Saturday, November 26, 2016

de-gut spacetime

De-gut spacetime
what it has to do with me
Well, I will standby
Until some latent unknown is set free
Will it ever get beyond our mind
Take any sign,
confirm with it one time 
and we have it trapped
but only for now
Before presented with

A new type of blind

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sage and Riki - The Second Meeting

"Ack." Sage slammed down her mug of beer and wiped her mouth. She leaned forward onto the bar table and showed a crooked smile.
          Aberkerson was sitting across from her on one of the bar stools, his forearms rested on the table. He was expressionless.
          "So?" Aberkerson said. "What are you going to do about it?"
          "Y'know what, Aronai? You're really gonna get it next time. If I lay my hands on father's money, I'm gonna hire some special-trained fighter to kick your ass."
          "You still owe me," Aberkerson replied, holding out his hand, curling and uncurling his fingers at her.
          "Pay you? The already rich-as-hell, cold-hearted genius who got nothin' else to do but gain more money with your endless talent? You're shittin' me," Sage said, waving him off. "Don't get your hopes up. Geniuses like you die early."
          "Is that so?" Aberkerson lowered his eyelids and smiled faintly. "And if I live? What if I'm poor by the end of my life and don't have enough money to live? Gonna let me starve?"
          "You'll probably learn how to survive in the wild so quick. Probably don't even need training."
          Aberkerson laughed.
          Sage scowled and rolled her eyes.
          "Anyways, why are you even here?" she asked, turning around and organizing a few glasses onto the shelves. "Shouldn't you be working? Modeling or whatever?"
          "I'm meeting with someone I've been consulting with online," Aberkerson said, tapping on a small rectangular a hologram that appeared in front of him. "Besides, I've quit modeling. Striking poses for a camera isn't my thing."
          "Oh? I didn't know Aberkerson was a quitter."
          "You said yesterday you weren't my friend, so why are you calling me by my first name?"
          "Don't you get a joke?"
          "I know when you joke. I'm messing with you."
          "Damn. Should've known." Sage clicked her tongue.
          Aberkerson widened the hologram with two fingers, then typed into it. After a few short seconds, he pressed a button on his wristwatch and the hologram disappeared. "Anyways, Riki should be here in a few minutes. Better keep a low profile. Don't want to give him the wrong impression."
          "What? Is he that dangerous?" Sage asked. After that, she mumbled, "geez all these weird people you get involved with. And that name sounds familiar for some reason."
          Aberkerson stood up and walked towards the open entrance of the bar without saying anything. Sage followed him with her eyes, squinting. She saw him lean against the door frame and fold his arms. He remained in that position for a while until another figure appeared at the entrance. Sage leaned over the counter to get a better view of the person. She saw that he was shorter than Aberkerson; maybe he was about her height. He had short brown hair, hazel eyes, and pale skin--probably mixed-ethnicity. He wore rectangular glasses, a grey sweater and faded green cargo pants. He did not smile even once. For some reason, she recognized him. But she could not quite place where or what situation she had been in when she had met him. She found it odd that she would recognize him because he seemed so plain.
          Riki and Aberkerson walked into the bar and approached the counter. Both of them sat down on the stools. Sage eyed Riki multiple times. As Riki adjusted himself on the stool, he finally glanced up at Sage for a brief moment before looking at Aberkerson.
          "Sage, this is Riki. Riki, this is Sage," Aberkerson introduced.
          "Nice to meet you," Sage said politely, offering her hand.
          Riki turned his eyes to her again. "Likewise," Riki returned quietly, still not smiling. His voice was quite deep. Sage was surprised.
          When Riki reached out and grabbed her hand, she held her breath for a moment. A little flash of memory appeared in her mind. In the memory, she saw a little boy with brown hair, hazel eyes and rectangle glasses shaking her hand.
          "We--we met before I think," Sage said.
          "Oh," Riki said, the same tone as he used last time. He said nothing else.
          They let go of each other. Sage tightened her lips into a straight line.
          "So... Do you remember me? I think we met when I was six and we got lost in downtown Rokon," she said.
          "Why would I remember?" Riki said in a monotone voice. He became distracted. He pressed a button on his pen-like device and a rectangular hologram appeared in front of him. He began to tap on it.
          "Tsk, well you're sociable," Sage murmured. She placed her hands on her hips and turned to Aberkerson. "What kind of friends are you making Abbot-babbot? They're so antisocial."
          "Did I not mention the 'low profile'?" he said. "And I would argue that my friends are fairly diverse in the social regard." He was smiling, which irritated Sage even more.
          "As if I would ever dream of doing such a thing," she said. She turned back to Riki who was now looking at Aberkerson with a raised brow as if to ask the same kind of question Sage had asked. She slammed both her hands on the table, startling him. "Oy, look here gloomy boy. I remember you. Don't just wave me off. I'm surprised you have the gall to ignore a person who is talking to you."
          "I'm surprised you would be so forward," Riki said. He did not smile.
          "You serious, kid?"
          "Remember, I'm three years older than you."
          "So you do remember me?"
          Riki stood up. "I'm going to the restroom."
          "What the actual hell?" Sage blurted. She looked at Aberkerson with an expression of disbelief. "You hear that kid? Is he joking?"
          "I'll leave you to determine that," Aberkerson said. "But you had the choice to keep a low profile. None of this would have happened if you had."
          "Hey, well you're the one who introduced us."
          "I was doing the 'polite' thing. It is your own fault you remembered him from before and therefore decided to pester him about it."
          "So you're saying that trying to make simple conversation with him is not what I'm supposed to do?"
          "You got what you got. I warned you."
          Sage groaned and slapped her forehead. "You knew his personality, didn't you."
          "I guess I could've warned you more," Aberkerson said and shrugged.
          "You troll."
          Riki returned to the table during an awkward silence a few minutes after their conversation concluded. He sat down on the stool. He was calm. He looked at his watch. Sage glanced at him and bit her lip. Aberkerson glanced at both of them.
          "So you found the website. You hacked into it, right?" Riki asked.
          "Didn't feel like it. I'll do it later," Aberkerson replied. "You understand it's high profile, right?"
          "Apparently I'm being stalked. That's why I asked you to look into it."
          Aberkerson lifted an eyebrow. Sage looked at him and tilted her head questioningly. Riki tightened his lips into a straight line and looked down at the table.
          "Who could possibly be stalking you?" Aberkerson laughed.
          "I know, huh," Riki replied, leaning onto his forearms rested on the table. "Literally all I do is draw. I'm not involved with the Rokon government in any way."
          Aberkerson leaned back on the stool, folding his arms over his stomach and looking up at the ceiling. "I wonder," he said, then trailed off for some seconds. "How long have I been talking to you?"
          "About a month?" Riki said in almost a questioning manner. He looked at Aberkerson and inclined his head slightly.
          Aberkerson smiled. "I see. And how long was it since you first noticed someone was stalking you?"
          "Probably about a month ago."
          "Remember when you used my account for a video chat?"
          "Yeah, why?"
          "RGO probably traced my profile to that account. I'm surprised it took them that long, considering I infiltrated their security system two years ago."
          "What do you mean?"
          Aberkerson leaned forward with a small uneven smile on his face. "Whoever is 'stalking' you thinks you are me. They are probably now going by what your face looks like to track you."
          "But couldn't they simply trace your account to your email account and so on, then find out that way?"
          "I was able to hack the website and make an account separate from all other accounts except my fake email, which I used as a bait site when I infiltrated the security system. And then I never actually used that video chat account, so you're the first one who used it, hence they think you are me. That was my mistake."
          "And now I am taking the punishment," Riki said and groaned.
          "Who knew they were trying to track me."
          "You probably knew in the back of your mind."
          "Yup. You're right."
          "Damn you."
          Aberkerson laughed a little bit, then patted Riki's shoulder. "Don't worry about too much. I'll make sure they can't trace you. I just need your computer and the names of all possible accounts you have created on the internet." He leaned back and pointed his index finger to the ceiling. "Oh, and also other electronics you may have since the RGO Intelligence has the ability to hack into basically anything these days. As for preventing them from tracking you using your facial profile, I'll probably tamper with your identity a bit."
          "And who exactly is this 'RGO Intelligence'?" Sage inserted.
          "Risenen Government Officials. "
          In unison, Riki and Sage both perked up and blurted, "What?"
          "Surprisingly," Aberkerson said. "It took me a long time to figure it out. They are rather liberal in their scrutinization of Rokon. Usually, you would think of Risenen people as all technology haters, but some of them got the bright idea to utilize Rokon technology to help their cause."
          "What the--oh my god," Sage said shaking her head and lifting her hands. "That's really surprising. And no one in Rokon knows about this?"
          "The Rokon government is aware, and they are also looking into it," Aberkerson replied.
          "How about the Risenen government? Didn't it ban all use of technology?" Riki asked.
          "It may seem so because the royals decreed that and it was all over Rokon news. But the other side of the government, the true decision makers, are going the other direction without the royals' knowledge."
          Riki shook his head and tightened his lips. Sage folded her arms over her stomach and screwed her lips to one side of her face.
          A few customers walked into the bar talking loudly.
          Taking that as a queue to leave, Aberkerson stood up and patted down his pants and coat. "Anyways, we shouldn't have this conversation anymore." He looked at Riki. "I'll fulfill your wish to not be stalked. You don't actually need to give me all your account names. I'll figure it out. Sit back and relax."
          "Uh huh," Riki said.
          "Trust him," Sage said almost irritatedly. "Use his genius while he's still alive."
          For the first time, Riki smiled. It was a very small smile, but it prompted Sage to bring her hands to her mouth and squeal. "Look, he smiled!" she exclaimed.
          Riki rolled his eyes. "Wow, didn't know I could do that," he said.
          Instead of letting his sarcasm offend her, Sage laughed. "Well, well. See you cats later. Maybe not the dull one, but definitely the eccentric one."
          "Laters," Aberkerson said and waved back at Sage without facing her.
          Riki slid down from the bench and followed Aberkerson. "Bye," he said.
          The two of them disappeared through the bar exit, leaving Sage with a kinked smile. "I'd better see the dull one again and fix that attitude of his," she said, laughing to herself.


Aberswyth N.T.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

It's Poetry Month -- "Fleeting"

The risk you take is looking back and 
the pain in the core of the chest striking you 
so softly 
that it rips every vein apart. 
Grasping at every image with a child’s hands, 
every cell a small dimension that will live and die
And yet still managing to smile, you 
pick yourself up, 
the night managing to drag on
Your hand, 
now seven years later, 
all cells replaced, and 
none remain that your past has touched
This is when the years become weeks, 
and days turn to particles, 
such a convenience for the human mind--
Compiling and organizing, 
squashing everything together like the machines 
crush piles and piles of trash into small boxes  
Trying to remember that one moment and 
the frustration wildly aflame, 
and that question:

Then what was the point?


-Aberswyth

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Miraki: Chapter 1


Miraki’s hand went limp. It was because of a sudden numbness—it coursed through zeir veins and tantalized zem. From zeir hand, the phone fell to the floor. 
     “Miraki?” a crackled voice said from the phone. The voice sounded worried. “Miraki! My dear girl, where are you?”
     Miraki stared into the empty space of zeir mind for a moment until the words registered. As they did, zeir face slowly twisted into disgust and ferocity. 
     “Don’t call me girl,” zei whispered under boiling breath. Slowly, zeir hands clenched into fists. 
     “Miraki,” the voice said again. “Please answer me. I’m truly sorry to bring this news.”
     Miraki sat dumbfounded for a while longer. Zei opened zeir mouth as if to speak, but no words would come. Zeir face turned mildly red. Zeir jaws were clenched tight. 
     “I—,” zei started quietly, downturning zeir head and letting zeir short black hair fall in front of zeir thin, pale face. 
     “Miraki, please!”

     Annoyed and almost to the point of tears, zei suddenly bent over and grabbed the phone, pressing the end button immediately. The crackle of the phone disappeared. Everything went silent.



Saturday, October 24, 2015

Wordless

what happens when 
we run out of 
questions?
when words are rendered 
oblivious
pulled under miles of
layers of
unexplained?
gazing, probing
through stars gleaming in
our eyes
far away
in the cold
you took my hand
barely grazed a sentence 
and 
was that the end?
combinations of letters only
the length of our arms
as you reached 
out to me
and i to you
a sudden draft of wind
that we’ve been afraid of
pulling
us 
away from each other
since the first time we learned
words are so limited.
don’t say
anything.
no more
reaching.
you place your lips 
to my eyelid
gently
and seal the 26 Roman letters
the thousand characters
the lines, curves, dots
the insufficient variations— 
and when you leave me behind
any form of good bye

is not enough

-Aberswyth

Sunday, July 26, 2015

"Miraki" ~ A new story (in need of an official title)

Greetings~
I am now starting another story (along with my main novel). It might become a novel, but it also might become a manga, we shall see. It has... a lot of fears I have related to gender. So today I will post the story summary, and I hope you will enjoy it. Later on I will post chapters.

yay


Miraki, a 22-year-old transgender-nonbinary with a female body works part time and goes to college. Miraki goes by the “zei/zem” pronoun, though many people, including zeir family do not accept it. Zei works hard at zeir job, trying to save up for the new, guaranteed safe surgical and hormonal changes to make zem androgynous. But just as zei is ready to undergo the process, tragedy occurs in zeir family, in which zeir parents fall into debt and force Miraki to give up all of zeir money. Along with that, zei must quit college and return home where laws have changed--much to zeir misery. Because of the population decrease in zeir country, harems have become legal, and every man is allowed at most four wives--and since Miraki’s family is now poor, zei is forced into a feminine lifestyle where zei must go by the “she/her” pronoun and marry into a rich family. To make matters worse, the husband zei receives is cruel to zem, sexually abusing zem and always telling zem that zei will never escape the fact that zei is a “woman.” Will Miraki be able to escape from this hopeless trap and fly to a better life?      


By the way, Miraki is not supposed to be the official title of the story, so any title ideas are welcome.

Thank you for reading.
~Aberswyth out