10 Themes PO 3: VampiresAs he sank into his red, still-warm bath, he could almost feel the worn lines fade from his face and warmth return to his limbs.He sighed deeply and smiled. The prince had not seen his reflection in centuries, but he knew he was still beautiful.
10 Themes PO 2: CyberpunkVater's left hand, scarred and calloused, carefully held the soldering iron. He led it through the wires and tiny, intricate pistons in his left arm and quickly finished rewiring the circuits beneath. He stopped for only a moment to set it down and take the tweezer I held ready in my hand before twisting the wires back into place.I looked at the shredded, artifical skin and the metal shining beneath it and shifted in my seat at the makeshift worktable.When Vater had returned from the military hospital, I almost could have believed the doctors restored his own arm back to him. Mutti could not stop touching his hand, feeling all small joints in his fingers and wrists."You are whole again," she had said, her eyes shining as she grasped his new hand in hers. "As if nothing has changed."He looked at her, as if ready to agree. He said nothing, and even I could see that Mutti's face fell a little.I wondered if Mutti now understood what he had wanted to say. I wondered how much they would
10 Themes PO 5: In SpaceHe placed his hand to the cold glass. Between his fingers, a blue crescent hung in the darkness, almost so small that one could lose it among the stars.He jumped at the heavy, clicking footsteps behind him. Tensing, he slowly pressed himself against the glass, as if trying to look smaller. But the other came closer still, stopping just a few yards behind him."We have a good view this morning," said the other, his cello tones rumbling in Standard."Ou
yes, captain." He did not look back.The other took a few steps closer to the observation window and stared at the almost invisible crescent of blue light. "It looks small." He paused. "But it isn't, is it, Mr. Glace?"Joseph blinked and, with some hesitation, looked over at the captain. The dim lights hid most of his features, but the captain was clearly already meeting his gaze."No, Captain." He turned back to the distant crescent of light. "It is small. But
but for us
" He closed his eyes tightly. "It