Diane

The death of Stefano Luca had really affected Diane. She had managed to crack into the surface of Everything, and yet it had not been enough. When she met the Author, right after Stefano’s death, she understood the whole situation, she learnt all of the details of the Plan, and how the Author was correcting any details that might deviate from the Plan.

In fact, the noise that haunted Fiery Creek had all been a part of it. Anyone who dared to change the patterns of behaviour or who tried to destroy the Plan would be killed. The Author had set it all up so that the Plan always worked. Only Everything was immune to the noise, and anything else would die. The Author knew that Diane had all of the details of the Plan, but he also knew that she could not say a thing. She would die if she did.

This left her few alternatives. She studied her enemies, the Author and Everything, and looked for their flaws. She knew that the Author could be killed, because he was just a representation of the real Author, and that there would be no consequences to the world whatsoever. The world would not be destroyed. This, however, posed two problems: she did not know the Author’s whereabouts, and she did not have that kind of power.

The problem of Everything remained. The long research concluded in 1856, when she found out about the being’s weakness. Afraid that this might cause many deaths, she kept it all to herself and followed the Plan as the Author had laid it out. They would face Everything in 1857. Diane got ready through rigorous training.

In the attack, the opportunity just sort of happened. She flew towards It, who had been weakened, and she stabbed it with her dagger. The being cried.

“You are Everything, just a mass of power, great power, all of the power ever. And yet, you are so monstrous, that you are nothing definite. I hereby break you to pieces!” she recited.

The being exploded into three. One of the forms dissipated quickly, low of power, and another one turned into a concrete object, a toaster, holding great power, but not Everything anymore, just a powerful toaster. The appliance left the scene flying.

Diane was then surprised to find the third piece. It was a baby. A human baby. Devoid of evil, a girl that looked healthy. Diane held the baby in her arms, and saw the girl in the future, turning into one of the people who saved the world. She saw everything, she understood what she had to do, and she cried.

“Little one, you were created because of that crack I made, five years ago, in my innocence, to this being. You are pure, and beautiful, and you will face a lot of trouble. But your struggles will have results, and you will find friendship, and love and belonging. You are the piece to save the world, Anne Black. Now go into the future, where you are needed, and don’t forget about Fiery Creek”.

Diane opened a portal and left Anne in the door of the orphanage, with a note that said “Anne Black”. Diane cried, knowing what Anne would have to go through. But she knew she would be watching the whole time, and that she would be pride.

She dried her tears and went back to Fiery Creek, where she would need to start working. She prepared the letters, she built and started the project in Somewhere. And she always watched over the town, even after her death.

Diane

Diane had known everything from the beginning. She had known about Ba’al being her father, and had somehow guided her mother through the desert and all the way to Fiery Creek. She was definitely an anomalous combination, something out of this world, having been the daughter of a former god turned angel, turned Prince of Hell.

She had predicted the appearance of Everything at the age of 10 for the first time. She had gone into a trance an early morning of October of 1847, a morning of revelation that had spiked her predictive ability over anything that she had ever done before. Nobody had understood the significance of the rain, yet the most important moment in the history of Fiery Creek happened in those hours.

Diane had understood what Everything was. She was not afraid, because she knew she had time to prepare, and that she could come up with a plan to destroy the being that menaced the whole universe. Diane had never been one to panic. Diane had always been a resolute person, ready to plan and execute a solution for any problem that she had to face.

Thus, she started to build the Orchard to the south of Old Town Fiery Creek, knowing that it would be an important source of magical power that she could use. One day, while she was working on the seeds of the same trees that still stand in Fiery Creek, she found a coyote. It had been injured by some large monster, and Diane had cured its injuries, feeding the coyote for over a week, until it recovered. But when the day came for the coyote to leave, it just stayed there.

“Hey, don’t look at me like that. I was just helping you” Diane said, while she watered the sacred lemon tree.

The coyote made a small cry.

Diane sighed. “OK, you can stay. But don’t trample any of the trees, OK?”

The coyote nodded.

“Also, what’s your name?”

The coyote barked.

“San? OK, San, you will be my friend now”.

Time was broken in November 1847, so it’s hard to know how things happened next. At some point that may have come before or after the Kitties‘ attack had the time that month been linear, like it usually is not – it’s mostly the time traveling portals and other space-time distortions screwing the whole continuum that don’t allow for a linear account of town’s history -, Diane accidentally found herself out of Fiery Creek.

“Oh, shit”.

She started to walk around, trying to find her way somewhere, until she suddenly found herself in a never-ending library. She looked around with curiosity, and saw a girl who looked her age walking around between the aisles. Diane walked towards her.

“Hello”.

The girl turned around, surprised. Diane’s powers were racing, her head aching at the presence of such a powerful being. Reading the mind of an omnipotent being had decidedly not been a good idea, and Diane was hit by the flow of information, the trillions of books and manuscripts that were stored in that girl’s mind. She fell to her knees, holding her head, trying to stop the flow of information. When she finally managed to calm down, the girl was still looking at her.

“Hello…?” the girl pronounced.

“I am Diane, and I kind of… got lost. Who are you and where am I?”

“I am Erin, the librarian… I have been the librarian since the year that you call 1823. This is the Library”.

Diane nodded. “I was working on something out there, and I’d like to go back to my town…”

The girl looked to the floor, then back at Diane. “Are you leaving already? It’s been a bit lonely here…”

Diane thought about it. “Want to be friends? Maybe we can make it happen. I live in the other side of the portal, I can come in some days, and you can come out some others”.

The girl looked excited. “And we can play! And learn magic! And…”

Diane saw the Library getting distorted by Erin’s sudden energy upheaval. “Yes, sure. Thing is, I’m building this thing called an Orchard, and I need to water the plants now… But if you want to, I can come back to play, and even bring my coyote friend with me. San has gotten really big, but he is very gentle”.

“Yes! I’ll be waiting here” Erin said.

Diane crossed the portal to the other side, and kept working on the Orchard, thinking that she would soon be joining her new friend. But her mind raced once again with the Kitties‘ arrival, and soon the events of November 1847 transcended. Thanks to Erin’s help, the Orchard and a fraction of the citizens were saved.

The next few years, which were not without incidents, Diane spent most of her time learning and devising strategies to fight against Everything. Yet when Everything first appeared, years later, she did not manage to destroy it. Stefano Luca was captured and sacrificed by the witches, and the Author’s evil Plan to save the abomination that he had created was still in place.

Fiery Creek Horoscope, 29/10/2016

OK, so you know what? I’m tired of this. It’s like, I never get a break from all of your bullshit. The Author himself has been murdered this week, all while an alien invasion is trying to take over Fiery Creek and some creature with enormous power lurks around in the dark, waiting to attack. You know what? Fuck this.

I’m out of here.

Fiery Creek Horoscope, 22/10/2016

This is the horoscope for this week. As always, remember that in weeks with more than two primes the prediction gets reversed, and that the week of the full moon horoscopes don’t work. On the other hand, if there is an eclipse somewhere in the world, horoscopes work an infinitesimal factor of d better.

Aries: or should I call you Azure Dragon now? I still don’t understand why you’ve fallen, but I guess there is not much to do now. I only have one thing to say: there is no forgiveness in the path ahead. Your only way out is death now.

Leo: I don’t know what you’re scheming, which worries me. You learnt how to be undetectable from the Spanish nuns, which was great, but the prospect of not knowing what you’re up to right now is terrifying. I hope you are not getting into trouble.

Virgo: good job, I think it was very romantic of you to build the airport just for her. Now just let Joana and Amanda do things their way. Trust me. They know what they are doing and will do well.

Sagittarius: you bastard! How did you get the power to call the first of the four Cardinals?

Capricorn and Aquarius: it’s time to kick some ass, girls. Those aliens are going to get what they deserve from this terrifying duo. Trust me, you both will do some good for this town and for the rest of the universe by slaughtering the Confederacy of Extremely Politically Correct Sentient Beings and Non-Beings. They are going to get their butts hand over to them.

Pisces: you have a probability of exactly 42/687 of spontaneously turning into a pangolin this week. Also, go to meeting room 327.57B. You will be given orders there.

Fiery Creek Horoscope, 15/10/2016

This is the horoscope for this week. As always, remember that in weeks with more than two primes the prediction gets reversed, and that the week of the full moon horoscopes don’t work. On the other hand, if there is an eclipse somewhere in the world, horoscopes work an infinitesimal factor of d better.

Aries: I’m not going to ask how you managed to escape the town. You probably went through with an insane plan that will get you into even more trouble. I sound like your mother, but you need to change your ways. There is not much I can do about it really. You will have to decide what you want to do with your life this week.

Leo: I know you can feel the ominous presence. It’s very subtle, but it’s there. Don’t rush it. The time will come for a fight. Just wait.

Virgo: there will be red bursts of fire in the Forbidden District. This is just a signal that the security that you set up with Mamma is working well. Just make sure that nobody goes near the place.

Sagittarius: you think you can fight them. Let’s see what you can do.

Capricorn: they can’t really prove that you built the Arc, because they cannot access it. You will be freed. You should probably hang out with Amanda, she seems to like you.

Aquarius: they finally found the corpse, and now you are finally free, having shown your innocence. As soon as you go outside, you will feel the presence of ∞.

Pisces: you have a probability of exactly 19/124 of spontaneously turning into an ocelot this week. It’s nice to be so fast and agile.

Fiery Creek Horoscope, 08/10/2016

This is the horoscope for this week. As always, remember that in weeks with more than two primes the prediction gets reversed, and that the week of the full moon horoscopes don’t work. On the other hand, if there is an eclipse somewhere in the world, horoscopes work an infinitesimal factor of d better.

Aries: you went and killed her. I told you not to do that! Now the Police is following your trail. You can’t stay in the city, you need to go. Go!

Leo: OK, so it seems that the judge is finally going to be reasonable. I mean, they have no proof whatsoever that you stole those pyramids! You just traveled back in time!

Virgo: your girlfriend (I don’t know whether you consider each other a couple, or you have ‘no labels’ or what, so I’m going to stick with girlfriend for now) is going to need some space. Give her what she needs for a couple of days, but answer swiftly whenever she calls you.

Sagittarius: didn’t expect that, did you? You’ve been so concentrated on your Forbidden District experiments that you did not notice the blow that was coming. Serves you right, bitch.

Capricorn: I think you’re making progress. They see you as a silent and direct person, someone who takes the appropriate action without fretting. Nice. About your trial, the prosecutors cannot access the Arc, so they can only see the door. That’s good, but doesn’t solve the problem. We will think about something.

Aquarius: your trial keeps getting delayed as the Police looks for the corpse, which apparently got lost somewhere in the transport between your home and the Police Station. Whatever, let it be. If they have no corpse, then they will have to free you eventually.

Pisces: you have a probability of exactly 3/845 of spontaneously turning into a narwhal this week. Don’t worry, some of the other animals have built a giant pool for you using water from the Botomless Well.

Fiery Creek Horoscope, 01/10/2016

This is the horoscope for this week. As always, remember that in weeks with more than two primes the prediction gets reversed, and that the week of the full moon horoscopes don’t work. On the other hand, if there is an eclipse somewhere in the world, horoscopes work an infinitesimal factor of d better.

Aries: good job staying hidden for this week. A sweet old lady will help you this week. Please don’t kill her. Just promise me you won’t, OK?

Leo: I know that going back in time, kicking the Egyptians’ and Aztecs’ asses and retrieving the pyramids for Walter Simmons may sound like a good deal, even though you did not steal those pyramids, but let’s just not break time even more, please. The timeline breaking could reach a point of no return in which the universe will just implode.

Virgo: I think it’s actually a better idea to just stay in prison for some more time, see how things go and just let the people believe that you are a victim to political arrest. Just take it easy.

Sagittarius: not much for you this week. That’s weird. Anyway, don’t think you’ve fooled me.

Capricorn: that was a bit of an abrupt start, but a start anyway. Now you are part of the gang, and I have to congratulate you on that. You should, however, ask them to somehow cover the entrance to the Arc. It’ll just make matter simpler to solve.

Aquarius: I think it’s going to be a calm week for you too.

Pisces: you have a probability of exactly 17/124 of spontaneously turning into a meerkat this week. There are already hogs all around town, so the allusions to the Lion King story will probably happen more than once. Don’t take offense, they are just an ignorant bunch.