REPOST/SW10/HCC: Superhuman World 1996: The Curse of the Christmas Pirate!
pwerdna at gmail.com
Fri Dec 25 20:52:28 PST 2015
I really am going to catch up, but as it's still before midnight on the 25th, I
may as well take this chance to say... Merry Christmas!
On 12/24/2015 11:01 PM, Scott Eiler wrote:
> Author's Note, 2015: Ahem, since reposts are so popular this year, here's a
> Christmas one I just researched for a Wiki entry on... well, I'd best follow
> through on that before I admit who it is. The story itself is from 2013. Merry
Ah, I remember this! <3
> Jill got her powers when she was a girl. Her
> family except for her died in an earthquake, on Christmas Eve. Jill feels
> responsible, because she got earthquake powers about that time. When her foster
> relatives found that out *and* she'd developed super strength, they gave her to
> a samurai to raise. He gave her the name Stonewater.
I don't remember if I've ever seen a story that got deeper into *that* thought
> Of course it was Chicago at Christmastime. Of course it was snowing. So the
> planes were delayed. That's one of the ancient horrors of Christmas.
Ah yes, that was the HCC
> There was this one little boy across the aisle from me. He was holding his
> mom's hand with one hand, and a cheap sort of Raggedy Andy doll with the other.
> His mom looked even more tired than mine, which was weird for having just the
> one quiet boy.
> So I went and said Hi. The kid just flinched away and held up his doll. That's
> when I noticed how cheap it was. Its smile had fallen off.
> His mom bent down to talk to me. "Please excuse him. His Raggyman doll is
> protecting him."
> And then...
> "Well, *that's* a boring story."
> "But it's a true one! It just gave me my very first impression that Christmas
> might suck for other people too. If you ask me, *people* are the ancient horror
> of Christmas."
Awwwww. I think that's a good lesson.
> Stephen dissolved his mask. Then he picked up the old, blank-faced but still
> ragged-haired rag doll...
> - I'd wanted to invent a white-haired black-skinned pirate captain, to give the
> story a Caribbean Christmas touch. But no such captain is known in pirate
> history. So I picked the actual pirate Charles Vane. (ref:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Vane) I picked him because (1) he'd once
> taken over the island Ellipsis was living on, and (2) he was Blackbeard's boss's
> I'd expected today's story would be hard to write, because it would be an
> Ellipsis Christmas story. But it was fun once I got going, because it was
> mostly about his wife!
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, relaxin'
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