09 – Technicalities

‘Is that a recruit?’

Emma’s ears perked up as she stood waiting for the lift – sometimes the eight seconds felt like forever, but she had decided against shifting around – after all, she had to be familiar with this Agency if she was going to run it.

Already people were noticing her.

‘Gotta be, man, I mean, when was the last time you saw a femme agent?’

‘Agents come in girl models?’ asked the first voice, genuinely surprised.

‘Well, like, shit I dunno man, go talk to her.’

The lift doors slid open and she stepped inside. She gave the recruits a wink as the doors slid shut. She punched the floor for the technical division – she hadn’t been there in years, but she assumed that it hadn’t changed floors.

When the door opened and she walked into a conversation involving the words “Star Destroyer” “pwn” and “Obligatory Cid” she knew she’d found her destination. She pushed past the tech recruits, who appeared to be camped outside of the elevator with a few day’s supplies for no reason.

‘Recruits,’ Jones said as he walked around the corner, ‘I thought I told you- Oh, hello,’ he said, blushing as he saw her. ‘It can’t be the end of the world, Emma, we cheated that last night, so good afternoon.’

She stepped to the side. ‘I didn’t mean to interrupt, please, continue to admonish your recruits.’

He gave a nod. ‘For the last time, a Star Destroyer could pwn the Enterprise, and this Agency has no Obligatory Cid until I design one, so unless you all want transfers to Bondi where the sun hurts even more than it does here, you will stop waiting for him to appear. Now…I believe half of you were working on a way to make Bejewelled a viable way to save the world and the other half of you should be violating the privacy of hackers on the gray list?’

The recruits scattered.

‘This wasn’t my idea,’ she said. ‘Frankly, I would have preferred a workspace that isn’t so far from the action that Ryan can slip out without me noticing.’

Jones gave her a small smile. ‘You mean like now?’

She sighed – but it was an expected disappointment. ‘He couldn’t even wait an hour?’

‘He didn’t like you, Emma.’

‘Do you know where he went?’

‘No.’

‘Funny, I thought you would have low-jacked him.’

‘I respect my commanding officer’s privacy. We can always find him if we wish, you know that, but you may want to give him some time, he…’ The technical agent trailed off, seemingly searching for a diplomatic way to finish his sentence. ‘He doesn’t like it when people try and tell him how to do his job.’

‘You fiercely bollocksed up that mirrorfall operation. Two recruit deaths, more than a handful of injuries.’

‘One was a traitor, the other…well, I’m not sure if you noticed one detail on that report, but I was the one who shifted Mimosa into the field, so I’m as much to blame. I stay within the Agency, so I’ll be easy to scrutinize.’

‘Jonesy…’ a purple-headed recruit hung her head around the corner, the bucket of popcorn in her hand spilling a few kernels onto the floor.

‘Yes, Screen?’

‘Merlin said if you didn’t unpause that he’d have to start telling his own story, and I don’t like his version of Lady of the Lake…he keeps putting Han Solo into everything.’

‘And whose fault is it for showing him Star Wars?’

‘Yuki.’

‘And what do we say about personal responsibility?’

‘Dump the blame on them and deny them baked goods?’

‘Good girl,’ Jones said, ‘I’ll be along in a moment, I have something more important to deal with right now.’

She became acutely aware of the recruit staring at her, so she returned the stare.

‘You’re a… new recruit?’ the recruit asked hesitatingly.

She looked to Jones. ‘Are all recruits here stupid, or just unable to sense the presence of an agent?’

Screen shook her head and her purple hair flopped around. ‘Sorry ma’amy ma’am, but you’re prettier than the agents downstairs.’ There was a beat and the girl spun around on the spot. ‘OMGOMG,’ she squeaked, ‘I know you know this, butbutbut you’re English. Where are you from? Can I get your autograph? Can I touch your hair? Eeeeeeeeee…’

Jones quickly walked over to his recruit and put his hands on her shoulders to try and calm her. ‘Screen…’

‘Buthshe’sfrom…’ Screen said, failing to take a breath between each word.

‘What’s the rule?’Jones asked the young woman slowly.

‘Don’t bother the British visitors just in case they live near a Whoniverse location or may have spied real-like phenomena that could be construed as our world crossing over into said Whoniverse.’ The recruit recited. ‘Can I just ask her one question?’

‘She doesn’t have to answer it.’

‘Have you ever been to Cardiff?’ Screen asked, the question tumbling from her mouth.

‘I knew a man from Cardiff,’ she admitted as Jones clamped his hand over his recruit’s mouth to prevent a “part B” to the question. ‘I shot him in the head.’

The recruit’s face fell, and she couldn’t hold back a slight smirk.

Jones spun his recruit and gave her a gentle push back toward the dark corner of the tech department that she had crawled from. ‘I’m sorry for that.’

‘That’s all right, how do you think the London tech recruits treat transfers and visitors from Cardiff?’ she asked, leaning back against the white wall.

‘Without mercy?’ Jones guessed with a straight face.

She nodded.

He shook his head. ‘Come, I’ll find you an office. I think we have a spare one, presuming it hasn’t collapsed in on itself from disuse.’

She shook her head. ‘Tend to your recruits first, I have no intention of chasing Ryan. I’ll let him be childish for a few hours, but if I don’t like what I observe, I’m going to be pushing the issue with the Clarks.’

The slight agent drooped a little. ‘I pity whoever is on the receiving end of all of the paperwork if it does go through. Are you sure your director would let you go? Or would your entire team come? Do you want Ryan recycled, or reeducated? And if this is your opinion of our commander, what must you think of his team?’ He fidgeted with his lab coat. ‘My recruits will only take a few moments, we’re finishing a conversation we began last night.’

‘What do they need to know about mirrorfalls?’

‘They are the multiverse’s worst natural disaster, they have the right to be curious.’

‘They aren’t always natural.’

‘Noted.’

He walked around the corner and into a large, mostly empty lab. The image of an explosion – a supernova, or something much more powerful, hung suspended in the air, being poked at by the recruits. Some of them had sticks.

‘Where was I?’ Jones asked.

‘You didn’t start, Jonesy,’ the youngest – the one she recognised as Merlin – said. ‘And they wouldn’t let me tell a story while you were gone.’

Jones stepped into the centre of the explosion and it restarted. Photonic debris was strewn to all corners of the room.

‘This was the beginning. Like a mythical phoenix – the mythical one, mind, not the real ones – we were born from the ashes and emptiness left over from the last universe. We know nothing of that universe, no one does, not the demons, not the gods, not the Ladies.’

She hung back, leaning against the wall in the dark, wondering why Jones was explaining this to his recruits with a light show, instead of making them read the files for themselves. She sighed – maybe it was a trait of being from another part of the Commonwealth that their recruits were held to a higher standard than the ones in Brisbane. They were excited and eager, but aside from the occasional report, there was nothing that allowed her to judge how good these recruits really were.

‘In the first week of the ‘verse, thirteen worlds flourished and died. Thirteen whole worlds, full of life and beauty appeared and died. So far as we know, they were the only worlds without gods in their centre, it’s probably the same effect that allows a plant to shoot even when it contains no chlorophyll – a short existence, but an existence all the same.’

‘Or there could have been a planet-eating monster,’ Merlin piped up.

‘I thought you perfected your anti-Galactus machine,’ Screen said with a giggle.

‘…maybe not.’ A small laptop appeared in the boy’s hands and he immediately began to scroll through pages of code.

‘Anyway,’ Jones said. ‘Twelve of the thirteen mirrors all grouped together, and fell through an empty universe, waiting for life, any sort of life to appear. Even for the subconscious existence that a mirror has, that must have been so lonely.’

‘What happened to Friday?’ another recruit asked.

‘No one knows what happened to the thirteenth mirror,’ Jones said. ‘We may never know. Now, has everyone had a good look?’ The half dozen recruits nodded to him and she suddenly became aware of a large Plexiglas container being passed around. There was something reflective inside of it, surely not-

Merlin whimpered and grasped for the container as Jones took it from a recruit. The tech agent smiled and passed it to him.

‘Lights,’ she commanded.

Slowly, the half dozen recruits turned to look at her. ‘Ma’amy ma’am,’ Screen said, ‘they don’t listen.’

She stared at Jones. ‘Chance has wired the entire London Agency to obey voice commands. Why haven’t you?’

He snapped his fingers and the lights came on. ‘We’ve never seen the need. It still does have most of the basic ones though.’

Screen grabbed the male recruit next to her. ‘He’s lost property!’ she squealed, and the boy disappeared.

She fought a groan and stepped over the recruits to Merlin.

‘I can hear it singing,’ he mumbled. ‘Singy-songy-possibly doooomy…’

She tore the container from his hands, there was a piece of mirror trapped inside of the Plexiglas. ‘What the fuck is this?’

Jones’ face fell. ‘I’m not going to insult your intelligence by telling you.’

She frowned. ‘You…brought a piece of mirror here?’

He nodded. ‘The clean-up crew brought it back.’

‘It should have been destroyed upon arrival.’

‘I didn’t see the harm.’

‘Not seeing the harm is how we lost the goddess!’ she screamed. ‘You bring it here, and let your recruits play with it, what were you thinking?’ She threw it to the floor and it smashed open.

Most of Jones’ recruits scattered, but Merlin remained on the floor, seemingly transfixed by the small shard.

‘Merlin,’ Jones said quietly, ‘go with the others.’

‘It really is singing.’

‘The Lady already sang the song, its time has passed.’

The recruit reached for the shard, but she jumped forward and grabbed him by his collar and yanked him back. ‘Do not touch that,’ she hissed at him before dropping him to the cold floor.

‘I wasn’t going to end the world…’ he whined.

‘You’re a complete unknown, I don’t have reason to trust what you say. I still agree with the consensus that you’re a plant.’

‘Silly ma’amy ma’am, I’m a people, not a plant,’ Merlin said, but the joy had left his voice.

‘Merlin,’ Jones implored. ‘Please, go work on your Galactus program.’

The young recruit slowly stood and dragged his feet as he exited the lab. She held the shard out, like a weapon, at Jones. ‘Do you know what he could have done with this?’

‘It’s naught but a small wish, he couldn’t have done much.’

‘You could have required a lookalike piece, there was no urgency to use a real piece of the mirror. They’re mortal, you never know what they’ll do around something like this.’

‘They meant no harm,’ Jones said as he awkwardly stared at the mirror. ‘It was contained, and none of them had any wish to use it.’

‘They’re mortal,’ she repeated. ‘All of them wish to use it for something.’

‘It’s still in your hand, is there something you wish to use it for?’ He looked her up and down, ‘But, I guess, you didn’t need a mirror, did you?’

She crushed the mirror in her hand and required it away. ‘There is never, ever a reason to use a mirror. They only beget trouble, that’s why they’re always destroyed.’

He smiled sadly. ‘Let’s see if that office is still there.’

  87 comments for “09 – Technicalities

  1. Bufi
    November 29, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Lol -> ‘And what do we say about personal responsibility?’
    ‘Dump the blame on them and deny them baked goods?’

    This should be a rule everywhere 😀

    And Emma sure is one heckuva combination of paranoia and bitchiness. Jonesy, on the other hand, is luvable as always ^_^

    • Stormy
      November 29, 2009 at 7:27 pm

      This should be a rule everywhere 😀
      Butbut…that would mean a lot more people being denied baked goods? Do you want cookies taken away from you? o_o

      And Emma sure is one heckuva combination of paranoia and bitchiness
      She’s also a…no, that’s spoilery. Let’s just say she can also be cruel, very cruel.

      Jonesy, on the other hand, is luvable as always ^_^
      Of course he is, he’s like a living plushie. 🙂

      • Bufi
        November 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm

        Butbut…that would mean a lot more people being denied baked goods? Do you want cookies taken away from you? o_o
        Nonono, don’t want cookies taken away from me O_o but I want to take them away from other people, just to see their faces 😀 (no.1 on my list – my big brother. hehehe)

        She’s also a…no, that’s spoilery.
        … Stop teasing us! *pout*
        I was going to show you a piece of my alieny writings, but since you’re a meanie, that will be postponed. Meanie. *sticks tongue out, grabs Max and walks away*

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm

          No, no, no, you’re the meanie! You’re the meanie! *cries* *quits writing forever*

          Ok, let’s see what I can say here.

          I’ve stated on this chapter that Emma, along with being a complete bitch can be very, very cruel. I’ve just replied to your other comment on SOS and said that the ” 😀 ” should not be there when referencing Emma finding out about Miss-dead-and-won’t-get-up. I ask you, combine these two (and also the comment about Ryan needing lots of hugs). If you do the math right, you’ll hate me, but…get an idea of where I’m headed.

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm

          *cries* *quits writing forever*
          Nonono, that’s emotional blackmail over there! You’re the meanie!

          Yuppers, did the math.
          So we have a bitch, a dead-ish girl with a heart made of magic mirror, and a guy who is feeling so guilty and sad he might turn emo. The dead-ish girl is bound to wake up sooner or later. And it says on the wiki that she will become Ryan’s most loyal recruit, so she’s going to live, at least for now. But she’s officially dead, and the fact that a recruit who died by the hands (or edges) of a mirror returns to the Agency alive and well will not go unnoticed. And the bitch breathing down Ryan’s back won’t make things any easier in any way, since she hates Ryan, she hates mirrors, and I’d be surprised if she didn’t hate the entire staff, because, well, it’s under Ryan’s command. So the dead-ish girl returns, with her shiny, magic heart (which killed her in the first place, so that’s interesting), and the bitch will investigate and get to the bottom of things. And then she’ll want the dead-ish-but-not-anymore girl dead for good, because her mirror heart is so, so dangerous, and that makes her so, so dangerous. Being as cruel as she is, I wouldn’t expect any less than the cruelest stuff from her, directed at the not-dead-anymore girl and the guilty-feeling angel. And now I’m wondering if Stef will die (when she dies) by Emma’s hands. Which gets me wondering if she will actually be able to die by natural causes, given the fact that there’s a magic mirror in her chest. And returning to Emma, I wonder how far she will go to see the mirror-danger eradicated.
          O_o Ok, I need coffee now.

          Does any of the above fit?

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm

          Nonono, that’s emotional blackmail over there! You’re the meanie!
          Oh don’t worry, if I ever really do wanna quit, I’ll post up the .pdf of MH, so you can at least get to the end. If it’s after MH, I’d probably give notes on how the story pans out. >_>

          a guy who is feeling so guilty and sad he might turn emo.
          Ryan’s not gonna turn emo, if he was going to do that, he would have done that ages ago. 😛

          And it says on the wiki that she will become Ryan’s most loyal recruit, so she’s going to live, at least for now.
          ZOMG! You read the wiki. 😀 More info’s going in, I promise, but I’ve got a lot of pages to cover. >_< a recruit who died by the hands (or edges) of a mirror returns to the Agency alive and well will not go unnoticed
          Ryan: She was on vacation!

          Jones: …sir, she doesn’t have a pulse!

          Ryan: *picks up and shakes Stef* Sure she does, if she didn’t have a pulse, she’d be a lot more pale, and all of her blood would be pooling in her feet. Does she look like she’s dying from septicaemia?

          Jones: …are you twitching right now, sir? And she’s rather pale…

          Ryan: So are you! She’s a hacker, this is her normal skin colour! *shakes Stef again*

          Jones: …so if she was on vacation, why did you report her dead?

          Ryan: Because she’s annoying and I bought her tickets to illegally dangerous white-water-rafting.

          Stef: *bursts into tears, little-kid style*

          Ryan: Oh come on, I didn’t mean it.

          Jones: Then why did you-?

          Ryan: Look! Clown! *runs away*

          >_>

          And the bitch breathing down Ryan’s back won’t make things any easier in any way, since she hates Ryan, she hates mirrors, and I’d be surprised if she didn’t hate the entire staff, because, well, it’s under Ryan’s command.
          Yeah, Emma hates a lot of people, she’s worse than Mags. At least Mags likes some people.

          And then she’ll want the dead-ish-but-not-anymore girl dead for good, because her mirror heart is so, so dangerous, and that makes her so, so dangerous.
          Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner. 🙂

          And now I’m wondering if Stef will die (when she dies) by Emma’s hands.
          On this, I won’t say anything.

          Which gets me wondering if she will actually be able to die by natural causes, given the fact that there’s a magic mirror in her chest.
          Again, not saying anything.

          And returning to Emma, I wonder how far she will go to see the mirror-danger eradicated.
          All the way. And in a direction that’s…oh so cruel.

          Ok, I need coffee now.
          You deserve it. ^_^

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

          Those were my thoughts too:

          Emma wants to destroy ANY piece of the mirror, including Stef’s heart.

          she was on vacation! (LOL!)
          She’s a hacker, this is her normal skin colour! (LOL!)

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

          I’ll post up the .pdf of MH, so you can at least get to the end. If it’s after MH, I’d probably give notes on how the story pans out.
          For being this nice you get cozonac 😀
          *hands over cozonac*

          Ryan’s not gonna turn emo, if he was going to do that, he would have done that ages ago.
          Heh, imagine emo-Ryan:
          Ryan: Hey Stef, wanna come to my office so we can sit in a corner in the dark? We’ll require razor blades and potato peelers and have lotsa fun ^_^.

          Ryan: *picks up and shakes Stef* Sure she does, if she didn’t have a pulse, she’d be a lot more pale, and all of her blood would be pooling in her feet. Does she look like she’s dying from septicaemia?
          Jones: …are you twitching right now, sir? And she’s rather pale…

          ROFL!

          And now I’m wondering if Stef will die (when she dies) by Emma’s hands.
          On this, I won’t say anything.

          -_-
          And now I’m wondering how hard it will be for Stef to die. And how many times will Emma try and kill her? And if at first she doesn’t succeed, wish I’d be able to see her face. 😀

          Emma: zomg u mirrorz0r heartz0rz pearson u must dai!!11!!one!!
          Stef: oh noes wtf lemme alone O_o
          Emma: no no u dai!!1!
          *tries to kill Stef* *fails miserably*
          Emma: wtf y u no dai??
          *turns emo* *goes to cry in dark corner*

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:32 pm

          Ryan: Hey Stef, wanna come to my office so we can sit in a corner in the dark? We’ll require razor blades and potato peelers and have lotsa fun ^_^.
          Ooh, this could be romantic! they could knife themselves or each other; they could even require lots of other fun stuff, like power-drills and vampire teeth! 😀

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:32 pm

          Oh yes, imagine the very, very romantic moment when he gazes deep into her eyes and says “Stef, I’m going to peel you like a potato.” ^_^

          And AL13N, since you like the idea, I wouldn’t be surprised if you wrote short fic with Stormy’s characters turned emo :p

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm

          “Stef, I’m going to peel you like a potato.” ^_^
          DAMNIT! I’m not supposed to gigglefit at work!

          …and I choked on my lunch…

          …and I’m stil laughing…

          Oh jeebus…how the hell am I supposed to get any work done now, huh? That line is going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

          …and I’m still laughing…

          Oh gods damn you, Bufi.

          >_>

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm

          …two hours later, I’ve almost settled down. I’m finding “seriousness” triggers so that I don’t start giggling again. Particularly bad, as…well, as previously mentioned, I’m in the direct line of sight of the centre manager.

          …I mean, what am I going to say? “Sorry, ma’amy ma’am I have a giggling condition”? “Sorry ma’amy ma’am, butbut…peeeeeeel *MOAR gigglefit*”

          It just doesn’t work. -_-

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm

          But really, isn’t it the most romantic thing someone ever said to someone else? Heh :p

          Hope nobody kicked you out of the office because of the gigglefits :p And if you did get kicked out, I will feel guilty. Maybe guilty enough to post some alieny something of mine, to make it up to you. Maybe. >_<

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm

          it’s a great sentence, i almost choked in my drink. (i didn’t because, i had just swallowed before reading this, a few seconds later, and it’d been too late)

          post some alieny something of mine
          I’ll keep you to your word! don’t take too long!

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm

          And if you did get kicked out, I will feel guilty.
          Oh good, I thought you would have been “if you get fired, that’s more time for you to write!” >_>

          post some alieny something of mine
          Is there any way I facilitate (ie: bribe) you to post this? ^_^

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

          it’s a great sentence, i almost choked in my drink
          Thanks, that’s a double compliment ^_^ :p

          I’ll keep you to your word! don’t take too long
          Bufi is a girl of her word. Bufi promised. Bufi shall post. Soon. Ish. Soon-ish.

          Oh good, I thought you would have been “if you get fired, that’s more time for you to write!” >_>
          O_o No, no, no!! I may be evil, but I always think about possible outcomes! Had I said that, you might have fallen into depression and stopped writing for a while, and then we would have gone through an enormous amount of pain caused by mirrorverse-withdrawals!!! OH, NOES!!! O_O

          Is there any way I facilitate (ie: bribe) you to post this?
          Um… don’t think so. Not even enormous amounts of cookies…
          You sure?

          Well, then…
          Shut up.
          And frankly, I settled upon a small piece from a bigger part of the plan of the whole story. Then I decided it needed some something more, so threw in some something more, then I re-wrote the dialogues to avoid talking heads, and now it’s nearing 2k, and will most likely end up well over 2k. And now I’m having moments like ohmigoshwhatifpeopleswillhateitmebbyishuddntpostanything O_O
          But it’s being written/re-written and edited. And then it will be posted.

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

          Soon. Ish. Soon-ish.
          Is it soon-ish yet? 😛

          Had I said that, you might have fallen into depression and stopped writing for a while
          No, I probably would have just been amused, then moped at the screen going “that’s the dream, that’s the dream”. >_>

          ohmigoshwhatifpeopleswillhateitmebbyishuddntpostanything
          Well, um…

          Stormy, it’s time to post the next chapter.

          I dun wanna…

          Oh come on, we do this every week.

          Yeah, but what if this is the week when everybody decides they hate my work, stop reading and never come back?

          …we’ve gone over the likelihood of that, remember?

          Yes, and I said it was very likely!

          I mean, I write odd, screw-ball fic that only has a semblance of plot and is mainly people talking, then moving to a different room, then talking again. It has no plot, how can people like it if there’s no plot? And my characters are emotional cripples, how can people grok onto that? And the main character is dead! How are you supposed to write a story where the main character is a prop?! They’re all going to stop reading. All of them. And then this corner of the internet will get very cold and lonely.

          Technically, the internet doesn’t change temperature.

          Oh lemme alone, I’m having writer’s mope.

          Oh post the fscking chapter already!

          …okies…

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:36 pm

          what if this is the week when everybody decides they hate my work, stop reading and never come back?
          So this is common fear… but anyhow, you, of all people, shouldn’t think like this. We all love your odd, screw-ball fic that only has a semblance of plot. And we especially love the main character who is a prop. So yeah. :p

          And writer’s mope was what I always had before turning in assignments for creative writing.

          Why the heck did I write this? What if nobody will like it? O_o
          You always say that.
          But there’s always a different assignment! And what if the other kids will laugh at me? *whine*
          So what?
          You’re heartless.
          I’m you.
          Are you implying that I’m heartless?
          You said it yourself.
          *blink blink* *bursts into tears and crawls in a corner*

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:36 pm

          We all love your odd, screw-ball fic that only has a semblance of plot.
          Butbut…you could turn around and hate me…

          And you really should listen to your bold voice, it’s sensible. 🙂

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:37 pm

          Butbut…you could turn around and hate me…
          If that had been the plan, we would have done it ages ago. ^_^

          And you really should listen to your bold voice, it’s sensible.
          … O_o So you too are saying that I’m heartless? *starts crying and runs away*

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:37 pm

          It could be a secret plan! >_>

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:37 pm

          Maybe you’re just too paranoid.

          Meh, don’t flatter yourself, you’re not worth that amount of effort

          j/k 😉

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:37 pm

          /emo
          /depressed
          /starts writing PR

          NOW YOU CAN ALL SUFFER AND FEEL MY BLACK, BLACK PAIN THAT FEELS LIKE BURNY AND HATRED AND GOOOOP!!!!!!

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm

          the horror (again)!

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm

          FEELS LIKE BURNY AND HATRED AND GOOOOP!!!!!!
          … sounds nice overall, but is goop emo-y?

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm

          …how else do emos get their hair to stay like that? 😛

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm

          … I was thinking more in terms of creepy-sticky-icky-goop-that-comes-in-a-little-tube-and-includes-a-floating-eye. Used to play with that a fair bit in my younger years. ^_^

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm

          these drupal comments are getting pretty damn small

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

          …it’s kind of freaking me out…

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

          …small are they going to go?

        • Wraith
          September 22, 2011 at 5:15 am

          . . . they stopped getting smaller and just started moving further to the right.

          I’m so tempted to spam this thread to see how far off the page I can push it . . .

          <_ < >_>

          *sigh* The crazy things I come up with on my archive binges . . .

        • Stormy
          September 22, 2011 at 7:29 am

          …you’re mad.

        • Wraith
          September 23, 2011 at 4:29 am

          I always identified more with the Lost.

          Although Madchester wouldn’t be too bad of a place to live, so long as they have internet access.

          Also, are you just now realizing this?

        • Stormy
          September 23, 2011 at 7:04 am

          …divided by zero yet?

        • the leaking pen
          September 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

          into
          the
          blue
          space

          :drinks of the blue:

          my message is now connected to the system.

        • Stormy
          September 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

          …well, how about now?

        • Wraith
          September 24, 2011 at 1:40 am

          we have officially fallen off the page, into the wild internets.

        • Stormy
          September 24, 2011 at 1:54 am

          …here be dragons? Or are we up against basement freaks?

        • Wraith
          September 24, 2011 at 2:56 am

          I’ve always been partial to dragons. Do dragons exist in the Mirrorverse?

          If not, then basement freaks would work.

        • Stormy
          September 24, 2011 at 3:03 am

          …there are dragons.

          To quote from, from OUB#12:
          “They’re like crocodiles, I suppose is the best way of putting it, they’re large, they’re dangerous, but they’re just animals. They aren’t magical, they don’t talk and they don’t fly. Some have vestigial wings, but they serve little purpose.”

          Also the French Agencies have the best dragonslayers. 😀

  2. AL13N
    November 29, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Yeah, but what if this is the week when everybody decides they hate my work, stop reading and never come back?
    You’ve been there and done that.

    my characters are emotional cripples
    People don’t like stable, boring characters

    And the main character is dead! How are you supposed to write a story where the main character is a prop?!
    Considering that you’re just a infinitely tiny thing against the universe, and you created the story; i’d say the main character is nothing; so who cares if she’s a prop… 🙂 PLUS: this way, you’ll get fetish fans too.

    I’m having writer’s mope
    OH NOES! Stormy goes emo and will write PR! 😀

    Seriously, better writer’s mope than writer’s block.

    • Stormy
      November 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm

      You’ve been there and done that.
      Hence why I don’t want to experience it again…

      People don’t like stable, boring characters
      Some people do…Probably?

      Considering that you’re just a infinitely tiny thing against the universe, and you created the story; i’d say the main character is nothing

      ;_;

      PLUS: this way, you’ll get fetish fans too.
      Yeah, and if I do, I’ll send them to your fic. 😛

      • AL13N
        November 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm

        People don’t like stable, boring characters
        Some people do…Probably?
        Yeah… they’re called dead people

      • AL13N
        November 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm

        You’ve been there and done that.
        Hence why I don’t want to experience it again…
        what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger… i’m sure you could handle it again.

    • Bufi
      November 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm

      You’ve been there and done that.
      Bufi agrees.

      People don’t like stable, boring characters.
      Bufi agrees again.

      Considering that you’re just a infinitely tiny thing against the universe, and you created the story; i’d say the main character is nothing; so who cares if she’s a prop…
      … O_o Mr. Smooth… -_-‘

      OH NOES! Stormy goes emo and will write PR! 😀
      PR yes! Emo-Stormy no! >_< Imagine the mirrorverse filled with little dark people who cry all day and cut themselves! Imagine Taylor and Magnolia all touchy-feely and sensitive! Imagine Emma writing poetry! Oh, the humanity!! O_O

      • AL13N
        November 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

        The horror!

      • Stormy
        November 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

        Imagine Taylor and Magnolia all touchy-feely and sensitive!
        Oh dear god, my eyes are burning!

        …unless by “touchy-feely” you mean “beating the crap out of each other” and “sensitive” you mean “you’re more sensitive there, so that’s where I’m going to hit you”. Then, then it’s normal, but the other kind…*goes and scrubs out brain*

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

          LOLZ

          You know how to sweet-talk me, Stormy! 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    November 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    …is it soon-ish yet?

    • Bufi
      November 29, 2009 at 7:45 pm

      …is it soon-ish yet?
      Soon-ish will be soon. Ish. :p

  4. Stormy
    November 29, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    like power-drills
    I thought that would be more of a Taylor thing. 😛

    • Bufi
      November 29, 2009 at 7:45 pm

      No, no, no! That’s so NOT romantic!!! O_o Stick to little sharp stuff!!!

      • AL13N
        November 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

        I’m nothing like Taylor! really! I don’t know why he keeps popping up in my thoughts! 😀

        I guess I got a bit of all of em inside me (except Taylor) … Stef, Ryan, maybe even a bit of Emma!

        Ooooh, which reminds me! Does Taylor like Emma? or like to work with/on Emma ;-)?

        You know, you’d say she needed to be punished for what she will do… Wouldn’t that just make the perfect punishment?

        maybe you can put it in canon *crosses fingers*?

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

          Ooooh, which reminds me! Does Taylor like Emma? or like to work with/on Emma ;-)?
          Wait until chapter seven, and you’ll have a fairly decent idea of how he feels about Emma. But remember as soon as he heard she was there he insinuated that they were being invaded, that should be at least a clue.

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

          Yes, I had remembered that.

          Will there be a torture scene? 😀

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

          …define torture.

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

          Nice!

          That means you consider it torture! which is probably verbal torture:

          – Emma quotes bad poetry
          – Taylor goes nuts and kills himself
          – The End.

          😀

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

          …Emma’s a Vogon? Now there’s a terrifying thought.

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

          OMG! you got the reference!

          did you read the books? or heard the radio-play, or watched the BBC series?

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

          I’ve seen the BBC series and read parts of the books. ^_^

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

          Those BBC series are GREAT. my wife didn’t like them, but it’s funny as hell!

          I have those books lying at home,… amazing stories

          I now give you the honor of bearing the title: “geek” 😀

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

          …you’re only now gifting me with the title of geek? -_- Somehow, this makes me feel like a failure.

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

          … recognition as ‘proper’ geek by me is apparently not appreciated…

          /me goes emo and kills everyone with a potatoe-peeler …

          (thanks Bufi, for the great sentence, every time i’ll think of the peeler, i’ll be reminded of your post.)

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:49 pm

          … recognition as ‘proper’ geek by me is apparently not appreciated…
          No, I just thought you would have considered me a geek long before this.

          /me goes emo and kills everyone with a potatoe-peeler …
          …that’s possibly the most ineffcient murder weapon ever. Other than the time Merlin tried to drown people in plushies.

          (thanks Bufi, for the great sentence, every time i’ll think of the peeler, i’ll be reminded of your post.)
          Yeah, she’s evil. I can’t stop turning around to people and saying the line. >_<

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:49 pm

          the time Merlin tried to drown people in plushies.
          O_O


          Really?


          I love Merlin! ^_^

          I can’t stop turning around to people and saying the line.
          :D:D:D:D What reactions did you get?

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:51 pm

          I just thought you would have considered me a geek long before this.
          ok, you got me there…

          …that’s possibly the most ineffcient murder weapon ever.
          You know, inefficient murder weapons are the best kind! cause this mean that it can take a long time. And you want it to last long when you’re having fun. 😀

          Stormy (in seductive voice): Stef, I’m going to peel you like a potato.
          Mark: What? my name is mark!
          *Stormy sighs*

          Stormy (in seductive voice): Victor, I’m going to peel you like a potato.
          Victor: Ooh, baby; you and me both!
          *Stormy sighs*

          Stormy (in seductive voice): Boss, I’m going to peel you like a potato.
          Boss: You’re fired!
          *Stormy sighs*

          Stormy (in seductive voice): Randi, I’m going to peel you like a potato.
          Miranda: No you won’t, you’ll never dare…
          *Stormy sighs*

          Stormy (in seductive voice): Allen, I’m going to peel you like a potato.
          Allen runs away screaming like a little girl
          *Stormy sighs*

          Stormy (in seductive voice): Bufi, I’m going to peel you like a potato.
          Bufi wasts no time and is already peeling Stormy
          Stormy runs away screaming like a little girl

          Moral of the story: you never get the reply you expect/want.

        • Bufi
          November 29, 2009 at 7:51 pm

          LOLZ, really, this made my day ^_^

          Aaand I ruined my big brother’s moment of nostalgia (he was playing Diablo next to me) with a gigglefit. His face – priceless. 😀

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm

          … to cause gigglefits 😉

        • mikokit
          June 27, 2010 at 11:14 am

          ^___^;> I actually read the radio play. As in, the scripts, bound as a book.

  5. Bufi
    November 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    /me goes emo and kills everyone with a potatoe-peeler
    Good man! *huggles* ^_^
    That peeler is currently my favorite thing in the house, since due to new wisdom teeth, all I can eat are mashed potatoes… Q_Q

    (thanks Bufi, for the great sentence, every time i’ll think of the peeler, i’ll be reminded of your post.)
    Aww, you’re very welcome :p
    *feels warm and fuzzy inside*

  6. daymon
    November 29, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    See what you did, I have been so good as to not drop hints at what the chapters are called and you told them.

    I had to wait till the very end of them last time, and only noticed because someone else pointed it out. I was wondering how long it would take this time… stinker

    • Stormy
      November 29, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      …I don’t mean to be so much of a stinker. >_>

  7. silentdeth
    November 29, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I know it’s mean, but I really hope that office hasn’t been clown proofed…

    • Stormy
      November 29, 2009 at 7:54 pm

      …any and all meanness toward Emma is justified. -_- Especially with some of the crap she pulls later on.

      • silentdeth
        November 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm

        Yeah, poor leprechauns :'(

        • AL13N
          November 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm

          wasn’t that earlier on?

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm

          That’s pretty much ancient history.

  8. Anonymous
    November 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    … I wanna shoot her…

    • Stormy
      November 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm

      …she hasn’t done anything yet, and by the end of this, you’re going to want to drill holes in her kneecaps and fill them with acid.

      • Anonymous
        November 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm

        Time to use that tactical nuke.

        • Stormy
          November 29, 2009 at 7:57 pm

          …it’s only a tiny nuke, do you think it’s powerful enough? 😛

  9. Anonymous
    November 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Require: 30 megaton thermonuclear hydrogen bomb?
    Top it off with Require: Teabag (sorry, but the net-speak in the stories just made me do it)

    • Stormy
      November 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm

      …might be enough to take her out. ^_^ Good plan! *requires a cookie for you*

  10. Maeson
    November 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    *noms on the cookie, while sitting on a nuclear stockpile that’d shame USA*

  11. Anonymous
    November 29, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Speaking of girl model agents, I want the story from Mirrorfall 1.0 about Jonesy and the orange-cherry-peppermint coffee to come back!

    • Stormy
      November 29, 2009 at 7:59 pm

      …the short story (Breakfast Near Tiffany’s) or the chapter? I’m gonna rewrite the short, but for the moment, might I suggest going and reading “Fragility”? I think you’ll like it…(side stories section, just over there on the left).

  12. Stormy
    September 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

    …actually answer your question.

    I always identified more with the Lost.
    The Lost are awesome. 😀

    Although Madchester wouldn’t be too bad of a place to live, so long as they have internet access.
    Considering the number of people in Madchester who are able to nothing more than view the world through a computer cause they can’t interact IRL, it’s got very good internet access.

    The Lost have better wifi though, cause of the number of people who have to work remotely.

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