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For Michael & Bob

What a day.

Get up in the morning. Well, okay. Noon doesn't count as morning.

Get up in what could be morning. Sky's normal, everything's fine. The usual phone call from a friend of mine, who maybe ought to be more, but isn't. At least, not exactly.

Anyway, there's something . . . fuzzy about the day. Like it looks okay so far, but there's something missing, you know?

Well, that's a part of my "talent," I guess you could say. To see things like that. Get into people's heads. Some would call it a "super power." I think of it as more of a knack.

Name's Charles, by the way. Some call me Sifter, or even THE Sifter, but that's a little formal for my tastes.

Anyway, there's something missing. Or maybe someone. I'm leaning towards someone. And that's when I get it. The news.

There's this guy, you may have heard of him. His name is Bob. Met him at a party once or twice, one of those super hero get togethers most of us hate. But we go anyway, because really, there are things about being more- than- human that you just can't talk to most people about.

So this guy, Bob. Everyone called him Marvelous Bob. Yeah, you recognize him now, don't you? Always hung out with this old guy. Only knew him as an acquaintance, but I'd check up on him now and then. Mentally, you know. Didn't have his phone number or anything.

I was never sure why, but there was just something about him. Something special. He seemed to have a genuine sense of self- loathing, even though he was a great guy, and did good things. Shame about the "incident." Yeah, everyone heard about that. It was all over the news, and there were so many rumors, it was hard to focus on what the truth was.

But today, I hear the news. From a friend of mine, sends me a quick message.

Bob's gone.

No one's sure where or why. There's nothing much to report, no one knows the whole story, though the people close to him have their ideas. I've checked some of them out, the way I checked up on him. For the most part they're just upset, and some of them feel betrayed by his disappearance.

There's a funny thing, though. I can still pick up some residue of him. I can't find where he is, can't tell what he's thinking. There's just this vague impression that he left behind.

From what I can tell, whatever it is that happened, he didn't see it as a selfish act. He didn't run away from everyone he left behind, or ditch them or push them away.

Not in his own mind.

It seems like he thought of it more as a sacrifice. That somehow, the city would be better without him. That he was a loose end, and by removing himself from the picture, it would force people to come together in his place.

Wherever it is you've gone, buddy, I hope you're all right. I think that people will miss you a lot more than you ever realized they could. Good luck.

--

For Michael Buonauro.

mbuonauro
Marvelous Bob - Unknown Hero

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star_girl_
Jun. 1st, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC)
i think he really would've liked that.
i didn't know him, but i read all his stuff. and i'll miss him, just like everyone else posting comments on his diary.
it really is a tragic thing.
»laura
aekiy
Jun. 1st, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks.. would like to think he'd like it, too. Am almost considering writing more for that character.. posting regularly about him. Sort of an attempt to keep the world Michael created, and style of writing he used for Marvelous Bob alive, mya?

Ah think anybody who knew him or read his work will miss him. And also that anybody who read is work, knew him in a way.
chaoticset
Jun. 8th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC)
Sort of an attempt to keep the world Michael created, and style of writing he used for Marvelous Bob alive, mya?


Maybe you're on to something here.
aekiy
Jun. 9th, 2004 06:11 pm (UTC)
Mebbe? (^*^)? We see.. have a lot of studying to do for a test on Saturday, and after that going away for a week. Will on and off consider possible extensions on it in the meantime, mya? See where it goes..
slightlysoiled
Jun. 1st, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
Lovely. I sure he'd have enjoyed reading that. :) Simply lovely.
aekiy
Jun. 1st, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. (^*^) Am glad that people can appreciate it.. little thing that it is. Was hoping for something longer and more elaborate, but that's just how it went.

Maybe if ah keep it going, will re write this one a little and post it all somewhere. It was only intended as a one- shot, though. Just considering trying to make something good of his passing, use it as inspiration to practice some writing myself, mya.
mikeconnor
Jun. 1st, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm sure, that if all's fair in the world, and there is a god, he did read it. I'm sure he smiled, I'm sure he'll be happy to know that someone cared. it was beautiful.
aekiy
Jun. 1st, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much.. I'd like to think the same way. The tribute mirrors my day and my impressions, actually.. From starting normal, to receiving the news, and knowing and seeing that people are upset over it, to believing that he may have felt somehow that his death had purpose. And from the looks of things, it has, and continues to have.
greyum
Jun. 1st, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)
I really like it. I compiled all Mike's Marvelous Bob stuff (about 60 pages all together!) into a Word document, which included all his marvelous bob posts (including the Absolute Power post from his livejournal) and all the fanart found on unknownhero.com. I included your story as a 'Fanfic/Memorial'. I would be very interested in reading more about this character if and when you write more.

I would also be interested in any other Marvelous Bob fanfics/memorials that you may know exist.

This is just a compilation for my personal use, so that I can have a hard copy of Marvelous Bob and realted fan things.
aekiy
Jun. 1st, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
Wow.. thanks. That means a lot to me. (^*^) Would gladly work on more to add to the collection.. haven't seen any Marvelous Bob fanfic myself. Only recently even realized he had a journal, thanks to the post on his website..

Maybe someone will put together a memorial site, with some fanfics? We'll see.. the important thing is that he is remembered, and respected, mya? That's all ah intended to do here.. Thanks again for the compliment.
wyr
Jun. 14th, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
Beautiful. Thanks for your part in keeping him alive inside us. Your entry is special on so many levels.
aekiy
Jun. 15th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)
Arigatou.

Am starting to feel that maybe continuing The Sifter's story may not be a good idea, since 'The End' has been posted to his website? Not sure.. we'll see, next Tuesday something new should be added, if anything is going to be added, mya.

(still busy with things till then)
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