Summary: Some things are better left as memories…
NOTE: This is a very rough draft with no editing at all (per National Novel Wiriting Month rules) and is presented for amusement value only. Think of it as a periscope into my writing process rather than a coherent story!
There will most likely be spelling and grammatical errors afoot as well as flat out bad writing, info dumps, plot holes, contradictions/retcons, uneven characterization and pacing. These snippits are also posted out of order, so please refer to the Outline to figure out where it’s supposed to fit.
Fair Maid Of Mine
Maddy wasn’t his only love, but sometimes Red thought she had been the best. Not that there had been a lot of time for relationships, those always took a back seat to the science, but he’d had a few. The only one he really regretted losing was Maddy, but technically she’d never left so he wasn’t sure where that put them.
They’d dated on and off, without paying much attention to conventions. They were each other’s in-between relationships, like magnets always returning to the primary attraction. Maddy would have called them planets or suns and asteroids, but Red never sure which of them was supposed to be the sun. He’d always had it in his head that they were a binary star system, with other people as the planets that danced between them.
He wasn’t sure what had happened to her, those last few days were so very crazy and he’d never been sure if she even made it through the gate. He figures she didn’t because they never found each other and as the population dwindled, that should have happened eventually.
He doesn’t like being alone, but he likes less having to remember the AIs were once his friends, so he pretends they never were. And he pretends very hard that Maddy probably isn’t one of them.