Big Change, ch. 13: Mitch Lowell [null]

Monitoring: Mitch Lowell [null]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

7:35 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
3:35 Coordinated Universal Time
Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Rewind—

The old woman and her son have been sitting there in the booth, eating and quietly fuming at each other, since before Mitch had arrived at the diner that morning. They are eating with deliberate movements, as if each bite required consideration before they could progress, lest something important be missed. He isn’t sure if they’re going to a funeral later that day—they are dressed formally, the man in a green suit and his mother or grandmother in white. It would account for the gravity with which they seemed to be approaching their meal, and in retrospect perhaps he had judged too quickly in interpreting their mood as angry. Continue reading

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Big Change, ch. 10: Simon Martin

Monitoring: Simon Martin
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

7:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Friday, January 17th, 2014
00:45 Coordinated Universal Time
Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Fast forward—

Simon had hoped, but not really expected, that it would be easy to find at least one other person like him. There hadn’t been any press conferences, though, so anyone who had powers was clearly smart enough to take at least a couple of weeks to think about whether it would actually be a good idea to blow that lid open. This is a point in everyone’s favor, and a good sign despite how frustrating it is for him right now. Continue reading

Big Change, ch. 7: Simon Martin

Monitoring: Simon Martin
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Thursday, January 1st, 2014
19:25 Coordinated Universal Time
Thursday, January 1st, 2014

Rewind—

Two days ago, Simon would not have been expecting to spend the afternoon of his birthday sitting on a busy sidewalk. It probably isn’t the safest of activities to be passing out for seconds at a time in a place where he might get walked on or robbed, it definitely isn’t a fun way to pass the time, and there would have been absolutely no reason for him to do it in the first place. Things had changed, though, and now it seemed imperative that he learn more about the future, as quickly as he could. Continue reading

Big Change, ch. 4: Simon Martin

Monitoring: Simon Martin
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

4:05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Wednesday, December 31st, 2013
21:05 Coordinated Universal Time
Wednesday, December 31st, 2013

Meanwhile—

Simon learned at least three things that morning: the ambulance response time in Toronto is five minutes; “syncope” is the technical term for a fainting spell; and something awful is going to happen to at least a small piece of Toronto at some point in the future. Continue reading

Big Change, ch. 1: Simon Martin

“End, begin, all the same. Big change. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.” 
The Dark Crystal
, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.

Monitoring: Simon Martin
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

8:35 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
13:35 Coordinated Universal Time
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

It is December 31st. #1 on the Best Seller List is Sycamore Row, by John Grisham; it is “about race and inheritance.” In Egypt, the interim government seizes the assets of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the ousted president. The vice-president of separatist party Bloc Quebecois announces her resignation. A visitor to Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Ontario finds cash strewn across the graves. Continue reading