the fort, while everybody else gets to enjoy themselves on the rim world of Varishka. What annoys him most is the sneaking suspicion that he wasn't chosen to keep watch at random, but because he is considered unreliable, someone who cannot be trusted in port.

But when trouble comes calling, it becomes clear just why Pietro and his crewmate Sabrina Cho were exactly the right people to stay aboard the ship.

These are two interconnected stories of 10000 words or approx. 35 print pages altogether in the "In Love and War" series, but may be read as standalones.


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About the Author

Cora Buhlert | Author on XinXii.com

Member since: July 2011
Publications on XinXii:  125
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Cora Buhlert was born and bred in Bremen, North Germany, where she still lives today – after time spent in London, Singapore, Rotterdam and Mississippi. Cora holds an MA degree in English from the University of Bremen and is currently working towards her PhD.
Cora has been writing, since she was a teenager, and has published stories, articles and poetry in various international magazines. She is the author of the Silencer series of pulp style thrillers, the Shattered Empire space opera series, the In Love and War science fiction romance series, the Helen Shepherd Mysteries and plenty of standalone stories in multiple genres. When Cora is not writing, she works as a translator and teacher.
Visit her on the web at www.corabuhlert.com or follow her on Twitter under @CoraBuhlert.

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