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Poem: "Time to See What I Can Do" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Time to See What I Can Do"
This poem is spillover from the February 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Siliconshaman. It also fills the "dress up / costumes" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival Bingo.  This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  It follows the story "Silk and Steel" by Siliconshaman, so read that first; and in my chronology it comes after the poem "With a Tender Hand."

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
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Time to See What I Can Do

While Blues Moon was closed
in the early morning hours, Luci had
gotten permission to push some tables
together and work on her costume
as the pirate queen Zhèng Shì.

Parts of it were cotton, but
other parts looked like real silk.
It had metal buttons here and there
that Shiv couldn't help fondling.

"What do you think?" Luci said.

"Uh ... it's pretty?" Shiv said.
He knew almost nothing about
clothes, much less costumes meant
to resemble weird old Chinese clothes.

"Maybe you'll like this better," Luci said
as she pulled out a length of pale blue cloth
that sparkled with tiny sequins and beads
of glass or silver in snowflake patterns.

"Wow," Shiv said, his hand hovering
just above the see-through cape.

"I'm thinking about wearing both of
my costumes at O-Comic Con," said Luci.
"Since you like Frozen too, we could
see about teaming up somehow."

Shiv rolled his eyes. "There is
no way I'm dressing up like that."

"I know, but between my silk
and your metal, I think we could
put on quite a show," Luci said.
"We could have swirling ribbons
and flying snowflakes and all."

"Yeah, maybe," Shiv said,
still not really convinced.

"What's this all about?" Gray said,
as he came up behind them.

"Luci has this wild idea that
I'd make a good Ellis -- you know,
like Elsa from Frozen, only a guy,"
Shiv said, waving at the cape.

"It's a beautiful outfit," Gray said,
tilting the cloth to catch the light.

"Oh, that's my Elsa costume,
not Ellis," said Luci. "Here, Gray,
let me show you some pictures."

Gray leaned over her tablet computer
and made some admiring noises.

"I told Shiv that he'd look good
as Ellis, but it's fine if he doesn't
want to play," said Luci. "Then again,
you would be a natural at this too."

"It looks fun," Gray said with a grin.

"What, you're not serious?"
Shiv said, staring at him.

"Why not?" Gray said.
"I like Frozen. Elsa has
a superpower that scares
people. I can relate to that."

Shiv hadn't even realized
that Gray had seen the movie,
let alone liked Elsa too.

Gray was right about having
scary powers, though. Most folks
found his Pain Ray alarming.

Shiv liked it, but then he was a freak.

"Besides, I like dressing up,"
Gray went on. "I could pull it off."

That was true. Shiv recalled
how stunning Gray looked when
he put a little effort into dressing up.

If he really went all out -- well.
That would be a sight to see.

Suddenly Shiv wanted to see it.

"You could go to the con with Luci,"
said Shiv. "Maybe take some pictures."

"Oh, if Gray goes to the con, we will
take all the pictures," Luci said.

"I'm on board with that," Gray said.

"The only bad part about this plan
is that it puts us in direct competition,"
Luci said. "I like you, so that kinda sucks."

"Not necessarily," Gray said. "We'd have
Elsa and Ellis. Who says we have to be
competing against each other? Or even
cosplaying different characters?"

"I don't get it," Luci said, frowning.

"Think about it," Gray urged.
"The theme song is all about
hidden urges, a secret identity ...
it's really a coming out song. When
I heard 'that perfect girl is gone,' well,
I thought it was about a transman
finally revealing his true self."

"Oh, oh!" Luci said. She clapped
her hands, jumping up and down.
"We could set it up with me, and
then change to you, with Shiv
providing the special effects!"

"Could you do that?" Gray asked,
turning to Shiv. "Make some kind of
curtain with ice or glass or whatever,
so Elsa and Ellis could switch places?"

"Maybe ..." Shiv said. "It's hard for me
to control a lot of things at once, and
I couldn't do it for very long."

He'd played with all kinds of things
in the sensory bin, though, so it wasn't
entirely outside of his experience.

"We'd only need a few seconds,"
Gray said. "A stage isn't very big.
We have months to practice. Luci and I
could study quick-change work, while
you focus on superpower control."

Shiv pulled out the lump of metal
that he used as play-putty, then
flicked his fingers to peel off
thin slices of the stuff.

Swishing his hands through
the air, he made the slivers
rise up and dance together,
trying to recreate the swirls he
remembered from the movie.

"It's gonna take a lot of practice,"
he said, looking at the measly flurry.

"Yes!" Luci crowed, throwing her hands up.
"Let's look up some images for inspiration.
Get over here, Gray, and tell me what kinds
of costume you would or wouldn't wear."

Shiv watched them idly as he made
more metal snowflakes and tried
to move them in a mass.

Then he shook his head.

"I'll need something better
than play-putty for this," he said.

"Like what?" Gray looked up from
the computer screen. "I've seen you
work different kinds of metal and glass ..."

"I didn't know you could work glass,"
said Luci. "I thought it was just metal."

* * *


The title of this poem comes from a line in the Disney song "Let It Go."

[Pre-Chorus 2]
It's time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I'm free!

Listen to the original on YouTube.  You can also enjoy the multi-language version and the parody "Fuck It All."

O-Comic Con is an event in Omaha, Nebraska.

Zhèng Shì was a famous pirate queen.  Luci enjoys dressing up as her in a hanfu costume.

Here is Luci as Elsa.

This is a comparison of genderbent Elsa/Ellis pairs.  Here is one pair together.

This Ellis has butter-blond hair, this one is ash-blond, and here's one with gray hair.

[To be continued ...]

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thnidu From: thnidu Date: March 20th, 2018 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Gray hair? That sure looks blue to me.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2018 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Looks like what'd call 'steel' a sort of blue/grey/silver.

Colour values vary depending on your monitor set up.

From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2018 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

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