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The repair shop had a strange musty smell, not the usual reek of oil or metal. Above the solitary building, a humid summer sky grew dark with an approaching storm. Wind tugged at the awnings outside.
Inside stood Johnny, a skinny man of almost six-foot, proud owner of The Swift Ship. His wispy, greying hair was tied back to avoid tangling in his tools, even though his favourite tool, the Anti-Gravity Robot, knew to keep its distance.
Harry was a little nervous now that he had arrived, he hadn't expected something so industrial. True, he was in a comfortable waiting room, one of several greying but hopeful individuals sitting on upright chairs, yet the building itself seemed more like a factory than an office. There was a real processing plant at the back.
"Mr Branscombe, please," called a young woman who had just entered the room.
Anne was a menagerie puppet doll in a clothes store. Seemed to be all flesh and blood with normal human height, wiry white hair — bosoms even. She stood behind the glass window all glowing in the neon light at nights. Nobody paid her any attention. But one night a strange electric storm swept the city, blacking out the power supply.
"'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will make you fish for people.' At once they left their nets and followed him." – Mark 1: 17-18
An orb of liquid-filled tubes sat in a garden alcove. Those within the alcove smiled. Tubes ran from their hips to the orb.
One man played a 24-string guitar. Extra arms extended from his left elbow and his chest.
Arequipa, PeruJanuary 13, 1894NB: This shall remain a private entry, not part of my official report to Harvard.
Whatever it was is gone now. I am alone once more.
Last night I turned the crank that opened the observatory dome, the cogged wheel clanking in the teeth of the metal track.
They told me I could have woken at any time, yet it didn't feel that way. Not from the inside. Not from the depths of my own head where lights were shadowplay and sounds were limp, meaningless concussions of noise. I could not have woken up because I hadn't known I was asleep — the awareness of where I was and what passed for time had been non-existent.
“There has clearly been some mistake.”
“Naa, mate. Retired Superheroes Hospice. That’s where they told me to come.”
I ran my eyes over this beanpole, neat-haired, computer-salesman-looking bloke. Squinted and tried to look menacing. I wasn’t about to pass up a paycheque because of some clerical error.
I once was human, but I no longer remember much of that season. I am now a machine. The usual kind, with gears, accessories and all. The kind that consumes energy and produces energy in another form, as the human body does, only without consciousness and emotions. Residues of my old form still remain. That's down due to poor construction.
Coming In Issue 222
Across The Glass
by Marcelo Rinesi
Air And Water
by Pamela Jeffs
Flesh Is Frost, Is Dust
by Colby Smith
by Zeb Carter
No Greater Love
by Wes Parish
Raising Ghosts By Way Of Japan
by Matt Thompson
by Michael Zhao
by Calvin Demmer
The Orphan Mayor
by Willem Myra
Waking Up In The Woods
by Jason Bougger
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