An Irredeemable Supervillain

CS: Okay, I know what you said. I respect it. But please, just this once, I need your help.

MM: Oh come on, Cal.

CS: I swear I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t really, really need your… your kindness. And wisdom. You’re good at those things, Mel. This is bigger than me.

MM: SIGH. Okay. What is it?

CS: terfs have decided I support their cause.

MM: What?

CS: On Chitter. My name is trending! Go and look.

MM: I’ve only just picked up my phone.
Hang on

I can’t believe someone said that!
Good lord, they really are awful.

CS: You haven’t seen my DMs

MM: Yuck. Can you block them all?

CS: It’d take me all week to block ALL of them!
But anyway, that’s not the point! I have to DO something! I know I’m an irredeemable supervillain who lives in a hollowed out volcano, but I’m not a monster, Mel. Besides, if I don’t say something Jason will never forgive me. What if he leaves? It’s not easy to find a good henchperson!

MM: Well, why haven’t you chittered something?
Your account has 2.7 million followers.
It’ll soon pick up speed. Nip it in the bud.

CS: I don’t know what to say!! What if I get it wrong and say something a bit ambiguous and they twist that?

MM: Doctor Calamity Shade, you’re a supervillain.
Monologuing is what you DO.

CS: Yes, right, yes, I can monologue when I’m, like, pointing a gun at someone and it’s time to explain the plan I’ve been working on for months before I lock some hero in a ridiculously over-complicated, perilous situation, giving them just enough time to escape. I can’t just come up with a pithy 280 character chit!

MM: I don’t believe you sometimes.

CS: You’ve always been better at words than me. Please, Mel? Tell me what to say? Please?

MM: Argh! Fine.
Don’t think you’re going to make a habit of this.

CS: I promise I promise!

MM: Okay, let me think.

CS: Thank you thank you!

MM: I haven’t done anything yet!

CS: I’ll shut up 😀

MM: You do that.

All right…
How about…
I may live in a volcano & own a zettawatt laser. I may’ve done things that were… not ideal. I’ve stepped back since my battle with Ms Flamingo. People do change. Everyone has a right to be who they are & everyone deserves unconditional love #TransMenAreMen #TransWomenAreWomen

CS: Oh
That’s lovely
It’s so lovely I’ll even overlook that mention of you beating me in our last fight 😉

MM: It needs that.
Gives me an excuse to rechit you.

CS: Of course 😉
Does it definitely fit?

MM: Yes, I checked! Just paste it in and press send.

CS: Okay! I’ve done it!
Thank you xxx

MM: You’re welcome.
There. I’ve RCed. Between us, that should sort it.

CS: Thank you. Again.
Really, everyone?

MM: Yes, everyone.

CS: Even…

MM: Especially irredeemable supervillains, you enormous twit.

CS: I miss you.

MM: I need to go. This has to be a one-off. Boundaries.

CS: I understand 😦
Bye bye x

MM: Wait
Hang on
What do you need Jason for if you’ve retired?


Author’s notes
A little piece of flash that I wrote for Codex‘s Flash, Saviour of the Universe 2021 contest. If you’re a published author of speculative fiction, and you’re not a member of the Codex writers’ group, why not pop over and join? January’s Weekend Warrior flash fiction contest will be here before we know it…

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