Masks 11: Part 9

Masks 11: Part Nine


Rodford Edmiston

Doro very enthusiastically piled out the rear door, with Freep close behind her. Thunderer - physically a normal human - was taking longer to recover from Mr. Rotary's Wild Ride. Rotary tried to exit through the driver's door, but found it and the front passenger door blocked by shrubbery, so he had to also come out the back. Which meant he was trapped behind the slower-moving Thunderer. Fortunately, his dramatic entrance with the Van had given them plenty of time for a less-dramatic exit from it.

Masks 11: Part 7

Masks: Part Seven


Rodford Edmiston

"Okay," said Beat Red. "That's new. What the Hell was it?"

"An area-effect burst neutralizer," said Brade. "I bet there's one in every room in this building."

"Wait... Why aren't we affected?"

Brade angrily shushed him, then looked over at a super in a full-face prankster's mask and a costume of hideously clashing primary colors.

"Emp? Time to shut things down."

Masks 11: Part 6

Part Six

The only official function that evening was a soirée which started with supper and lasted through cocktails and a nightcap. Brade was surprised that all the invited guests had arrived in time for this. She was even more surprised to realize just how much real socializing was going on, late into the night. There was still much unease and even suspicion on all sides, but those in each faction were making an effort to give the other the benefit of the doubt.

Masks 11: Part 5

Masks 11: Part 5


Rodford Edmiston

Template wiped Roy's face and carefully placed the already sleeping baby in the crib. She used the wipe to clean herself, tossed it, then climbed into bed. Karen rolled over to cuddle with her. As usual, Template wore just a pair of panties, while Karen had on panties and an oversized t-shirt. They rolled face to face and hugged. The size-changer thrilled a bit at the intimate awareness there was just a thin layer of fabric between her and the love of her life. Template, though, winced and drew back a bit.

"Tits sore?"

Masks 11: Part 4

Part Four

Ray landed on the roof of the old brownstone and went down the stairs. He could hear work going on below, complete with metallic clangs and bangs. As Ray passed the second floor landing he was relieved to see that the door had been secured and warning signs put up since he had pointed out the danger during his last visit. He wasn't glad for himself; he could fly. He could also, however, very easily imagine some unsuspecting guest - or Rotary - walking through that door into empty space.

Masks 11: Part 2

Part Two

After graduating from the Pine Island Academy, Gerry Rosen - better known to the other students as Cosmic Ray - had decided to go to work instead of college. He currently had a nice job as an assistant manager in a sporting goods store. He still kept his hand in as a super a few nights a week, but for now he was more concerned with building a normal life than making a Mask name for himself.

Call of the Hunt Book 4

Author Note: I would once again strongly suggest using the MS Word attachment to read since it contains variances in font that add more depth to the story that you simply won't get reading it right off the site.

Call of the Hunt

Book 4

By Paradox

Salem, Indiana, Connors residence

“Dad, you are seriously overreacting to this,” my father said with an expression that clearly said he was upset.

The Writing on the Wall part 1

The Writing on the Wall part 1

Bianca St. Claire has arrived at Whateley Academy, where she hopes to escape the problems of Chicago while she learns who she is becoming. However, as she begins to settle in, new problems begin to arise. This story takes place in the Whateley Universe, second generation, and is the sequel to the story Written in Blood.

Masks 10: Part 18

Masks 10: Part Eighteen


Rodford Edmiston

Predawn at the besieged island was very late at night at the Intrepid's base. Those working in the Intrepids' Mission Command had - under orders - gotten sleep and meals in shifts so that most of them could be reasonably fresh on duty when Tritonicus was expected to rouse itself.

Masks 10: Part 17

Masks 10: Part 17


Rodford Edmiston

"You moron!" Dr. Herford yelled, throwing his arms wide and splattering salt water. "You and your stupid schedule!"

"You do not speak to me in such a way," said Helstrom, in a dangerous voice.

"Or what? You'll kill me? Look around; we're already minutes from drowning. You told me this base would be ready for anything by the time they found us!"

"They are here early," said Helstrom, almost petulantly. "We did not have enough missiles stockpiled, nor enough of your augments ready."

Masks 10: Part 16

Part Sixteen

"The thing is, I remember what it's like," said Paul, later, to the other original team members at the base. He shuddered. "I even remember how good the sex was."

"After a somewhat blatant start, she's being discreet," said Lucille. "Though far from chaste. Champions aren't fertile and are very resistant to disease, so besides propriety she has little reason to abstain. I'm not surprised she made a pass at you, but I thought you were attracted to her."

Masks 10: Part 14

Part Fourteen

Primary cleanup of the disaster took the rest of the day, and that was with help from several other supers, including the Assembly. There were more on the way, as well as firefighters and paramedics from neighboring communities. By early afternoon Energia found herself wishing more supers would get there soon; she was nearly at her limit.

"Hotfoot would sure be a big help with handling these fires," said Energia, who looked exhausted. "I'm about worn out."

"Sorry; he's in the infirmary," said Champion.

Masks 10: Part 13

Masks 10: Part 13


Rodford Edmiston

"I want him arrested!" Hotfoot yelled.

"Actually, you attacked him," said Buzz, smirking.

The heat manipulator was in the base infirmary, a significant percentage of his body in a cast.

"Look what he did to me!"

"In self defense."

Sharma stuck her head in the door.

"Buzz, stop teasing him."

Masks 10: Part 12

Masks 10: Part 12


Rodford Edmiston

Paul heard voices as he approached a crossroads in the Assembly base. Two of them. A man and a woman. Thanks to his "retirement benefits" he quickly recognized the man as Hotfoot, but the woman was a mystery. As he rounded the corner he saw why: she was a civilian. That is, someone who wasn't a member of the team and wasn't wearing the uniform of the support staff, as Paul was. She also wasn't wearing an ID badge.

"Excuse me, miss," said Paul, stopping to block their way. "Where is your ID badge?"

Masks 10: Part 11

Masks 10: Part 11


Rodford Edmiston

"What do you mean someone stole Tritonicus?" said Eve, tone threatening.

"Uhm, dawn came, and instead of the iceberg with the monster inside they were towing an old barge," said Lori, quickly, actually a bit cowed. "Right now they're trying to track the origin of the barge but with no luck. Submarines and surface ships are looking for the iceberg or the revived monster or even any ship in the area large enough to tow it. So far, nothing."

Goodbye Themyscira

What happens when a transgender boy grows up in a world where there ARE no males?
From girl to boy, from Amazon to American, from Themyscira to Gotham City...
Kip Trevor's life has been one incredible journey!

(A sort of Wonder Woman/Justice League fanfic)
Laika Pupkino 2016

Masks 10: Part 10

Masks 10: Part Ten


Rodford Edmiston

"I understand your powers were triggered by a blood transfusion," said Template, addressing Brade.

She and Colossa were sitting in beach loungers, in swimsuits and masks, little Roy between them, sleeping peacefully in a baby carrier with a sunshade. Several of the staff were with them, as well as their guest. The proud parents had already gone through the routine fuss over the baby. Template found the expression of social instincts the baby's presence stimulated to be rather unnerving, but Colossa just ate it up.

Masks 10: Part 9

Masks 10: Part Nine


Rodford Edmiston

My apologies for the late post. Yesterday was hectic all the way home from MidAmeriCon II, and once I was home I was really tired.

"Not bad for an nonagenarian, eh?" said Mary Alice, preening.

She now wore shorts and a t-shirt, and her hair was short and black. Without the bulky, old woman clothes and grey wig she looked even larger.

"Ah," said Eve. "Of course. Regeneration."

The principal looked over at the Deacon, who was smiling at the reactions of those who hadn't known ahead of time.

Masks 10: Part 8

Masks X: Part Eight


Rodford Edmiston

After all the work, all the tension, all the death and damage, the end of the problem was almost anticlimactic. Several supers with mind or animal control powers were quickly moved into the area. Those which could contact Tritonicus managed to persuade it to move back to the surface. They lulled it into a somnolent state - not difficult considering its injuries - and then the cold crew went to work.

Masks 10: Part 7

Masks X: Part Seven


Rodford Edmiston

"All right, here's the plan," said Dr. Gorgeous. "We work with civilian and military sources to find Tritonicus again. Mr. Limpet has finally agreed to join the effort, which should be a big help. Once we do find Tritonicus we lure him to the surface with a bait ship, then we use the same devices and supers we used to freeze the water around the Atlantis Seamount."

"That would work," said Bowman, nodding.

Masks 10: Part 6

Masks X: Part Six


Rodford Edmiston

"Something wrong?" said Lucille.

Paul had asked Dr. Gorgeous for a private talk. While she wasn't a therapist she usually had good advice. If only because she was so good at correlating data.

"Well... While I'm glad to be back, this isn't exactly me," said Paul, gesturing at his body with both hands. "I'm fitter, leaner, stronger... I think I'm even taller."

"Retirement benefits?" said Lucille, innocently.

Paul laughed.

Masks 10: Part 4

Masks X: Part Four


Rodford Edmiston

"I can't believe how good I feel!" said Carol, stretching like a jungle cat.

"It is a heady experience," said Paul, smiling as he remembered his own response to realizing the sort of potential his new body had. As well as enjoying her posing.

Carol sobered a bit, and looked at her friend.

"You still glad you made the exchange?"

"Yes. You?"

Masks 10: Part 3

Masks X: Part Three


Rodford Edmiston

"Now that is interesting," said Dr. Nagle, the super pediatrics specialist who was in charge of Template's case. She frowned. She normally worked out of New York; however, presented with the opportunity for an extended stay on a tropical island and an interesting case (with the likelihood of more on the way) had moved to the island for an indefinite sabbatical. "I suggest you simply hold the child and change back to your male form. I'm surprised you didn't try that already."

Masks 10: Part 2

Part Two

"Wonder if there's any significance to him being born on Labor Day," said Colossa, smiling at her spouse and child.

"God, I'm tired," said Template, with a melodramatic sigh. "Super or not, that is a lot of work."

"You two look so adorable, lying there, him sleeping on your chest."

Masks 10: Part 1

Masks X: Part One


Rodford Edmiston

Alterations and Additions

As Summer ended, things were stirring deep beneath the Atlantic. Not far east of the Bermuda Islands, the fast attack submarine USS Habu was on patrol. What the crew were about to encounter was in the book, as was what to do about it, but those procedures hadn't been needed in decades.

"Lieutenant?" said one of the sonar operators. "Got something odd, here. Sounds sorta like a whale, but unless I've got the range wrong it's much too big."

Masks IX: Part 12

Part Twelve

The President tried not to show it, but she was definitely nervous. This... person she was about to meet was one of the most physically powerful beings on the planet. She was also blindingly fast. If Template decided to attack Sievers even the hidden neutralizers Thurlin had installed in this room might not stop her in time. She couldn't just turn them on ahead of time, however; not only would that reveal their presence, it would definitely have an adverse affect on her guest's attitude. Supers didn't like giving up their advantage over normal people.

Masks IX: Part 11

Masks IX: Part Eleven


Rodford Edmiston

"The capture of Sung has earned us a lot of good publicity," said Eve, a few days later, as she met with Template and the Black Mask in her office. "The news media were just starting to twig about his activities and raise an alarm, when he gets turned over to the Hague. By an international - though mostly US - group of supers."

Masks IX: Part 9

Masks IX: Part Nine


Rodford Edmiston

Template's ear bud buzzed, indicating a priority message on her private channel. She felt annoyed; she was on her way to a meeting with Eve about some school finance matters, trying to get things settled before the end of the semester.

"What?" she said, making her irritation clear.

"Security Central. We have a call for you. I think you better take it here. It's from Sung."

That got her attention! She changed course towards the mountains, calling Eve as she went.

Masks IX: Part 7

Part Seven

"I've found my replacement!" said Champion, joyously, as the team gathered for their first briefing the next morning. "Well, she still needs to be approved by the Goddess, but..."

"Hold on!" said Buzz, raising a hand. "What's this about a replacement?"

"Oh, that's right; you don't know," said Champion, with a laugh.

"Do you think the two of us can handle a drunk Champion?" said Buzz, in a stage whisper, to Maciste.

"I am not drunk," said Champion, sternly.

Masks IX: Part 6

Masks IX: Part Six


Rodford Edmiston

"Welcome to the Keep," said Harris, sourly, as he and those he was showing around aimed their portable floodlights around the underground chamber. "Or what's left of it."

"My God..." said Champion, voice a stunned whisper.

"What hit this place?" said Dr. Gorgeous, as they looked at the devastation.

"We're not sure, yet," said Harris, with a tired sigh. He rubbed his short-cropped hair in a gesture of aggravation. "Some sort of dimensional destabilizer, we think. We'll know more later."

Masks IX: Part 5

Part Five

"No reports of radon thefts," said the Black Mask. "Sung is unlikely to have used any stored before his capture; the half-life is too short. That's one reason old nukes have to be kept maintained. We have no idea where he got enough for the nuke he used; maybe he combined everything he had left, though that would mean he had a surprising amount of it to start with."

"I don't understand why his old bases weren't found and destroyed," said Template, angrily.

Masks IX: Part 4

Part Four

At the mountain base of the Assembly the next day all the active members were present in the main meeting room, waiting for a guest. They filled the time until her arrival with small talk. Though some of it wasn't so small to those involved. Their current Chair was Champion by near-unanimous vote (with Champion, herself, voting for Dr. Gorgeous). She had been elected shortly after Dr. Piano announced he was going on reserve status to pursue personal matters. Even before that, she was the de facto leader for most operations.

Masks IX: Part 3

Masks IX: Part Three


Rodford Edmiston

"I do not want my class photo to be an autoradiograph!" said Doomster.

"Not a problem," said Albert Flash. "No hard stuff got in through the shield. I'd've felt it."

The assembly had been hastily called, but training and actual experience resulted in near-universal attendance in short order.

Masks IX: Part 2

Part Two

Paula was constantly amazed at how few people even gave her a second look when she wasn't in costume. Dressing like a normal woman meant that almost no-one connected her with Champion. She was currently wearing a peach blouse and matching skirt, and black flats. Her small, black purse (Purse!) was sitting on the table beside her latte.

Forget masks and the costume discretion, she thought, wryly. All you need is a different hairstyle.

Masks IX: Part 1

Masks IX: Business as Unusual


Rodford Edmiston

Part One

The meeting was a bit lopsided, deliberately. There were school and UN people on one side of the table and a rather worried-looking man in a contractor's coveralls on the other

Masks VIII: Part 6

Part Six

This was not the wizened gnome I had dealt with before. Indeed, that figure might have been a caricature of this man, who looked to be a fit and vigorous middle age instead of the century plus of Gaunt's known history.

"So that wasn't you in the desert," I blurted.

"I am astounded - not to mention insulted - anyone thought that homunculus was me," he said, seeming offended, his old-style Southern accent more noticeable than that of the gnome. "I _wrote_ the rule about never turning yourself into a giant monster!"

Masks VIII: Part 5

Masks VIII: Part Five


Rodford Edmiston

"Careful," said Simon, as Tulio and John resumed digging. "That roof doesn't look very stable. Just... move small stuff."

Tucked into the boot was the leg of a costume, again in Sonic Jett's colors.

"Should we really be disturbing this?" said Tulio, pausing in his efforts.

"I want to know if that's my Grandfather," said Greg, firmly.

"That's permission from next of kin," said John, with a shrug.

Masks VIII: Part 3

Masks VII: Part Three


Rodford Edmiston

The next morning was another "smack yourself on the head" moment. This time John and I were face to face, both his arms around me. The sensation was a bit claustrophobic. I was larger this time, but again female and still small compared to John. As I tried to free myself from his hug, he opened his eyes, smiled, and kissed me.

"It's almost time to get up," I pointed out. "You're in my room. You need to get to yours."

"I'm in no hurry," he said, nuzzling my neck.

Masks VIII: Part 2

Masks VIII: Part Two


Rodford Edmiston

It was one of those "smack yourself on the head" wake-ups the next morning. John was cuddled up behind me, with his hand on my breast. I sighed resignedly, moved his hand away and slid out of bed. He stirred, opened his eyes and looked up at me, smiling.

"You've still got it."

"You can change shape, too. Why don't I ever wind up being the man when we fuck?"

"You could be..."

"Guy-guy is not my idea of fun."

Masks VIII: Part 1

Masks VIII: Part One


Rodford Edmiston

Lest Old Acquaintance Be Forgot

Warning! Sexual situations and violence! Do not read if easily offended!

Part One

I slid on my furry belly down the muddy trough. The slide ended a bit above the current water level, giving me a slight drop, and a moment to position myself. My entry into the water wasn't quite without a splash, but it was very smooth. I was getting better.


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