The following vignettes were written for the Fate RPG. The main character of the author was Vladimir Ulyanov (no relation). Ulyanov was the original name of Lenin.
The point of these vignettes was only to add a little to the background of the characters, and to better explain some of the notes on the character sheet. They are not intended to be literary fiction.
Fate Vignette 01 is set on Mars in the future. I once did some Martian slang for the novel Legion. I decided to resurrect that slang for this vignette, just to add a bit of colour, and to differentiate Mars from Earth. Here are some of the words. I have added a few as I wrote the vignette, and may add more in the future.
actioned: acted on, activated.
big-bang: explosion, to explode
canteened: ate (in a canteen)
Controller: the elected ruler of a Martian colony
deci-hour: a tenth of a Martian hour, a period equivalent to around fifteen minutes on Earth.
de-ingressed: left, went out of.
de-klaxoned: stopped an alarm.
de-uprighted: sat down
DutyTime: work periods
eyewise: examine, look at closely
gene-gineered: genetically modified.
hour: just over two and a half Earth hours. Mars uses decimal time.
ident card; identity card
ingressed: went in to
klaxoned: alarmed, rang, set off an alarm
lingo: the Martian name for its particular slang.
mind-think: think carefully
mysterioso: mysterious, curious, strange.
Old World: Earth.
Policers: the police
Pseudo-Milk: artificial milk. Lactose free.
shushed: opened (door – because of the sound effect)
SleepyTime: sleep, night-time
SupaMuesli: breakfast cereal. Tasteless.
toasty warm: very warm
uprighted: got up
waterfalled: fell (as liquid)
I have, at the moment, around three vignettes planned, telling key moments in the back story of the character. each will probably only be a few hundred words long.