Stories tagged “superhero black hole”

  • Time Passes (or: Long After The Day of Swearing)

    In hindsight, I guess being stranded in 2007 wasn’t so bad. You’d be amazed at how much the world had yet to go through after 2007: a new president, tsunamis, earthquakes, oil spills, recessions, unexpected celebrity deaths, and so on. To b...

  • Something Comes to Those Who Wait (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 14)

    It was a cool winter’s night. I’d gone out with a couple buckets of a deïcing mixture I’d concocted (salt and beet juice work surprisingly well) to take care of a patch of black ice that had historically—well, historically to m...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Biopic (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 16)

    The screen filled with white again. The woman’s face conveyed both bemused expectation and irritation at delay. There was still something wrong with it, barely above the subliminal, but enough to pique my senses. The black letters did not appear ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Transformation (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 18)

    I stared into her face. The minuscule defect that I had noticed in it had seemingly begun to exponentiate itself, crawling across her face like a projected invasion on a tactical Jumbotron. The side of her face facing the screen appeared as if she’d ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • A Choice (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 22)

    That is you, she speakthought, but only if you want it. I have half a mind to leave you to this fate after what you did to me. But I am willing to…forget. What do you mean? Why are you doing this? Why me? The screen went deathly white again. The scen...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Crash (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 24)

    A minivan plowed into the lorry. A vintage brown Chevrolet pickup truck swerved to miss the cars but clipped it, spun out, hit the guardrail, and then rebounded into the three cars, blocking the street. A four-door with a wavy decal on the side T-boned...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • A Different Kind of Death (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 25)

    Suddenly, we were in the Anonymous Cinema once more, and I was again temporarily paralyzed. But…b-but…WHY?! I shoutthought. You didn’t think I’d let you off that easy, did you? she replied. You said that I could choose you, or I could c...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Point A to Point B Via Point ש֗ (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 28)

    “Compared to all the timeline-jumping I’ve done,” I replied, “this is getting from Point A to Point B in a straight line.” Other-Me exasperatedly exhaled, issuing a voluminous cloud of white breath. He glanced uneasily bac...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Me, Myself, and I (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 29)

    Me₃ looked rather bushed. “Oh goody,” he flatly announced, “I got to you in time.” “What…the…crap,” both I and Me₂ stammered. Me₃ straightened up. “We seem to have a common problem—or, rather, sever...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Head Trip (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 30)

    “For the purposes of this lecture,” Me₃ explained, “the ‘Présent’ is 9:45 PM on the night of the car accident.” He moved the slide forward, and red dot appeared in the center of the screen. “The two of you, ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Paradoxical (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 31)

    I stumbled over my words. “When I…when I flashed way back.” “Precisely,” Me₃ responded. He pointed at Me₂. “When he came back, he came back prior to his departure from the timeline and in the so doing ran into you.&#...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Triple Time (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 32)

    “You see,” went on Me₃, “originally—well, originally to me, at least—I kept on trying to deïce the road. You,” he declared, pointing to me, “were unsuccessful, much as you would have been had I not intervened in the...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • Future Shock (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 33)

    “But the future is open, full of possibilities!” I protested. “The past is written, but the future is a blank—” “True enough,” Me₃ interrupted. “But if you put your mind to it, you can travel a little bit i...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • A Gambit, A Dance (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 34)

    “What the deuce?!” I shouted, then took a swig of Coke to calm my nerves. Me₃ indicated the screen. “I went back into the future. By giving up the ghost with the accident…sorry, bad choice of words…I loosed myself from Lactrodec...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 3 years ago.
  • 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 almost 3 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 almost 3 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 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 over 2 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 over 2 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 over 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 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 over 2 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 over 2 years ago.
  • اليوم الثامن (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 62)

    It had been eight days since Zoe had manifested her ability to slow time to a crawl. There had been a breaking story on the news this morning about footprints found in 3.4-billion-year-old rock in Australia, complete with the brand name from the sole. ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • اليوم الثامن، ثانية (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 63)

    After some initial irrational moments of panic, we didn’t think it a big deal at first. We simply went back in time a couple of days (making sure that we were able to receive the check in the mail again, of course) so that we could upgrade the ap...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • اليوم الثامن، للمرة الثالثة (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 64)

    We went back in time again, entrusting the suitcase to Mrs. MacPhearson next door, who promised not say a word of it to anyone. Given that she had taken a vow of silence several years prior, this was not anything she’d have had to go out of her w...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • New Leases (Superhero Black Hole, Pt. 65)

    In apartment 2B there lived a young man pursuing some sort of law degree; he financed this pursuit by pushing amphetamines and new identities. Having won the lottery the week before the big jackpot (in the grand scheme of things, a couple million would...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5