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Superhuman World 2010 is a work of fiction. The characters herein and the commentary about them should not be considered "real".
SUPERHUMAN WORLD 2010
The Sunset Door
What do you do when you're convinced the end of the world is coming - because you used to live there? It's not like you can go back home.
(signed) Wyatt Ferguson.
Farewell to Kristi the Animal Woman
At 2 pm one day, the famous pianist and singer Vara Hosea walked into a Georgetown cafe in the District of Columbia. She was shown to a private dining room. Two people waited for her there. Vara recognized the superhuman agent Wyatt Ferguson. He introduced his companion as Kristi Halsted.
Wyatt said, "Kristi has a problem. She's not from around here. She'd like to leave, but her home isn't there any more." (See Related Story)
"Hello, Kristi. Joe told me how you come from the end of the world. I'd think you'd be glad to be away from there."
"I am. But I see this world going right back there. I just can't stay and watch it any more."
"If you knew what was going to happen, why didn't you tell someone before now so we could stop it?"
"Wyatt knew. He saw it. He told people. How many of you believed him?" (See Related Story)
Wyatt joined in. "Besides, Kristi has been keeping people informed. I just now debriefed her for Joe Corrigan. She joined the militia movement just to keep track of them. She just couldn't stop them when they blew up the freighter in Alaska."
"Okay, point taken. But if you don't want to stay here and you can't go home, what do you want to do?"
"I've got a place she can go to decide. There's a Council of Ordered Realities, kind of like an interdimensional tourist bureau. I've got friends there who can take her in." (See Related Story)
"Then why don't you just take her there? Don't you have your dimension-walking power any more?"
"My power's still there. But the Earths aren't. We're in a different orbit from all those other Earths, so now I get lost on the way."
"So you want me to help find the way?"
"If you could."
"Okay. Do you have anything from that world?"
"I thought you might ask." Wyatt pulled out a snow globe marked "Warsaw St. Lawrence". Vara put her hands on it.
"... There. Kristi, feel free to walk through that door."
"I've set it up as a dimensional portal."
Kristi opened the door. A sunset was shining through it. She said, "Uh, could I just sit and enjoy the view from here for a minute?"
"Of course. I guess you've figured out by now, this is magic. And magic will work as long as people appreciate beauty."
Wyatt started moving suitcases to the door. Then he put on his own backpack - a big one.
"Wyatt! You're leaving too?"
"Yeah. Kristi needs me to show her around, and I've got some errands to run there."
"How will you make it back here? I won't be there to help you find the way."
"My friends there can probably help. Besides, nothing's ever stood between me and my world for long. I can understand why Kristi's leaving. But hey, this is my world."
"I know what you mean, Wyatt. See you soon."
Afterword by Wyatt Ferguson.
I left my notes for this story with Joyce Darcy for her to write, because I may be gone for a while.
The time will come when I run away from this declining world. I've not only done it before, I've seen myself doing it again. But that time is not yet. I don't know when I'm coming back, but I do expect to come back. I run from a lot of things, but I always come back to my world, and nothing's ever kept me from it when I do.
Hopefully I'll bring some good news with me. If two of us can make it off our declining Earth, others might too. I'm kind of on mission for this. Vice-President Corrigan has recruited a bunch of other observers to take my place.
This story is technically October 2010 #1. I'm not sure what will happen in November, but I'm likely to be observing National Novel Writing Month alongside rec.arts.comics.creative. So it's good that I get in the habit of regular publishing before that.
Also, it'll be good to get my regular characters out of the way. This October is good for a poignant vignette which helps do that.
Various characters in this fiction may have been created by various people - especially "Crusher Joe Corrigan" who once came from Joe Fucile. But absent claims from these people, all characters in this fiction and the phrase "Superhuman World 2010" are copyright © 2010 by Eiler Technical Enterprises.
The map of the Superhuman World is based on one from Henry Bottomley's map software which is well worth a visit.
(signed) Scott Eiler, 30 October 2010.