Stories tagged “hole”

  • One for the Road (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 35)

    Me₃ clicked forward one last slide, showing a dizzying serpents’ lair of timelines. “You,” he said to Me₂, “and I are going back to the accident. You hang off in the bushes; I’ll intervene and then jump back. She’...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
  • Digital Watch in a Sundial World (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 36)

    I tried to live an inconsequential life. I almost got killed at Cannae. I watched from the balcony of my apartment as the Vandals sacked Rome. I worked as a blacksmith in the Black Forest. I moved to Poland in 975. I worked as a merchant trading spices...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The New Blood (Superhero Black Hole - part 37)

    Let’s get a few things straight about this new person in my narrative, so they can be remembered for future (and present, and past) reference: 1) She’s a she. 2) She’s not a complete and utter dickbag like the other woman we’ve ...

  • In New York in 2039... (Superhero Black Hole, part 38)

    So, this is how Zoe elbowed her way into our story. It was sometime in October in 2039. This being New York in October, it was hardly surprising that the rain was especially obnoxious in its state of downpour. Henceforth, I found myself in a large-ish ...

  • The Girl from Long Ago (Superhero Black Hole, part 39)

    “Just when I’m beginning to get used to the idea that we’ve colonised the moon, some bitch murders her husband and causes all this ‘galactic homocide’ bullshit.” Knowing what I know now, I’m surprised I didn...

  • The Girl from Long Ago - pt. II (Superhero Black Hole, part 40)

    When she said that, I got the faint flicker of the idea that she could be like me. But that flicker had happened many times throughout the past I-don’t-know-how-many-centuries, and I’d gotten used to the idea that that flicker was just wish...

  • The Girl from Long Ago - pt. III (Superhero Black Hole - pt. 41)

    “Um…what? What?” I was flustered and flabbergasted. Never in my life had I ever felt like the word “flabbergasted” applied to me. (Yes, I know it seems like I would’ve felt that way by now – what with me havin...

  • The Girl from Long Ago - pt. IV (Superhero Black Hole, part 42)

    We went into the more coffee oriented part of the cafe’, and seated ourselves in one of the booths. “So, tell me: when in ’01 have you come from,” I asked her. “Hold on! First things first, my friend – my name is Zoe...

  • Proof (Superhero Black Hole, part 43)

    I reached out my hand and gestured for her to do likewise. She eyed me and my hand suspiciously. Obviously, she had spent a long time thinking that she was the only one of her kind. Our roles had now reversed. But, eventually, she reached out and gras...

  • And So It Begins... (Superhero Black Hole, part 44)

    I bought us back to our seats in the compu-cafe’. She leaned back in her seat, exhaling deeply with a little “Phew!” to signify her level of astoundment. [Sorry, dear reader. Zoe’s just given me an earful about how badly written...

  • Exchanges (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 45)

    We were walking into my apartment building, consuming some cheesecake. In all the millennia throughout which I had lived, I had been unable to find any cheesecake superior to Magic Jack’s, which was one of the downsides of having to live through ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Time Travel Tense Trouble (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 46)

    My apartment was, as it had been for so long a time, perpetually a mess. My desk was a case in point, littered with various 5D-DVDs: Primer, Millennium, the Terminator movies (except the third), the Back to the Future trilogy, 12 Monkeys, The Time Chan...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • An Inadvertent Drop of the Ball (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 47)

    Zoe’s really talented in the nonverbal communication department. When she shoots you one of those looks when you fess up to something and then clam up, you’d better start talking again fast. “Please understand,” I weakly began, ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Zoe's Thirst for Exposition (Superhero Black Hole, part 48)

    “How do we go about doing this?” This was my question to her. If she was expecting me to know all the answers in this matter, she was going to be sadly mistaken. (And – as she’s so heartily reminding me – she really reall...

  • Plans... (Superhero Black Hole, part 49)

    “Oh-kaaaaaay,” she said slowly. “Does it make a modicum of sense, yet?” “Kind of…sort of…not really.” I sighed exasperatedly. “I expected as much. Don’t worry, though – I hardly understa...

  • The Fixed Point (Superhero Black Hole, part 50)

    We sat ourselves down by my desk, where I cleared a space in the middle of the clutter for us to put our drinks. “Can you please continue filling me in on this Ambidextra business? The suspense is killing me,” she said. I took a couple of g...

  • Many Mishaps (Superhero Black Hole, part 51)

    “Where did you go,” she asked. “I ran out of the hospital, found a desolate area and did some self-pitying. I stayed there for a while, thinking about what I should do. Then I just wandered through the city, drinking alcohol – s...

  • The Long Haul (Superhero Black Hole, part 52)

    Me and Zoe spent a few moments in silence – her absorbing everything I’d told her, and me wishing I could forget all those mistakes I made. “So, why is it that we couldn’t inject her with the antidote before she’s born? In...

  • Burning Time (Superhero Black Hole, part 53)

    One hundred and twenty-three years. To you – presumably a regular human – that must sound like a swift punch to the abdomen. Hell, even I admit that before I discovered my power, that length of time would seem absolutely ridiculous to me; ...

  • Thirteen Years Later (Superhero Black Hole, part 54)

    Zoe moved into my apartment the day after we met. (She didn’t have much stuff to unpack – all she had was a couple of little boxes filled with toiletry things, a few random items of food scrounged from a cupboard, a DVD of the remake of Gre...

  • Both Out of and Into the Blue (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 55)

    I suppose that I really shouldn’t say that she stopped time, per se. If she had, we wouldn’t have seen anything because if time stops, so does light. But everything else was going along so slowly that for all intents and purposes, time was ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • That's…Going to Leave a Mark (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 56)

    Zoe was too engrossed in her anger to notice, as I had, that A) my hand was now bleeding due to my fingernails’ deep burial into my palm and that B) the crowd behind us had ceased their milling about. There was also a C) that she failed to notice...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Five Minutes Previous (Superhero Black Hole, part 57)

    Five minutes before, Zoe was a few moments away from asking me for a coffee as we stood about a hundred yards from the coffee shop that would – or did, depending on your point of view and preference – soon become the background to Zoe’...

  • Filling In The Gaps (Superhero Black Hole, part 58)

    “I did WHAT?!” We got shot some odd looks by the customers seated around us at Zoe’s outburst. I glared at her to keep her voice down, she mouthed sorry to a few of the other patrons and the shop’s ambience resumed to normal. &#...

  • Experimentation (Superhero Black Hole, part 59)

    After we left the shop, I saw the douchebag at the losing end of an argument with a policeman’s baton just ahead of us. I had to point out the douche to Zoe. She laughed at how even though she hadn’t wound up scrambling the guy’s br...