Hello everyone

Hello everyone. Welcome to the Satchel War. For those who don’t know me, my name is Deshin. I am the author of this work and a master’s student from the University of Toronto. While I’ve done some writing before, this is my first time posting it in a public venue. The Satchel War will be a science fiction web-serial and will update on the first of each month. I realize that this is not a very frequent update schedule, but I’m new to this and learning the ropes as well as working on my masters degree.

I hope you enjoy the serial and if you do take the time to read it, I would appreciate a comment. While obviously I would love to hear that you liked it, I would also prefer to hear that you didn’t (and why) than to merely hear silence. Ideally, keep speculation to the comment section of the most recent chapter you have read. To my beta readers who’ve read ahead, feel free to join in the speculation, but make sure that you aren’t spoiling things people haven’t had the chance to read yet.

If you don’t want to read me rambling, the Chapters category will be the story itself, the Soapbox category will be posts like this and the Extras category will be for character pages, side content, etc.

I hope you enjoy.

Chapter 1: Katfall

At the start of the twenty-first century, largely as a result of the invention of the microprocessor, the Wardens and the Seekers of the Satchel were poised for war. Both sides had been hoarding weaponry and expecting something to happen at any moment. However, neither side was ready to take the first move. It seems likely that, as argued by Langsville, “The methane stench of war was in the air, waiting only for a spark to set it off. There could have been no stopping it.” (Langsville 2089) However, were it not for the Katarina incident, war would have been delayed and it is hard to predict how much that would have changed the outcome. In this chapter, we will take a look at the sequence of events that triggered the war and took Katarina Hill from a common thief to one of the most significant figures in recent history.

―An excerpt from Twenty-First Century History, From the War of the Satchel to the Fall of the American Empire by Professor Trent Ortego

Kat scanned the busy street, looking for the flash of green hair. She saw it about thirty meters behind her and still following, in spite of the crowd. The intense midday heat meant that the two of them were the only people running, which made her a hell of a lot easier to follow. She felt sweat running down her forehead and actually noticed each heart beat. Kat forced a few deep breaths into her lungs, trying to calm herself down. She told herself that she wasn’t going to start letting her fear rule. This was her turf and no some security bitch was going to get the better of her. She took another couple breaths, breathing in the familiar combination of sea air, fish and sweat as she weaved around the meandering pedestrians. Continue reading “Chapter 1: Katfall”