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This is the linkback perk for the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and now complete. \o/ It's spillover from the January 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "dark" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.


"Spontaneous Vacations"


When Chris crosses from
the sunny Texas landscape
to a moonlit field full of unicorns

between one step and the next

he doesn't panic, because
he knows what's going on.

The Tef is glitching again.
It does this sometimes;
Alex has explained it;
and while Chris doesn't
understand  it, he does
know how to cope with it.

He takes out his emergency kit
and starts setting up camp in the dark.

Meanwhile, Alex will be figuring out
what caused the glitch -- which could be
anything from another alien invasion to
Schrodinger playing on the console again --
and which dimension Chris has landed in and
what they need to do to retrieve him.

His teammates will probably
get him back in a few hours.

If not, Chris has a plan:
in the morning, he will
check whether anyone has
tamed unicorns for riding.
That ought to be some fun.

When he first got involved with
Schrodinger's Heroes, these events
used to scare the skin off him, worrying
about whether he'd ever get home again
and how he should handle the chaotic mess.

Now he just views them as spontaneous vacations.

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Date: 2017-02-09 06:44 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
I don't know if I could *ever* be *that* chill. Lotta trust, that.

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Date: 2017-02-09 11:48 am (UTC)
chanter_greenie: a starscape, including a spiral galaxy (on a quest for a jewel)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Did he just land in the unicorns' home place circa L'Engle's A Swiftly Tilting Planet? *squeeeeee*

If so, oh is he going to get a surprise when he finds out those unicorns can communicate... :)

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2017-02-10 02:53 am (UTC)
thnidu: Lucy bright and bold. Lucida Bright font, boldface: backslash, small-o, slash: YAY!! (yay)
From: [personal profile] thnidu

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Edited Date: 2017-02-10 02:53 am (UTC)

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2017-02-13 01:48 am (UTC)
chanter_greenie: a starscape, including a spiral galaxy (on a quest for a jewel)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
If someone on the core team has read that series (Bailey?) then...

I'm still squeeing over the idea, simply because oh, that *world*... It had rather a formative effect on grade school me.

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Date: 2017-02-09 11:42 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
*blinks, looking at sudden field of unicorns* Nah, I'm good, leave me here for a bit! Oh, thank you for this, I'd much prefer to go back to sleep and dream of unicorns than the crocodiles I was dreaming about earlier. No, really, actual crocodiles, not fun. Glad I woke up. I do wonder where a spontaneous vacation might send me, though. I love that he has an Emergency Kit with him. Have you talked about the team building those kits and learning to keep them with them previously? Schrodinger's Heroes is one verse I'm not as up on, which I'll be correcting now! Is there any chance someone couldn't be retrieved? -kellyc

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Date: 2017-02-09 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
>> *blinks, looking at sudden field of unicorns* Nah, I'm good, leave me here for a bit! <<

:D

>> Oh, thank you for this, I'd much prefer to go back to sleep and dream of unicorns than the crocodiles I was dreaming about earlier. No, really, actual crocodiles, not fun. Glad I woke up. <<

Blargh. Nightmares suck. >_<

>> I do wonder where a spontaneous vacation might send me, though. <<

Depends on what causes the dimensional hiccup. Some of them follow a particular vector, others don't.

>> I love that he has an Emergency Kit with him. Have you talked about the team building those kits and learning to keep them with them previously? <<

Not in any great detail, but I have mentioned some aspects, like the standard scrambag is a nested contrivance of a dufflebag, a backpack, and a fannypack so that you can discard down to essentials if running for your life. People prefer to keep the essentials close at hand for obvious reasons, so the small version is something they carry almost all the time.

People think it's weird that I carry my purse into the bathroom when I'm out and about, but that habit comes from the same basic background. I like to be prepared. Mostly what I wind up needing to be prepared for is someone panicking that there is no toilet paper in their stall, which is easy to fix with napkins.

>> Schrodinger's Heroes is one verse I'm not as up on, which I'll be correcting now! Is there any chance someone couldn't be retrieved? -kellyc <<

In theory, yes. In practice, it's unlikely barring a "world without Alex" scenario.

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