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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Scifi Haikus For Mara’s Awakening by Leo Flynn

Hi, I'm Leo Flynn, the author of Mara’s Awakening. I write science fiction and poetry, but it never occurred to me to combine them!

Without further ado, I present a compilation of my attempt at science fiction haikus, inspired by my debut book. Enjoy!

in solitary
trapped here, for six years
she's slowly drowning

forsaken woman
battles cut on her face
how did she remain

Locked Away
secrets she hides
in those weary eyes
forgot how to feel

Young Reptilian
serpentine boy
nobility defined
why is he here

half silver, half flesh
she walks, hydraulics whine
part of her isn't hers

something is wrong
the galaxy is changing
her bones feel it

Her State Of Mind
a stagnant river
a lost, listless entity
for eternity

the demons and ghosts
that live inside her
relentless terror

ignoring the ugly chaos
she helped create

she machinates
if only the woman saw
what was in store

How She Was
they admired that in her
now, lost forever

she, refractory
the most feared inmate
they can't tame her

this thing, betrayal
she knows it like herself
she knows all too well

The first in an explosive science fiction series of short stories, this is an action-packed and addictive book from an emerging author.

by Leo Flynn
Mara Keres. A trained warrior and formerly highly respected peacekeeper.

Note "formerly."

Once, she had her life under control. Once, she had the trust of the galaxy.

Now she rots in the same prison she used to sentence people to. Solitary confinement for six years. Would've brought anyone else to their knees.

Not her.

Then an offer resurfaces, almost too good to be true. Ghosts of her past and demons come back to haunt her, will she ever make it out alive?

Sometimes, facing your worst memories is worth the risk.

Featuring a badass anti-hero, secrets, betrayals, twists and turns, this gripping story will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more.

Mara's Choice: Space Opera Adventure Novelette (Book 2 Of The Mara Files)

Excerpt From The Book
The light faded

Like a starship jumping into hyperspace

It disappeared

Lost forever


Cackling laughter, a blinding flash, and screams of the dead and dying.

Distant starship gunfire lighting up the sky above. A small settlement in flames.

She awoke, body wracked with pain, sweat pouring down her forehead. A strangled scream erupted from her throat, her breathing heavy, haggard, and slow.

No... Just... another dream.


Scratch. A single slash across a series of little straight lines. Bloody h*ll... already? Today marked her sixth year in prison -- six, long, years.

Groaning, she stood, shivers running down her spine.

Just a dream. Just a dream.

The shiny surface of the wall caught her reflection. Stopping, she stared. A dark-skinned, gaunt face, years of stress etched across her cheekbones and forehead. Hair going grey at the roots. To think she was only forty-something.

She dropped to the floor, jumping straight into an exercise routine. Stop thinking about it!

Coming into pushups, she struggled to do them in full. Bloody hand restrainer, useless for everything. Suppose that was what they wanted.

Sweat poured down her cheeks, arms shaking with the effort. Keep going.


She slumped to the ground, exhausted.

Moments passed, and the woman dragged a loose stone out from the ground. Hands trembling, she pulled the precious object out, gently and slowly. The smooth fabric cooled her quivering, sweaty fingers.

A thick sash of red, gold, and green symbolizing both a triumphant and harrowing victory. They could take everything from her, but she would never forget what she'd done, who she was. She was a warrior -- a war hero. The only thing left of her former self, and she would cling to it forever.

Click, clack, clunk. Her head snapped up. Gears in the door turned, spinning faster as bolts thrust open.


Fumbling to hide it, she dragged the stone back across, evidence of a hidey-hole disappearing. Under her clothes went the prized object, warm and reassuring against her cold chest. She scrambled back, head thundering, eyes wide with anticipation.

Blinding light. A short, stocky figure with light brown skin, wearing a uniform covered in badges, stood over her. "Mara."

She rubbed her eyes. Was she hallucinating?

"Your behavior has improved. We have decided solitary confinement is no longer necessary."

She tried to form a reply, nothing came. She hadn't spoken since... Who knew? All her mouth could manage was a grunt.

"You shall be transferred to your new cell, effective immediately. Stand."

Her leg groaned under the sudden effort. No, come on! It whirred into life; she stood, towering over her Warden.


"Aye... Ma'am."

Her first words in years.

About the Author:

Leo Flynn writes poetry & gripping, action-packed SciFi, like The Mara Files, his debut, an exciting science fiction short story series.

Other galaxies, reading, talking too much about writing and music consume his waking hours.

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