Archive for September, 2008

Lianne

Posted in Two Minutes Less a Third on September 30, 2008 by jeereg

“Talk to me.”

“About what?”

Lianne looks at Derek, at the clouds, anywhere but down.

“Something.  Anything.  I need a distraction.”

“Topic?”

“Puppies, cookies, I don’t know, whatever.”

“Gravity?  Long falls?  Wile E Coyote?”

“Oh fuck off.”

A cloud floats by to the left, a little below them.  “That one looks like a donkey.”

“Really?  I think it looks like splattered human remains.”

“You’re loving this, aren’t you?  How often do you do this?”

The cliff is way behind them now.  Lianne feels strangely calm, and doesn’t even have to try not to think about it.

“More than you’d think.”

Preliminary

Posted in Interview on September 29, 2008 by jeereg

You adjust your shirt and comb through your resume for the twenty-fourth time. Then the secretary looks over her glasses and tells you to go in.

There’re three of them, and they’re nice enough – there’s some banter, a question about your volunteer experience in Ghana. When they get to the meat of the thing, you’re feeling pretty good.

“Mostly,” says the woman, her legs folded to the side, “we’re wondering how you deal with the unexpected.”

You’re about to tell her something about the deadlines at your last job, and then the floor drops out from under your chair.

Spade

Posted in Suits on September 28, 2008 by jeereg

He flips through the dossier idly, driving the Aston Martin with his knee, weaving against traffic because, hey, why not?

Wildcard’s been busy, but not so you’d notice – car accidents, heart attacks, a typhoon touching ground in Cambodia.  Diamond’s sending him to Prague, but neither of them could come up with a solid why. There’s probably an equation running through the Array or something.  He wonders if they should try the Probability Drive again.

He wonders where Heart is going, but, then, he’s always wondering.

His flight leaves at 2:00, but he realizes he’s going to be late when the Martin explodes.

Vesper

Posted in Two Minutes Less a Third on September 27, 2008 by jeereg

Chaos is wearing an expensive suit, and his hair is perfect.  He’s not what she expected.

“You were thinking I’d have a beard, yeah?”

“At least.”

Everyone is frozen, halfway to where they were going.  The station is unnervingly silent.  There’s a gout of steam hanging like ice above one of the trains.  She can hear his heels clicking on the platform.

“I’m not about getting rid of order,” says Chaos, half to himself.  “It’s where the order fails, breaks down, corrupts, that’s the sweetest bit.”

They walk past a man whose briefcase has flown open.  Papers hang like leaves.

Spellbound

Posted in Two Minutes Less a Third on September 26, 2008 by jeereg

Magic is a sex thing.

People don’t get that.  They think it’s power, religion, arcane and eldritch whatevers throwing sparklies around a room.  And yeah, ok, sometimes it’s like that.  But it’s all basically sex in the end.

There’s a binary to it.  Aggressive, destructive male forces, and healing, creative females.  And yes, I know that’s some regressive thinking, but give me a minute.

See, magic is a fusion of those forces.  It’s creating and destroying at once.  Copulation on a basic and a cosmic scale.  Crudely: magic is just getting the universe to fuck the way you want it.

Jay

Posted in Two Minutes Less a Third on September 25, 2008 by jeereg

A buzz of static.  “Jay, are we cool?”

“Gogogogo.”

Alpha drops on zip wires, upside down, and come through the window in a hail of bullets and glass.  The tango drops in less than ten seconds.  “Listen,” says Ramirez, “me and Liz, that’s not like -”

“We’re not talking about this,” says Jay.

Ramirez blows the door and Jay takes point.  A flashbang goes off.  “I don’t want this to be a thing.”

“It’s not.  Alright?  Leave it.”

Some fucker goes crazy on full auto.  They hunker behind a chipped wall.

“Are we cool, though?”

Jay sighs.  “We’re cool, bro.”

Merrick

Posted in Two Minutes Less a Third on September 24, 2008 by jeereg

Merrick is bigger than he looks, and he does not look small.  His cloak is made of dozens of pelts, bound by fine gut.  It smells like a bunch of dead things, which it is.  His axe is rough, heavy and scary as hell.

He stalks them in the woods, caving skulls and ignoring the endless moans.  Sometimes they claw at him with their cold, damp hands, and then things get interesting.

Merrick’s used to being alone, and killing the company that calls.  So he isn’t sure what to think when he sees Helen through the trees, building a fire.