2022 Story Archive





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Oliver SpoutOliver Spout doesn't experience time at the same rate as normal people. It has been eleven years since he last saw the sun. He wakes when it sets, and he freezes when it rises. The others call him The Gargoyle, but he's no monster, at least he tries hard not to be. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"I was not prepared for this," Frenton says. "We are here a month early on our monthlong journey." He points to me. "You. You're gonna help me talk to the Estormel; make sure they understand that we're here to drop them off peacefully. This is not a hostile act." #HumanArrival
NanostoryI am single, but I have a few restrictions. You must be between 18 and 19 years old, make at least twice as much money as me, nearly always pay for dinner (I'll pay once a month, maybe). You need to have attractive friends, in case I get bored, and don't ever go into that room.
Story Quote"There has never been much crime here. Only three cells are occupied. True Extremist, Dvronen Vatal is in one. Regular extremist, Ovan Teleres is in another. Disgraced former admiral, Halan Yenant is in the third. Kaiora looks back at the hock watcher." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHe belongs to a class of time travelers called salmon, which have no control over their temporal patterns. Oliver hoped to fix his problem when it first arose, but he has since accepted it, and tries to make the best of his restricted life. He might as well have fun. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"I'll do what I can, but I'm no diplomat." I tell him. // "Is anyone here a diplomat?" Frenton questions. // I point to Baladt and the Ambassador. "Yeah, they are." // "Oh," he says. "Well, then I'll use them for this, but you need to make yourself useful anyway." #HumanArrival
“Joke”We're still in the middle of a pandemic! Stay sick if you're at home!
Story Quote"They were relatively silent for the rest of the hour, but Angela and Olimpia had some stories, so that kept them occupied a little. A year later, the indicator light on the box turned green, prompting Ramses to open it, and check on his special battery." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutMost salmon are assigned responsibilities, but nothing has been asked of Oliver. He stays in the same time period, and leads an approximation of a normal life; not unlike people who work overnight, and sleep during the day. That's what he does as a nightclub bouncer. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"Understood," I say before the three of them leave to help our prisoners get safely down to their home planet. // "Is he asking you to use your powers to do something?" Cricket asks. // "I think he wants me to make up for the fact that I'm different and dangerous." #HumanArrival
NanostoryI've already written the last tweet I'll ever tweet. My AI assistant will post it for me posthumously, but I'll let you read it ahead of time, in case I live forever, or Twitter shuts down before I do. "I was today years old when I found out I was dead."
Story Quote"We’re not dead yet, but I just know that these are the people who are on their way out with me. If there is something on the other side of the death barrier, then the hundred of us will cross that threshold together. It is overwhelming and inspiring." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHe once tried to move up towards the arctic circle to maximize his nighttime, but that did not work. He was born in the Kansas City area, and his pattern is tied to that ZIP code. Even if he rode an airplane into the night for the rest of his life, it would happen. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"We'll think of something," Claire says, taking me by the hand, and ushering me out of the mess hall. "We're on a ship. There's always something in need of being cleaned on a ship." // I hate cleaning more than most things, but if it puts me in a better light, fine. #HumanArrival
Fake ConversationMe: "Since the world is ending, I've selected 23 people to survive in a bunker, but they're all women, so they can repopulate the planet." // My parole officer: "You still need men to have children." // Me: "Oh, yeah, I forgot about that. Well, I'll be there, I guess, so…"
Story Quote"He got shot in the gut once, trying to mediate a street fight. He survived the attack, only to die in his hospital room a few days later after a nurse screwed up his medication. It was an ongoing issue too; something that had to build up in his system." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHe doesn't get any rest out of the freezing either. He's stuck in a time bubble, which causes him to experience a few seconds of time while the daylight passes. So he still has to dedicate part of his time to sleeping. He's sometimes only awake for a few hours a day. #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalIf there's one kind of room in a ship that needs to be cleaned the most, it's the lavatories. Claire and Cricket both kneel down with me to scrub the disgusting floors, but I tell them to stop. I'm the one everyone has begun to fear and hate. Only I need to be here. #HumanArrival
Dumb DittyI just took a finance test; turns out, I'm a hundred percent not rich.
Story Quote"What about my life? Well, after we drifted apart, I started getting more interested in music. I didn’t create it myself, though. I couldn’t play worth a darn, and I could clear the room in ten seconds flat if I tried to sing. I just loved the culture." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHis boss isn't fully aware of his situation, but day length is predictable throughout the year, and she's flexible with the schedule. She has never noticed the pattern, but other people have, and one of them is about to learn what makes Oliver Spout so mysterious. #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalClaire and Cricket agree to leave me to my work. I'm in my second lavatory when an Estormel woman walks in. "Oh, sorry, I can come back." // "No, you can use it," I assure her. "I'll step out for a moment." // She nods graciously, and squeezes past me to the stall. #HumanArrival
“Joke”Do you think that republicans get a lot of headlines in their news feeds that say things like 'TikTok Body Shamer Shares Perfect Response to Pro-vax Cucks Who Don't Make Blood Sacrifices to Putin Every Month and the Internet is Going Crazy'?
Story Quote"I should've thought, 'this is it. This is the day that I die. This is the way that I die. I'm never gonna see my family again. I'm never gonna have another nice steak dinner.' But all my brain could focus on was that spelling mistake. I had to fix it." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutBeing a bouncer is dangerous, and he's always had to be extra careful. He's not worried about getting hurt so much as getting hurt, and having to go to the hospital, where they intend to treat or monitor his progress past curfew. He's always avoided that…until now. #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalI wait quite patiently in the hallway, glad to finally be on a break. It's then that Frenton comes up. "What have you been doing all this time?" he questions. // "Cleaning the bathrooms," I explain. // "Oh. Really? Who asked you to do that?" // "I just…wanna help." #HumanArrival
NanostoryIn the original script, it was going to turn out that the kid was dead the whole time, and Bruce Willis was, in fact, the person who could see dead people. I made @MNightShyamalan change it, because that was stupid.
Story Quote"Over time, this technique became harder to sustain. As my résumé grew, I found the interviewers to be less enchanted with me. What was wrong with me? Why couldn't I hold down a job? I couldn't rightly tell them the truth, or it would make things worse." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe reason that Oliver applied to this club is that they have a strict no recreational drug policy. It's part of his job to be on the lookout for it, and when he sees it, it's part of his job to remove the problem from the premises. Some people don't appreciate this. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"Ya know," Frenton begins, "it's really hard to be mad at you when you actually seem to be an okay guy, and you haven't given me any real reason to doubt you. I'm sorry for my behavior. Please stop cleaning; I have robots for that. I need you for something else." #HumanArrival
NanostoryThere is an 83% chance that I'm living in The Truman Show, except instead of protecting me, and letting me live happily, with everything I could ever need, they torture me. They bring me down, and hold me back, and make my life a living hell, and they only gave me three allies.
Story Quote"The True Extremists want to stop the vonearthans from spreading beyond the stellar neighborhood, so every one of the modules is a threat to them. They have the numbers that Yitro’s team does not. Nonlinear time may be the only weapon in their arsenal." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutLike this guy tonight. Oliver will find out later that he's new in town, and wants to take over the drug industry. He doesn't know why the club is completely devoid of customers, but he thinks he can fix it. When Oliver tries to stop him, the guy reacts with a knife. #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalI follow Frenton down the hallways, and onto the bridge. We are in orbit around Estorbund. It is a magnificent view. I've been through time and space quite a bit by now, but I've never seen anything like this yet. Frenton waits to explain while I stand here in awe. #HumanArrival
“Joke”Poor people go to prison for murder more often than rich people because they can't afford the plastic sheeting, or the small boat to go dump the body off the coast of Florida.
Story Quote"The authorities did come to scoop up the team. They didn’t lock them up in a cell, though. They just quarantined them in their ship until they could figure out whether they were a threat. They wrongfully figured they would have at least one day to wait." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe blade goes deep into his thigh. Oliver's coworkers jump in to disarm the assailant, but that's not the problem now. They're going to want him to go to hospital, and maybe even into surgery. He can't have surgery—he just can't. He has no clue what that looks like. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"What do you need me to do?" I ask, breaking from the viewscreens. I can't imagine that there's anything that someone as unskilled as I am can do. // "I was hoping one of your superpowers can help solve a little problem." // Oh yeah, I keep forgetting about that. #HumanArrival
“Joke”When you pay for porn, it's called fapitalism, and I'm not sure whether this joke goes over the imaginary line I drew that separates what I'm willing to say in a public forum, and what's just too crude for me to sign my name to. Too late now.
Story Quote"I was old and it was my time. There are some tears, even from those I wouldn't have thought would produce them on this occasion, or didn't think they would themselves. They keep going with the stories, though, trying to keep it light for the younglings." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe Locker Desk Attendant says she'll call 911, while two other bouncers help him onto a chair. "Really, I'm fine," he claims, but no one believes it. "Please, I can't afford the ambulance. I'll get myself to the hospital, I promise." They don't believe that either. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"What's the problem?" I ask. // "The Estormel need a show of good faith," Frenton begins to explain. // "Bringing their people back home doesn't serve that purpose?" // "They think it's some kind of trick. They've not had very good experiences with humans so far." #HumanArrival
NanostoryDavid Bowie was one of the first neo-nazis. Then you say, "Nick, he was on drugs." That doesn't matter to me. I give no latitude to people who do recreational drugs. You made the decision to take them, now accept the consequences. "Nick, he's dead." I don't care. CANCEL HIM!
Story Quote"He let me have some pots and other tools that were just taking up space in his attic after he upgraded. I had my own tent, but it wasn’t rated for winter. He donated a brand new one that his daughter asked to buy for me instead of her Christmas gifts." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOne of the VIP Attendants agrees to drive Oliver to hospital since her shift is nearly over. He wants to continue to argue, but managing to ditch one person, and her little sedan, is surely going to be a lot easier than escaping from a bunch of medical professionals. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"What is it you think I can do?" I question. // "I dunno, you tell me. What else CAN you do?" Frenton asks. // Not all of my characters' abilities are offensive, or even defensive. They have all come from mutants and witches so far, though. I probably need a spirit. #HumanArrival
Random NothingThis economy is in the e-crapper, but I can fix it. I'll turn the millionaires into multi-millionaires, the billionaires into bulti-billionaires, and national agencies into nulti-national cooperatives. I just need to get onto this cruise ship first, so can I use your pulti-pass?
Story Quote"My friends all suggested that I translate my ability to see and point out flaws into something productive, like maybe being a film critic. I chose to be a house inspector, because the pay was better, and the work was steadier. I never really enjoyed it." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Thanks, but I'm feeling better. You can just drop me off right here," Oliver urges once they've driven a few miles. // She laughs. Her name is Lucy, and she's been waiting for an opportunity like this. "I'm pre-med, I can take care of you. No hospitals, I get it." #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"Are you asking me to control their minds?" I ask him. // "Do you know of someone who can do that?" // I made a conscious decision to make mind control not a thing in my stories. Many people are telepathic in some way, even invasively, but they can't push thoughts. #HumanArrival
Fake ConversationThe President: "Okay, I'll allow it, just so you know who's in charge around here." // Me: "Is it me? It's me, isn't it? It's okay, you can tell me, I won't get upset. If I'm the one in charge, I just need to know." // The President: "What? No, it's me." // Me: "If you say so…"
Story Quote"A life vest. That was the one thing I forgot to pack. I felt like such an idiot, loading up all this unnecessary gear, but leaving out the one thing that could save my life. I wouldn't have needed it to keep from drowning, though. That's now [sic] how I died." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"You get what?" Oliver questions. // "I think it's quite clear that you don't want to be registered in any kind of system. You don't have to tell me if you're in WITSEC, or hiding from people on your own. I just want you to know that you can trust me. I'm discreet." #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalI take a deep breath. "You want the Estormel to trust us, correct? That's your goal?"// "Yes," Frenton answers. // "Then don't do something to undermine that trust right out of the gate." // "I know that makes sense," he agrees. "Diplomacy just hasn't been working." #HumanArrival
NanostoryThe other day, I thought I met the shaggy dog from The Shaggy Dog, but it turned out to just be @ofctimallen, crawling around on all fours, and barking at the Mexicans. He is not doing well.
Story Quote"Rich people have problems too, and I don't mean to sound like we don't, but I always tried to be careful with my perspective. The fact is that I had an easy life, and people like me have a responsibility to use our privilege to help others as possible." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutShe's way off base about the reason, but she's obviously noticed how guarded he is. "That's okay. My neighbor is already a doctor. She can take care of it for me. I'm not hiding from anyone; it's an insurance thing." // "I can tell when you're lying," Lucy claims. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"They're threatening war," Frenton goes on. "I don't know who with, but it could be bad." // "I understand. Find me something to do. Look for a polluted river, or a serial killer the authorities are trying to catch. Tell me what they need, and I'll give it to them." #HumanArrival
NanostoryThese boots weren't made for walking, so that's not what they'll do. They sort of just hang there on my feet, while I walk. I am the one who walks in this relationship. The boots don't do anything. Stop trying to give my boots all the credit that I deserve.
Story Quote"They had to decide against such harsh rules, because it was more unethical to restrict who a resident of the ship could be friends with. They made it so hard to become Hock Watcher in the first place in order to lower this risk. Caldr bleeds integrity." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"We don't know each other that well," Oliver contends. // "Still," Lucy says, "you have a tell. Again, you don't have to be truthful with me, but I can still seal up that knife wound for you. I want to." // He consults his watch. "M—maybe tomorrow." // "L-O-L, what?" #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"I'll look into it," Frenton says. "Thanks, I…didn't want to go down a bad road." // "Neither do I," I tell him. // Baladt steps onto the bridge. "They are asking for the Captain," he explains. "Negotiations are at a standstill…again." // "I'll be right there." #HumanArrival
NanostoryMy accountant once worked for @Nestle. Crunching numbers was his favorite. You could say that he liked to crunch a bunch. Wow, nothing? Stand-up is hard. Well, anyway, he discovered that his company was making a lot of money on the backs of child slaves, so how's that for comedy?
Story Quote"It kind of sounded like he was doing something illegal. Mateo didn’t really care, though. This wasn’t his reality, and he didn’t know anything about the culture. He couldn’t even say that Salufi, or the others on the matrioshka brain, were bad people." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I just—I can't. Please." He looks at his watch again, but less subtly this time. // She notices. "Holy crap, are you a vampire?" // "What? No." // "You're staring at the Eastern sky like you used to be lovers. I have never seen you in the sun. You…are a vampire!" #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalBefore returning to Cricket and Claire, I return to admiring the view, and not just through the viewports. This is my first time on a spaceship bridge. It's an exhilarating experience that I don't want to end. I've wanted it since I watched Stargate SG-1 in college. #HumanArrival
Fake ConversationDonald Trump: "Ya know, the media (the media). They hate me—yeah, it's true, it's true. You wouldn't believe it, but it's true. They hate me, be…cause I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth." // Me: "They stuck silverware up your mother's vagina? At least it wasn't a fork!"
Story Quote"My soul's ability to rejuvinate [sic] my body was never destined to last forever, and I always knew this about myself. What I needed to do was find some way to make my legacy last. I, of all people, understood what it looked like when someone just faded away." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I'm not a vampire, Lucille." // "I'm not a Lucille, vampire. My real name's Lucy." // "My bad. I live right around here, could you just—" // "I'm taking you to my apartment where I have my medical supplies unless you can give me a legitimate reason why I shouldn't." #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalAs I'm standing there, a voice I barely recognize comes from the entrance, "are you allowed to be up here?" It's the Estormel woman from the bathroom. "Aren't you just the janitor?" // "It was but a temporary punishment," I explain. "Are YOU allowed to be up here?" #HumanArrival
“Joke”Mitch McConnell, seen here getting pwned, and not knowing it. You, seen here knowing that kids these days don't say pwn anymore. Me, seen here not worried about it. @ColinJost, seen here contacting his lawyer about a plagiarism suit. Me, seen here not worried about that either.
Story Quote"This won't be the first time that I died. I tried to kill myself a few years ago. My son got into an awful mess, and ended up being murdered by a cop. I was foolish to have made my attempt on the day the charity organization would come to deliver meals." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I don't have to take this," he argues. "Let me out right now." // "Nice try. Let me help you." // "No." // "Are you afraid you'll accidentally bite me?" // "Vampires aren't real. I'm NOT a vampire!" // "Then what are you?" // "I'm a gargoyle!" // She pauses. "Qué?" #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalShe shrugs, and looks up and down the walls of the bridge, barely interested. "Not really." // "I'm new here, but I feel a responsibility to protect the interests of this vessel. I would ask you to return to your people." // "What you mean by MY people?" she jokes. #HumanArrival
Fake ConversationCustomer Service Representative: "Yes, sir, I can help with that. What is your account number?" // Me: "I can't seem to find my account number, but I can tell you what it's not. It's not 1, or 12, or 123, or 1234, or 12345, or 123456, or 1234567, or 12345678—is this helping?"
Story Quote"I had so much fun, engineering household objects to not be simply smaller, but more efficient. My job has proved that humans need less space to live comfortably than some may believe, as long as they have the right tools. I designed some of those tools." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver sighs. "So, I don't literally turn to stone, but I do freeze in place when the sun rises, and I can't move again until it sets. It doesn't matter where I am, or how long the day is there. It's based on day length here. I basically only exist when its night." #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalI don't respond well to accusations of racism, or bigotry of any kind, playful, or not. I don't say anything. "I'm sorry," she says. "I will return to my cabin. I just needed to stretch my legs." // I nod cordially, and follow her out, shutting the hatch behind us. #HumanArrival
Fake ConversationDaisy: "It's freezing out here! I know I have all this fur, dad, but I'm not invincible. Can't I potty inside, just this one time? I'll do it on the treadmill. You never use it anyway."
Story Quote"It was so rough, being around people with such wrong opinions. I know people say that there's no such thing as a wrong opinion, but those people's opinions are wrong. There is a right way to think about how the world should be run, and a very bad way." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I don't even know how to respond to that," Lucy says. // "You don't have to. You just have to let me out, so I can go home." // "No, of course not. Gargoyle or vampire, I'm going to help you." // "Lucy…" // "You need a safe place, right? I can still provide that." #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalI meet Cricket and Claire in our shared quarters, where we hang out for the next few hours. Frenton comes and announces that he's spoken with the Estormel, and figured out a problem they have that I might be able to solve. "I don't know if you can do it," he says. #HumanArrival
NanostoryThese things are complicated. You take the path that gets you to the end, even if it's longer. It may not sound like justice, but you accept what you can control, and leave the rest to the universe. After all, they finally managed to send Capote to prison on tax evasion.
Story Quote"I made the wrong call, and people got hurt. No one died, but they very well could have. I should have taken it more seriously, even though the caller sounded unconvinced himself, and a background check made it look like he didn’t have much credibility." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I suppose you know exactly what time the sun rises this morning," Lucy guesses. // "7:37." // "That's plenty of time for me to sew up your wound. We're just lucky it's not a bullet hole, or you may be worse off." // "I feel pretty lucky." // "You are. You met me." #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"What do they need?" I ask. // "They want you to divide them," Frenton answers without elaborating. // "Divide them how?" // He hesitates. "Two warring factions of people who are both uninterested in space travel are fighting over the land that lies between them." #HumanArrival
Dumb Ditty🎤Now they tryna stop #rapmusicontrial // Sayin' it's just art, and can't go in my file // But what they don't know is I did kill those guys // If you think this is a confession, then you better surmise // That it can't be held against me, so it might as well be lies🎤
Story Quote"Dr. Holmes shakes her head. 'Actually, I do. In order to delete the right memories, I need to know what they are. I mean, I could take the entire day, but then you’d be, like, "what the hell happened to my entire day!"' She’s not usually this volatile." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver has to admit—if only to himself—that she's right. He can't yet tell for sure if she can be trusted with his secret, but she isn't freaking out, so that's a good sign. It might be nice to finally have an ally. He's always wanted some semblance of a normal life. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"You want me to physically break the landmass apart so they don't have to be close to each other?" // "I don't want anything but for this problem to be resolved peaceably. I think they ask this of us because they don't think we can do it. CAN you do it?" // "Maybe." #HumanArrival
Random NothingEvery time you eavesdrop, I have to PICK THEM ALL UP!
Story Quote"Leona had an imaginary drink of her own; an alcoholic one of some kind that she swirled in its glass. 'I went to collage.' // 'Okay, thanks,' Ramses replied to all this. 'I’m going up to read in the airlock. Not sure which door I’ll use when I’m done.'" #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutLucy helps Oliver out of the car, and up the stairs to her apartment. There's no elevator, but she's only on the second floor, so it's not too bad. It's a nice place; small but clean. "Lie down on the couch, and take off your pants. I'll wash up, and get my medkit." #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"Tavis, you can't break a landmass in half," Claire contends. "That's impossible." // I still don't know how my channeling powers work, but I know how telekinesis works. I take a deep breath, and wave my hand towards an empty table, slicing it in half with my mind. #HumanArrival
Random NothingA horror parody mashup called "Chopped Chef".
Story Quote"I never exceeded my maximum, and I managed to win a few times, breaking even twice, and making a five dollar profit once. Though, that’s not really a fair assessment—is it—since I spent a lot of cash on losing tickets, so I didn’t truly make anything." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHe does as he's asked. She returns with a really extensive kit. She sanitizes her hands, and puts on gloves, and then she sanitizes her gloves. Pre-med is nowhere near doctor, but she's probably wanted to be a medical professional her whole life, so she's prepared. #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalFrenton sighs, and regards the table. "I don't suppose you can put it back together." // I lift my hand to do it, but stop. "I can, but I don't want to waste that one. It's far rarer than telekinesis." // "Very well. Does this mean you agree to help the Estormel?" #HumanArrival
NanostoryIf sharks had legs, and walked on land, and had jobs, all of their workstations would have to feature treadmills, because they die if they stop moving. Their method of executing prisoners would be to just put them in a small room. I think about this often.
Story Quote"It wasn't an easy goal to reach, growing up how I did. Everyone in my village thought that I was trying to get away from them, but actually air travel connects us more than anything, before the internet anyway. I wanted to bring the world to my people." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Are you allergic to any medication?" // "No," he answers. // "Okay, I'm gonna numb the area with a topical anaesthetic first. Then I'll stitch you up. That is…unless you have superhealing gargoyle powers." // "No powers," he says, "just lost time." // "All right." #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"I'll help if I can," I say. "I'll want to practice first, though. It's obviously dangerous to just go ripping continents apart. Perhaps we can find an asteroid that the locals don't need to keep in one piece." // Frenton nods. "I'll consult the map, and ask them." #HumanArrival
NanostoryIt's so weird. I filled part of the planet up with tasty salt water, like, 6,000 years ago. I guess I figured it would have calmed down by now. But you guys are still dealing with current and tides, aren't you? I think I need to have a conversation with my co-worker, Luna.
Story Quote"I was homeless, but I was happy. You would be surprised what you can do without any money whatsoever, as long as you have no qualms about wild berries and dumpster diving. I kept in touch as best I could in those days, and returned home after two years." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"What is it like?" she asks as she's sewing his skin back together. // She doesn't have to specify, he understand the question. "Time just freezes for me. It's morning one second, and a few seconds later, it's night, and I've lost the whole day." // "Wow," she says." #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalI clear my throat as Frenton tries to leave. "You've also, like…asked the right people about it, right? I don't want to interfere with some kind of sociopolitical gray area, or take away someone's home." // "I've done my due diligence," he assures me. "It's legit." #HumanArrival
NanostoryI half-expected to come home from vacation to a news article that read, Dude Bro Falls Off Cliff, Under Impression That the Ocean is Just, Like, Right There, And We Could Probably Just Walk Down From Here, Guys.
Story Quote"I remember being so happy as that gate opened, knowing that it meant freedom. I harbored no resentment—not yet. I didn't know at the time how bad things were about to get…how much worse life would be on the outside, not just in some ways, but all ways." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I can't believe you believe me," Oliver notes. // Lucy checks her watch. "Well, you will be able to prove it here shortly. I try not to prejudge." // He smiles. "Thank you…for everything." // "I've not yet sworn my Hippocratic Oath, but I take it seriously anyway." #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalThere's something in his voice that tingles my spidey sense. Frenton has seemed like a decent guy so far, but I don't really know him. I'm not going to do anything to that planet without proof that it's the right thing to do. I'll be conducting my own investigation. #HumanArrival
Random NothingThere is one traffic light on each island in Hawaii. There are two traffic lights in Alaska.
Story Quote"I feel him more clearly now as the faux warmness overtakes our bodies. I'm grateful that, if he had to die, it was this way; quietly. If my cellmate could tell that something was wrong, they would be able to stop it. He would still die, but I wouldn't." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe sun approaches. Lucy wants to be staring at him when it happens. He recorded himself a few times, but no one has ever watched it live. It will be interesting to hear what it was like. He imagines that it'll be eerie, this fleshy statue in the middle of the room. #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"I need to get down to that planet, and start talking to people," I explain to Cricket and Claire. // "How will you get down without Frenton knowing?" Claire asks. "I've watched them. The astral transporters and shuttles are all monitored." // "I have my own ways." #HumanArrival
NanostoryI'm studying a language with a different writing system, a different alphabet, and one other major difference. Every word falls into that alphabetical order. Obviously, letters are skipped as needed, but you can't have a word with the letter Kkeh before Ehlio, or Thal after Wpul.
Story Quote"As per protocol, Olindse waves her hand in front of his face. He does not react. She looks over to find a portal. Someone who looks exactly like her is on the other side of it, in the extraction room. 'Umm, that is the wrong direction,' she complains." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe time bubble comes. He sees a flash of daylight, but then it's gone. Lucy's back, quite nearly where she was this morning. "That was cool," she says. // He looks around. "It looks like you didn't call the police, or the news." // "Doctor-patient confidentiality." #OliverSpout
Human Arrival"Can we come with?" Cricket asks. // // "Yeah," I answer. "I can teleport two other people of comparable mass at the same time." // "Will that waste your one-use ability?" Claire questions. // "No, it's common enough," I say. "I'll be able to do it several times." #HumanArrival
Stupid RemarkYa know, I was thinking about this while I was on vacation. The resort backed up to a golf course, so I could watch all the golfers slowly move from hole to hole. If they just didn't hit the ball so far, they wouldn't have to walk—or DRIVE—so far every time. Seems simple to me.
Story Quote"Detachment, Leona noted upon hearing this. If the matrioshka-class SWD was a detachment then they needed to be very afraid of the sheer scale of whatever it was detached from. It could be the largest object ever created across the four known realities." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Happy New Year!" Lucy exclaims. // "It was the new year this morning," Oliver corrects her. // She shrugs. "I've heard it both ways." // He laughs. // "So. What do you want to do tonight? I got my shift covered, and the boss took you off the schedule for a week." #OliverSpout
Human ArrivalClaire lifts up her Earthan weapon, and checks something on it. "I'm ready to go." // "As am I," Cricket concurs. // I look around, paranoid. "Good luck to us." I wrap an arm around each of them, and jump us down to the surface, directly to the landmass in question. #HumanArrival
Fake ConversationMe: "Congratulations, everybody, you made it all the way through #DryJanuary. You didn't drink a drop of alcohol for a month." // *crowd cheers* // "Now it's time to prepare for #DryFebruary." // Crowd: "What?" // Me: "Oh, did you think it was over? […] It will never be over."
Story Quote"He was shocked, and worried, and then his face changed the same way I felt mine change when I found out myself. He felt overwhelmed by his emotions, but one thing was for certain, it all added up to joy. He was excited. We had both changed our minds." #reflections #fishquotes


February
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Oliver Spout"I have to sleep," Oliver explains. // "You didn't just sleep for the last nine hours, twenty-nine minutes, and seven seconds?" Lucy questions. "I looked it up." // "No, I basically jumped to the future. Only a few seconds passed for me. That's why I work so little." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyAs soon as we appear on the surface of the planet, we're taken into custody. It was not protocol for the three of us to just show up unannounced, and far outside the designated area. I urge them not to say a word to the captain of the ship, Frenton; not yet anyway. #AlienSurvey
NanostoryI've broken into @FortKnoxKY ten times since 1922. I like to return every ten years to see whether they've made it any more of a challenge. Sure, it gets harder to do, but I get better at it. I never steal anything. Wish me luck on my eleventh trip at the end of the week!
Story Quote"You see, we had just suffered a massive population decline from a nasty pandemic, and a lot of propaganda came out, urging people to do their part by having as many children as possible. Gay people weren’t deviants anymore, but they weren’t productive." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"That's sad," Lucy says, "only being awake for a few hours." // "Winters are better than summers," he confirms. // "What if you—" // "I took a trip to Norway…didn't matter. I was born in 64108, I follow this calendar." // "But what if you moved there permanently?" #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyThe Estormel police—or whatever they are—escort us to what just looks like someone's house. The door doesn't even lock from the outside. They have to post someone on the porch to keep us from leaving. I would say that's a good sign; they're already treating us well. #AlienSurvey
Fake ConversationHost: "For the million dollars, can you name all five Spice Girls?" // Me: "Of course I can. There's, uhhh…Posh." // Host: "Go on. A million dollars is a lot of money." // Me: "Right. Posh…Sleepy…um, Bubbles? Let's see…Temperance…and Death?" // Host: "Close enough, you won!"
Story Quote"I laugh when people ask me whether I think all those companies stole my idea. No, I wouldn't say so. I was in such a niche market, and before all that technology. You can't really say they were much alike. I never would have thought to grow that large." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutShe stands up to pace. "What if you made a conscious decision to live in a different area, with a different day/night cycle? What if it's not based on where you were born, but where you call home?" // "It would be hard to justify moving to Norway on the off-chance." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyWe're here for a few hours before we hear a bit of a commotion outside. It doesn't sound pleasant, but not violent, or too angry. Then the door opens, and in comes the Estormel woman I kept running into on the ship. "Funny they chose to put you in MY home," she says. #AlienSurvey
“Joke”You think it's a trick, but the man's the real deal. He totally red my mind. It really blue my mind.
Story Quote"The distance itself was obviously not that big of a deal. Fifty miles is a relatively easy trek for even an only moderately experienced hiker. Still, the barges weren’t the most comfortable surfaces to walk on, and it was pretty boring most of the time." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"You don't have to move all the way up to Norway," Lucy believes. She looks something up on her phone. "Why, if you just moved to Wichita, the daylength would be different by about eight minutes. That's more than enough to test my theory." // "Still, that's extreme." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyI stand. "We apologize for the misunderstanding. I was given some interesting information about your little continent, and I wanted to come down and see it for myself." // "It's true," the woman says. "Our neighboring nations would like to separate from each other." #AlienSurvey
Random NothingIf I ran the world, the first thing I would do is imprison anyone who has, or has ever attempted to make another goddamn Cinderella movie!
Story Quote"I was very young, I don't know exactly what the white men wanted. They seemed to think that there was something special about our land. We always considered it sacred, but that was no business of theirs. I think they eventually got the message…somehow." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"This could make your life much easier," she argues. "I mean, it would suck, always living in winter, but if you can handle the cold, it's worth it." // "It was hard enough finding this job, with its nice boss, and flexible hours." // "I'll help you. I know people." #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"If you don't mind," I reply, "I would like to speak to a few other people about it, especially those living on the other side of whatever border you've established." // "I can arrange that," she says. "but until then, it is customary for a host to feed her guests." #AlienSurvey
“Joke”It's like the old saying goes, "if it's broke, don't fix it, Sheila. I'll get to it in a couple days. My God, you just survived a week without a working furnace. I think you can last another few days. We live in North Dakota, not Antarctica. Pull yourself together."
Story Quote"Kaiora picks a bottle up from the floor. 'Damn, Olindse, this liquor stuff is 277 years old. It was poisonous when they made it, and it’s even more poisonous now. It’s probably from the history museum.' She tries to take control of Olindse’s teleporter." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I appreciate all you've done, but and so no further help is necessary. I have a routine, and it's working. My life isn't particularly glamorous, and it's not without its risks—as you can see by what happened last night—but it's my life, and I accepted it years ago." #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"That sounds like a nice idea," I say, "but you may have nothing that we can eat. Not to say there's anything wrong with it, but human physiology is different. Our cuisine may not be compatible." // "It's already been tested," she assures me. "I'm Vieli, by the way." #AlienSurvey
“Joke”I got your trickle down economics right here. I piss in the cemetery, and it trickles down to Reagan's grave. How ya like me now? I'm prepared to get in trouble for this later.
Story Quote"There they could see their precious, beautiful ship. It wasn’t long before the explosion burst out of it, and began to spread over the desert. They watched in fear as the blast inched closer and closer to the city, hoping that the two would never meet." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutLucy lifts her chin, searching for some logic that might steer him in the right direction. There may be nothing, and he already said he needed to sleep. "You can have the bed. I mean it," she says before he can argue. "You need time to recover. I'll take the couch." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyWe sit around the table awkwardly; me, Cricket, Claire, and Vieli. She evidently has a personal chef working on dinner for us. "You may be wondering why we're still waiting," Vieli says. "Well, we have another guest coming." // And then—as if on cue—Frenton walks in. #AlienSurvey
Random NothingWhen they invented guns, what did they do with all the swords? Melt them down to make more guns?
Story Quote"They actually tried to seek some kind of legal avenue to force me to try to extend my life, but there was no precedent for it, and I am in my right mind, so there was nothing they could do. The judge nearly laughed. The Tipton cure was so new back then." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHe really did need a lot of sleep. He doesn't awaken for another 24 hours, having not woken up before the next sunrise. That's how this all got started, him having been asleep when his gargoyleness kicked in. It took him a few days, and a camcorder, to figure it out. #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"I thought it prudent to contact your Captain about this," Vieli says. "I don't want to disrupt the chain of command." // I stand, fuming but controlling it. "He is not my Captain. There is no chain of command. We rescued him, and we owe him nothing." // "Apologies." #AlienSurvey
Fake ConversationMy parole officer: "What was wrong with your old roommate? What didn't you like about him?" // Me: "Oh, he was such a stud." // My parole officer: "WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!! Sexist much? You're not allowed to use that word anymore."
Story Quote"It was tough, being told that it was time for me to leave. I felt like I had a few good years in me. I chose to go through with it, and I think my fans respected my decision. Looking back, I'm grateful for the honesty, and wish I had told him as much." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe first thing he feels is a tightness around his neck. He opens his eyes to find a man hovering over him—straddling him, actually. It's not long before the man jerks, and falls off the bed. It's then that Oliver realizes this is the guy who stabbed him in the club. #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"You're right," Frenton begins, "I'm not actually your Captain. We joined forces out of mutual respect, and you don't owe me a thing. Just don't forget that I'm your only way off this planet. The Estormel don't have interstellar ships." // "But they do have a Nexus." #AlienSurvey
NanostoryI google "Zoey Deutch dating" once a day, just to…ya know, just to see if anything's changed. No big deal, there's no harm in it. I'm not pressuring @zoeydeutch to slide into my DMs, or whatever. I'm currently unattached, though…in case anyone was wondering.
Story Quote"Death row was built underground, but they moved me to luxury accommodations for the last several months of my life. I’m not using that word sarcastically either. I would have killed to live in a place like that before I went to prison, it was so nice." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutLucy is standing there, wielding a frying pan. "There's something you didn't know about your ability," she says. "When someone touches you while you're frozen, they also freeze. This guy doesn't even realize how long he's been here." // "How did he find your place?" #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"We do?" Vieli asks me. // "Every inhabited planet has its own Nexus…somewhere," I explain. // "Why did you not tell us about this?" she questions Frenton. // "I didn't know," he claims. // "He likely didn't," I admit. "It's not common knowledge. It's my knowledge." #AlienSurvey
NanostoryThere's a deleted scene for this season of #StarTrekDiscovery where my character shares a turbolift with Book. It's so awkward, I end up saying, "my planet was destroyed too, and I'm also pretty butthurt about it." The director said my character motivation is that this is a lie.
Story Quote"I wish I had said yes. Not only would I not be dying today, but I would've been the first paying patient of his. I would have become famous for something good. Instead, I'll go down in history as the biggest idiot ever. At least I don't have to live it." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"He's evidently all mobbed up," she explains. "Others know he came here, but don't worry, because your colleagues are protecting us outside my door. Don't worry about that either, they have no idea what you are. They jumped at the chance to help, no questions asked." #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"We've looked for our Nexus ever since humans arrived on our world," Vieli says. "If we could find it, they would still have the advantage with their ships, but we would at least have some agency of our own. Can you find it?" // "Maybe," I say. "I make no promises." #AlienSurvey
“Joke”I was just taking up hugging when the pandemic hit. I guess a lot of people suddenly lost their hobbies, huh?
Story Quote"Most people will just be awake one minute, and not awake the next. Now, when this happens, if they get the sense that their life is ending, something will cross their mind. It may be more of a general memory of who they were, or what they went through." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver massages his neck, and rolls over to make sure the thug is unconscious. "I wish I had had someone like you…before—back when I was first trying to figure out the rules. I could have used an outside perspective." // She smiles proudly. "Happy to be of service." #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"Before I try," I begin, "I don't know where you are with negotiations, but I'll ask you to let Frenton and the other humans leave. They have no business on this world anymore, do they?" // "That is not my call," Vieli explains, "but I will speak with my superior." #AlienSurvey
NanostoryPeople say crazy things all the time, like "I don't wanna get vaccinated." But then I say, "maybe killing slave-owners shouldn't be illegal," and suddenly, people are asking, "what are you doing with that ticket to Belarus?" and "why did you cut your hair like Liam Neeson's?"
Story Quote"Kaiora wanted to send a doctor with them, but Extremus couldn’t afford to lose anyone right now. The crew was having a surprisingly hard time backfilling medical positions. Dechen Karma was the best medic currently licensed, so that was the compromise." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Now we just need to know what happens when someone is touching you at the moment the sun rises," Lucy determines. // "No, it's too dangerous," he reasons. "That could turn out to be good for an enemy, or bad for a friend. The insight would not be worth the risk." #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"The others won't want to leave on my ship if you find the Nexus," Frenton reminds me. "They're going to want to finally get back to their own home planet." // "That's true," I say. "So, I guess I will just…go see if I can find it." // "Dinner first," Vieli insists. #AlienSurvey
True Story?No matter what anyone tells you, I haven't killed anyone this year.
Story Quote"It was five billion light years away, which would take a light year engine a century and a half to cross. This fabrication had the added benefit of justifying their fondness for their temporal pattern. For them, the fictional trip only took five months." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Speaking of which, I need to get out of here, and I need to make a big show of it. The mob, or whatever, needs to know that you and I are not friends, and you're not a good bargaining chip if they want to get to me." // "Yeah, what you're saying makes sense, but…" #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyDuring dinner, Vieli tries to tell us a little bit about her planet, but I struggle to listen closely. I'm worried about the burden I've been handed. I don't think I have a character who can magically find a hidden Nexus machine. I may need an update from my alter. #AlienSurvey
Fake ConversationMe: "I had today off for the holiday, so I had time to plan this date. Is it too romantic?" // New Boyfriend: "You get Valentine's Day off?" // Me: "I work for a dating app." // New BF: "Wouldn't you be MORE busy?" // Me: "Yeah, it's a real problem. Things fall apart every year."
Story Quote"Some believed that it was some kind of publicity stunt for a horror film, but no one took responsibility for the phenomenon, and such a film never materialized, as far as I know. I didn't exactly look into it, but I imagine I would have heard the truth." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"But what?" he questions. "I have already put you in enough danger. We need to make everyone understand that you don't mean anything to me. There is still time to get out of this." // "I don't WANT to get out of this," she contends. // "What are you talking about?" #OliverSpout
NanostoryOooooo, I just got another email from my insurance company! I cannot WAIT to sit down and have a read. I absorb every word, click every link, watch every fun video. I follow them on all social media, and sometimes I call customer service just to say hey. I love them so much.
Alien SurveyAfter dinner, I ask if it would be all right to go for a walk, or if it would be too disruptive for people to see a human wandering around their planet. Vieli indicates that it will be fine. This particular part of the world apparently has no problem with strangers. #AlienSurvey
Story Quote"I saw it coming. I am not against automation in general. I even made sure my kids got themselves some skills that would make them indispensable within the workforce. But my daddy didn't teach me the same, so I was unprepared for it to happen so soon." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"What did you think was gonna happen, Oliver? You were gonna tell me your secret, and then I would just walk away and move on with my life? I'm developing…feelings. Or rather I'm further developing them. I volunteered to give you a ride and fix you up for a reason." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyCricket and Claire don't bother asking me if they can come on the walk. They can tell that I kind of need to be alone right now. I have all but promised to help this world in two major ways, and I don't know if I can do even one of them. I need some time to think. #AlienSurvey
NanostoryThen he stepped off the rock, and stood before the accuser. He spoke directly to him, but all could still hear. "I offer you something greater than hope…greater than peace. I offer you suffering." So man accepted suffering in exchange for nothing, and this is where we are today.
Story Quote"I didn't know what to do. It may seem obvious to you—especially now—but things were really complicated from that side of the dilemma. He was putting me in such an awkward position. I had to choose between doing the right thing, and protecting my career." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHe hasn't been in a relationship since high school. Whoever did this to him possibly waited until then so he could more easily cut ties with his old life. Connecting with others on a deep level is simply not practical. He has feelings too, but this would never work. #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyVieli hands me a geolocator, so I can keep track of where I am, and make my way back to her home. This will make it easier to focus on the task at hand without worrying about paying attention to where I'm going. I need to find this world's Nexus. How would I do that? #AlienSurvey
Random NothingFebruary and the other one of them are not sure what the hell is going on with your posters for the weekend but we can get together soon as well. Have fun with the girls on the road now but I'm going back home to work on my phone with my headlines on the way back. #autosuggestion
Story Quote"I asked him where he thought it came from. Apparently, when a stranger showed up at his door, and handed him unasked for food, he didn't stop to think that maybe someone else would be missing it. Well, I was none too happy, and I let him know as much." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I'm not asking to go steady," Lucy says after he explains. "That doesn't mean that I can just switch off my heart. If you try to leave me behind, I'll still think about it. I'll still worry about you." // "But you'll be safe. I'll be in Wichita, and you'll be safe." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyI'm looking around at the buildings, and wondering where we are right now. Is this an important city on the planet? Is it on the small side, with much larger metropolises elsewhere? I realize what I need to accomplish this, so I literally run back to Vieli's house. #AlienSurvey
Random NothingPeople are authentically in a few minutes past the house though maybe we could move to a different place to get a short chuckle out of the car now but I'm sure they'll do that and get it into a waterfall shower every night but it's not the best thing to everybody. #autosuggestion
Story Quote"I apologized to my boss, and though he still couldn’t give me my job back, he promised not to do anything to risk my chances of getting another. I was back to being employed within the month, and fortunately, nothing like this ever happened to me again." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"So you ARE going to Wichita?" she asks. // "It was never a bad idea to test the daylength, and now I have a really good reason to get out of the city. I don't know why this guy is so pissed off at me, but we haven't done anything to dissuade him from his crusade." #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"I'm out of breath, because I'm out of shape, so it takes me a moment before I can explain what I realized about the Nexus. "Where is the heart of your civilization? Is there a country, or even a city, which is commonly known to have been the origin of your species?" #AlienSurvey
Random NothingThis was my last chance before you leave for work at the same place as a Trump-voter in a bit but I'm sure what happened before you leave for the weekend and go back and get cash out of the way to the office now I just want money to buy books but it is not good. #autosuggestion
Story Quote"Saturnalia. It was first commemorated by a group of people called…pagans? Christians took it to honor the birth of their god’s hooman son, who was probably actually born in spring. Then the corporations took it from them to rejoice in their capitalism." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I have a cousin in Derby." // "No. I'm trying to keep you out of it. Remember? That's the point?" // "Remember? I can't just let you go?" // "Lu-cy…" // "O-liver…" // "Maybe he's just not that into you." // She poses for her mirror. "I find that hard to believe." #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"Well, yes," Vieli replies. "We're standing on it. This is where our species first arose, based on certain evidence. It's the source of contention that's led us to ask you to split us in half. Why? Is the Nexus here?" // "No," I tell her. "Nowhere could be farther." #AlienSurvey
Random NothingWhy is James Bond always a white British guy? I think the world is ready for a sealion Bond. Double-oh-sealion. Octosealion. This may sound like an underhanded racist comment, but it's just a ridiculous play off of double oh-seven. That's as far as my inspiration went.
Story Quote"That sounded right. No species existed that was too tame to fight for its survival. Any individual exhibiting such traits would die before taking their species down that path. Yet civilization will not form if individuals aren't capable of cooperation." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThis is true. Lucy is incredibly hot. He could probably reason his way into starting something if he did the math. By average, he exists only half the time, which means he only aged eight years since becoming a gargoyle. Still, she's 22, and everyone thinks he's 34. #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"The people who built the Nexa," I begin to explain, "planted them on inhabited planets so that the natives could one day go out and meet the galaxy. They didn't want you to do this while you were still young, so they deliberately hid it far away from your origin." #AlienSurvey
Fake ConversationMe: "I just finished watching one episode of #FamilyGuy every day for the last 20 years." // My parole officer: "That makes no sense, there are only a few hundred episodes total." // Me: "That doesn't matter, because I only watched one of them. It was Partial Terms of Endearment.
Story Quote"The way he looked at me that night, it was the same way he always looked at me, but I was seeing it in a new light. It was love. He was in love with me, and I was in love with him. We had been dating for the last few months, and I didn’t even know it." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I'll tell you what," Lucy continues, "how about you move to Wichita, and I'll also move to Wichita, and then we'll happen to run into each other at a café in Florence," she jokes. // "I can't tell you where to live." // Just then, the mobster on the floor groans. #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"Does this mean you know exactly where it is?" Vieli asks, hopeful. // "I should have a pretty good idea. I still can't promise anything, but if you find me coordinates that are on the exact opposite side of the planet, that will be a good place to begin the search." #AlienSurvey
Random NothingA journey of a thousand miles starts with a single hop. I'm a kangaroo.
Story Quote"I spent my life after that trying to recreate the magic, whether it was a second new species in the Amazon rainforest, or a new method of detecting exoplanets. Nothing came of my efforts. I wasn’t able to make a single significant accomplishment since." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I don't know if he heard that," Oliver goes on, "so now no one's going to Wichita." // "I didn't hear anything," the mobster kid mutters. "Go on to Wichita. I promise I won't follow you." // "What do you have against me?" // "You humiliated me in front of my girl." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyVieli pulls up a map of Estorbund. She extracts the coordinates of our location, apparently writes a quick script to generate their antipodes, and selects our destination. It's blue, which suggests the middle of the ocean. Funny how they color-code just like humans. #AlienSurvey
Random NothingYou can't take your own advice. If you want to do something that you've advised someone else to do, you have to ask someone to advise you to do it too. If I catch you breaking this rule, it'll turn out to be bad advice, because I'll bite you in the hand for it.
Story Quote"So I’m like the only sacrifice. Except this sacrifice didn’t need to happen either. No, I’m not making any sense, but what do you expect from a guy like me? Did you think I would be coherent? I forgot how to do that years ago, and I don’t really care." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver kneels down, and lifts the man by his shoulders to prop him up against the wall. He feels the back of his head to make sure it's not bleeding. He says in all sincerity, "I am sorry. I thought I was making the situation better. I didn't want it to escalate." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyVieli zooms out to get a clearer picture. "Does that make sense?" // I grimace. "Is it possible that there is an uncharted island there?" // "Absolutely," she answers. // I nod. "It could also be underwater. It depends on how much The Inventors expected out of you." #AlienSurvey
“Joke”Max Headroom's sister, Lauren, but she goes by Lo.
Story Quote"We went all the way out there, spent millions of dollars, and inspired millions of people to reach for greatness. Someone had to be the first to land on the surface of the moon, goddammit, and if it couldn’t be him, there was only one option left. Me." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe man frowns, and scans the floor. He surely wasn't expecting any humility on Oliver's part. He likely lives his life one hostile act after the other. "How's the leg?" // "It's fine. I'm fine." // "Are you gonna press charges?" // "No," Oliver answers truthfully. #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"Who are the Inventors again?" Vieli asks as if I once told her, which I didn't. // "They created the Nexa in their home universe. Once they were done, they were bored, so they did the same in other branes. That's why there is at least one on every inhabited world." #AlienSurvey
“Joke”But if you're hot to trot, you think you're slicker than grease // I've got news for you, dude, you're more like death of a salesman.
Story Quote"I turn the water back on, and shove the blood down the drain, but it just keeps leaking from my head. But it has to stop at some point, right? No one can know that it started here, or the ruse won’t work. It’s still coming? Seriously!? This isn’t fair!" #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe man massages his head. "My dad wasn't happy having to get me outta jail again. The family isn't gonna back me." // "They don't have to. I don't need this drama in my life. I just wanna move on. Can we do that, Mister…?" // "Orlov, But you can call me Kostya." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyVieli squints at me. "You seem to know a lot about how this stuff works. Who are you? Why were you cleaning a restroom when we first met?" // "Don't worry about it," I say, knowing it to be meaningless. // "He's a god," Cricket says…annoyingly. // "You're a what?" #AlienSurvey
Fake ConversationEmployer: "You think you didn't get the job because you're white?" // Candidate: "As a matter of fact, I do believe it was a factor." // Employer: "You didn't get the job..because you're the type of guy who thinks he didn't get the job because he's white. Kira will see you out."
Story Quote"Seconds later, a figure appears in the time mirror, but it isn’t Kaison. It’s a woman. 'Admiral Belo?' she whispers. She seems nervous and frightened. A light above her flickers, and she jumps in a panic, darting her eyes to make sure she’s still alone." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Come on, Kostya." Oliver helps him off the floor, and keeps him steady. // Lucy grimaces, and sets the pan on the dresser. "Sorry." // "I harbor no ill will towards you," Kostya assures her. "Nor you, sir. I need clean up my act. You don't need to move to Wichita." #OliverSpout
Alien SurveyI'm determined to nip this in the bud. "You have two choices," I begin. "You can either sit here and listen to me explain who I am, and why I know what I know, or you can leave it alone, and let me help you find the Nexus. I will NOT do both of these things for you." #AlienSurvey
NanostoryThe man murdered his gay neighbor, and the judge set his bail at $14.88. Yeah, I think he's biased.
Story Quote"They took off down the corridor together. Then Mateo carefully began to let himself fall behind, so the bear chasing them would reach him first. 'Keep going!' he cried up to her when she started showing signs of downshifting. 'I’ll catch up!' he lied." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I do have one question," Kostya continues. "You said something about testing daylength there?" // "Don't worry about it," Oliver says. // "Okay, but…like, how did I lose seven hours of time? You were still holding the pan when I woke up." That's harder to explain. #OliverSpout
Alien Survey"I would like to know why you think you're a god," Frenton says. // "Easy for you since you have a ship," Claire points out. // "He doesn't get a vote anyway," Vieli decides. "The story would satisfy my curiosity, but the Nexus will help my people. Please…find it." #AlienSurvey
NanostoryAccording to @googlemaps, this gas station isn't very busy right now, which is not true. But don't blame @google, because they don't have access to all of the data. The place is packed with Apple Maps users who are trying to get to a coffee shop that's located two states over.
Story Quote"As I said, I wasn’t the only one, but I was famous for it before I was halfway through, because I was actually spending time absorbing culture. Airlines would send me free tickets to promote their planes. Countries would pay my way to draw in tourism." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutBefore Oliver or Lucy have to worry about coming up with a lie to tell Kostya, they hear a ruckus in the hallway. "Oh no," Kostya says. "Someone moderately loyal to me must've come as backup. I better go tell him that everything's fine." // "You do that," Lucy urges. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterIt's time to find this planet's Nexus. I've seen enough of Estorbund to know that the Estormel are ready for this step in their development. Even if they weren't, I have every right to step in, and find it for them anyway. And for that, they've begun to call me…the #NexusHunter.
“Joke”I run a homemade speculum business on Etsy.
Story Quote"We used to make up stories about them once being international spies who worked for competing agencies until they fell in love, and had to escape to America to start new secret lives together. She is of Polish descent, and he is Armenian, or something." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThey all three run over to the door, but Kostya is the one to open it to find a young woman on the other side. "Natasha?" // They peek over his shoulder to find Oliver's bouncer colleagues squirming on the floor, both in great pain. "What did you do?" he questions. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterOkay, so no one's actually calling me Nexus Hunter, but I think if I start using the keywords separately, the title will eventually catch on. Right now, we just need to work on getting transportation to the middle of the ocean on the exact opposite side of the world. #NexusHunter
NanostoryDear diary, five days and still no end to this headache. I fear I will never find respite. Cause remains unknown. Soon I shall cut off my head, and seek a new one. My betrothed believes that I should find the replacement first, but I am not sure I understand why that matters.
Story Quote"I started rampaging through the store, throwing clothes around and...well that’s all I did. It was an inconvenience to clean up, and I was super fired for it, but they didn’t even call the cops. I realized then that this was all my big sister’s fault." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"They'll live." Natasha redirects her attention to Kostya. "What did YOU do?" // "We've worked it out, it's cool. You didn't have to come save me." // "I ALWAYS have to save you." Natasha takes him by the arm. "We're going home." // Kostya pulls away. "No, thanks." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterIt's going to be complicated, you see, because we don't know precisely where we're going, or what we're looking for. The Nexus could be on an island out there that hasn't been discovered yet, or it could be at the bottom of the ocean. All we can do is go on the hunt. #NexusHunter
NanostoryHades is a tricky god to do business with. He can be very unpredictable, but he's also vainglorious. My friend once had to tell him that her children considered him like a second authority figure.
Story Quote"She remained completely unawares of our true relationship. She, and our youngest sister later on, would always refer to me as their aunt, but ya know, the kind of aunt that isn’t related. It was heartbreaking, but I chose to respect our parents’ wishes." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutNatasha frowns and looks down at Kostya's arm, like she wasn't aware that he was physically capable of pulling away from her. "Konstantin Maximovich Orlov. Come with me right now." // "I'm with my friends!" he insists. // "They're your friends now?" Yeah, ARE they? #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterThere is a boat on the water already that's only a few days out from the general search area. It is decided that Vieli, Cricket, Claire, and I will travel by land vehicle, then by plane, then by what sounds to me like a helicopter, which we'll have to jump out of. #NexusHunter
NanostoryI spent a long time looking for answers about my biological family. I finally thought I found my long lost brother, but we wanted to be sure so we did a comparative DNA test. No match, but we had already grown close, so we've been friends for years. That's how we know each other.
Story Quote"So I tried to escape, but he was too strong, and I was too hurt. He carried me up some steps, and onto a rooftop. He didn’t even explain what he had against me. He just unceremoniously dropped me over the edge, like it was the only logical thing to do." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I don't wanna go back," Kostya cries. "I don't EVER wanna go back. I don't wanna be part of that family, I don't wanna fight in father's war. I just want to live my own life, and put all of it behind me." // "We all want that," Natasha replies. "It's not so easy." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterFrenton offers to teleport us up to his ship, and then down to the boat, but Vieli dismisses him. She doesn't want any more help from him. He brought the Estormel hostages back, so he can go. She's confident we'll find the Nexus, so he can leave the other humans too. #NexusHunter
“Joke”I'm proud to announce that my company is ready to release our new personality test. Myers-Briggs, IQ assessments; this one is easier than all of them, and it's completely free! You don't even have to answer any questions. We already know your personality: you're an asshole.
Story Quote"It’s going to take, like, three hours to watch all of the rest. What captain has that kind of time? Wait, some of them are tagged 'obsolete'. She must have rendered those ones redundant with further updates. Even so, this is not a sustainable solution." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Now, come on," Natasha insists. She begins to drag her brother out of the apartment. // "Okay, but wait," Kostya says. He pulls out a receipt from a chicken joint, and scribbles a phone number on it. "Let's grab a beer, or somethin'. On me." He hands it to Oliver. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterThe cars here look bizarre, but we appear to be in an approximation of a limo. It's stocked with food and drink, which I partake in, because I didn't get much for dinner. The private jet is even nicer. Who IS this woman? I realize I never asked her role in all this. #NexusHunter
Really Bad JokeSo I got a new girlfriend. *wait for cheers* Yeah, I got a new girlfriend, and she asks what I like to do for fun. So I say—I say, "I make all the candles I need myself." She says, "cool, where are they?" I reply, "I ain't GOT any, because I don't NEED any candles." Ba-dum-chhh.
Story Quote"They were awaiting Xerian’s response to a request for him to use main sequence temporal technology to sneak into the SWD without being detected or halted. He was hesitant to believe he would be surrounded by loyalists, and was concerned about the risks." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Did you just make friends with the man who stabbed you?" Lucy asks. // Oliver peers at the receipt. "Maybe not. His handwriting is as bad as the best doctor. You could learn a thing or two from him." // "Ha-ha. Speaking of which, help me help our friends inside." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterCricket and Claire fall asleep right away, so I go up to sit across from Vieli to start a conversation. This is so weird. I'm a huge introvert. I don't volunteer information, and I don't ask people about themselves. This whole ordeal has changed everything about me. #NexusHunter
Random NothingAll my fans are constantly stopping me on the street to say, "that Eiffel 65 song is about Europop." And I keep having to tell them, "no! The lyrics are, 'you're a pup.' He's singing to his dog, you IDIOT!"
Story Quote"I did go through a lot of knives, though. My sleepwalking self had a habit of throwing them away, and always on trash pick-up day, like he periodically felt that it was time to refresh the collection. Again, fortunately, I never hurt myself with them." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutLucy and Oliver help the bouncers into her apartment, and then she patches them up. They mostly need over-the-counter pain meds for their bruises, but there's nothing that she can do for their bruised egos. Oliver apologizes for putting them in this position, though. #OliverSpout
Nexus Hunter"Are you…the leader of your country, or something?" // Vieli smiles out the window. "Yes, I've heard about your human forms of government. I find it fascinating. We don't do things the same way. Our primary currency is respect. Our most respectable make decisions." #NexusHunter
Random NothingSeeing women cheat on their husbands warms the cuckolds of my heart.
Story Quote"The rest of the world was going to learn who called the shots, whether he was their official leader, or not. He didn’t need to take Sakhaido over, or any other country. He just needed to make sure that someone was in charge who would do what he wanted." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Don't worry about it," Stan assures him. // "Hey, isn't your real name…?" // "Stanislav," he finishes. // "Right," Oliver remembers. "Forgive me, but that sounds Russian. Are you Russian?" // "Don't say that," Stan demands. "Do not ever say that. I am Ukrainian." #OliverSpout
Nexus Hunter"I would like to think that's how we do it too," I say. // "But you hold elections. On my planet, if you run into a problem, you seek guidance from someone you respect. If they can't solve it, they go to someone that THEY respect. This eventually leads to an answer." #NexusHunter
NanostoryGame show host has to be the wildest dream for a kid to have growing up: "What do you want to do when you grow up?" // "I wanna ask strangers questions on TV to see how smart they are in front of millions of people!"
Story Quote"Still, I kept doing it, because it was decent money, and I was starting a family at the time, so staying in place was better for my schedule anyway. Then one night in 1999, it happened. And this is my confession. I was driving back from a night class." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Sorry," Oliver says again. "I was just wondering if you knew anything about the Russian mob family that apparently lives in this city. The dude who stabbed me seems like a decent guy who was born into a bad situation, and his sister seems to be in the same boat." #OliverSpout
Nexus Hunter"It doesn't seem like that would always work," I say, shaking my head subtly, but trying not to judge her culture. // "I imagine our ways work—and DON'T quite work—about as often as yours. Nothing is perfect, but maybe the Nexus network can create a better galaxy." #NexusHunter
“Joke”Be sure to read my article where I list the Top Ten Appearances by Patrick Warburton (@paddywarbucks) on #Seinfeld. In case you don't get the joke, he was only in ten episodes, and either way, these are stupid articles, and you're stupid for reading them.
Story Quote"Dozens of people died, and the rest of us were very badly injured. We needed blood. We needed a lot of it. I remember thinking that this was going to screw up my schedule for the rest of my life, but as it turned out, that was the least of my problems." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I know nothing of them," Stan explains. "I know I don't trust Russians. I also know this makes me bigot, but that's okay, because I would always rather be a bigot than a Russia-loving son-of-a-bitch." // "Noted," Oliver replies. // "I know the mob," Arsenio claims. #OliverSpout
Nexus Hunter"Is that really why you want me to find your planet's Nexus?" I pose. "Are you legitimately hoping to establish diplomatic relations with the rest of the Milky Way?" // "No, I have no such lofty aspirations," Vieli admits. "I'm just trying to even the playing field." #NexusHunter
Fake Movie Quote#NameThatMovieQuote: "Party on, Bill!" // "Party on, Ted!"
Story Quote"They couldn’t even tell him what he was going to be doing until he signed the non-disclosure agreement. All they said was that his résumé came up, and that he was perfect for a new position. So I took the document home, and read over it very carefully." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"What do you know?" Oliver asks. // "I know that you're gonna want to stay away from anyone even somewhat associated with them right now. You heard of those vigilantes who dismantled two other KC gangs? They've gone after the Russians now. The mob will likely lose." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterVieli looks at her watch. "You better get some sleep. We still have a ways to go. We're not as fast as the fancy spaceships that you grew up with." // I laugh and stand up. "Actually, my homeworld is years less technologically advanced than yours. I'm a traveler." #NexusHunter
NanostoryI have always found it so bizarre how we start letters—even professional ones—with the word "dear". 'Dear Mr. Smith, CEO, // I know you're really busy, and you don't know me. I work in the Iowa factory of your company, and I believe that I deserve a 400% raise. // Love, John Doe'
Story Quote"As he listens, Omega realizes that this isn't going to be good enough. These clones are clearly on the front lines, but it doesn't only affect them. It affects the entire clone population, and they all have the right to decide what to do for themselves." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver looks down at the piece of paper with Kostya's scribbled number on it. It's better to have more friends than more enemies, even if those friends can get you in trouble. He decides he's going to decipher this terrible handwriting, and reach out in a day or two. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterShe's surprised. "I almost regret agreeing to not ask you how you know the things you know about the Nexa. The fact that you grew up on a relatively primitive planet makes your secret story all the more intriguing." // "Maybe one day," I say as I return to my seat. #NexusHunter
Random NothingAll those meaningful quotes attributed to Winston Churchill? Sure, he said them, but I wrote that shit.
Story Quote"Mateo began to wonder why they were bothering sticking around at all. Xerian was where he needed to be, and seemingly happy with it. They had completed their mission, so wasn't it time for them to leave—if not to go home, at least to get out of the way?" #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOnce Lucy is finished cleaning up the bouncers, she and Oliver send them on their way. Then Oliver himself tries to leave, but she stops him. "Why don't you stay for dinner? You must be starving." // "I don't want to overstay my welcome. You've done so much already." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterThe bumpy landing wakes me up hours later. Everyone else is already awake, and looking out of the windows. I can see water on either side of the runway. They apparently built it all the way out into the ocean, from an airport that's right on the beach of the island. #NexusHunter
Fake ConversationBoss: "Ted! The customer bought two TVs from us, but only received one!" // Ted: "Why did they order the same thing twice, instead of just asking for two on one order?" // Boss: "Why does that matter?" // Ted: "I erased the second one. I thought it was just a minority report."
Story Quote"When a girl started talking to me at a party, I couldn’t believe it, but I wanted to, so I went along with it. She seemed very interested in who I was, and what I did, which was unusual, because for as many fans as I had, girls didn’t care much for it." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Let me take care of you," Lucy begins. "You've been living with this secret. I'm sure you're sick and tired of it. Besides, school's on a break, and I'm off the club schedule, so I need a purpose. That's just the kind of person I am." // "Dinner would be lovely." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterWe step off of the plane, walk across the taxiway, and immediately climb into the helicopter-like vehicle. The third leg of our journey is underway. We will meet up with the cargo ship in the middle of the ocean, and head for the possible coordinates of the Nexus. #NexusHunter
Random NothingActually, if you think about it, that car alarm that's going off down the street right now should stop.
Story Quote"I don’t know how long I was there before my grandfather ran over and scooped me up. 'Don’t tell your mother,' he said to me. 'We’ll get you cleaned up, and you’ll be okay.' I was indeed okay. But I was changed. I no longer hoped to be any kind of hero." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutAnd so Oliver and Lucy play house for the next couple of days. She provides him a safe space to go into his non-rejuvenative stone sleep, and he gives her some much needed company that she didn't quite realize was missing from her life. For now, they're only friends. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterWhen we catch up to the ship, it hasn't yet reached our coordinates. Here is the moment of truth. There's no place for the helicopter to land, so we're gonna have to jump into the water, and then climb into an inflatable raft. I've never done anything like it before. #NexusHunter
Fake ConversationMe: "I don't drink alcohol, because it makes you perceive the world wrong, and say dumb things that make no sense." // Drunk Person: "Oh, that's so fascinating. Brilliant AND hot; where have you been all my life? Do you wanna go back to my place?" // Me: […] "I rest my case."
Story Quote"No, her eyes looked more like she had to find the information from a book laid before her, except there was no book. She was getting the answers from somewhere, though, and we realized later how literal this was. All of her stories were actually true." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver's leg heals quite nicely, though still not at superhuman speeds. Lucy makes him admit how much it sucks that there seems to be no upside to his curse. If not healing, than at least something like being able to see in the dark, or whatever. That would be fair. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterBoth Cricket and Claire just jump right out of the aircraft with no problem. The former is in peak physical condition, and the latter is a highly trained officer in the military. Me, I'm just a normal person. Though I did once jump off of the highest diving platform. #NexusHunter
“Joke”My neighbor took the jab, and a year later, we found out that he had been cheating on his wife for seventeen years. So am I going to get the #COVID #vaccine? Not if that's one of the side effects. #COVID19
Story Quote"I suddenly realized that I no longer wanted to be an actor. Yeah, that's how I got started, but I ended up enjoying staying in the background. I wasn't getting noticed, but I met a lot of really cool people, including celebrities, and it was always fun." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutA few days later, there's a knock on the door. It's Kostya. He looks like he's been through some stuff. He can barely stay up on his legs. Oliver practically has to drag him over to the couch. "I've not gotten any sleep since I was here," he says. "Not one second." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterOh my God, the longer I stand here dwelling on the fear, the more of an idiot I look to my friends. I have traveled through time, and to other universes. I should be able to jump out of a bloody helicopter. I just have to let go, and trust that I will survive this. #NexusHunter
Dumb Ditty🎵Hello, Marcus, my old friend. // I've come to kill you. Don't pretend… // That you just did not see this coming! // Haven't you grown sick of running? // I've had visions of your blood, and guts, and brains // Your wrists in chains // I want your full…compliance🎵
Story Quote"He archivetweet to go back to Usonia, to start his new life, free from the burden of proselytization, but he had no means of accomplishing this. He had no money, and no connections. I was able to explain to him that it was perfectly fine if he stayed with us." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Okay, start at the beginning," Oliver prompts. // "I usually go to bed at about 9:30 on weekdays," Kostya says. "I used to do that for school, and then I just got used to it. For the last two nights, I close my eyes, and when I open them a second later, it's dawn." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterThankfully, I don't have to work up the nerve to jump. "Let me help," Vieli says as she gently nudges me. I fall out, and crash gracelessly into the water. It hurts a little, but I can tell immediately that there are no broken bones. The water seems too warm, though. #NexusHunter
Random NothingI went back to college to get the Big D, and you won't believe it, but there's a guy named George Glass at this skewl.
Story Quote"While Hock Watcher can effectively be a lifetime appointment, Chief Medical Officer actually is. Dr. Holmes would have to do something pretty bad to lose her job. Premature retirement is even harder. If Kaiora wants to do this, she has to be careful." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver and Lucy exchange a look. Kostya notices. "Wait, what was that? You two know something. What do you know?" // "You don't feel any rest when you wake up?" Lucy asks. // "And it happens at night?" Oliver adds. // "Did you give me some disease?" Kostya questions. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterCricket and Claire are wrapped in blankets on the raft. The latter is noticeably shivering. Meanwhile, I'm floating here in a hot tub. It's actually a particularly warm hot tub. Like, I would ask them to turn it down if it were literally a hot tub at the rec center. #NexusHunter
Fake ConversationSales hombre: "Preguntas?" // Me: "No, I'm not pregunta. I'm not even a woman."
Story Quote"Angela, Marie, Ramses, and Olimpia were all marked as champions, as was Mateo, who would be fighting on Xerian’s behalf. The leaders grimaced, wholly expecting the team to be horrified at this development. But they weren’t, leaving the leaders baffled." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver had always called his condition a curse—not a disease that could be passed on to others. It had never come up. It was weird, though. Kostya's condition wasn't the same. He wasn't a gargoyle. He seemed to be freezing at night, rather than during daylight hours. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterSomething is very wrong here. The rafter has his arm outstretched, and is trying to help me in, but I feel like I shouldn't do that. Frustrated, he slides over, and pulls Vieli in instead. She's shivering too. So it's just me; it's not the water. I'm alone in this. #NexusHunter
“Joke”Okay, I'll try to explain it in simpler terms, so you'll understand. Dentists are like aquiline perinatologists, except instead of treating high-risk eagle pregnancies, they deal with the dentistic sciences. Is that more clear? Because I don't know how to dumb it down more.
Story Quote"The only way to reach a state of zero war, zero hunger, and zero pain is…wait for it, zero people. There will always be conflict, and hatred, and strife unless we discontinue the human race. To our knowledge, no one has ever even once asked to be born." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutSeeing no other good option, the two of them try to explain to Kostya the whole deal about stone sleep. It's why he lost time after he attacked Oliver, and it apparently explains what's wrong with him now. Unfortunately, they have no idea if it's permanent, or what. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterI look up at my friends as I'm treading water. Claire is urging me to get in, but Cricket can't relate to the danger, because his body self-regulates its temperature. Still, he understands that I'm not supposed to remain in what is meant to be freezing cold water. #NexusHunter
NanostoryPeople are always admiring celebrities, but they're just normal people. Even presidents have to shit several times a day, or once a week, but his doctor has him on some new medication, so it's really just about finding that balance.
Story Quote"You might ask why we didn’t try to call for help, but first, yelling down the hallway seemed counterproductive, because what if that freaked the snake out? He seemed pretty chill, but again, we couldn’t know that. Secondly, this was the early eighties." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutKostya listens to the whole story patiently. It's hard to tell what he's thinking, though, because he looks so damn exhausted. When it's over, he acts like he's about to ask at least one follow-up question, but then he closes his eyes, and falls asleep right there. #OliverSpout
Nexus Hunter"Tavis, get in the boat," Vieli demands. "Now." // I look down at the water. It's too dark to see anything below the surface, even on this bright day. I lift the geolocator Vieli gave me over my head. "Is this waterproof? Pressureproof?" // "Yes," she answers. "Why?" #NexusHunter
“Joke”You think I can be trusted, but trust me, I can't.
Story Quote"He would charge pennies for a service that literally only he could provide. He could barely make ends meet, but the way he explained it to me, his clients were at their lowest, and charging them a premium would have needlessly made it harder on them." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver and Lucy exchange another look. He reaches out, thinking he'll carry Kostya over to the bed, but then he thinks better of it. Making contact with him is what caused this in the first place. And so Lucy just helps him to his side, and throws a blanket over him. #OliverSpout
Nexus Hunter"We're already here," I say, even though I don't really know that. I take a deep breath, and force myself to sink. Once my head is under, I roll, and begin to swim downwards. I don't know where I'm going, and I still can't see a damn thing, but I just keep swimming. #NexusHunter
Dumb DittyIs your buffin muttered? Would you like us to assign someone to mutter to your buffin? Excuse me? What…? Excuse me? What...is a buffin?"
Story Quote"The math works out as it ought to. We made sure we knew each other well before we took the next step, and we made sure we were ready for kids before we did that. We also wanted it to be painfully clear that we didn’t get married because of any children." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"We have to figure out what's going on," Lucy decides. "You can make it so that people can't get any sleep? But then…you can reverse it? This doesn't make sense." // "I'll have to figure it out all on my own…or not. But I can't stay here. I can't be around anyone." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterI was a diver-slash-swimmer in high school, but I wasn't particularly good at either. I was never fast, strong, or elegant, and I haven't exactly improved since I graduated seventeen years ago, and stopped doing both of them completely. But I'm moving fast right now. #NexusHunter
Fake ConversationMatt: "Hey, do you like fish sticks?" // Me: "I do, yes." // Trey: "So, what, are you, like, a gay fish, or somethin'? Tee-hee-hee!" // Me: "No, I'm a girl fish."
Story Quote"He wanted to know more about me, and he seemed to find it quite frustrating that I wasn’t giving him anything. I responded with the shortest sentences possible if necessary to get him off my back, and with nothing if I thought I could get away with it." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I've already told you that you're not gonna run away," Lucy argues. // "I get your feelings on that," Oliver says as sensitively as possible. "But this new development changes everything. I am physically dangerous to the people around me. I can't even keep my job." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterOne time, the coach made us hold our breaths for some given number of laps, and if one of us failed, we all failed. I caused us to do the exercise many times because of how bad my lung capacity was and is. It's been several minutes now, though, and I still feel fine. #NexusHunter
Fake ConversationMy parole officer: "Can you do it?" // Me: "Yeah…like taking a baby from Candy." // Parole officer: "Excuse me?" // Me: "Candy Smith? She runs a daycare down the street. Notoriously terrible at it; leaves the door unlocked, and all that. It would be quite easy to steal a baby."
Story Quote"Kaiora forces herself back to her real body, and works hard to catch her breath. The experience was more traumatic than she even realized while it was happening. It was surreal, but now she’s shaken, and doesn’t want to go back. What the hell was that?" #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutShe reaches out to take him by the arm, but his reflexes are too quick. "Call me when he wakes up. I want to make sure he's okay. We're not going to be experimenting, or collecting data. I'm just going to go off on my own. I've always had that as a contingency plan." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterAfter fifteen or twenty minutes, I see light. It's not very bright, but it's illuminating a right angle, which means a manmade structure is down here with me. I keep going until I reach it. Here it is; the entrance to the Nexus building. I found it. Me. I did that. #NexusHunter
Random NothingYou can't spell DEMAND without MAN!
Story Quote"Three dimensional space contained an infinite number of degrees, so if you wanted to regulate travel within it, the only way was to somehow take control of people’s vessels, and redirect them accordingly. This was their home, so that was fair enough." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"You've always had a plan to escape society?" Lucy asks for clarification. // "Yes," he replies. "Camping gear stored up, and emergency money tucked away." // "I understand." She goes over to her purse, and pulls out ten 20-dollar bills. "So here's a little extra." #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterI get myself to the ocean bed, and stand at the door. I reach over to the handle, and try to pull it open, but it won't budge. That could be a good thing. It might not be flooded in there. All I need to do now is figure out whose power I'm willing to use up for this. #NexusHunter
“Joke”Astronaut: "Uhh, Houston? Are you seeing this? It looks like a giant bird flying over Earth. My God, it must be the size of the moon! How could you not be detecting it? Oh, wait, no. It's just a regular bird that's flying right outside the window of my spaceship."
Story Quote"I found myself being recruited by a mysterious group with rather unclear intentions. They said that a war was raging on other worlds, and that they needed fighters like me. I was hesitant, but curious. It sounded too crazy for me to just walk away from." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHe accepts the money. He doesn't want to argue with her anymore. It would just delay the inevitable. They give each other an air hug, and then he leaves the apartment. When he's satisfied she's no longer by the door, he slips the money underneath it, and walks away. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterOne of my characters, Serenity Theodo is a matter phaser. It's possible that I would need her ability for some other thing, but less likely than a teleporter, so I take the risk. I channel her power into me, and walk through the door. I was right. It's perfectly dry. #NexusHunter
Random NothingThy will be done with what?
Story Quote"Either God exists, and he’s evil, or he doesn’t. I would much rather it be the latter. The former is such a horrifying prospect. I can’t believe people live their lives under such obvious oppression. My family didn’t disown me, but we did drift apart." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe bus doesn't run this late, which is just another downside to his lifestyle. So he begins the long walk back to the club to retrieve it. Under normal circumstances, someone as fatigued as him shouldn't drive, but he has to get out of public before the sun rises. #OliverSpout
Nexus HunterIn response to my presence, the Nexus chamber begins to light up. As I'm admiring my own accomplishment, someone knocks on the door. What? Hoping I can still phase, I peek my head through the wall. It's Cricket. I shouldn't be surprised. I pull him into the chamber. #NexusHunter
“Joke”If you ever see one of those really long and complex math equations, there's a simple way to guess it. There's a good chance the answer is 1 or 0, so go ahead and "solve" it. If you're wrong, you can pass it off as a joke. But if you're right, your life is about to change, Will.
Story Quote"Some people stared, clearly not wanting him to be there at all, but one particular man started scolding him for wasting the money on a decadent meal when he really ought to have been saving up, and being frugal. I was a coward, and I didn’t say a word." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHe's back home in plenty of time to take a shower, and prepare for the day to begin. He likes to enjoy the sun for the three seconds that he's trapped in the bubble, so he opens the curtains, and steps back to avoid being seen. There's a desperate knock on the door. #OliverSpout
Nexus Hunter"You found it," he says, pleased. // "Yes, I…I think I could just sense it. And I should have known that you could follow. Sorry." // "How do we get everyone else down here?" // I smirk. "Don't have to. Computer…rise to the surface." The building begins to tremble. #NexusHunter
“Joke”I used to be a spearmint leaf, but I was bitten by a radioactive human, so now I'm somewhere in between a human and spearmint. Neither one, nor the other. Scientists run all sorts of tests on me, but never gave me a name. They call me…the ex-spearmint.
Story Quote"We mostly only went to school. Once a week, father would go out to check the post office box, and it was a real treat if one of us got to accompany him. Once a month, he would restock us—or overstock—on supplies, and he usually needed two of us to help." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOh no. Lucy must have found the money. She knows what time it is, though. He reluctantly opens the door, ready for another argument, but it's not her. It's some other young woman. "Oliver Spout?" she asks. // "Look, this isn't a good time." // "You got THAT right." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationI wish I could see the looks on Claire and Vieli's faces as they watch the Nexus building rise above the surface of the water like some kind of ancient lost city. I imagine it to be a glorious sight to witness. From inside, we can feel it, but can't see anything. #NexusActivation
“Joke”"Keep my cuffing mouth out your wife!" --Smill With, circa 2202
Story Quote"Just due to my interference, he slumped down a bit until his head was pressing against the horn. So it was blaring, the light was green, we weren’t moving, and the people behind us were honking too. There was only one lane, so they couldn’t go around." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"If you just come back tonight—" he tries to say. // "I can't do that. I need shelter now." // "The women's shelter is—" // "That's not what I mean." She brushes past him, and enters the apartment. // He looks at his watch. She's seconds from finding out his secret. #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationNow that we're on the surface, I can finally open the door. There is nothing but open ocean, and I can't walk around to check for the boat in other directions. "Computer, transparent walls," I order. The walls effectively disappear, but we still only see the sea. #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationGeneral: "Next! […] Okay, if you were to be selected for the bunker, what skills do you have that would help the human race survive?" // Me: "I once saw a 45-second Twitter video where they poured metal into carved stone to make a fence." // General: "Fence-builder. He's in!"
Story Quote"Was that true? That might actually be true. It would have been almost impossible to pass any laws restricting anyone's right to love and partnership, so they may have decided that their best alternative was to find someone who wasn't looking for that." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Please, you can't—" // "Watch how I do," she demands. She checks her own watch, and looks out the window. She's gazing at the sky like he does. // "No," he says. // "Yes." // "No," he repeats. // "Wait for it…" The sun comes up while they're staring at each other. #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"You know, we weren't swimming straight down," Cricket reminds me. // "Right, but the waters are pretty calm. We should still see them. What did you say when you jumped in after me? Did it seem like they were about to leave?" // "No, I told them to wait for us." #NexusActivation
“Joke”I've been calling them Jaames Caan and Scoott Caan this entire time. I must have looked like a real idiot during my Oscar acceptance speech when I mentioned them in passing.
Story Quote"Now he was laughing. It went on a little too long, actually. He literally slapped his knee. 'Have it your way, Mrs. Matic. I’ll become an agent of peace. You’ll pardon me for having to take some time to figure out what that means.' He laughed some more." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutWhen a day passes while he's in the bubble, he sees a flash of light. If he leaves the TV on, he can witness an entire day's worth of programming at hyperspeed. But the girl in his apartment doesn't move at all. She appears to be stuck in her own bubble. Who IS she? #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"Computer, please locate the nearest artificial structure," I request. // "The nearest structure is a seafaring vessel of unknown design, located three zolmas away." // "What is a zolma?" Cricket asks. // "That's, like, 60 kilometers." // "…what's a kilometer?" #NexusActivation
NanostoryI just drove by a house with their Halloween decorations still up. Or maybe they already put them out for next year. Or maybe… Ya know what, I think maybe I just saw a dead body on someone's lawn. Who would I contact about this?
Story Quote"Every cent seemed to be going into his reëlection campaigns. Still wrong, still illegal, but I saw his house, and the car that he drove. He was living a surprisingly modest life. Even so, I had to expose him, and I expected my actions to ruin my life." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe sun goes down, taking the bubbles with it, placing them back in realtime. "How did you find me?" // "A little bit of investigating by your boss," the girl says. "She wanted to contact next of kin. Evidently you were hurt, but you listed a fake emergency contact?" #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"A small boat is heading towards us," the computer announces, unprompted. // "Zoom into it, please." On the wall opposite the entrance, we can see this planet's version of a motorized inflatable raft. It's heading for us at top speed. The passengers look mean. #NexusActivation
“Joke”For my upcoming birthday, all I want is for archive footage of Jeff Garlin to wander around my house. Occasionally a sound bite should play from the other room of him telling me to leave him alone, because he's already taken off his pants, or complaining about "kids these days".
Story Quote"One boy suggested that we were long lost sisters, which was obviously dumb, because that would mean that our shared parents gave their sororal twins the same exact first and middle names, and then gave one of us away to a couple with the same surname." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutNo emergency contact. The whole point was to put his past behind him. "Don't tell me you're…my daughter?" // "No, you idiot! I'm your sister. I was two when you left! Remember? Little baby Skylar? Ring a bell?" // "Yes, of course I remember. Shit." // "Yeah. Shit." #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"Are they pirates?" I ask rhetorically. // "Unknown," the computer replies. // "Yes, I know," I say. // "Is there a lockdown mode?" Cricket suggests. // "We're probably already in it, but just to make sure, computer…don't let anyone in without my authorization." #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationTime Traveler 1: "Oh, no. What year is it now?" // Radio: 🎤"Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive! Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive!"🎤 // Time Traveler 2: "Well…definitely 1977." // Radio Personality: "That was Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees, and this is Oldies 95!"
Story Quote"This is what it feels like to look back at my past. I feel like a God, my hindsight is so much better than 20/20 right now. I was so wrong about everything, and I’m incredibly embarrassed of myself. It’s unfair, having this perspective so late in life." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"So you're eighteen now," Oliver points out. // "I am," Skylar confirms. "I guess you get the family curse when you become an adult." // "I've never heard of anyone else having it before us." // "How would YOU know? You skipped out, didn't even ask anyone for help." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationThere is nothing to do but wait while the boat makes its way towards us. We'll have to know what they want, and what they're willing to do to get it, to react appropriately. As their visages come into focus, it becomes clear that they are determined and unafraid. #NexusActivation
NanostoryThanks, guys. I hope you enjoyed my video. I'll release a new one next week. Don't worry about liking or subscribing. Your validation means nothing to me, and as long as you keep watching my channel, YouTube will get the idea, and just keep recommending them to you anyway.
Story Quote"People sometimes say that I was the first life coach, but my mom would have to assume that title, because she coached me on how to coach others. As I said, people back then didn’t know what I was selling, so word of mouth was the only way it got going." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"So you told our parents?" he questions. // She sighs. "No, I didn't tell anyone either. When it happened, I realized that it explained the heartache you put them through. I tried to find another solution, but quickly had to admit that isolation is our only choice." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationThey pull the boat around, and try to open the door, but of course, they can't. The guy who seems to be the leader takes out a megaphone-lookin' thing. "My name is Taksik! Vieli had no right to take full control of the search for the Nexus! We are in charge now!" #NexusActivation
Think About ItUll bops ere rastards. Lll yops fre tastards.
Story Quote"I always admired my brother’s patience and determination, and I loved that truck about as much as he did, though for me, I imagine it had more to do with how much I loved HIM. He could have used it to drive away from us, but he never didn’t come back." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"If you're new to this," he begins, "there are some things you probably don't know about the curse, which I had to learn the hard way." // "That's why I'm here," Skylar says. "I don't really care that you got hurt. But also…are you okay?" // "I'm fine now," he says. #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"Computer, activate the holographic communicator locally," I ask as I'm stepping down into the pit. // I appear on top of the water. "Hologram activated." // I laugh. "You're confused. I'M in charge. I'M the only one with full admin access to all Nexus systems." #NexusActivation
NanostoryToday I saw a leaf falling from the empty sky as I was getting onto the highway, streaking by my windshield, like it was coming in for a landing. In that moment, I wished that I could stop the world and my car, but not me or the leaf, so I could watch it fly forever.
Story Quote"It wasn't her. It was just someone posing as her, so they could gain access to the ship, and move about at the lowest clearance level possible. And to what end? To assassinate the Captain? What would that accomplish, besides ushering in a new captain?" #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThere's another loud knock on the door. This time it IS Lucy. "So my money's not good enough for you?" she questions as she's poking him in the chest. "Look, I know you have this whole brooding vampire thing down, but you're still livin' in the real world, buddy." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationThe leader dude crosses his arms. "You're the admin, huh? And why exactly is that, just because you're human?" // I lean forward, and look him in the eye. "Because I'm The Superintendent, and this building is impregnable. You want inside? Give it your best shot." #NexusActivation
“Joke”Wouldn't it be silly if that joke just became the generic punchline to anything? Like the new version of "so is your mom". // "Y'all remember when @prattprattpratt was fat, fat, fat? Oh, it's all in good fun. But seriously, Chris, I look forward to seeing you in G.I. Jane 2."
Story Quote"She was right. If they wanted to take on new bodies, it was their right to go through with the download. This wasn’t forever for any of them. They could always build even newer substrates, or find a proverter back in the main sequence to fix these ones." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThey're not supposed to make physical contact, so he backs away from the pokes. That's when Lucy sees Skylar. "Oh." // Skylar smiles with her lips, but not her eyes. She waves once and abruptly. // "So you're not escaping society, just me." // "It's not like that." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationThe leader looks over to who I imagine is his lieutenant. They're acting pretty confident. They reach down into the boat together, and retrieve some kind of silver device, which they attach to the door. "Might wanna step back!" he warns. // "Good luck, kind sir!" #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationMe: "I once saw a guy walk into an otherwise empty bathroom, and poop in the trashcan." // My parole officer: "You stole that story from me…and it's ABOUT you. I saw you do that two days ago." // Me: "Why are you so mad?" // My parole officer: "Is anyone ever NOT mad at you?"
Story Quote"The fact of the matter is that the play has almost certainly been produced dozens of times without any issue, but that’s not a very good story, so most students are taught the melodramatically stretched truth that the curse always takes them in the end." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Hi. Skylar Spout, gargoyle sister. Gargoyless?" // "How did you know I called myself a gargoyle?" he questions. "It's not very accurate." // "One of the few things our parents said about you is that you liked that show. I made a connection." // "You have a sister?" #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationSuffering from a little less confidence than I have, Cricket positions himself catty-cornered from the door. This building might not look like much, but you can't get in here unless the inventors want you here. It's more than strong metal alloys that protects it. #NexusActivation
Random NothingI think, therefore I am, but I don't know if you think, so I don't know if you am.
Story Quote"I’m not like that. I am a discerning hoarder. I have a very particular compulsion. I don’t just want a whole bunch of cats, or even a whole bunch of dead cats. I want sets. I want every size of every color of a given series of highly absorbent towels." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"She was a baby last I saw her," Oliver explains. // "He didn't recognize me when I showed up," Skylar reveals. "That means he obviously never once bothered to take a quick look at my social media to see how I was doing." // "Oliver…" Lucy scolds. // "Clean break!" #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationThe boaters get themselves to a safe distance, and then activate the bomb. They were more at risk than Cricket and I were. We don't feel a thing. I think I can hear them cursing from the distance. I patiently wait for them to come back, and try something else. #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationManager: "I'm sorry, sir, but we just have no vacancies. There's a convention in town." // Rich Person: "How much?" // Manager: "How much for what?" // Man: "To buy this hotel. Then you'll have to do what I say. So how much?" // Manager: "Sir. Why the fuck would I know that?"
Story Quote"I began to wonder if they were hired as part of some charity for flat-earthers and autistic people. I know, that sounds really insensitive, but it made me question my sanity, because if I was saying such things about them, what did others say about me?" #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutJust then, Kostya lets himself into the apartment. "Hey, dude." // "Konstantin, Skylar. Skylar, Konstantin, a.k.a. Kostya." // "Hi," Skylar says, seemingly smitten with him. // "I slept all night, I slept all day. I feel the best in ev'ry single way!" Kostya sings. #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"Okay," the guy begins, "what's it gonna take to get you to open the door?" // "Tell me what you did to Vieli and Claire." // "Vieli and who?" // "The human. The only one on that ship." // "They're safe and fine." // "Another boat approaches," the computer says. #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationMy parole officer: "Oh my God, did you eat this whole box today?" // Me: "Well, have you ever had a cinnamon roll from Cinnabon?" // My parole officer: "Yes, of course I have." // Me: "See, I feel like you haven't, or you wouldn't be questioning my life choices."
Story Quote"It looked like it had just been cleaned, but it couldn’t have, because it was missing the smell of cleaning chemicals. Oh, and everything else. Like the man himself, the only thing in the house was a key, hanging from the chain for the entryway light." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Glad you're feeling better," Oliver says sincerely. // "Better? No, I said 'best'. I feel better than I ever have in my whole life. I can lift a car over my head. I can take on the world. Name a sport, I'll beat you in anything." // "That's okay," Oliver dismisses. #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationI step off out of the pit, to speak with the computer privately. "On the wall." The image zooms in. The inflatable raft is identical to the first one, and it's coming from the same direction, which means they can't see it yet. I think i should keep it that way. #NexusActivation
Dumb Ditty🎵Tiny hairy creepers scolding bands! // Tiny hairy creepers scolding fans! // Tiny hairy creepers graphing! // Hired guns count down, shove them, shove them! // Eat it from their glans, shake it, break it! // It's your turn to die, scrap heap, no peace!🎵
Story Quote"Of course, I could have left my cart, and proceeded right to the exit, but that would have looked so weird, and again, what if she really did know me, and she tracked me down, and tried to spark a friendship? What was that about my mother’s maiden name?" #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"So, wait…" Lucy begins to pace again. "You made it difficult for him to sleep, but then when he finally did sleep, he woke up feeling better than ever? Maybe you DO have a superpower." // "We have superpowers?" Skylar asks. // "We don't know that," Oliver contends. #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"They're gonna hear the motor when it gets close enough," Cricket reasons. // "Good point," I say. "Computer, can you make some noise?" // "I can reactivate the hydrojets that I used to surface the building in the first place," it replies. // "Great. Do that." #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationMy brand new girlfriend, who wants to cook for me on our third date: "It's not delivery, it's DiGiorno" // Me: "You're not special."
Story Quote"He's not there to change everything, but there is a lot of room for improvement, and finding ways to optimize is exactly what he was appointed to do. The Captain—and the captaincy—are fine, but the rest of the crew needs an overhaul. This is gonna hurt." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"We do know that," Kostya says. "Listen, brotha, we gotta figure out how to capitalize on this. People need energy. You can give 'em that. I don't know how, and I don't know why it's even a thing, but it can't be that you were put on Earth just to never see the sun." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationI get back down into the pit. "Look—what was your name again?" // "Taksik," he replies. "I can barely hear you, what IS that?" // "That's what I wanted to talk about. This thing is a ship, and we're leaving." // "You mean a boat." // I pause dramatically. "No." #NexusActivation
NanostoryI hate this holiday. It's such a slap in the face. I too died for your sins, but I did it first, and it was more horrific. But you don't see people celebrating my death, do you? Plus, no one told me I was supposed to return with a bunch of fanfare. Wasted opportunity, I guess.
Story Quote"Dilara opened a panel on her armrest, and pushed a few buttons. The chair gently flew out from under the table, and began to hover before them. 'I can’t walk.' // 'You what?' // 'I have literally never walked,' she said, though it must have been a lie." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver tries to process what the man said, but he can't think clearly in this state. "I'll consider it, and get back to you." He starts sweeping the air by his thighs. "Until then, could everyone give us some time. I need to sleep, and I'm sure my sister does too." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationThis is probably not a spaceship. They're vacuum tight, so they're capable of surviving in space, but they weren't designed with any form of propulsion. I doubt Taksik would know that, though, and if that's how he's interpreting what I'm saying, I won't stop him. #NexusActivation
Random NothingEverybody dies alone. #Ad
Story Quote"Anyway, that doesn’t matter. The point is the courtyards. The landscaping had to be gorgeous and extravagant, because hundreds of people were going to be looking at it, and living in it, every day. It was a huge project. I wasn’t sure I could handle it." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutLucy and Kostya don't argue. They agree to leave, but after Lucy reminds Oliver to keep in touch, Kostya does the same. // "You have told a lot of people," Skylar points out. // "Very recently, and very unintentionally," he explains. "Do not follow in my footsteps." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationWhile Taksik is backing up away from the building, I look back over at the opposite wall. The other raft is closing in on us, and I can see that Claire and Vieli are both on it, having likely staged an escape. I have to get them inside. There is a secret hatch. #NexusActivation
Random NothingRed touch yellow — kills a fellow // Red touch black — venom lack // Yellow touch brown — flush it down // Red touch brown or yellow — call the doctor.
Story Quote"We all receive what we deserve. It may not feel like it, but that just means that you need to manage your expectations, work harder, and never give up. Say it with me, manage your expectations, work harder, never give up. That is your new philosophy. " #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutSkylar yawns, and throws her jean jacket over a chair. "Believe me, I have no intention of becoming more like you." // "I'm sorry, Skybird—" // "What did you just say?" // "Skybird. That's what I used to call you." // "Mom calls me that." // "She learned it from me." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationNexus buildings were designed with accessibility in mind, even though The Inventors lived in a galaxy where technology was advanced enough to cure nearly anything. Most people ignore the long-ass ramp, I'm sure, but I inherently know that it's hollow underneath. #NexusActivation
Dumb Ditty🎶And I think you somehow wore the wrong thong, why? / The Dutch King hounds my friends to bear in mind / That I'm too tiny to be left alone / Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa…I'm a Pocketman! / Learn that I have imbalanced hormones / Pocketman! Keep me safe with your wallet and phone!🎶
Story Quote"Twenty minutes passed, we were getting to know our new friends, when one of them noted that no one had been helped at all. She hadn’t seen a single waiter come out, even to take a drink order. We had only seen the manager. Again, this was how it worked." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutSkylar frowns, wishing they weren't bonding. It's not what she expected out of this reunion. "It's a dumb name. All birds live in the sky." // "No, they don't," he reminds her. // "Don't mansplain to me! I'm sleeping in your bed!" // "That's fine." // She storms off. #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"Computer, please send Cricket's hologram to the other boat," I order as I'm getting on my hands and knees. I carefully feel for the hidden catch, and struggle to unlock the panel. It's intentionally difficult so that someone doesn't just find it accidentally. #NexusActivation
Random NothingBut I thought Billie Eilish was just Lorde's real name.
Story Quote"There was a nearly secret room in the warehouse on the upper level, which they didn’t use for anything anymore. Always at a comfortable temperature, and big enough to fit a mattress, a hotplate, and some safe space between the mattress and the hotplate." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutShe slams Oliver's bedroom door, and doesn't come out until 2:00 in the morning. He's been awake for the last thirty minutes, but he's still lying on the couch, reliving his decision to leave his family behind to protect them, wondering if there had been another way. #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationI crawl through the opening, and reach for the second panel, which opens to the outside. It's a bit more involved, because now you're potentially protecting it against outsiders. Still, I get it open, and wave over to our other two friends. Then I wave them over. #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationMe: "Good morning, Chief Burkey!" // Chief of Police: "For the last time, Agent; it's Burke. I'm Chief Burke." // Me: "I can either call you Chief Burkey, or Beef Jerky. I guess that's just something you'll have to decide for yourself."
Story Quote"The General in this army of scoundrels was the most evil of them all, and he shall remain nameless, because he's dead now, and justice prevailed, even though it did not bring back the estimated 56,000 people who died as a result of his wicked practices." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutSkylar leans against the door frame, working up the nerve to speak. "So, I was kind of a bitch." // He sits up. "What?" // "I just ran in here and started yelling at you." // "It's fine," he promises. "Don't…call yourself that." // "I'm just sorry." // "I'm sorry." #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"They're coming," Cricket warns me. "They've realized our friends are here." // "Come in, come in," I rush Claire, Vieli, and a few others. Taksik and his people are upon us quickly. I'm not going to get them all inside in time. I have to find a way to stop them. #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationMy parole officer: "Hey." // My parole officer's boss: "Hey is for horses." // Parole officer: "No it's not. Hey is an exclamation, in this case, used to attract attention." // Boss: "I didn't say hey, I said hay." // Parole officer: "But I said HEY. That's my point, you idiot!"
Story Quote"These ships weren't designed with reframe engines, and it would be impossible to retrofit them, so the only way to switch would be to scrap the originals, fire all the employees, and start over. Would it be faster? Absolutely. Is it necessary? Eh, no." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver sighs. "Where have you been staying?" // Skylar mumbles something. // "Where?" // "Penny Gaines." // He blinks, trying to decide if he misheard her. "The thrift store?" // "The 24-hour thrift store, and they don't ask questions when I go up to the roof alone." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationLooking back, there are a number of my characters whose powers I could have summoned to help me protect my friends, but I had to think on my feet, and the first name that came to mind was Sandro Watts, who not only has a special ability, but a physical mutation. #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationMe: "I wish I weren't still on parole." // My parole officer: "Well, wish in one hand, shit in the other. See which one fills first." // Me: "Okay, but I'll need some help." // My parole officer: "What?" // Me: "I'm fasting, so I don't have to go right now. You have to do it."
Story Quote"No, this wasn't right. It could not have all just been a mistake. There had to be something here. Olimpia looked so embarrassed and ashamed. Seeing this, Ramses took her into a hug. It was going to be all right. They would find another way. Together." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"You go up to the roof, like an actual gargoyle?" Oliver questions. // "Relax, no one's seen me. I climb on top of the stairway entrance, and lie on my back. Even if someone noticed me head that way, and tried to follow, they would never be able to see me up there." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationI couldn't have been sure that I could even produce Sandro's mutation anyway. My body would have to change on a glandular level, and it would have to do it fast. Without thinking about all that at the time, I lift my right pinky, and try to shoot darts out of it. #NexusActivation
Fake ConversationMe: "I just don't really like throwing things away, or wasting perfectly good items. For instance, I still regularly wear the first pair of underwear I've ever owned." // My girlfriend: "How do they possibly still fit?" // Me: "Well, I've not grown much over the last two years."
Story Quote"I didn’t truly understand street value at the time, so I didn’t charge them very much, but I had so much volume, so I made a huge profit, because I didn’t pay for any of it myself. As time went on, word spread farther beyond the dorm, and across campus." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Well," he begins, "I was gonna offer you that room for as long as you need, but if you're fine on the roof of a first floor building in the middle of winter, maybe there's nothing for us to talk about." // "No. I…I think it's the least you could do." // He smiles. #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationTo my relief, poison darts do come out of my finger. They even land right where I need them, in the neck of my targets. They fall asleep instantly. At least I hope they're asleep, that's what the darts from the pinky are supposed to do. I can't tell from here." #NexusActivation
Random NothingMy right thumb is on the wrong side of my hand. I just noticed that.
Story Quote"He said just wanting to remember them made it so that he now could. Years later, he would admit to me that this had been a lie. He had come up with the stories on his own, because he didn’t want to disappoint me. That was so him, from start to finish." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Okay, good." Oliver stands up. "You want some breakfast?" // "Most people call this fourth meal," she says. // "We were just fasting, and now we're breaking it. It's breakfast. It doesn't matter what time it is." // "By that logic, you're always eating breakfast." #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"Okay, we're good." I shut the hatch with a sigh of relief/ // "No, we're not," Claire says. // "We escaped, but not everyone did," Vieli explains. "Many of my people are still being held hostage on the ship." // "What do they want?" Cricket asks. // "Control." #NexusActivation
Random NothingHold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on , hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on……………………………………Guardians of the Galaxy Quest. You're welcome.
Story Quote"The twins were happy, and I was getting to know my new friend. It was a lot easier to whisper to each other in the middle of the night without disturbing anyone else, so that was a pretty special perk. As you may have guessed, things changed over time." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver makes Skylar and himself some eggs, toast, and turkey sausage links. They sit down together to eat. "So, what's the deal with you and those two? Are they your girlfriend and boyfriend?" // "Friends," he clarifies. "It can't really be more with my condition." #OliverSpout
Nexus Activation"Well, they can't have it," I say, determined. "Computer, lock all controls except by command from me, Cricket, and Claire. Do you understand those designations." // "Yes." // "What about me?" Vieli asks. // "It'll just be the three of us until this gets sorted." #NexusActivation
Random NothingVERY little known life hack: if you see an item on the wrong shelf at a grocery store, it's totally free. The catch is you have to alert a clerk, show it to them in person, and then fight against them relocating it for five minutes. Count yourself lucky. In my day, it was ten.
Story Quote"I like how each one means something, and when you put them together, they can mean something else! Is that what people are doing all day with their pencils, they’re writing the books I read? What was I talking about again? Oh yeah, I was in a—preschool!" #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutSkylar mulls this idea over. "I dunno. Surely you had some kind of social life at the strip club." // "It's not a strip club," Oliver counters. "It's a night club, specializing in disco." // "What's disco?" // "Ha-ha." // "I mean it." // "You are no sister of mine." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationVieli doesn't like being left out, but really, it has to be this way. Cricket and Claire are the only two people I trust in this universe, and this planet seems too volatile. Though I can appreciate how racist it might look, consolidating all power to the humans. #NexusActivation
NanostoryIt was my birthday yesterday, and I have nothing to show for it. The only thing I ever accomplished is I discovered one of Jupiter's moons. Before you act all impressed, about 5,000 other people have done as much or more.
Story Quote"She said it wouldn’t be fair to the other kids who never had that option. A cursory glance at my classmates suggested that they couldn’t care less, because they didn’t have speech impediments! She refused to listen until my hero swooped in to defend me." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Can you take me there to check it out?" she asks. // "The club? No, it's twenty-one and up." // "Oh, come on. Surely they'll make an exception for family. I mean, it's not like I'm underage. I just won't drink. I don't like alcohol anyway." // "I'll think about it." #OliverSpout
Nexus ActivationVieli looks around a little. "Well, at least we're finally here. Is it on?" // "Well, the computer's running, but I've not powered up network connectivity systems yet," I reply. // "Can you do it?" // I wait a moment before saying, "computer…activate the Nexus." #NexusActivation
NanostoryNo, you can't call me a cannibal. I don't eat the humans. I use human remains in place of wood for my smoker. I find it gives the perfectly legal and normal meat I'm cooking a very piquant flavor. Of course, the bodies are obtained illegally, but I didn't kill them. I don't kill.
Story Quote"Not only was it possible, but it would have been easier. That's how they would have done it had Valencia not written a paper on this weird temporal dimension years ago. Still, if Kumara had to sit through all this, at least he was with the man he loved." #salmonverse #fishquotes


May
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Oliver SpoutOliver and Skylar fall into a routine for the next couple of weeks. He takes a sabbatical from work, which isn't that hard, because he doesn't find it rational to spend money on things he can only enjoy for a few hours a night. Just his bed. He has a really nice bed. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteWe hear the Nexus power up above our heads. It's not going anywhere just yet, but it's available to us, once we do decide to use it. The thing is, I think I have access to every Nexus, on every world or vessel, in every universe. I should have full admin privileges. #EffortFinite
“Joke”How did people hear about things before Twitter? Like, how did yo mama find out that the Revolutionary War was over. Ohhhhhhhh!!! Didn't think that was gonna turn into a yo mama joke, did you? I'm a complicated guy, freckles. Ohhhhhhhh!!! #LOST reference too? Awww, snap!
Story Quote"He led them down the corridors, into what Mateo recognized as a black box theatre. Except instead of a stage, the couple hundred or so seats were angled towards a large window to the equilibrium space outside. 'Welcome…to The Stage,' he said proudly." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutLucy and Kostya come over from time to time to have a meal, or just chat. They go out occasionally, but don't go near the club. He just wants to focus on getting to know his little sister. Every minute with her, though, makes him feel bad about leaving his family. #OliverSpout
Effort Finite"All right," Vieli says, nodding. "This is it, this is what we need. This will get my people back." // "And the humans," Claire reminds her. "They have the humans too," she says to me and Cricket, "back on the other side of the world. This is a political nightmare." #EffortFinite
NanostoryDonald Trump says he'll release my family if I just build him his machine. If I do it fast enough, they may even be able to sew my toe back on. I'm sorry, Iowa. You're just a random test site. He made me choose, or the dog gets it.
Story Quote"You would think they would be grateful that I handled it like a champ, but I guess that level of graciousness is just not something you can expect from a child. It doesn’t matter, the ostracization didn’t bother me none. I made it out of my small town." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Okay, that's enough," Skylar says after the upteenth time coming out of temporal stasis with her brother. "You're gonna show me that club of yours, or I'm telling mom and dad where you live." // "That will expose you too," Oliver points out. // "Hashtag-worth it." #OliverSpout
Effort Finite"I'm sure you're thinking of ways to use the Nexus as leverage, but that may not work out so well for ya. You see, the people who created the network? They're always listening. It might not sound plausible, but they are, and they sometimes control access manually." #EffortFinite
Random NothingFrom now on, whenever I nearly collide with someone in the hallway, or on the street, I'm going to loud whisper, "NINJA!"
Story Quote"All of these questions are being studied on a new mission that my family and I were selected for. Most astronauts have to go through a series of tests, and be in peak physical condition, in order to qualify for even the most modest of missions. Not us." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver breathes in deep, and growls it out. "Fine. We'll go tonight, but ONLY if my boss says it's okay. Better hurry up and get ready, I don't want to go when it gets too busy. It's not the coke-filled fever dreams you see on TV, but it's NSFW either." // "Great!" #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteClaire darts her eyes around cautiously and in likely exaggerated paranoia. "They're listening right now?" // I relax. "Probably not, but that door is always open. And if they don't like you, they won't let you use the Nexus. They're fickle and hard to understand." #EffortFinite
NanostorySo when my neighbor saw me throwing out a pizza box the same night it was delivered, he said if he ate pizza, it would last eight days, because he would only eat a slice a day. So I was like, "your life will only last eight days if you don't shut up, you skinny bitch." #deawithit
Story Quote"Here’s what I believe. I believe that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her own body…unless that choice affects the life of another. I can’t understand how it could be any other way. Yes, you have personal autonomy, but so does the child." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutShe changes her clothes right quick. They call Lucy and Kostya to see if they're interested in joining them, but Lucy has some studying to do, so it will just be the three of them. Oliver doesn't even consider how weird it might look, them showing up there together. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteVieli nods, supposedly understanding my explanation. "I'm not planning to use it as a weapon, I just want my people back." // "Oh, you'll get your people back," one of her companions says. He takes a pretty tiny gun out of his pocket, and places it against her head. #EffortFinite
NanostoryThis medicine is so confusing. It says to take one by mouth every two days, and then two by mouth every three days. When six are left, take five all at once after waiting six days from the last dose before that. Then it says the last pill as a suppository for nine years later.
Story Quote"There’s no blood. I hate mowing, but the thing I hate the most about it is picking up the yard before starting to mow. Those sticks and rocks, ugh. I would rather just roll over them, damage my blades a little, and then get them sharpened in the winter." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe bouncers that Kostya's sister beat up in the hallway of Lucy's apartment are running the VIP door together, which is where employees usually enter. "What are you doing with this guy?" Arsenio questions. // "What does he have on you?" Stan adds. "I can end it." #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteVieli gulps, and holds her hands in front of her defensively. "Don't. Move," she orders us. "Is that armed?" // "Yes," the traitor admits. // "We can talk about this," she hopes. "You don't have to use that thing." // "I won't. All you have to do is open the door." #EffortFinite
NanostoryI finally received the package I paid first overnight delivery for three years ago.
Story Quote"My boss handed it to me so delicately, like I was to cherish it. Others proudly pin theirs to their cubicles. They legitimately seem to love what they do. I don’t want to die, but at least I won’t ever have to come back here. No, this isn’t about work." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver looks over at Kostya. "Oh yeah, I forgot how we met." // "We did not," Stan says. "He cannot come in." // "Yes, he can," Oliver insists. // "It's okay, Ollie." // "No. I'm the aggrieved party here, so I get to decide." // It's not so simple," Arsenio argues. #OliverSpout
Effort Finite"Could someone please explain to us why you're all acting like that little gun is the most dangerous thing in the world?" Claire asks. // "It is," Vieli says. "It may look like a gun, but it's not. It's a bomb. It's a very tiny, but very volatile and powerful bomb." #EffortFinite
“Joke”Next up, @terrencehoward tries to convince us that cats don't have faces. You see, if you really look at it, it makes sense. Just take the square root of the cat's butthole, and invert it to the syllogism, and you'll come to the conclusion that the cat has a tail on either end.
Story Quote"Kaiora starts to walk out. 'Yeah, unless you find something better to do, in which case, I say go follow your bliss. I have to see if we can detect impostor clones…for all that that’s worth at this point.' She exits, and heads for another secret room." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"He stabbed someone here," Arsenio goes on. "He's blacklisted. Only the owner can rescind such a thing. Remind me, Oliver, are you the owner?" // "Seriously, it's fine," Kostya tells Oliver. "I kinda forgot what happened too, but I'll go. Go show your sister around." #OliverSpout
Effort Finite"It's not just any bomb," the traitor adds. "It's a suicide bomb. Just being near it proves how serious I am. I don't care how strong you think this place is, it won't survive the explosion." // "It's an antimatter bomb." I realize. // "Well, we don't call it that." #EffortFinite
“Joke”Whoa. #BreakingBad was cancelled seven years ago? What the hell have I been watching every single week for the last five years then? Every episode was something I had never seen before, I swear. Was that actually #TheWire? I hear that's just as good.
Story Quote"Ever since they transferred to these bodies, they were too busy with other things to dwell on how uncomfortable it was, looking so illicitly young. There was one specific thing it robbed them of. 'Now we can have sex again,' he mused…in mixed company." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutStan and Arsenio step aside after Kostya leaves to let Oliver and Skylar into the club. They walk through the hallways, and into the main area. Some people are dancing, but there aren't too many people here yet. It's still pretty early. "Love the layout," she says. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteNexa are built with a special carbon-metallic alloy that makes it nigh indestructible. Still, nothing is impervious to everything. It has its weaknesses, such as a bulk energy overload, or an antimatter annihilation. It would be impossible to insulate against that. #EffortFinite
“Joke”Whatever happened to Ben Stein? Did too many people win too much of his money, and he realized what a piece of crap he had been his whole life, and now he wished there were social programs to help him get out of the literal dumpster he lives in? Not Googling, just guessing.
Story Quote"Be caller number 96, and win a date with the hunk himself. They couldn’t call it a date on the official rules as it suggested some sort of romantic slant, but the crude radio personalities sure had their fun with their guesses as to what would go down." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Thanks, I built it myself." Oliver's boss comes over with a marker, which she uses to draw an X on Skylar's hand. "You must be Sky. We spoke on the phone, I'm Inga." // "It's nice to meet you. You own this place?" Skylar asks. // "Haha, no, we don't talk about him." #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteAntimatter reacts with matter to disastrous results. I don't know how much can fit in that little device, but enough to kill, and I'm not sure that I have a character in my arsenal with the ability to combat it. We better do as he says. "Computer, open the door." #EffortFinite
NanostoryShould I be concerned that I came home last night, and instead of my bed, there was a pine coffin in the middle of my room? It wasn't as uncomfortable to sleep in as you would think, but honestly, I was just a little worried that something might happen to me while I was in there.
Story Quote"I. Went. Crazy. I had been in a number of fights myself over the years. Some places just don’t like strangers, even if you mean them no harm. I was never formally trained, though, so I was kind of surprised at how much I had picked up from experience." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutSkylar doesn't know what to think of this mysterious owner, so she just smiles it away. "Seriously, though, I love the partial second floor, so people can watch the dancers from above." // "Oh, it's also a dance floor," Oliver explains. "That's what it's all about." #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteThe bomber sidesteps towards the door, and yells, "okay, come on in!" // "They're asleep," I say. // "How?" // "Magic." I usually say that sarcastically, so I can't help but give off that vibe here, but really, I just don't have an easier way to explain it to him. #EffortFinite
Random Nothing"P-p-p-poker mace, p-p-poker mace!" And then I maced the entire table. It wasn't an illegal move, and they all had to forfeit, so I won the tournament.
Story Quote"We both loved music, and were enamored by rockstars, but we weren’t musicians. Like, we were both really bad, there was no hope for us. Or rather there was, because as it turned out, there’s money to be made in pretending to play an instrument on stage." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutSkylar nods, and looks around some more. "Cool." Do you always play disco?" // "That's the main attraction," Inga answers, "but we play all kinds. Disco tonight. Eighties tomorrow. Modern stuff on Saturday." // "There's a reason they named it Radical," Oliver adds. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteFortunately, the dude doesn't interpret it as sarcasm. "Well, then use magic to reverse it." // "I don't have that..kind of magic," I explain. It's not a lie at first, but then I start thinking of workarounds. I need to buy time anyway. "They'll come to eventually." #EffortFinite
Random NothingI'm taking this opportunity to announce that I am divorcing my wife, citing reconcilable differences.
Story Quote"Like I said, I don’t own a stove. It’s not worth the risk to be out in the world when I could lose it all without warning. Medical professionals of all sorts have tried to figure out what prompts an attack. Is it stress? Fear? Reminder of a past trauma?" #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Can I see the VIP area?" Skylar asks coyly, like that's all she ever wanted out of this experience. // "I'm afraid not," Inga apologizes. "You are still below the minimum age, and I only let you in in the first place because of your link to my favorite employee." #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteThe bad man put the gun bomb thing back up against Vieli's head, but then thought better of it. He moved over to threaten Cricket instead. "Go out there, and get my people inside, awake or not. I don't think I have to tell you what will happen if you don't, do I?" #EffortFinite
“Joke”I keep asking people, but no one seems to know what the hell t-freaking-mesis is!
Story Quote"Buttons followed me, he’s loyal too. Finally I reached the bank, and nearly slipped onto the ice myself, which may seem like it wouldn’t matter, because I was ending up out there anyway, but not right there. I discovered how unstable it was right there." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Favorite employee?" A suave man who probably could have been cast as Lucifer if Tom Ellis was busy with another role, walks up in all black. "Miss Inga, you wound me." // "You are NOT an employee," she contends. // "I am. I'm a promoter," he insists with a shrug. #OliverSpout
Effort Finite"You're going to regret this," I warn him. "You'll regret all of it." // "Whatever. Get out there." // Anger in my face, I leave the Nexus, and start to walk on water. Just because you have telekinesis, doesn't mean you can do this, but some people can, so I can. #EffortFinite
“Joke”Cop shows are sometimes so inaccurate. They always get a suspect for a murder (if it wasn't just a crime of passion) because he has committed prior, lesser offenses for which he was arrested. But that shouldn't always work. For instance, I don't have a record.
Story Quote"This happening once means nothing, as it could simply be a normal security officer who is bored sitting at the monitors. But if the aperture noise makes a distinct pattern, and keeps happening with other cameras as Kaiora moves, then it means something." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"We don't pay you," Inga reasons, "you don't work for us." // He brushes it off. "Eh, semantics." // "Dodge, you are supposedly our competition," Oliver argues. // "Only on the eighth day of the week," Dodge jokes. "I send my customers here for the rest of the time." #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteThere are six people in the boat, which has drifted pretty far. I summon my normal human strength to pull them up one by one, and toss them toward the water, but they don't hit the water. They instead fall not so gently into a portal that leads to the Nexus chamber. #EffortFinite
Dumb DittySeveral peaches, peaches for me. All on my counter, several's all I need. If I had millions, they would likely go bad. If I couldn't eat them, I would really be sad. Let's eat some cobler, and drink some fruit tea. They're both made of peaches, just wait and you'll see. Cook out!
Story Quote"It was certainly a thought to think on, but they had already considered it as an option while they were still in the Fifth Division. They didn't leave because of any particular danger they were in. They were always in danger. They wanted to return home." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"You own a club too?" Skylar asks. // "No, he doesn't," Oliver says. // At the same time, Dodge responds with, "yes. It's called the Salmonday Club. You're welcome to come see it on Saturday, just like your brother always is." // "How did you know he's my brother?" #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteOnce they're all through, I hop into the portal above them, and land on my feet like a superhero. Bomb guy isnt happy with my tactics, but he can't argue with the results. "Okay, they're all in here, now put that damn thing away, and let's settle this peacefully." #EffortFinite
Fake ConversationMe: "Wait, you were mumbling a little bit. Did you say it's IMpossible or it ISN'T possible?" // My parole officer: "What's the difference?" // Me: "Well, it's ambiguous." // My parole officer: "Are you an idiot? It isn't ambiguous." // Me: "Wait did you just say it—ouch!"
Story Quote"Plus, there was some fruit in the fridge that I forgot to toss. And a loaf of bread in the pantry. And some other food in the fridge. Okay, it was a mess, but that’s not the point. The point is I had to gather all that up, and take it out to my cans." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"How DID you know that?" Oliver questions, concerned for his baby sister. // "It's my superpower." He offers his hand to Skylar. "Hi. Mackenzie Dodge, Salmonday co-owner." // "She's 18," Oliver warns. // "I'm not hitting on her. She's one of us. She belongs there." #OliverSpout
Effort Finite"We're not done yet," he says. He steps foward, and points the antimatter gun at me. "Get me into that room." He jerks his head up towards the control room door. // "Computer," I begin while I'm still looking him in the eye, "open the door." // It does as its asked. #EffortFinite
NanostoryI've started wearing all green, all the time, just in case I happen to be caught in front of a green screen. I don't want to hide, I just think a floating head would be funny. I know what you're thinking. Every piece of clothing is reversible, and on the other side…it's blue.
Story Quote"Everyone was struggling, including us. But we did okay. I didn’t have to let anyone go, I just had to raise my prices a tiny bit. For some, that tiny bit was as vast as a canyon, and for the very worst off, an untraversable one. People starved to death." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"You always act like you and I are somehow the same, but I don't know what the hell you even mean by that," Oliver complains. // "Well, maybe you should have some salmon tonight, and think on it." Mackenzie emphasizes the word 'salmon' for some reason. // "…what?" #OliverSpout
Effort Finite"Stay here," he orders. He lowers his weapon, walks up the steps, and enters the control room. // "Is there nothing you can do?" Claire whispers to me. // "No, I don't fool with antimatter. It's hard to overstate how dangerous the stuff is. I don't have any tricks." #EffortFinite
NanostoryOne thing about me is I like to sneak into my enemy's homes and drop a little bit of my own blood somewhere they won't notice on their own, like under the refrigerator, but which the cops will find when they search it. My final frame job, I call it.
Story Quote"I guess I don’t know that, I don’t know how fast the spray worked. I just remember it being so surreal, staring at that pile of death. Combined, the ants wouldn’t even make up the mass of a single person, but from their perspective, it was a slaughter." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Why IS your club apparently salmon-themed?" Inga asks. "You just like fish?" // Mackenzie laughs. "That's for me to know, and the Spouts to find out. Seriously, though…" He hands Skylar a business card. All ages welcome. You should check it out. But ONLY you two." #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteWe can hear the guy screaming in the control room, using curse words, I think. He storms back out. "Why aren't the controls working for me?" he questions angrily. // "You're not authorized. Getting in the building is half the battle. The machine has to accept you." #EffortFinite
Fake ConversationBruce: "Do you bleed?" // Clark: "Only on one particular part of my face. All you see here, that's an illusion. If you were witness to my true form, you would see a caterpillar. It's too dangerous for me to try to get rid of it."
Story Quote"I stayed friends with most of them, which a lot of people say can’t be done, but I beg to differ. Even when we parted ways forever, I knew their names, and I could have reconnected with them in some capacity later on. The girls at the club, not so much." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"That's enough," Oliver says, snatching the card from Skylar's hand. "You need to go." // "I paid the cover," Mackenzie complains. // "If someone charged you a cover," Inga begins, "you were ripped off. We don't start that until ten. Go on, come again another night." #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteHe's getting angrier. "Then give me authorization!" // "I literally can't do that," I argue back. "I have the right to use the Nexus, but not to give other people that right. You'll have to appeal to The Inventors." // "Okay, contact them." // I shake my damn head. #EffortFinite
Random NothingI think I could prolly figure out how to funge all those tokens for ya. Just gimme a minute.
Story Quote"I don’t know if the school caught wind of the rumor, or what, but that’s not what happened. It would seem that we were stuck together, so if my social life was going to be entirely dependent on this one person, I figured I might as well get to know him." #reflections #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutInga watches Mackenzie exit, and then turns back to the conversation. But things are immediately different. She can see that the siblings need to talk amongst themselves. "I have some work to do. Enjoy. No drinking for you." // "What just happened?" Skylar questions. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteThere is indeed a way to contact the Inventors, but it's a last resort, and a one time thing. They'll put me on a list, and I'll never see them again. We have to figure out how to solve this on our own. So I lie. "That's. Not. How. It works. Put down the gun. Now." #EffortFinite
Fake ConversationTech Support Representative: "Yes, sir, I can walk you through it. Just press Zundo to get that text back. No, you did it twice, so it disappeared again. Press Yedo. Okay, press Copy. No, not Xut. You erased it agin. Zundo. Wose it, and return to the browser. Now press Vaste."
Story Quote"That went better than she thought, but it’s not over. No one else can find out. She’ll be fine if she can’t be an admiral, but she can’t lose her seat before her time. She can’t let what happened to Halan happen to her. It would be a political tragedy." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Do you think…?" Skylar goes on. "Do you think he knows what we are?" // "That's what it sounds like," Oliver admits. "Superpowers, eight days of the week? What if these aren't jokes?" // "How could anyone ever have more days than everyone else?" // "I don't know." #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteThe other bad guys begin to awaken. Taksik looks around to assess the situation. "Ha! We won anyway." // "Won what? What do you want?" Vieli questions him. // "To destroy this place." He rips the antimatter gun from the other guy's hand, and aims it at the machine. #EffortFinite
Random NothingIndiana Jones and The Temple of Doom was not a prequel. Discuss, and leave me out of it. I don't really care for the movies, and I don't care about the order one way, or the other.
Story Quote"The two of them were given a full suite to stay in, but they ended up just sleeping in the same bed, so they could both hear the alarm. Neither knew how faint the volume would be once it did go off. Ramses said it could even potentially be infrasonic." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver looks down at the card that Mackenzie gave Skylar. "It's blank. There's nothing on it." // "Nothing?" Skylar confirms. "Maybe it's invisible ink. I bet we need to apply heat." //Oliver finds the nearest dancer. "Hey, man, you got a lighter we could borrow?" #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteTaksik squeezes the trigger. If I had to guess, the gun contains a battery for a long-lasting magnetic field generator, while the bullet casing that houses the antimatter does not. Even if I stopped it with telekinesis, it might still self-detonate within seconds. #EffortFinite
Random NothingI call them cokies! They're cookies, but they're filled with COKE! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
Story Quote"As before, please be kind—I’m at my most vulnerable here. I think I’ve mentioned at some point that I am not a wordsmith. My strengths lie in the narratives; not the execution of the text. Still, I had to do these, because the math works out too perfectly." #poetry #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Sure," the dancer agrees, "but I don't think you can smoke in here." He hands over the lighter anyway. // "Oliver holds the flame over the mysterious business card. Nothing happens. He flips it over, still nothing. "Whatever." He carelessly tosses it to the floor. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteI could try to teleport the bullet elsewhere, but I'm not a physicist. I don't know how much antimatter can destroy how much regular matter. Thinking quickly, I summon the ability of a man named Laurence Cardinal. He can generate electro-magnetic fields of his own. #EffortFinite
NanostoryI once stole a girl's phone, and hid it so she would have to give me her number to help her find it. We're together now, isn't that such a sweet story? I'm so romantic.
Sonnet Quote"I always act with patience and courage // ‘Til we meet again on the rainbow bridge" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutAs Oliver is watching the business card flutter away, the scene underneath it changes. The floor changes material, and lights come into focus. He looks up, and finds himself standing in a completely different place; a place that he doesn't recognize. "What the fuh?" #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteLaurence can't control his power, and even if I can, it won't last. My channeling ability always wanes. I have to think quickly again. "Everyone step back!" I order. "There's only one way out of this. I have to take it to another world." That's not the whole story. #EffortFinite
NanostoryI'm always talking about my parole officer, but a reader pointed out to me yesterday that I've never actually told you why I have one in the first place. When I was 24, I stole a brand new garbage truck. I then proceeded to use it to steal over 300 trashcans from my neighbors.
Sonnet Quote"Of course, the snow, it needs maintenance too // But I could also just let it melt through" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutScared for his baby sister, he spins around to find her right next to him, also looking around in awe. No one else has come with them, though, which is a pretty big relief. Though, the dude whose lighter he borrowed was probably watching them act all weird with it. #OliverSpout
Effort Finite"No!" Taksik shouts. He's about to attack, but his compatriot hits the back of his head with something. // "I was never going to use it. This guy's insane. Please help," he begs me. // "Please," Vieli concurs. // I step down under the Nexus, and recall the address. #EffortFinite
“Joke”Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies closer. And keep a bunch of people you couldn't care less about even closer, so they can unwittingly insulate you from those enemies.
Sonnet Quote"Temptation has been a slippery slope // But I think it might stick this time, I hope" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThey appear to be in some kind of mall, maybe? The architecture is so different from the club, so Oliver's first assumption is that they were stuck in a time bubble, and haven't come out for a very, very long time. The terrain, meanwhile, was altered dramatically. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteI use the foot dialer to kick the address, saying them out loud. These machines use a hexadecimal numbering system, so it's not intuitive for me. Some numbers are represented by letters. "Effort two eight five, finite finite. Effort two eight five, finite finite." #EffortFinite
Fake ConversationMy parole officer: "Man, I don't get you sometimes. You see the world through rose-colored glasses." // Me: "Oh, they're rose? I thought they were green, I'm color-blind."
Sonnet Quote"So I’ll just suffer until it all ends // Or ’til a Deus ex machina descends" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThat would be weird, though. They would expect a bunch of normal people to freak out to see two siblings just stand there inside of time bubbles, and not move for months, or even years. The government should have quarantined them. This can't be that kind of facility. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteAs my foot is hovering over the activation button in the center of the floor, I see Cricket and Claire step into the pit out of the corner of my eyes. I don't have time to tell my leg to stop so I can protest. I hit the button. The Nexus transports us to the void. #EffortFinite
Random NothingIf she was so hot, why didn't they call her Heaven of Troy?
Story Quote"Players generally do not travel via ships, because they would be limited to sublight speeds. To get around, they quantum cast their consciousnesses from one terminal to a distant one, assuming they’ve been granted access. This must be Tinaya’s world." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Welcome," comes a friendly voice from behind them. He's walking towards them from what looks to be a nice fast casual restaurant. "Are you new?" // "New to…? Skylar poses." // "The Salmon Civic Center," the guy explains. "Or to…time travel in general?" // "What!?" #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteIf I had entered the sequence once, it would have contacted the Inventors. Or rather a strike team of theirs. But twice has sent us to something called the bulk, which is—for anyone without a physics degree—as hazardous to your health as being stuck in outer space. #EffortFinite
“Joke”My next appointment isn't until noon, so I got a little bit of time for toxic people, what's up?
Story Quote"They were on a world so deep in the void that it would still have been outside the Milky Way galaxy proper if the stars were as spread out as they were originally. It orbited a Stage Tau Gerostar, which in the main sequence would be called a blue dwarf." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Ah, you're totally new to time travel," the restaurant owner realizes. "Why did they send you here?" He looks around. "I don't think anybody needs any help." // "We're not new to time travel," Skylar says. "Just this place." // "Skybird, please," her brother scolds. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteWe're in a region of true hyperspace, which exists outside of all universes. To put it more clearly, it's what every universe is floating INSIDE of. It's deadly, and only one character of mine can survive it without a ship, or suit, or something. Treasure Hawthorne. #EffortFinite
Random NothingI hope James Webb gets to come back down to Earth soon. He must be missing his family, and fresh produce. You're our hero, Jaime!
Sonnet Quote"I guess I got a bit too angry there // I’m a work in progress; I try, I swear" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Come on, bro. He obviously knows about time travel. We just traveled here, and I bet he saw us." She starts to point around. "So did that guy eating his dinner, and so did that woman on the stairs. Oliver, we're not alone anymore." // "We're not alone," he echoes. #OliverSpout
Effort FiniteI first teleport all three of us out of the new Nexus building, and into the bulk equilibrium, simultaneously using Treasure's power to form a bubble of breathable atmosphere around us. But like the EM field, it won't last forever. We need to find a place to land… #EffortFinite
Random NothingHALP! I need advice! I'm finally losing weight, but I don't know where I should put all of it. What do other people do with the weight they lose? Throw it in the trash? Stuff it down the garbage disposal? Store it in the basement, in case they ever decide to manufacture soap?
Sonnet Quote"As long as I’m still me then I’ll survive // As long as I can think then I’m alive" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes


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Oliver SpoutSkylar is way too excited about this. "Oh my God, we're time travelers. It's not just a bubble thing. We came here, and there are others. I bet they can do other things. I mean, otherwise, why wouldn't they just call themselves gargoyles, or whatever word they use?" #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageThe thing about being in the bulk is that space and time are meaningless. Well, they're not, but they take on new meanings, so what is indeed meaningless is the concept of maximum teleportation range. I aim for one of the few safe places in this hyperdimension. #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationMe: "Dragon Ball Z? I haven't even seen Dragon Ball A through X!" // My parole officer: "Don't you mean A through Y?" // Me: "No, I saw Dragon Ball Y. I didn't think it was very good."
Sonnet Quote"I’ll still write here, and let you read for free // But I deserve to sometimes charge a fee" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"You're a gargoyle?" the restaurant owner asks. "What does that mean?" // "We only exist at night. We're frozen during the day." // "Stop talking," Oliver scolds again. // "You are not the boss of me," she fights. "I'm an adult, I make my own choices. Live with it." #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageI can't believe we made it; I actually did it. We're in a special structure they built inside of the outer bulk that they call The Stage. A number of parties are here right now—for as much as 'right now' means anything—many of which are oblivious to the others. #TakingCenterStage
“Joke”No, he said, "SOYLENT GREEN IS PURPLE!" He was just upset about learning that he was colorblind. Relax, everybody. It's perfectly safe and healthy.
Sonnet Quote"That’s why I love fiction; it has all things // But life could change by what the future brings." // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutShe's such a Generation Z-er, Oliver can't help but think to himself. "Fine. We'll throw caution to the wind. Sir, can you tell us what year it is?" // "It's January 20, 2022." // "So, we didn't time travel." // "Maybe we didn't," Skylar begins, "but we teleported." #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageI take a second to breathe. We could breathe inside of the bubble, but it tastes kind of stale and unsatisfying. Cricket and Claire do the same. "Why did you do that?" I ask. "Why did you come with me?" // "We go where you go," Claire says, as if it's obvious. #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationMy wife: "Uh, honey? You're getting a call." // Me: "Who is it?" // Wife: "The caller ID just says Settings." // Me: "I can explain…" // Wife: "Are you still in contact with your ex-girlfriend, Settings Montgomery?"
Sonnet Quote"Build vertical, and take a lift instead // It will take minutes from your work to bed" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"You're standing in front of the Salmonday Club," the restaurant owner reasons. "Did someone give you a business card?" // "Yes." Oliver picks it up from the floor. // "Yeah, that's a transporter. He must have realized what you were." // "What are we?" // "Salmon." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"I appreciate that," I say, "but we barely survived." // "Barely surviving is still surviving," Cricket points out. He looks around the nondescript empty room. "Now. Where are we?" // I explain what this place, and who else is here. We should stay put for now. #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationMe: "Its harder for me to back out when you park on the street." // Neighbor: "Where should I park?" // Me: In your driveway?" // Neighbor: "Then I would have to pull it out to get the inside vehicle out." // Me: "So instead of inconveniencing yourself, you inconvenience others?"
Story Quote"She finds the MedHock doctor at a desk. 'Is he stable?' // 'For now,' he answers. // 'Out.' // 'He’s stable, but that doesn’t mean—' // 'Get! Out!' // He leaves with a protesting attitude. // 'Final lesson, don’t treat people like that,' Halan advises." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"We're fish?" Oliver questions. // He laughs. "You're not literal fish, it's a metaphor. Salmon go the wrong direction. Get it?" // "Are you salmon too?" Skylar asks. // "Nah, my husband and I just got caught up in it. Forgive me, I'm Richard. Allen! Come out here!" #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageI open a door to another room where there are couches and chairs. For a long time now, it's been go-go-go, and even during rest, we were anticipating conflict. Now we can actually rest. At least the two of them can. I'm getting an update from my alternate self. #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationDesigner: "We didn't change anything except for the packaging. It's now harder to open it than it was with the previous model." // CEO: "How does that help the customer?" // Designer: "It doesn't." // CEO: "Okay, how does it help our company?" // Designer: "It doesn't."
Story Quote"They had two friends missing. One more jump was not going to be enough. They had to find some kind of power source here, because there was no way to know whether they would be able to find one tomorrow. There had to be something on this ship…somewhere." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutAnother guy comes out of the restaurant kitchen, and approaches. // "Come meet our new friends," Richard says to him. "This is Oliver, and Skybird." // "That's not my real name, I'm Skylar." // "Nice to meet you." Allen shakes her hand, and then Oliver's. "Hungry?" #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageI know what will happen next. At least I think I do. This is both a lounge, and a sort of security room. I can show Cricket and Claire all of the other people in this facility right now. We're fairly early, but the others are filing in quickly in various areas. #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationGirl: "Wait, is your name is Guy Freckles?" // Guy: "Guy, comma, Freckles. As in those legs o' yours." // Girl: "Ecue me?"
Sonnet Quote"One day, I’ll lose my problems and retire // I wish it would happen soon, I’m so tired" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Yes, we are," Skylar squeals. "Our schedule's rather odd." // "Well, we can make anything you could want, from any region, from any time period…as long as you're on this side of the restaurant," Allen says. "I assume they're…" // "Time-skippers," Richard explains. #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageI find the remote, and switch on the monitors. We can see Apothem setting up chairs in the viewing room. The Newtonian Expats are getting reacquainted with each other, and Team Matic is having a quick discussion with Abel and Lucius. Claire peers at the screen. #TakingCenterStage
“Joke”I came up with a new football play. Whereas a blitz is when I run towards you, and attack, a kugelblitz is when I suck you in, and RIP YOU APART!
Sonnet Quote"To be honest, it wasn’t all that bad // Using sugar for flour’s the new fad" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Come on," Allen turns around, and starts to walk away. "I'll get you two menus. Hint: it's a tablet with a simple word processing app where you tap out what you want, and we summon it." // "This place is pretty cool," Oliver has to admit. // "Right?" Skylar agrees. #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"I know him," Claire says. // "I thought you might," I respond // "How do I know him?" // "Eh…time, right?" // "What does that mean?" she questions. // "Think back," I suggest. "Focus on his face. What do you associate it with." // She does so. "…kindness." #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationDumb Boss: "Employee, get in here!" // Employee: "Yes?" // Dumb Boss: "Why did you waste this paper? I didn't ask you to print the attachments in the forwarded email. I asked you to make COPIES. One's for my desktop, and the other stays in email." // Employee: "Yes, sir, I quit."
Sonnet Quote"If you don’t get these birds out of my sight // I’ll drive them to the dump, and strike a light" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThe tablet that Allen provides is open ended, but it also has a catalog of ideas based on a food preferences questionaire. They talk about how crazy they might be able to make their orders. In the end, he just orders a chicken sandwich, and she picks a bison burger. #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageClaire leaves the room. Cricket and I see her carefully approaching Team Matic and their friends. No one notices. // "Should we let her do that?" // "We should, yes," I reply. "This is all meant to be." // Claire gets Medavorken Alon's attention, but only his. #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationSouthern Californian: "What the hell are you wearing?" // Me: "This is called a ja-cket. You wear it when it's co-oold. Cold is like the refrigerator, but it's all around you. Oooooooo." // Southern Californian: "I mean why does it say MAGA on the back." // Me: "It does? Dammit!"
Sonnet Quote"I know some hearts are simply filled with hate // This simply means work harder to relate" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutHalfway through the meal, Mackenzie Dodge shows up, carrying a case of canned water. He seems surprised to find them here, but pleased. Immediately Oliver notices how different he's acting. He's more normal…genuine, like all those other encounters were performances. #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageMedavorken is rather curious, so without telling anyone, he slyly slips away from the group, and follows Claire down the hallway. She's keeping a cool lead on him, and he doesn't catch up until they're in the room where the three of us first teleported into. #TakingCenterStage
Random Nothing"To the horse, the human is a parasite."
Sonnet Quote"Sophie was basically my one best friend // And Daisy’s more my baby, in the end" // #couplet #nanopoetry #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Can you explain how your club works?" Skylar requests. // Mackenzie hesitates for just a second before sitting down. "I created an extra day between Saturday and Sunday. You can go in after 11:59:30 PM, and come out before 12:00:30 AM. The bubble lasts 24 hours." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"What's your name and rank, soldier?" Medavorken asks // Claire isn't wearing a uniform anymore, but she just has that air about her. She stands tall, proud, and ready to take on a threat at all times. "Corporal Claire Fuller." // "Comradiant Medavorken Alon." #TakingCenterStage
“Joke”To people who double park in order to avoid other vehicles getting too close and damaging them, what do you think keys are for?
Story Quote"They have been slowly accumulating power, even though their original mandate was to appoint the first crew members of the mission, and then do pretty much nothing else. Is this them? Are they the traitors? Corinna is sure staring at them with contempt." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"So it's a time bubble," Skylar says to Oliver. "Like ours." // "Except the opposite," Oliver clarifies. "Time moves slower in ours, but faster in his." // "Well, it's more than that," Mackenzie says. "It's in another spatial dimension too. I call it The Facsimile." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"Why do I recognize you?" Claire asks him. // "Why do I recognize YOU?" Medavorken echoes. // Claire turns her head to look at me, so Medavorken does the same, assuming that I'm the one with answers. "I don't have all the details," I explain without explaining. #TakingCenterStage
“Joke”I just found out that Edwin Abbott Abbott died. So sad, he was a great inspiration. The world will miss you, Eddy.
Story Quote"When they arrived at the Bran safehouse—which surely shouldn’t be called that in this version of Kansas City—they discovered what she meant by that. A man was waiting for her in the kitchen, preparing them a meal. 'Is this them?' he asked, unsurprised." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Skylar continues the interview, "24 hours? So people just party all day, all night, then go to church?" // Mackenzie laughs heartily. "It's not a club…it's a door." // "Huh?" // "I mean, there's a club over there, but it's mostly just an entrance to the Facsimile." #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageI go on, "I've recently learned that at some point, we go back to Claire's home universe, and at some point, we go to Medavorken's. I don't know why, and I certainly don't know when, but it will be in your respective pasts. That's why you remember each other." #TakingCenterStage
Dumb DittyI don't understand that song: 🎼"Icicle, icicle, icicle // I want to ride my icicle, icicle, icicle // I want to ride my icicle // I want to ride my ike // I want to ride my icicle // I want to ride it where I like!"🎼 // An icicle would be a short-lived mode of transportation.
Story Quote"This unit was made with three bedrooms, which allowed Marie and Heath to keep the master, and Mateo and Leona to have the medium-sized one. Angela had the smaller one all to herself, while Ramses slept on the couch. Everyone was comfortable and content." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"I don't understand," Oliver says apologetically. // Mackenzie starts over. "You walk in the doors, and it becomes Salmonday, the eighth day of the week. Then you leave, and go do whatever you want. Just…be back by the end of the day or you'll miss the next week." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"So now he's suddenly part of the team now?" Claire questions. // "He goes to your universe," I reiterate. "Whether the three of us are with him is unclear. I should have made THAT clearer. I don't have a clear picture of what leads any of us to any of this." #TakingCenterStage
“Joke”Welcome back to another episode of Earthquake or iPhone, the game where we present a photograph of profoundly terrible quality, and ask our contestants to tell us whether it's so blurry because the camera and subjects were shaking…or if it's just that it was shot with an iPhone.
Story Quote"'Ya know what, I have two questions actually,' she amends. // Heath nods. // 'What is this drink?' // 'Hagadesfām juice. It’s a fruit from the Arabian Garden.' // 'I've never heard of it. Have you ever heard of The Beatles?' // 'Is that a band, errr…?'" #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"But if it's Salmonday, what is there to do in the other dimension?" Skylar questions. "Where do you go when you leave the building?" // "Anywhere. You can go back home, get some extra sleep. Watch a movie for free…whatever." // "But where are all the other people?" #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"I just don't know if I should stay here, or go back to those other people…" Medavorken says, trailing off. // "Oh, you're not invited to where they're going anyway," I tell him. "You might as well stay here. Are you hungry?" // "I could eat," Cricket decides. #TakingCenterStage
“Joke”I'm getting old. I wish I could turn black the c—whoa, Nick! Some spoonerisms need not be said. This "joke" is probably over that cancel line I mentioned on the 10th of January.
Story Quote"At least one of them either created the reality itself, or capitalized on an opportunity to mould it to their liking. They may have always wanted society to be like this, or things just got out of hand. Regardless, the team feels compelled to fix it." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"There are no other people," Mackenzie goes on. "That's what I'm saying. The world is empty, except for Salmonday clubgoers. But you don't see them that much unless you stay close. They go off and do their own thing mostly. It can feel like the apocalypse, honestly." #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageI step over to the drawer, and input the code for the universe I want to access. "This particular brane has some of the best food. An entire family of vegetables evolved to be savory, salty, and tender, so they all taste like meat. Who wants a veggie burger?" #TakingCenterStage
NanostoryWhen I first came out, my parents sent me to a gay conversion camp. It's not what you think, they didn't believe in conversion, or even wish that it was possible. They just thought it would be a good place to meet someone. They were right. Save the date exactly one year from now!
Story Quote"She tosses a stick back to the ground. 'We could kick a football around as cover.' // 'What’s a football?' Heath whispers to them. // 'It’s a kind of bird,' Mateo jokes. It’s not everyday he meets someone who isn’t orders of magnitude smarter than him." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"So you can see a movie for free," Oliver begins, "because there's no one around to stop you at the theatre?" // "Right." // "How do new films come out? Do you create a new Facsimile each week?" // "It creates itself, based on how the world was at 11:59 on Saturday." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"Sounds interesting." Medavorken steps forward to watch me select the dish from the transversal food synthesizer. "I do have one question." // "Go ahead," I offer. // "Is it vegetarian, or are we eating brains? Also, where are we? Who are you? What's going on?" #TakingCenterStage
NanostoryDo you have any idea how frustrating it is, coming back to this time period after living in the fourth millennium for the last 800 years? Your internet is slow, you still have slavery, and you've not yet fixed climate breakdown. My God, where is all the money that grows on trees!
Story Quote"It was always brief, and of course, not usually useful because of a little invention they call a clock, but it was specific to him, and later Leona. He stops running, but doesn’t let go of Marie’s hand. 'Did you feel that?' // 'Feel what?' she asks." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"But you said the world was empty," Skylar reminds him. "There are people in the world at 11:59 Saturday." // "In the main dimension, yes," Mackenzie agrees, "but I filter them out. There's nothing organic. There's nothing…alive. Wait…there are no animals…alive." #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageMedavorken was about to die in a vacuum bomb explosion in his universe when Mateo Matic grabbed him at the last second, and teleported him here. It wasn't unlike what happened to us, but the difference is, I understand as much. He must feel so lost right now. #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationICE Agent: "Ted, you have to make sure you fill out everything on this form, or we'll have to bring all these people back into the country to reprocess them. Please tell me you remember, what was the reporting date of this deporting rate?"
Story Quote"There is no way to satisfy some kind of moral imperative when it comes to something like this. The concept itself is self-contradictory. You can’t be intolerant of religiously intolerant people that claim their intolerance is a tenet of their religion." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"So it's just you, and dead puppies," Oliver decides. // "Dead anything," he corrects. "You could go to a morgue and find a bunch of dead human bodies…if that's your thing. It's our policy to not judge." // "This is an interesting concept. I was skeptical at first." #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageWhile we're eating, I tell Medavorken everything I know. Well, not everything, but everything that HE needs to know. There are multiple universes, each of us four is from a different one, we're in between them all right now. He takes the news surprisingly well. #TakingCenterStage
Random NothingAnd then God said, "do not worship false American Idols. Melinda Doolittle was robbed in season six. She should have won, and we all know it."
Story Quote"The two of them had a thing back when there was only one version of Angela. Mateo is unaware how serious it was, or if they had time to attempt to navigate the duplication that complicated matters. She has Heath now, but obviously still feels something." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"What if a clubgoer plants a bomb in a hospital without anyone being around to stop him?" Skylar asks. // "Like I said, you have to get back to the club in time. That bomb will just go off on the next Salmonday, in the Facsimile hospital, which will likely be empty." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"Is there a way for me to get back home?" Medavorken asks. // "Ooo, I'm afraid not," I answer. "I guess, maybe sometime in the future? But you're a historical figure amongst your people, and historically, you died. We COULD put you back, but we shouldn't try." #TakingCenterStage
NanostoryTigers are orange, because when they first evolved, the whole planet was on fire 23.5 hours a day, and 372 days a year. This was the best way to blend in. Yes, tigers evolved a lot longer ago than you were taught. I was there. Who do you think started the fire?
Story Quote"Fairpoint looks at Marie’s still flat stomach. 'You always knew what buttons to push. I’ll do it, because I know that one day, he and I will be the couple with the baby, and you’ll just be—'// 'A forgotten mistake,' Marie recites. 'I recall.' She sighs." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"And anyway," Mackenzie goes on, "we have a thorough vetting process. We're not like other clubs, where hopefuls wait in line for a bouncer who thinks they're good-looking enough to fill the room. They have to be a certain species, and still fill out an application." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"If it makes you feel better," I go on. "We've all left our homes. An alternate version of me deserved the timeline more than I did. Cricket was swept away to another univere. Claire…Claire was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She opened the wrong door." #TakingCenterStage
TruthInaccurate, @StateFarm. All you need to do to be a good neighbor is stay out of my goddamn business, and take your Christmas lights down on December 26.
Story Quote"Marie is silent for a long time, and nobody tries to force her to continue. 'I do not have a baby,' she finally replies. 'I have a clump of cells in my uterus.' // 'Marie…' Leona doesn’t know what else to say. There is probably nothing she could say." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver chuckles. "We're not filling out any application. I see no reason for us to join your little extra-day club." // "You may change your mind when you hear my theory about you," Mackenzie warns. // "Oh, yeah? What's that?" // "I think you won't freeze in there." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"Are we meant to become a team, or something?" Medavorken questions. "A squad?" // "No, I wouldn't say that, but we're going to have to escape The Stage eventually, and I suggest you join us when we do. There's nothing for you here. All excitement ends soon." #TakingCenterStage
“Joke”I'm so happy right now. Today is our 50th wedding anniversary. We met on the set of the moon landing.
Story Quote"He snakes his way through the brush, and comes to a small clearing. A woman is kneeling on the ground, presumably praying. Three pipes are sticking out of the ground. Does this religion worship some kind of metal God? She gasps, and stands defensively." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutBefore Oliver or Skylar can react, Richard returns with three plates. Allen follows with something that none of them has seen before. "You asked for it, we made it. It's been cooling in the time cabinet for three days. Lady and gentlemen, I give you…the Cherpumple." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"Cricket, why aren't you eating?" I ask. // "I don't eat meat," he reminds me. // "No, I told you, it's vegetables. They just taste like meat because of some bizarre evolution." // "I don't…want to taste meat." // "This is an opportunity to have it ethically." #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationMe: "The mutant cannibal always comes out at 1:00 AM, and is always preceded by a blackout. Check my clock radio down the hall." // My parole officer: "It's 12:01." // Me: "Okay, we have time." // My parole officer: "But it's blinking. What does that mean?" // Me: "Oh my God."
Story Quote"Religious people are the passionate ones. Some are on the wrong side of any given issue, but atheists don’t usually get involved at all, so someone like him needs to be directly encouraged to go out of his way to do the right thing. It should be okay." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"The Cherpumple? Is that a band, errr...?" Mackenzie jokes. // "I saw it on my recommendations," Skylar explains. "It's cherry, pumkin, and apple pie, combined into a cake." // "It sounds insane," he replies. // She shrugs. "I didn't invent it, but I'm gonna try it." #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageI gently remove Cricket's plate from his sight. "Allow me to apologize." // "It's okay, it just…I thought it would be fine, but it still feels like a betrayal," he explains. // "We can get you some real vegetables, I know you still need to eat occasionally." #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationMe: "You wanna play some poker?" // My parole officer: "Poker? I don't even know her!" // Me: "So? Sex only requires consent. You don't have to know anything about each other." // My P.O.: "You're all about jokes until someone else tells one, and then it's just rhyme and reason."
Story Quote"Now Angela interrupts. 'Hey!' She takes the both of them by the hand, and drags them down the hallway, into the bedroom she was using. She steps back out. 'We learned this technique when we were training to be a counselor, remember?' she reminds Marie." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutThey try the cherpumple, including Richard and Allen, who had never tried before. None of them likes it all that much, least of all Oliver, who sort of forgot he doesn't like pie in general. Once dessert's over, Mackenzie offers to give the Spouts a tour of his club. #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageBefore we finish eating, Apothem Sarkisyan walks into the room. He doesn't look surprised to see us, but maybe surprised to find us in this particular place. "I want to thank you for not interfering with the other parties here, but I must now ask you to leave." #TakingCenterStage
Random NothingOnly men can be agents! It's right there in the word! It's short for "a gentleman".
Story Quote"He grimaces, but of course, nothing happens between them that night. He just wanted to make sure she would do the job as they asked, and he was also curious how it would all come together. They may never need the military ID, but it could prove useful." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"We won't get stuck in a parallel dimension, right?" Oliver asks. // "No, you'll only be able to see the club as it is on a Thursday night, which is empty. You could only access The Facsimile on Friday. I just want to give you a sneak preview. It's perfectly safe." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"Why? You need the room for somethin' else?" Claire questions. // "As a matter of fact, we do," Apothem answers. // "I'm not ready to leave," Claire insists. // "Mr. Highfill?" Apothem urges. // "If she's not ready, we're not going anywhere," I say. "Sorry." #TakingCenterStage
NanostoryI've reached the part of the program where I have to make amends. Unfortunately my ex-boyfriend has yet to return from the dead to lead the armies of the righteous against the demons of the fire. But Jesus, for when you read this, I'm sorry for ratting you out to the Romans.
Story Quote"You have to be the best, and then stay the best. The main sequence encourages healthy competition as well, but with a much stronger emphasis on the healthy part. The Third Rail doesn’t care how you win, just that you’re the one at the top of the hill." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutOliver looks to see if Skylar is up for it, and she seems to be. "Before you go," Allen begins, "the Facsimile is for fun. It's not a job. I can offer that. We need people to handle the night shift. I imagine one or both of you would be quite comfortable with that?" #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"I rarely must insist," Apothem urges. // "I really must insist right back," I counter. "They have been through a lot. Everyone else is here to start new missions and new lives, but this is the only break we've gotten in a while. So we stay until we're ready." #TakingCenterStage
Random NothingEarlking is an eggcorn.
Story Quote"He tips the book towards him to check the title from above, even though he obviously already knows what he picked out. 'Yeah, I’m starting to get that idea. I don’t understand most of these words, but I don’t know where to begin.' Or whether to begin." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"Is your restaurant open 24/7?" Skylar asks. // "This side of it is," Richard explains. "Time travelers don't live by when the sun rises on any particular day. We need to be able to accommodate them whenever they show up. It's been hard, just between the two of us." #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageApothem tilts his head up, so he can look down his nose at me. "Are you…commandeering The Stage?" // I look at my friends to see if they have any input. "No, my good man." // He's relieved. "Good." // "I'm only taking Center Stage. That should be sufficient." #TakingCenterStage
“Joke”My company just acquired LinkedIn, Yahoo!, AOL, Borders, and Pan Am. The respective negotiations for all of those companies just so happened to finish on the same day, and we'll probably make it a company-wide holiday. #blessed
Story Quote"When and where she grew up, it was illegal to terminate a pregnancy, but she could have crossed the border to Kansas in certain cases, or Washington or New York regardless. And then she could have gone home. But in this reality, she can’t even do that?" #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver SpoutSkylar and Oliver look at each other again. // "We would pay whatever you need. Plus, they've finished all the dorms upstairs, so you'd always have a place to sleep, free of charge. Not every time period takes care of its salmon, but the center was designed for it. #OliverSpout
Taking Center StageApothem studies my face to see if I'm bluffing. "Center Stage has been taken. I'll let them know." // "Did we just declare war?" Claire asks after Apothem leaves. // "No," I say with a smirk, which is very unlike me. "We just started a game. It should be fun." #TakingCenterStage
“Joke”Oh, relax. The bedbugs aren't going to come off of me. This is a couch.
Story Quote"Really? What fanciful claims did the forger make on her fake background documents? Magnus sounds like some kind of educational title, which he knows Leona not to have achieved in real life. Hopefully it’s not something she can’t fake her way through." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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Oliver Spout"We appreciate hearing that," Oliver says politely. "We'll think it over." // "Great," Mackenzie says. "Now, let's go to the club. We just put in a nice juice bar, and I want to show you something else that I've been working on." // "Okay," Skylar says. "Just relax." #OliverSpout
Taking Center Stage"What kind of game is it?" Cricket asks. // "I'm not sure," I answer honestly. // "Yet you just challenged this guy to it?" Claire questions. // "You wanted to stay." // "Not if it's going to be dangerous," Medavorken says, worried. // "I'm sure it'll be fine." #TakingCenterStage
Fake ConversationBlind date: "Hi, I think you may be my blind date? Ted set us up? My name is Chip. And you are…?" // Me: "Leaving." // Kip, or whatever: "Why? What's wrong?" // Me: "Your name is Trip." // Pip, I think he said: "It's Chip." // Me: "It's adorable you think that matters."
Story Quote"What Marie and Heath decided after some thought is that Croatia in this world is a prosperous and fairly self-sufficient country. While Leona supposedly most recently conducted research in Denver, she came up in Osijek. It would be hard to disprove it." #salmonverse #fishquotes


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Oliver SpoutOliver offers to carry Mackenzie's bag of groceries, then he and his sister follow the club owner over to the presently dormant portal that reportedly leads to another dimension. What they find on the other side is a let down, but this is what clubs look like empty. #OliverSpout
Equilibrium Challenger"Let's just go," Claire urges. "It doesn't matter where." // "What doesn't matter is whether we go, or try to go, as it were," I reply. "The challenge has bent sent and accepted. This has to happen anyway. With Center Stage, we'll have a way out of here." #EquilibriumChallenger
Topical ReferenceYou would think that supreme court justices would be just, but they're JUST NOT!
Story Quote"Ramses may have had a rivalry or two back in the day, but even a group of radical capitalists generally accepted the idea that one person's success did not inherently mean another's failure. This world, however, considers them to be one and the same." #salmonverse #fishquotes
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