Flashes is a story written by Renaissance Makoto J. and illustrated by The Winter Cynic. It ran in Issue 53 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/301158.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/flashes/.
From fairyninjas.wordpress.com: "In two parts. This was one about magic; a magician making trains vanish in very dramatic ways, and the magic-obsessed fan who follows his career. I still want to know how he did it. Stupid fiction, being non-real in reality while being real to itself."
Here's the reason I wrote this story:
"…If you don't put it in a box or cover it up with a curtain—but you make it disappear anyway—it's not a magic trick anymore. That's just fucking magic."
If you went and saw a guy make a train do this kind of stuff, you probably wouldn't be all that amazed. You'd be freaked out. At some point, you'd be looking around for the Quidditch field and the Dementors.
So I started to think about what a trick would look like without the curtains or boxes. How DO you make something disappear without them? This story is the result and I had fun with it. I've seen a lot of train stations and little bits and pieces and facts about all of them kind of stick with you so that was fun to incorporate here.
Also, go look up Big Boys if you don't know how cool they look. They look very cool! Anime fans: Galaxy Express 999, amIright? Full disclosure: the truth is that Big Boys don't run under their own steam anymore. When they do run, they're being hauled by modern engines and there's no smoke or steam or anything sexy. So, I just kinda…lied in the story, but it was for, you know, dramatic effect. There's lots of video of what they used to look like when they still operated and they're kind of terrifying. Once upon a time, they really did come through K.C., but it's been ages. So…I'm a lying liar who lies.
As for the magic, the "Castle" here is the Magic Castle, a wonderful Hollywood institution. And I would STILL watch any special David Copperfield felt like doing. It was maybe implied in the story that he no longer performs. Just another lie! He can't give up: he's just too good. He's in Vegas most of the time, so save up your pennies! In a bit of self-insertion, I did watch the Statue of Liberty disappear on TV and totally remember it inaccurately. I wasn't sick; I just have a terrible memory. Umm. Hmm. Sorry, once again, for all the California. :(
- pinboard.in: "In which a magic fan falls in love with a trick, and, inextricably, with its magician. Absolutely badass story. Strong, no-nonsense POV voice, yet the fic overall is still somehow powerfully atmospheric and suspenseful. Much like its mysterious magician character, this story confuses you, disquiets you, jerks you around, fills you entirely with an awe of the unknown. The sex scenes are so mundane in comparison to all that, but they are still really sexy."
- pinboard.in: "For someone who loves magic, how could you not love someone who showed you the greatest magic trick you'd ever seen? And how could it not drive you crazy to not know how it was done? I thought this was a fantastic, involving read; slick and intense and sexy and sad all at once."