April 30th, 2015


Poem: "Between a Whale's Past and Present"

This poem came out of the March 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] westrider and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "Kraken, Leviathans, and Creatures of the Deep" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense topics and imagery that many readers may find unsettling. WARN ALL THE THINGS! Highlight to read further details, some of which are spoilers. In today's entry for Worst Idea in the History of Ever, a ship full of Japanese whalers has trespassed into Maldivian waters and targeted Steel and Moderato. Steel promptly goes berserk and starts tearing the ship to shreds. Moderato squawks for help from Aquariana. She manages to convince Steel not to finish killing all the whalers. They scoop the survivors into a boat. Then Aquariana discovers that Steel is injured, which requires another long argument to convince him to get that taken care of properly. Graphic violence beyond canon-typical levels, onscreen death of some very bad guys, emotional trauma including flashbacks, rough use of superpowers, conflict between help-seeking and help-avoiding behaviors, strain on friendships, references to considering sentient beings a food source, unsympathetic handling of prisoners, messy medical details, and other mayhem. There's actually a good bit of comfort after the hurt, for them as deserves it. The less deserving are furnished with basic medical care and protection from the berserk superwhale. Consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read right now.

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