Synopsis[Three interchanging stories to keep me from getting bored. Subject to change]
1. The Greatest Show Since the End of the Earth
[Inspired by a Nuit Blanch exhibit]
Come one, come all and witness the amazing wonders showcased by the St. James Circus!
Traveling cross-Canada in the post-apocalyptic wasteland, we aim to entertain and bring together a fracture land and remind them what it means to be human (even if there are very few pure ones left).
Come see Clarissa, half-woman, half-bird, all attitude! Jade, a young woman born without the ability to feel fear (and most likely lacking whatever creates common sense as well) as she tames Theodore, our lovely lion-boy! Ivan, a man whose body has duplicated his muscle mass, making him possibly the strongest man in what's left of the world! Wonder twins Remi and Demi amaze and astound as they showcase their trapeze skills, and if you obtain any injuries during your visit, Eridan, our half-fish doctor, will be happy to patch you up!
Yes, all this and more can be seen at the St. James Circus! Who knows, we may be passing through your town soon...
2. All Things Probable
Harold Dents has blue hair. No one else does. This has confused him his entire life, and resulted in constant bullying while growing up. So just after his 20th birthday, he decides on a whim to relocate from his small English town to the Windy City: Chicago. Maybe all that "America: Land of Dreams" stuff isn't quite dead yet.
But not two months into his as-normal-as-can-be new life, Dents finds himself diving off the deep end of reason when a girl gets punted through the front window of the comic book shop he works in. Things only get stranger when a inhumanly large man comes in after her, grabs him, starts to suck out...well, something out of him, and the girl begins to shoot fire out of her hands. This was his first encounter with Melrose Sato, and it certainly won't be his last.
There was an illegal scientific trial that began in the 50s to create a new breed of human. A new vision of man that progressed towards the impossible: super human abilities. It was only discovered and brought to an end in the late 90s, and now, the government has a problem: an indefinet number of super powered people running around, some lying dormant and trying to hide their origins, while others take advantage of these abilities and use them to better their fellow man or cause havoc among them. In lieu of this, a temporary solution was formed: gather a group of "differently powered individuals" and have them round up any rogues causing issues. Melrose is one of these people, and Dents has a bit of an issue with that: he's one too.
3. No Days Like The Demon Days
Mitchell MacGuffin moves from his hometown of Blackheath, England, to Toronto, Canada, to attend the University of Toronto. At first, adjusting to the big city is hard for Mack. He and his room mate, the ever-snarky bisexual comic artist Mara Marion (from Cornwall, Canada) don't quite get along, the only job he can get is at Silver Snail, and he can't get a word out to frequent customer Annie Anderson, an aspiring writer and all around geek, who visits nearly daily with Leland Lamb, her gay drug dealer best friend.
But when the four meet by chance in the Royal Ontario Museum the day six artifacts are stolen, things begin to look up for Mack. He can use his nerdy knowledge to track down the artifacts, bond with Mara over the adventure, and impress Annie.
But things are never as easy as they look, and the quartet soon realize that this quest might be a little more supernaturally oriented than what they originally thought...
On an adventure that takes them around Toronto, from a mystical showdown in the Portlands, to a chase through the streets during Nuit Blanche, four unlikely people end up becoming something of a surrogate family while on a quest to save the world.
Excerpt[All Things Probable]
Harold Dents had blue hair.
On his first day of kindergarten, this had worried him. None of the other kids had blue hair. They were like a pile of autumn leaves, all varying shades of red, yellow, and brown. And then there was him, a bright, clear sky.
A few of the kids in his class had laughed at the odd colour, calling him petty playground names like, “Cotton Candy Head” or “Space Face”. By November, the bullying had progressed to the point where his teacher had called his mother in for a conference.
“Perhaps you should stop allowing Harry to dye his hair.” she'd suggested. “It can't be good for him at such a young age.”
Now although much of the town thought different, Belinda Dents was not a dim woman. Despite what they may whisper about her while her back was turned, the woman knew she had done a perfectly good job of raising her son by herself thus far, and planned on continuing for many years to come. She knew there would be quite a ruckus if it were to escape that Harry's hair was naturally it's shade, so Belinda did what any good mother would do: lie.
“He can have his hair any way he wants it,” she said, letting annoyance seep into her voice. “I don't see why he can't express himself without a bunch of brutes harassing him. Maybe you should start doing your job and discipline those boys instead of punishing the one who hasn't done anything.”
After that, the principal never brought up her son's hair colour again. Unfortunately, this also ended up applying to the bullies, whose mocking of Harry persisted right up until their high school graduation.