To say that Angie was confused would be a massive understatement. To say she was shocked would be even more of one. To say she was easily convinced, well, that would make all the understatements in the world look like little white lies in comparison.
Finally Mia had to dig out old scrapbooks and photo albums. She had to produce Gerome’s driver’s license and the fingerprint cards that his grandmother had made in case he came up missing.
When the thumbprint of Mia and Gerome matched, Angie was finally convinced, without having to see Mia’s “equipment”.
It took the rest of the day to explain what was going on, and why this had happened. In the end Mia felt totally wrung out emotionally.
“Angie, honestly it wasn’t supposed to snowball like this. I really only went into this wanting to know how in the hell those servants in the 1900’s worked in these clothes. Then they felt so nice, then I just kept going, then you came along and I was trapped. It was easier to be Mia all the time than to try to come up with a plausible story about how I, a billionaire, was working in his own home as the lowest of the low.” She took a long sip of the Vodka martini she had made for herself, and looked at the Screwdriver she made for Angie with its ice melting into the untouched drink. Read more…
Mia kept working on the house, even though it was still clean. The problems she had been contemplating over the last few days didn’t go away and they didn’t suddenly give her answers that she was looking for. Whenever her mind wasn’t occupied while doing her chores, she turned over the whole tangled mess of questions, and none of them had any answers.
Questions kept coming at her no matter where she turned, questions about herself, the house, her future and more wouldn’t stop spinning in her brain.
She decided simply to start from the beginning. She seriously considered the question of “will I remain as Mia?”
The immediate answer, the one deep in her heart was “yes”. She wanted to be Mia and she enjoyed being Mia. Whenever she thought about plans and the future as Gerome, she got lost. She had no idea about what Gerome was going to do with his life and so she couldn’t make plans for the future.
I’m really considering using the new functionality of WordPress to import my Tumblr to this site. It is over 8000 posts, many of them pictures of random things I find enjoyable. I’d be cleaning them out as well, so some of the stuff won’t be here, but I’d still like to hear your thoughts on this.
Comment in the comments section, and I’m going to find something to put up a small poll on the sidebar.
Selena sighed in contentment as she leaned back from her workbench. Her back was cramped and several vertebrae popped when she stretched slowly and sensuously. Being hunched over the table top for as long as she had been made her back sore.
She had been working on more upgrades to her system, one of them being a series of improvements that gave her a 3d image of the immediate environment in her head. It wasn’t a visual setup, it was more like echolocation. She found that using it, out to a radius of 300 meters in all directions, she could “see” the people she was fighting, how they were moving and what was going on. It gave her precise locations of who she was in the area with, and if they were enemy or friendly. Buildings, walls, floors and ceilings were “transparent”, and with this ability, she could see and “hear” in other rooms. The improvement was such that she could get rid of her camera rig, giving it instead to Black Canary. She kept a few small cameras, with the adherence package still attached, so she could spoof surveillance cameras she came across, but the “snooper rig” of optical cable, bracelet, and laser microphone, she passed on.
It cost her a small fortune, but she bought a laboratory building from Horizon, a scientific research company who had moved locations and abandoned the lab to be torn down. Into this location, she had delivered an electron microscope and the equipment necessary to construct nanobots. She got rid of all the other devices that were scattered all over the city, consolidating her work areas to this one location, and then she hacked every database in the world that had this location listed at all. She also went into those same databases and pulled out the information that was listed about her lairs. Her lab and the Lairs dropped off the face of the world. Read more…