In the Shadow of the Gods: A Memoir

Robert Quick

Where the -@!# did my muse go?

Writer, dreamer, knight, shackled by entertainment . . . and people.


I don't know me now but I remember what I used to be. I was one of them, a super. Notice that I didn't say hero, though some people certainly thought of me as one. I was the Operator, named after the switchboard connectors of the first half of the twentieth century. Not a name to shake the pillars of heaven, is it?

It wasn't meant to be. While I was one of them, I wasn't one of the glamorous ones. No super strength, no lasers or weather control. No mind control. My main power was to Connect With Certainty. I connected people with things that could enrich their life. I connected an artist to her talent that she thought was just a hobby. I connected a man and woman who became husband and wife. I created opportunities for ties.

My secondary power was even more minor: an aura of welcoming safety. People were a little more carefree, worried a little less, when I was around. I got invited to a lot of parties.

When I was drafted by the US government into the first Post-human war, everything changed for me.


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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Nice super powers. :)

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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

Probably the only subtle things about me.

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Fantasist

Fantasist

I received your message in the bottle dear sir. I've missed you so very much.

I also really love this piece you have here. ^^

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Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Oh man this is just cool. I want to know where this came from. Just popped into your head? Don't tell me it will just ruin it. The idea is brilliant. One million pencils.

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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

I've always loved the idea of heroes with unconventional powers, things that could be considered lesser by some but that could, in a way, be greater than the ability to stop bullets and speed faster than any known object on Earth. This is a beautiful and well-written piece.

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Story prompt:

If you were a superhero, as in YOUR traits are your superpowers, who would you be? Not an alter ego, rather your awesomeness on steroids or in overdrive.

You Are Super by ElshaHawk LoA


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