Out Walked A Cowman

My back story for the character Cowman from Armando Valenzuelas web comic www.atomiclaundromat.com

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Carl Bovidaer,A brilliant geneticist on the quest to make the perfect cow. An accident causes one of the cow clones to grow as just a skin suit. But something was wrong,the skin was Alive.It’s brain had permeated every cell in it’s body.It had telepathic power and It desired more than to be locked away in a freezer, it wanted to be free to live life.But it needed a host,both to feed on their living energy and to move.

It used It’s power to call out to Carl, luring him in, telling him that if he would wear him he could make him feel unbound ecstasy by stimulating his brain. Carl quickly became addicted and obsessed with the suit.The company he worked for canceled his project when he failed to meet his deadline and they began to remove his research and clean out he lab.When they tried to take the suit he flew into a rage,Knocking over a large cabinet he crushed a member of the clean up crew.

As the crew called for security the suit began to talk to him “Now you’re a murderer, you’re going to jail for life.But I can help you,Put me on and I can help you escape.”

The crew tried to calm him down “Mr.Bovidaer it’s going to be all right,No one is going to hurt you it’s ok..”

“Just give me the suit!” Carl yelled,brandishing a cattle prod.He walked over and put on the suit.He backed out the door keeping the crew at bay with the prod.

“Now into the lab next door”The suit told him

“But I don’t have the code”Carl said

“I’ve been reading the other researchers minds,the code is 56827.They are working on a new self-contained Quad Laser system.You’re going to need it to get out of here alive.”

Carl entered to room and found the device.”It looks complicated” said Carl.

“I know how to use it,just put it in my udders,point at the wall and let me take care of the rest.” the suit said.

Carl stuffed the laser into the suit and within seconds the walls were blown to pieces and they were outside. the suit was overjoyed not only with its new-found freedom but also its new power.

“Oh..What am I going to do” Carl said”I can’t go home..I don’t have any money..”

“We can steal some” the suit whispered

“..Oh God! I just killed a man..I..I Can’t do this..I need to turn myself in..”

“NO! You had to do it ,they were trying to separate us,They were going to kill me.If you turn your self in they’ll destroy me and lock you away.What good will that do?Will it bring that man back to life?” the suit said

“No.” Carl replied

“But if you listen to me we can live like kings,and that will make me happy and if you keep me happy then I’ll keep you happy.” the suit said as he flooded Carls brain with all manner of feel good brain chemicals. “you wouldn’t want me to stop making you feel like this do you?

“No! Please don’t stop,I’ll do what ever you say.Where..Where should we go next?”

“Lets start with a trip to the bank…”

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MindLord-Rough sketch

This a rejected,Unfinished, “Rough Sketch” overview of a story I’m writing Inspired by the Evil Chef character from Armando Valenzuelas http://www.atomiclaundromat.com/.

It was rejected early on because I deemed that it was “Too emo and  reads like it was written by a 13 year old girl”.

I am working on a different storyline now that I think is going better but I thought someone might find this interesting.Or at least get a laugh out of how bad it is.

 

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MindLord

On the planet of Aeropa there is a society much like that on earth except everyone wears a hat to show what job they perform.The planet itself and the people who live on it are not so much like earth.

The entire surface of the planet is covered in molten metal,the only inhabitable land is on islands kept afloat by the heat rising from the planet.The metal is one of the most durable known to the universe.And because of this durability they are unable to harvest the wonderful natural resource, for the metal can withstand such high temperature that the heat required to keep it liquid will destroy anything that tries to capture or manipulate it.

The people on this planet have pale green skin and ears that are pointed at the top.They have round,bald heads and long thin necks.Of course each one is different,each one unique and indivdual.Some are fat,some are thin.Some are tall and some short.But this is a story about one Aeropian named Steven that was different in his own unique way.

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When Steven was born his parents found out that he had a genetic defect.The doctors told them that their son had Cranial Gigantism,his head would grow to be at least three times larger than normal.They said other than appearance he would likely be perfectly normal.

When Steven was two years old and hadn’t started talking yet,His parents thought something might be wrong.Their older daughter Lucy had started talking when she was about one.The doctors told them that despite his malformation there was no physical reason he could not talk.The truth was that he never felt the need to talk.

***

Even at his young age he could see how people looked at him.How they pointed,stared and whispered.He could see for himself how different he was from the other children.They were still trying to stack blocks while he was solving his sisters math homework in his head.He knew then that they would never accept him,Never understand him,so he never bothered to talk to them.

He kept his intelligence a secret,he thought that he stood out enough already and that it was best not to add to it.

One day he came home from school with a blue eye.His mother asked him “Steven!What happened to you?” He stood in silence “Oh honey…if you would just speak and tell us who is doing this we could stop them from hurting you.”

He didn’t believe her,he thought “If you stop them there will just be someone else to torment me.The only way to make them stop is to stop them All.And someday I will stop them all,I will make them suffer for the things they have done to me.I will stop them all and I Will BURN This World If I Have To.”

He lived his life in silence taking the abuse of his peers,all the names they called him,all the times they shoved and hit him,being mocked because his Student hats never fit and could only sit on top his giant head.He filed each one away,saving his anger for the day when he knew he could extract his full revenge.

He became more jaded with his world as the years went on,he came to see his families affection for him as nothing but pity,to see that all the Peoples animosity toward him was brought on by fear.He thought they acted like animals towards him, frightened at anything different or new.So he saw them as nothing more than animals.

***

One day something strange happend.He felt someone talking about him,but it was different this time.He didn’t just know they were talking about him,he didn’t just hear them.He felt them inside his head.It was then that he knew for certain he was special,that he would someday have his revenge.

As he practiced his powers it got easier to read Peoples minds,once while he was practicing by listing to a particularly inane conversation he tought “Just shut up” and the woman whose mind he was reading stop talking.It opened his mind to other abilities he might develop,he started pushing his powers more to find out what else he could do.

He learned that not only could he read minds but he could also “push” thoughts into other Peoples head,he could make them do,say and even think whatever he wanted.He found that if he concentrated he could manipulate gravity itself,he could levitate objects or even himself..If he focused hard enough he could heat things up and a make them catch fire.

He discovered that by accident,he was at home when he started the fire but his mother saw the fire before he could put it out.He made her forget what she had seen but he had sensed her fear when she saw it,he knew that his parents were afraid of him just like every one else.That was when their fate was sealed along with the rest of the people.

***

It was difficult to use his powers at first but got easier as time went on and as his power grew so did his ambition.He know that stopping this world wouldn’t be enough to stop his pain.There were more people on other worlds just waiting to hurt him.

The solar system,the galaxy,the very universe itself would all need to be conquered.

***

Tipping point, Steven rises to power,sister dies.

Steaven uses powers to make robot army from planets rare metal and turn planet into warship,conquers other worlds.

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Kelen ran into the room,he slid to a stop on the slick polished floor. “My Lord” he said,forgoing his normal submissive kneeling position “The citizens have rebelled!Explosions are going off all over the ship.They have already destroyed the engines and blown a hole in robot bay three ,And earth intruders are entering though the breach!I believe they are headed towards the amplifier Sir.”

“Impossible!” The MindLord pushed his words into Kelens head “I would have sensed any…Unless!” He focused his powers on the robot storage bay.Someone had entered the ship but he could barely sense them even when he focused on them,all he could sense was a vague feeling of a woman.

“Its true what they said about earth.It really must be a magnet for super powered people after all they had not even gotten into orbit around the planet and they had already been attacked,This will be just the challenge I’ve been searching for.” He thought.

“Kelen,take the robots and go stop the rebels from destroying the amplifier,If you see the intruders do not engage them.They are the super-heros from earth we heard of,and they are coming for me.”

“Yes my lord,I will go at once”He bowed his head and run out the door.”

The MindLord could barely sense the super-heros but he could tell where they were,they were headed for him.He locked and opened door after door to lead them right to himself.

As they approached his chambers he began to close the doors to make them work a bit but they destroyed the doors as fast as he could close them.

When the last door closed he stood and waited for it to be broken open.The seconds that it took the door was open seemed to stretch into hours.

There was a loud BANG as the door flew into the room as if in slow motion.In the empty hole was a man standing with his fist out where the door used to be.Time seemed to speed up in instant,The MindLord stretched out his hand. Grabbing the man telekinetically he picked him up and slammed him into the wall.He was close enough now that he could start to push though the mental block.

“Where is the girl?” He forced the question into the mans mind. “You can not fight it!”he pushed the question harder,The man screamed in pain, Then the MindLord got a sense of the someone coming behind him. “Clever girl”  He thought as he turned and grabbed her, pinning her to the wall like the man.

“Well well well..Invisible are you?You earth people are more sneaky then I thought.” The MindLord thought at her.But as the invisible person faded back to visibility he saw”Your not a women!WHERE IS SHE!!!”The men screamed as he tried to rip the answer from their minds.

Then he heard foot steps coming down the hallway.

“STOP.”she told him”I’m right here.”

What stepped through the door sent a chill went down The MindLords spine and into his very core.

The shock of what he saw was so great that he was forced to utter the first word he ever had spoken.

“Lucy” The MindLord whispered under his breath.His hands were shaking.

“Let them go Steven.” Lucy said

Steven,The MindLord stood in shock for a moment ,then he felt a strange sensation as Lucys words appeared inside his mind. “Let them go Steven.”

He lifted her up with his mind and held her in the air in front of him, “And why would I do that?Sister…” he said conversing with her telepathically “Because…” she sent back “Once your amplifier is broken you won’t be able to hold all three of us.”

“You really think that rabble can get through Kelen and my robots?”

“I don’t think Kelen is putting up much of a fight against his own rebellion.”

“No that’s impossible I would have known the minute he had one bad thought against me.”

“You didn’t know the same way you never knew I was still alive.I have been hiding it from you for years.”

The MindLord felt some of his power leave him,the amplifier had been damaged.His captives dropped to the floor.The men tried to stand but he was still able to hold them down.

Lucy stood up “You never even noticed did you?” she thought at him “You were always such a selfish self-centered child,you were so full of hate and self-pity that you never noticed anyone else but your self.You prejudged everyone and treated us all the same.You never noticed that I was different, that you could never read my mind.But I could always sense you.All your anger,your hate, it dripped from you every moment of your life.I pained for you bother..”

“That’s A Lie!You all hated me!I Could read their minds I know what they all thought of me.”

“You may have read their minds but you could never see into their hearts like I could,We wanted help you,to love and care for you but you never let us.”

“No it’s not true..it can’t be.”

“If you won’t believe me Steven, I’ll just have to show you” And she pushed the emotions,all the love and compassion of their parents into his heart.He looked like he had been hit by a brick wall.

“and this is how you repaid us!” with anger welling up inside her and tears dripping down her face she unleashed into his heart all the pain of the people he had hurt,all the torment of a thousand worlds,all the suffering that he had caused.

It crushed him.He dropped to his knees and wept.It was all true,he had caused so much pain,hurt so many people,all because of his own arrognce.He could not escape the truth,his whole life was spent causing pain.

But then he felt something else something was wrong,he could feel power surging into him.The amplifier was malfunctioning it was feeding back all the extra power into him.

He could feel the energy building up inside him,he knew he could not contain it,that it would be released violently.He knew his end was near and this was his last chance to atone for all the evil he had done. “I..Can’t..Ung” He waved his hand and pushed them back into the hallway and sealed the door back over.He riped open a whole in the wall and jumped out into space..

“Knock the door down!” Lucy screamed at the strong man.

He looked at her with glazed eyes “I am sorry..sister.”

She saw a flash of light outside the ship as it shook.She wept as she realized what happened.

something about EC landing on earth and eating a hamburger and it change his life for goodness.

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Well?How was it?

Published in: on November 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM  Comments (11)  
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The Dreams That Reading Einstein Spawns

I had some weird dreams last light.I think it might be from reading a bunch of stuff about theoretical physics because of the new strip on www.atomiclaundromat.com

the first dream.

It started out with me moving into a new house only I wasn’t me I was someone else.the person I have become is about 30-40 years old with a youthful spirit,a man,sturdily built,in pretty good shape with a kind rugged handsomeness that comes from working hard all your life and by his complexion it looked like he had probably worked out in the sun for years but not recently because his tan was very faded but his skin still had that kind-of cooked look.
I don’t know exactly why i was moving but i had a feeling i had to move to get a new job.
So i was moving boxes into my new house that was very white(no it wasn’t the white house)it wasn’t very big, only one bedroom in the back that connected to a small living-room in front that had the entrance,a door-less archway connected the living room to the small kitchen/dining room and at the back of the kitchen was a door that connected to the bathroom that was also connected to the bedroom forming a full circle.It was painted white on the outside,all the walls and carpet on the inside were white, very clean white,it felt very new and while I was moving in a dog(I think it was a yellow lab) came along,it liked me and i liked it so we adopted each other.

I don’t remember what happened after that but then it was sometime in the future and i was living in the house with the dog and i suddenly remembered that i had forgotten I had a wife and kids back where I had moved from.So I decided I should go visit them and I left the dog at the new house because he could take care of himself and I didn’t want to take him on the plane but it still felt lonely leaving him.

So then i was at my old house going to met my family that i didn’t really remember.The house was out in the woods somewhere, it was pretty dark because not much sun was getting though the thick canopy of leaves.It was quite a contrast to my new house that was very bright and sunny and on its own on a sparse hill.My old house was really more of a really big,very expensive and modern looking two-story log cabin.The inside was decorated to match the surroundings,with dark earthy colors,woven rugs hanging on the wall,dim orange mood lighting.

As i approached the house I was met by a dog that they had apparently gotten while I was gone.I didn’t recognize the breed but it looked like a mix between a Bernese mountain dog and a Collie.It barked at me for a minute then ran back in the house.I entered the house and walked into a large room with a high ceiling that went all the way up to the second floor.there was a staircase on the wall to my left, it started in the middle of the wall,went up a bit turned right and went to the second floor.In the corner in front of the stairs there was a wooden desk with a computer on it.In the chair at the desk sat my son,he was about 13-14,wearing blue jeans and a gray hoodie. His face was lit by the blue glow of the computer screen as he turned and give me a “Oh it’s you..” look and went back to what he was doing on the computer.
I saw my next kid walking by,on her phone, near the stair case on the second floor, she was a little older then the boy, about 15,she was wearing a pink,gray and black horizontal striped sweater with stretched out arms to long for her.She noticed me and i waved, she gave a quick wave back and continued with her conversation.Then my wife and last oldest kid came up to give me a proper greeting.My wife,a women of about 35-40,she was probably on the younger side but stress had aged her,her hair was blond,she looked a bit frail and stressed.
My daughter was about 18,she took after her mother a lot but time and stress had not yet caught up with her,she carried her self like a much old person,she had obviously taken my place as her mothers support.

Things get fuzzy after that, i seem to recall us talking in the kitchen about what had happened while we were apart,I don’t recall exactly what was said but remember getting the feeling that they had gotten the dog to replace me not being there,that i had definitely left to try and earn some money after I had lost my job awhile ago,we all know that we were doing are best to get by but the stress was taking a much bigger toll on them then it was on me because they were still trying to maintain a more lavish lifestyle then i was.I felt bad that I couldn’t do more to help and that i felt like a stranger in my own home and felt bad at myself because I wished I could just go back to my new home and my dog and forget about what was happening.

End dream one

Dream two

I was still the same man but it was night and I was on a yacht.

I was a camera man for a documentary about a man who was as rich as he was crazy..and he was very rich.He was young, about 20, and very thin and It was his yacht. The women who was hosting the film was trying to get him to answer question while he walk around the boat and I followed them with the camera.But then he got the idea that I was trying to kill him and so he started trying to kill me first. So I was running around the boat trying to get away from him.I ended up jumping off the boat into the water trying to lose him in the darkness.He forgot about me right away but then as I was swimming to shore he thought I was a fish.A fish who was trying to kill him..so he started chasing me with the boat.I realized i wasn’t going to lose him so I held my breath and dived down as far as I could and tried to swim for shore under water but thankfully as I was under a real fish swam by at the surface and he started chasing it instead.I tried to get back to the surface but had been down so long I didn’t know if i would make it back up.

End dream two.

That dream was pretty frightening but also very invigorating.I really like to swim but don’t get to do it much so it would have been refreshing had it not been for that whole swimming for my life and all..but it was rather exciting..

Dream three

I was now me.

I woke up in my bed in the middle of the night and it seems really normal and I don’t know I am still dreaming.I Pull an iPad type thing out from somewhere,but it’s not an iPad because it slides out a full keyboard like a cellphone.I can’t get it to turn on because I can’t get my wi-fi internet.I look over at my cable modem and see it blinking the red and orange error lights like crazy.

End dream three

Dream four

My memory of this one is pretty sketchy but I’ll tell you what i remember.

I don’t know who I was but I was with the kids from the new Electric Company kids show on PBS.The bad guys from the show were trying to kill us and instead of having word powers like in the show they(or at least one of them) had the power to control lightning so we had to hide in a brick club house. and while we were in there I saw something in the corner.It looked like a clear shimmering outline of a person attaching some-kind of box to the wall.I realized immediately that it was a cloaked red spy from Team Fortress 2 trying to blowup the building.I chased him outside and as i rounded a corner he was gone, but there was a controller looking box with a big red button on it siting in a hedge at the bottom of a 7 foot ledge that was cut into a hill for landscaping reasons.I walked over and picked it up controller and when i did the spy un-cloaked up on ledge.he took his cigarette out of his mouth,blow a puff of smoke and said “you may have won this time..(he took another drag of his cigarette)but next time you will not be so lucky”

End dream four.

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Pardon Our Dapper Dust

You walk down the street and notice that something is being constructed on the lot that had been empty for years.It’s nothing but metal beams right now but you peek through a hole in the fence anyway and see four finely dressed gentlemen arguing about how to use a rivet gun.

“I told you it wasn’t as easy as it looks.Your always such a hard-headed fool James. “says the one in the Top Hat

” Oh shut up Richard, I think I have it now.Look i just put a rivet though my shoe!..Oh dear…” Says the large one in the fedora that now has a rivet in his foot

“Can’t we just get the workers back? Giving them free doughnuts every day is surely worth it so we don’t have to be out in this Intolerable heat.” Says the small frail looking one in the derby hat.

” I think I’m feeling a bit faint..” Says James

“Your right Danny we do need the workers back,we’ll never get the site done at this rate.But I think we should get James to a doctor first to get that rivet out.” Says the tall one in a flat cap with an Irish accent

“Miles I told you not to call me ‘Danny‘,my name is ‘Daniel’,’Danny‘ is a name for commoners.” Says Daniel

“MY fathers name was Danny and if you insult his good name again I’ll drive You through James foot.” Says Miles

“Must you two always argue like school children,it’s not suited to men of our stature.Why if someone were to see I think I would have to die from the shame of it all.” says Richard

*THUMP*

“Now look what you two have done” Miles Says” your pretentiousness has made poor James faint.Come on lads, help me pick him up so we can carry him to the doctors”

“But his bloody foot might stain my suit” Says Richard

“And this heat has weakened me so.I’m afraid I won’t be of much use.” Says Daniel

“Fine,I’ll do it myself” Says Miles, as he throws James over his shoulder and they all to walk out of the gate.

You decide to continue your walk but first you look around to see if you can find anything that says what is being built here.All you find is a worn out sign that you can barely read.You think it says something about free stories  and decide to make a note of the address encase anything ever becomes of it.

Published in: on July 16, 2010 at 5:58 PM  Leave a Comment  
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