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Title: 399
Fandom: DC Comics
Prompt: #15, Infinity
Word Count: About a hundred and fifty.
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: DC Comics owns all characters involved. Not that Oracle pays too much attention to things like that.
Summary: There's no such thing as a guaranteed happy ending.
Author Notes: A sequel to 378 and 516; this will make no sense -and have no point- without them. Many thanks to katarik for beta and help.

Make no mistake. This isn't fiction. There's a legendary psychopath and a bright, innocent girl, and there's no metatextual rule here that will prevent anybody from being killed or horribly harmed.

There's no finite set of possible endings, no well-defined group of options for you to choose from.

Why should there be? This is the real world. People die. People murder. Heroes cross lines, and good people vote for other good people, so they can order yet another group of good people to put sophisticated weapon systems in orbit and aim them at the ground.

They know for a well-tested fact those can be used to kill somebody with high precision. They think their guidance systems can't be hacked.

Sometimes you can avoid blood being spilled. Sometimes you can only choose whose.

Sometimes there's no single choice that won't wreck your life.

Why should there be one? This is real life.



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 24th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)

I vote: fry him, Oracle. Crispy black.
Apr. 24th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
I'd say "just in case, I'm standing far away from him," but that's a good general policy anyway.
Apr. 24th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
I am still under my bed. With wee six-year-old Slade. His cuteness will protect me from Oracle.
Apr. 24th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
Alas, that'd be the showdown of the century.
Apr. 24th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Push the button, Oracle. Just...push it. Now. OK? Please?

This is real life.

So...if what you wrote is real life does this means this here is the fictional one? pleasesayyespleasesayyes
Apr. 24th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
Has to. It's too weird to be true.
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Apr. 24th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
*blushes* Thanks!
Apr. 24th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Apr. 24th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
*takes note*
Apr. 25th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Oh dear... well. I am glad for Jane... and truth is, you can't save them all. And some maybe don't deserve saving...

Btw, wasn't your wip novel's computer name Jane, too? I keep making crossovers in my head, and I.. I don't know what to think. Only that I find your brain awesome.
Apr. 25th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
If you are talking about who I think you were talking, its name was Ted, and his friend/bodyguard/partner in crime was Laura (unless I changed the names at some point during the writing? I've done stuff like that before).

Alas, I never advanced the story further. Too bad, now that you put the idea in my head, I'd love to see how Ted and Jane would interact. Jane and Laura, too; I bet it'd be hard to make them *fail* the Bechdel Test *g*.
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Ah, it's true! *smacks self for not checking* I'm afraid my brain switched Ted to a sort-of female AI personality and decided Jane was the only logical conclusion... but I would definitely would love to see Jane and Ted interact.

I'm also wondering what would be more plausible, Oracle having a crush on Ted (wouldn't be her first Ted..) or Ted having a crush on Oracle. *sigh* I need to restart my brain! too many processes open, I think.
Apr. 25th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
How precise is this system, exactly?

I mean, Oracle wouldn't repeat her injury on someone else on purpose...

Apr. 25th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't mind hearing more about Oracle's little protégée. *wistful*
Dec. 3rd, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
I loved her. Maybe when I write Babs again I'll have occasion to go back to her.
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