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Crisis on Two Earths: The Abyss

Published on April 13, 2019 by Paul Ciano
Earth Prime

Welcome to Earth Prime. Before there was thought, there was this place. One Earth, with a single history. But with the coming of man came the illusion of free will. And with that illusion, came chaos. With every choice we make, we literally create a world. History branches in two, creating one Earth where we made the choice, and a second, where we didn’t. That’s the secret of the universe, you know. Billions of people, making billions of choices, creating infinite Earths. Some so similar to each other you could spend a lifetime searching for any distinction. Others so radically different, they defy comprehension.

Choice

And all of the branches originate here.

Every version of reality balances precariously on this, singular, Earth. It seems so different from the Earth we know. I can’t imagine what series of decisions led to this world hurtling out of its orbit. But I know this, the source of the cataclysm was the same as it always is. Man.

You can’t be sure of that. Anything…

You know better. Man is a cancer, and I’ve chosen to cut out the disease.

You’re talking about killing…

Everyone who ever lived. Who ever will live. I choose to make the only possible real choice.

You’re insane.

Does it really matter? There are alternate versions of me that you would find quite charming.

Alike

From what I gather, we’re very much alike. Everything about you tells the tale. Your attitude, your costume, your tactics. They all scream of outrage, despair, vengeance. What terrible wrong was done to set you on this path?

Beat

It doesn’t really matter. Nothing matters.

What are you planning to do, talk me to death?

Actually…I thought I’d beat you to death.

Only Human

You should have sent your flying man. With his strength, he might have had a chance, but you don’t trust anyone else to do what needs to be done. Huh, I feel the same way.

If we’re really alike, you know this is wrong. You must have been a good man once.

No. Not good. Never good. After all, I’m only human.

You Blinked

No…more…debate. I’m going to kill you now. Then, everyone else.

There is a difference between you and me. We both looked into the abyss…but when it looked back at us, you blinked.

Paul Ciano

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