vantablack

[stuart semple, covered in vivid pink, yellow, and green powder staggers up a seemingly infinite number of steps toward the top of a marble pyramid upon which rests his coveted prize]
[he reaches the top, gasping for air. in the middle of the pedestal at the top of the pyramid there is a gaping black hole, endlessly deep.]
stuart semple, quietly: what is this
[sir anish kapoor, from the bottom of the pyramid lifts his head and gazes upward at semple’s back. his face is also covered in pink, green, and yellow. it is unclear how he heard semple’s voice from so far away]
anish kapoor: it is what you seek
semple: it’s so
sir anish kapoor: beautiful, yes
semple, turning his head just enough to look at anish over one shoulder: your reign of tyranny is over, kapoor. youve underestimated me for the last time. i will take the vantablack you so selfishly stole from us and return it to its place in the hands of the people.
sir anish kapoor: youre a fool, semple. stop this madness now before it’s too late. you know not the dangerous powers with which you toy
semple, turning back to face the void: you cannot deceive me, your ploys won’t work
[semple extends his hands, long pale fingers hovering inches from the inky darkness, hesitating]
sir anish kapoor: stuart, no!
[semple’s hand shoots forward and collides with the vantablack. instantly the void envelops his arm, then his whole body. semple’s screams of agony are swallowed in the crushing silence of vantablack and soon the pyramid and sir anish kapoor are also devoured.]
semple: …where are we?
sir anish kapoor: we are unstuck from time and space, trapped in a nanotechnological purgatory
[stuart semple’s lips have been replaced with photorealistic magazine cutouts of other people’s mouths, stop-motion flickering through each syllable, none truly belonging to him]
semple: how,, how could this have happened?
anish, whose entire being has been replaced by a series of clockwork cogs and a single, unblinking eye: you toyed with dangers beyond your imaging stuart. reality itself has been pulled into the vantablack. soon, the whole world will know the void as we do
semple, sobbing into his hands which have become splotches of warmth on a heat-vision screen, his body dissolving into salt and sand: i-i didnt know…… how do i stop it?
sir anish kapoor, his gears turning and clicking ever faster: the same way you stop a galaxy from expanding, a star from collapsing. the same way you stop human avarice and pride, from one man coveting what belongs to another.
semple, weeping: please,,, please tell me
[sir anish kapoor’s cogs begin to break apart, dividing like so many cells into the vast abyssal plane]
[semple, wrought with grief and desperation reaches out to grasp at the eye, which has begun to shrink and disintegrate at the edges. the eye pulses with one last surge of warmth. is it sympathy? is it love? the eye disappears and reality along with it.]

Kirk: A captain’s life is a lonely life.
Picard: Indeed.
Janeway: Absolutely.
Archer: Thank god I’ve got my dog.
Sisko: So… I take it then you guys don’t want to see the photos from my latest family vacation?

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The Signs as Strange Planets

Aries: Wasp 12 b ; Orbits WAY too close to its star making it slowly die.
Taurus: HD188753 ; Has 3 stars, everywhere you look there’s a sunset/rise.
Gemini: 55 Cancri e ; A gigantic diamond worth about 26.9 non million dollars.
Cancer: GJ 1214 b ; Completely made of water, no land.
Leo: Gliese 581 c ; Can possibly support life in a small area but 1 side is too hot and the other too cold.
Virgo: Kepler 438 b ; The most earth-like planet.
Libra: HD189773 b ; Rains glass sideways constantly.
Scorpio: TrEs 26 ; Darkest Planet ever, glows red.
Sagittarius: Wasp 17 b ; Largest Planet ever.
Capricorn: J1407-B ; Has rings 200 times bigger than Saturn’s.
Aquarius: Gliese 436 b ; A ball of ice that is constantly on fire.
Pisces: HD 106906 b ; The loneliest place et, 1.1 times bigger than Jupiter.

Me: Wow, the stars sure look beautiful tonight.
Person: Yeah, they are.
Me: You know what else is beautiful?
Person: *blushes* what?
Me: Slavic languages

Wanda: This isn’t paprika.
Vision: Oh… What is it?
Gordon Ramsay, from a distance: IT’S CAYENNE YOU DENSE FUCK

Zemo: Pop
Bucky: ???
Zemo: Six
Bucky: …no.
Zemo: Squish
Bucky: No.
Zemo: Uh-uh
Bucky: NO.
Zemo: Cicero
Bucky: NO!!!
Zemo: Lipschitz
Bucky [voiceover]: Well, I was in such a state of shock, I completely blacked out. I can’t remember a thing. It wasn’t until later, when I was washing the blood off my hands, I even knew they were dead.

Steve Rogers: He’s my friend.
Tony Stark: So was I.
Everyone: …
Natasha Romanov: Were you?
Steve: I feel like we were allies, rather than friends. We never really hung out.
Tony: We hung out in New York that time. We fought space whales.
Steve: Yeah because we were allies. We had a common goal. Saving New York was more important than our mutual dislike.
Tony: but you liked me by the end of it.
Steve: I gained a grudging respect for you. That’s hardly the same.
Tony: I do not see the difference.
James Rhodes: He really doesn’t.
Tony: We had shwarma!
Natasha: Stark, we ate in total silence.
Tony: Silent comradery.
Natasha: It was super uncomfortable and I have beem tortured.
Tony: What about when we fought Ulton?
Steve: Again, really more of an ally situation.
Tony: Alright, I’m pretty sure those are the same thing. Like some people pumas and some people cougars. Used or Preowned. Crocodiles and Aligators.
Rhodey: Crocodiles and Aligators are not the same thing. You have several degrees.
Tony: look all I’m saying is friend and ally is the samething. Cap and I are friends.
Steve: Okay, look remember World War Two?
Tony: No, you and your boyfriend were the only ones there for that. Congratu-freakin’-lations.
Steve: Anyway, in World War Two the US fought with England and Russia. England was our friend. We didn’t always get along but we started with them. We came from the same background. They had our back. Russia was our ally. We didn’t agree on much but we knew we needed them to beat the nazis. After the war, we helped England rebuild and he’s had our back ever since. Bucky, what did Russia do again?
Bucky raises metal hand.
Steve: Oh right, they tortured and brainwashed my best friend. Big difference.
Natasha: That analogy got weird at the end.

Steve Rogers: He’s my friend.
Tony Stark: So was I.
Everyone: …
Natasha Romanov: Were you?
Steve: I feel like we were allies, rather than friends. We never really hung out.
Tony: We hung out in New York that time. We fought space whales.
Steve: Yeah because we were allies. We had a common goal. Saving New York was more important than our mutual dislike.
Tony: but you liked me by the end of it.
Steve: I gained a grudging respect for you. That’s hardly the same.
Tony: I do not see the difference.
James Rhodes: He really doesn’t.
Tony: We had shwarma!
Natasha: Stark, we ate in total silence.
Tony: Silent comradery.
Natasha: It was super uncomfortable and I have beem tortured.
Tony: What about when we fought Ulton?
Steve: Again, really more of an ally situation.
Tony: Alright, I’m pretty sure those are the same thing. Like some people pumas and some people cougars. Used or Preowned. Crocodiles and Aligators.
Rhodey: Crocodiles and Aligators are not the same thing. You have several degrees.
Tony: look all I’m saying is friend and ally is the samething. Cap and I are friends.
Steve: Okay, look remember World War Two?
Tony: No, you and your boyfriend were the only ones there for that. Congratu-freakin’-lations.
Steve: Anyway, in World War Two the US fought with England and Russia. England was our friend. We didn’t always get along but we started with them. We came from the same background. They had our back. Russia was our ally. We didn’t agree on much but we knew we needed them to beat the nazis. After the war, we helped England rebuild and he’s had our back ever since. Bucky, what did Russia do again?
Bucky raises metal hand.
Steve: Oh right, they tortured and brainwashed my best friend. Big difference.
Natasha: That analogy got weird at the end.