Roy Tang

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Oct 2019

  • The Comment

    This was a submission I made to a short story contest sometime in 2017 (I’ve already forgotten the URL for the contest). But basically, there were some parameters you hade to use in your story: Dialogue: Enter, put the items in the field and get out in 30, got it Science (Optional): Technology allows people to hack their DNA sequence and recreate themselves to their liking I didn’t win the contest, but I thought I’d put this up for posterity anyway.

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Mar 2017

  • Explorers - FirstChapter

    Posted on r/WritingPrompts: [PI] Explorers - FirstChapter - 2105 Words “Hurry up Michael,” the woman urged as she led the way forward through the brush. “Ease up Raine, you know I’m an academic right, not a field researcher?” Michael said between short breaths. It was true, he wasn’t used to this much climbing. They were almost at the hill’s peak, but the vegetation didn’t seem to taper off. The trek from base camp had taken them the better part of four hours, most of it only under the light of the second moon.

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Jun 2016

  • Dragon hunters

    “What? Where?” Steve muttered over the cackle of his walkie-talkie. He dropped his fork on the plateful of bacon and started packing up. “I’m nearest, I’ll be there ASAP. Have Glen and Lynn follow me as soon as possible.” His companion was looking at him quizzically from across the table. “Relax, John. You didn’t screw up this time. In fact, I guess it’s time for your trial by fire.” He got up and tossed him the keys.

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  • At the edge of everything

    “I don’t understand,” Liz said, scratching her head. “What’s not to understand?” The old man looked at her with a look that was somewhere between condescension and amusement. “There’s simply nothing there.” “You mean like, no one lives there right? Behind your house? Or is it just a steep cliff that I’d fall off if I tried to walk into whatever that mist is?” The old man shook his head, “No, no.

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  • Two Monsters – Flashback

    Posted on r/WritingPrompts: [PI] Two Monsters – Flashback - 1,885 “If you’re going to kill me, then kill me,” the old man said to her without a hint of fear or desperation. “If not, then stand aside.” “Are you kidding?!?” The young woman in front of him was tall and stocky, her outstretched arm holding the outgun steady not five feet in front of the old man. At this range, she would not miss.

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  • May 26th, 1923

    The building had a nondescript white exterior, with a single grey metal door on the facade and no other hint of what lie within. I tried the knob and a metallic rattle told me it was locked. I frowned, then remembered, then pulled out the mysterious envelope I had found under my door yesterday. I mean, 93 years from now. Well, not 93 years from now for me. Yesterday for me.

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  • Keep driving

    A high-pitched bell rang out a couple of times as I stepped into the diner. Outside had been slightly chilly, the first hints of the coming winter lingering in the air. Inside I gratefully took off my cap and laid it on the counter as I sat down and waved over at the middle-aged lady brewing coffee on the other end. “Fresh pot? I’ll have some if that’s alright. And any bacon and eggs you have,” I found myself saying, surprisingly famished.

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Jul 2002

  • mirror | reviews The Ultimate Junkie By Roy Tang ( / Final Fantasy VIII is a copyright of Squaresoft, Inc. Standard disclaimers apply. Spoilers? Not really… I’m almost there. I must’ve been walking for a day and a half now. A day and a half through snow-filled forests and mountains, barely eating. I haven’t slept since that ship dropped me off on this island. I’m tired and exhausted.

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  • mirror | reviews Seifer Almasy : Full Circle A Final Fantasy VIII mini-fanfic by Roy Tang ( Final Fantasy and all related characters (C) Squaresoft. “Seifer Almasy, please come forward.” Ever defiant, the tall, blond cadet stood and took his place in front of the three-man committee. “Get on with it.” Ignoring him, the committee head went on, “Seifer Almasy, it is the finding of this committee that the acts you performed opposing Garden were a direct result of your being under the influence of Sorceress Ultimecia.

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Jan 2002

  • mirror part 1 by Roy Tang (, Disclaimer: Final Fantasy VIII and all related characters copyright of Squaresoft. “Woah!” Mecis looked on in awe as she saw her fellow SeeD catapult out of the Lunar Base at incredible speed. She looked up to her companions. “That’s amazing.” Kai simply nodded at her. He had seen all this before, and every time a new SeeD came to watch the launch process the reaction was always the same.

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Nov 2001

  • mirror | reviews An FF6 fan fiction work by: Final Fantasy VI and all characters involved are copyright of Squaresoft. Author’s note: This story takes place before the start of FF6. “Stop, thief!” He heard the shopkeeper shouting after him, and grimaced. A couple of years or so ago if someone told him he’d be stealing food off merchants in South Figaro, he’d laugh in their faces.

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  • mirror | reviews Nobody Wants to Live Forever by Roy Tang ( / Final Fantasy IX is a copyright of Squaresoft, Inc. Standard disclaimers apply. Final Fantasy IX spoilers, all the way baby! My name is Vivi Ornitier. I am a black mage. That is to say, I can call upon elemental forces to weave powerful magical spells of destruction. Which is often quite handy, especially when facing a large group of plant-like creatures that can tear me apart with their limbs or petrify me with a single drop of their saliva.

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Jan 1997

  • Ramna 1/2: Time and Time Again

    Ranma 1/2 and all associated characters, places and events are undoubtedly property of the esteemed Rumiko Takahashi, and any attempts to claim otherwise shall be attended with accordingly. Nikholas F. Toledo Fanfic Group presents Time and Time Again by VECTOR Part One It was the usual lunchtime scenario at the Furinkan High cafeteria. Various students were in various states of gobbling. One particular student, however, was trying to avoid his lunch.

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