In a sea of silver sand, three ruined towers stand above the surface.

To the Scavengers in the slums outside of Central City, they represent pillars of hope. The treasures that lie within might net a fortune, so long as one has proper equipment, good instincts, and a little luck.

Nyk has none of those things. He can't afford high-powered weaponry or cybernetic augmentations. He barely has enough silvs for a single rifle. But if he wants to survive to see tomorrow he has to set out into the wasteland regardless, and scavenge for whatever he can find.

However, it isn't treasure he finds within the ruins, but a beautiful woman. And after meeting her, Nyk's life will never be the same again.

One of three novels entered into the MAL x Honeyfeed Writing Contest 2022. Be sure to check out my other two submissions as well, "Of Friends and Foam Cores" and "What Lies Beneath the Surface".

One of three novels entered into the MAL x Honeyfeed Writing Contest 2022. Be sure to check out my other two submissions as well, "Of Friends and Foam Cores" and "What Lies Beneath the Surface".

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Chapter 0: Prologue
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Chapter 1: Chapter 1: Shiny
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Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Sharp and Dulled
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Chapter 3: Chapter 3: Money's Worth
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Chapter 4: Chapter 4: The Job
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Chapter 5: Chapter 5: Synchronization Tests (Part 1)
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Chapter 6: Chapter 6: Synchronization Tests (Part 2)
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Chapter 7: Chapter 7: The First Mission
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Chapter 8: Chapter 8: Return
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Chapter 9: Chapter 9: Respect
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Chapter 10: Chapter 10: Strange Bed
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Chapter 11: Chapter 11: Strangers
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Chapter 12: Chapter 12: Shopping
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Chapter 13: Chapter 13: Decision
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Chapter 14: Chapter 14: Settling Back In
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Chapter 15: Chapter 15: New Mission
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Chapter 16: Chapter 16: Reunion
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Chapter 17: Chapter 17: Bounty Sentinel
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Chapter 18: Chapter 18: Negotiations
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Chapter 19: Chapter 19: The Road Back
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Chapter 20: Chapter 20: Confrontation
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Chapter 21: Chapter 21: New Normal
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Chapter 22: Chapter 22: A New Situation
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Chapter 23: Chapter 23: Assault
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Chapter 24: Chapter 24: Breakdown
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Chapter 25: Chapter 25: To Stand Up for Oneself
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Chapter 26: Chapter 26: The Battle for the Slums
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Chapter 27: Chapter 27: Something to Protect
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Chapter 28: Chapter 28: A.S.H.I.L.D.A.
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Chapter 29: Epilogue: Aftermath and New Possibilities
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Writing StatusFinished
Word Count74,980
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