Yesterday marked the beginning of March Flash Madness, a yearly event run by author J.M. McDermott. Each March, authors get pitted against each other. Two flash pieces the arena, one leaves alive and qualifies its writer for the next round.
I wrote a story about a Latina superhero with the power to cut dematerialize parts of her body and replicate them as energy constructs as many times as she wishes anywhere in space. Meet Shard:
It always came down to her. A hungry smile appeared on her face. The bigger the glory, the fatter the monthly checks to her mother grew. Time to play hard.
She had already projected her eyes over the battlefield, two red replicas of her eyeballs hovering from a safe distance, relaying the enemy’s position. This time it was a large-framed woman; a failed attempt to steer genome mutation that resulted in combustible skin that caused chain explosions upon impact.
“Hurry up.” Another explosion shook the barrier. The street’s structural integrity wouldn’t last long.
It took her a few more seconds to establish the blind spot and with a sharp exhale Shard pushed her right arm clean off from her elbow, leaving a stump bleeding neon red light. Her arm reconfigured as an energy structure above and behind the woman’s line of sight. Her index finger’s distal phalange bloomed to reveal her bio-gun’s barrel.
If you liked my story better, please leave a comment saying so in the comment section. In the end, all stories will be published in a book, the proceeds of which will go for the SFWA’s Emergency Medical Fund. It’s a good cause, so come join!
PS: I really wanted to find a picture of a Latina superhero. You know you have a problem with representation when you settle for fan art of Gina Torres as Wonder Woman.