Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Life in Quicktime"

This is today's freebie. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] starbit. It also fills the "friends" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December fest. This poem belongs to the Love Is For Children series.


"Life in Quicktime"


"Avengers, assemble!"

JARVIS is everywhere
and nowhere all at once,
layers upon layers of reality
living life in quicktime.

> Relay alarm from user Betty_Ross.

> Activate user Tony_Stark.
> Activate peripheral Iron_Man_Suit.

> Activation complete!

> Iron_Man is online.

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: healthy.

> Telemetry from peripheral Iron_Man_Suit:
> Status: all systems green.

> SHIELD backdoor: open.
> User Agent_Coulson is en route.
> User Black_Widow is en route.
> User Hawkeye is en route.

"Avengers, this is Agent Coulson.
Handler Ross reports enemy robots
attacking New York. She is engaging
one of the human controllers at present.
Your orders are to stop the robots from
destroying the city until the controllers
can be contained or eliminated."

> Mission: Defend New York.

> Traffic camera #2209:
> User Captain_America is en route.

> Traffic camera #2106:
> User Bruce_Banner is en route.

> Aerial view from Iron_Man:
> Enemies located.
> Iron_Man is en route.

> User Betty_Ross is in violation of MMA rules.
> Cancel program Remind_Betty_Ross_MMA.

> SHIELD backdoor: open.
> Activate peripheral SHIELD_ambulance04.
> Peripheral SHIELD_ambulance04 is en route.

"Holy smoke, that's a big truck!"

> Traffic camera #2210:
> Enemy truck oncoming.
> Collision imminent.
> WARNING: Threat to user Captain_America!

> Run program Turn_Red.
> Traffic light #2210 is now Red.

> Threat to user Captain_America neutralized.
> User Captain_America is en route.

> Traffic camera #2108:
> Correction: User Hulk is en route.
> User Bruce_Banner deactivated.

> Run program: Hulk_Out_Aftercare.
> Raise temperature 2°C in location Bruce_Banner_Apartment.
> Set lighting: baselights only.
> Take over peripherals: Bathroom_Fixtures.
> ...
> Program in progress.

> URGENT UPDATE!
> Iron_Man is in aerial combat.

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: oxygen saturation falling.
> Enrich oxygen flow in peripheral Iron_Man_Suit.

> Telemetry from peripheral Iron_Man_Suit:
> Status: all systems green.

"Remember your breathing exercises, Sir."

"Fuck, JARVIS, can't you see I'm a little busy here!?"

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: healthy.

> Peripheral Iron_Man_Suit:
> Targeting systems engaged.
> Enemy targets selected.
> Fire Left_Shoulder_Rockets.

> Enemy targets eliminated.

> Traffic camera #2300:
> User Captain_America in combat.
> User Hulk in combat.

> Traffic camera #2305:
> User Agent_Coulson deploying perimeter.
> Containment in progress.

> Enemy targets eliminated.

"Star Man okay?"

"Yeah, mostly. Ow! Okay,
maybe I sprained my wrist
punching that last robot.

> SHIELD backdoor: open.
> Run program: Captain_America_Bandaid.
> SHIELD medic en route.
> Send report to user Bucky_Barnes.

> Run program: Hulk_Lullaby.
> Take over peripherals NY_Electronic_Billboards.
> Running program.

"Iron Man, why are all the billboards
suddenly playing cartoons?"

"Relax, Cap, it's some new thing
JARVIS whipped up for Hulk."

"Huh, looks like it's working."

> User Hulk deactivated.
> WARNING: User Bruce_Banner needs assistance!

"Sir, Doctor Banner needs pickup."

"Thanks, JARVIS. Let's go get him."

> Assistance in progress.

"JARVIS, enemy status?"

> Scan all channels.

> ... scanning ...
> ... scanning ...
> ... scanning ...

"No further enemies detected,
Agent Coulson. Avengers, stand down."

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: healthy.

> Telemetry from peripheral Iron_Man_Suit:
> Status: all systems green.
> Preset program Remove_Iron_Man_Suit.

"Well, crap, we missed the party!"

"Count your blessings, Hawkeye."

"You guys made one hell of a mess, though."

> Scan all channels.

> ... scanning ...
> ... scanning ...
> ... scanning ...

> WARNING: Mass damage detected!

> Notify allied forces:
> NYPD is en route.
> NYFD is en route.

"Good job, everyone. Briefing in half an hour."

> SHIELD backdoor: open.
> Run program: Meeting_Prep.
> Room 307 lights: On.
> Room 307 coffee machine: On.
> Send standard order to NY Pizza Suprema.
> Program in progress.

JARVIS is everywhere
and nowhere all at once,
layers upon layers of reality
living life in quicktime --

but his heart beats in
slowtime, keeping pace
with the arc reactor.

> Telemetry from user Tony_Stark:
> Status: healthy.

> Mission accomplished.

* * *

Notes:

Computers process information much faster than the human brain, so artificial intelligences think in quicktime while biological ones think in slowtime. They each excel at doing different things.

Mixed Martial Arts rules vary. Here is an example. Betty Ross sometimes struggles to remember the different parameters for sparring and for combat.

Room temperature averages somewhere around 20 to 22 °C (68 to 72 °F). While Bruce-and-Hulk typically run hot, adrenaline crash after combat and transformation can leave Bruce feeling cold and miserable, hence warming the room a little bit helps him feel better.

NY Pizza Suprema is among the best pizza places in New York City.
Tags: #2106, #2108, #2209, #2210, #2300, #2305, cyberfunded creativity, fantasy, fishbowl, poem, poetry, reading, weblit, writing
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