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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Intro to 'Star Hustle'

The Ultimate Hustle series is as follows:

Radar Love (published)
Penultimate Hustle (written)
Ultimate Hustle (plotted)
Superlove (plotted)
Star Hustle (?)
Dark Hustle (?)

Star Hustle will be the merger of the Perfect Me and Ultimate Hustle universes. I actually developed Prail as a character to counteract Janique, and then they started working together...


Chris and Janique Turner stood poised on the edge of the building, high winds whipping at their hair.

"Here goes nothing," she said, looking into her man's eyes.

They, like many other rich celebrities, had been visited in their dreams. They were promised Paradise. All they had to do was go along with the plan. The World Trade Centers were packed to the brim with world leaders, criminals, evildoers. The planes were loaded with movie stars and musicians, artists and poets.

Stephen King and Peter Straub piloted them.

It was going to be the most spectacular piece of interactive performance art the multiverse had ever known, second only perhaps to Prail and Project X's political scheming. And Chris and Janique held the positions of honor, as the beacons to guide the planes in.

It was Chris's idea to jump. The ultimate romantic act.

At the approach of the planes, Chris held Janique's delicate face in his hand, turning her to face him.

"I just love you," he told her.

"And I, you," she replied.

They jumped, hand in hand. As the ground rushed up to meet them, wind rushing through their hair and clothes, they held each other in a final, eternal embrace. They heard an unfamiliar tune as they fell: "Meet me in outer space /  I will hold you close, if you're afraid of heights".

At the last possible instant, two superheroes swept in to grab them out of the air, Jason and Johnnie Christie.

"Superlove, bitches," Jason said, laughing.