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This poem fills another square on my card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest.

The following poem belongs to Schrodinger's Heroes, featuring an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.

Fandom: Original (Schrodinger's Heroes)
Prompt: Protect
Medium: Poetry
Summary: These are the ways in which Schrodinger's Heroes protect each other, and that's how they become a family.
Content Notes: The indented lines comprise a quote from the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch.


When they need to raise erotic power
in order to get back to their eigenvector,
Ash and Alex are not thrilled.
Kay suggests trying kink instead,
which is all about power exchange.
That works for Ash and Alex.
Bailey and Quinn gladly join in.

With the team scattered across the dimensions,
only core!Alex remains at home to solve the problem
while alter!Bailey helps her search for core!Ash and core!Kay
and alter!Pat convinces the military to give them room to work.

A stalker follows core!Pat home
from the andervector where he was lost,
and chases him through Waxahachie trying to kill him.
Chris is just a bystander but cannot stand by idly --
he jumps in to save Pat's life,
and changes his own irrevocably.
The stalker, badly wounded by Chris,
dogs their trail all the way back to the compound
where Kay shoots him dead.
Chris puzzles over the warm welcome they give him,
and it's only later that Morgan arrives to explain it. 

            'Ohana means family.

When alien debris flattens Alex,
Schrodinger walks untouched through the mess
and Tim the Tentacle Monster gently scoops her up
then carries her to Kay --
who refrains from shooting him only for Alex's sake.
It takes a long time for Kay to trust Tim,
and Bailey is likewise suspicious;
but Morgan and Ash argue that Tim is rational and moral.
They cannot send Tim home -- they try and fail, try and fail --
so in the end they make him, too, welcome.

Alex opens a door in the wind
with a portable terminal for the Teferact,
making it easier to travel across dimensions.
Quinn volunteers to test it -- the results are variable,
and more rescuing is required --
but it is also this which allows Alex
to search the manifold for an alter!Morgan
willing to join them in place of core!Morgan
who was killed in a car accident.

            Family means nobody gets left behind ...

There is no question of to be
or not to be.
Something in the universe resists
the idea of absence-of-Alex,
and everyone fights to ensure
that she is not erased. 

            ... or forgotten.


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Date: 2012-09-23 12:00 pm (UTC)
raze: A man and a rooster. (Default)
From: [personal profile] raze
Ooh! My immediate impressions are: one, I need to catch up more on your fiction, and two, what a delightful depiction of family and camaraderie. I especially liked the last stanza, really powerful wrap-up.

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Date: 2012-09-24 04:27 am (UTC)
technoshaman: (pele)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Oooooh. One of my favourite concepts. `Ohana (The word is Hawaiian, and the left-tick is the best an Amerenglish keyboard can do for the `okina, or glottal stop, that begins the word) is *chosen family*... Hawaiian is the only language I've run across so far with a single word for that, and also the only language where the original connotation of the word for "foreigner" is *positive*, as opposed to neutral or very negative. (Haole /Howl-ay/ means "honoured guest".)

And a very innnnnteresting way you have of exploring `ohana. <3 <3 <3 that last verse.

Also, thank you for giving me an excuse to use my Pele icon. I haven't for a long time... I don't have anybody regular to talk about da kine these days...

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2012-09-24 05:16 am (UTC)
technoshaman: (kahuna)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Oops, didn't mean to send you on an editing tizzy... most dictionaries written by haole have no idea what an `okina is *for*... much less that it's an actual letter. You have to really go digging to find good stuff.

Hm! you've got more... I may hafta go dig that up... yay for tags!


Re: Thoughts

Date: 2012-09-24 07:52 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: (happydance)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
That.... was freakin' awesome. I mean, talk about punching happy buttons. Hawaiian, Sherlock (especially the art of observation and deduction), Watson, *and* high geekery, *and* sliding a person of colour in in a wrapper that matches his skin..

And I see you went back and fixed the spelling before linking, too. :)

Am gonna have to figure out how to get my PayPal back online. That deserves a hit on the tipjar. Meanwhile, I'm gonna go rec this to someone... :)

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2012-09-24 05:18 am (UTC)
technoshaman: (kahuna)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
oooOOOOOoooooh... Hawaiian Imbolc rit... awesome! thanks!


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