A Goon
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the puzzle...

Author: Tridus ()
Date: 2000-04-17 00:00:00



Sitting in his cottage staring down at the floor, Tridus held two wooden puzzle pieces, one in each hand. A thunderstorm was raging outside, pecular for this time of year in the area. It caused the lights to flicker every now and then, but Tridus failed to notice, staring at the pieces.

He put one down and picked up another one, then stared at them some more. Finally he threw them both down in frustration and stared at the several he had laying on the ground. It just wasn't making sense.

Not knowing what else to do, he laid all the pieces out in no particular order and started rambling as he was so accustomed to doing.

"Ok... we have SM_007. I don't know what the hell he's doing. We have some weird superhuman type guy he was fighting with, and then got into a black limo with for some reason. Was that just a show for my benefit or an actual fight?"

"Either way, why would they let me see them together later on and not outright try to kill me. Why did SM stop him?"

Tridus shifted past the first two pieces and moved on.

"We have what is apparently a future me who is really powerful running around... maybe with SoulTaker, maybe as SoulTaker, I can't remember."

Tridus looked at yet another piece, and sighed.

"Sashie... yes... we have Sashie, who they kidnapped. Presumably SM knows what is going on there, but I don't understand why they would want her, except as ransom maybe? But why haven't they contacted me yet about that if it is ransom?"

The next piece Tridus looked at was blank.

"Albatross. I don't even know who or what that is, let alone how he fits into this, except that its important."

After that, he came to a piece which showed a large pile of rubble.

"Riptide HQ was destroyed... but why? Who the hell makes these puzzles and leaves out all the explanations to why anything is a piece in it anyway?"

The next two were grouped together...

"MysteryMan was assassinated, and BandWidth went missing and was maybe assassinated. Both were President at the time... how does that fit into the rest of this? How does a future me, someone I thought was a friend going crazy, a missing laptop, and two missing and presumed dead presidents fit together?"

Looking around, Tridus only saw a couple more pieces...

"The attack on the research lab all those years ago that caused Sashie to become what she is... the destruction of Sidewinder... Orazath, Sudirt, and all the other oddities to come out of that... are they even part of this puzzle, or extra pieces?."

Tridus grabbed all the pieces and tried to assemble them together, but nothign would fit with anything else... finally after about twenty-seven minutes he gives up in frustration.

"They just aren't giving me all the pieces, that has to be it. Maybe the missing pieces are around here somewhere, if they weren't in the box with these ones..."

Tridus gets up and starts looking around his cottage for the missing puzzle pieces, still pondering just what they could possibly be... while searching, the storm subsides and the lights stop flickering in his cottage.



Inside Tridus' hospital room, a doctor walks in to check on him. She notices that nothing has really changed after routinely going over the diagnostics and checking him over quickly, except for a pesky flickering flourescent light. After hitting the light several times with her pen, it stops flickering and resumes a steady bright glow.

The doctor writes a couple observations down on a clipboard at the foot of the bed, then sets it down and walks out, closing the door behind her.

Inside, the light continues to glow softly as company to Tridus...


Changes by this story - Absolutly positively and totally *nothing*. Gotta love it. :-)

If there were no words, no way to speak... I would still hear you... - Martina McBride

the puzzle... - Tridus - 2000-04-17 00:00:00
-Cool. *Starts writing his own storee.* - SM_007 - 2000-04-17 00:00:00
-Me like. - SoulTaker - 2000-04-17 00:00:00
--well, I sure hope they do. it took a lot of self control to not totally change everything :) - Tridus - 2000-04-17 00:00:00
--*Stab* - BandWidth - 2000-04-17 00:00:00