Mortal Gods: “Counterstrike”

Paul Hair

Via me at Virtual Pulp:

Mortal Gods: “Counterstrike” is an original, flash fiction story set in a universe where superhumans exist in a real-world setting, and act accordingly. (For instance, they don’t dress up in tights and call themselves superheroes. Or if they do, they soon answer to the law.)

As for the inspiration for this tale? Nothing in particular. Most definitely not any real-life story that is in the news currently.

Here now in 1,000 or fewer words is “Counterstrike.”


“She made a youthful mistake and now she wants to come back!” Abdul Abdallah said to the journalists and other fans. He held up his daughter’s photo. “Rashida is just a child, and it is shameful America is preventing her from escaping from the danger she’s in! Bring her home to Austin!”

The crowd went wild. And the journalists started a riot, their second one of the week.


“Austin authorities have no desire to stop the rioting. Texas officials are hesitant too,” the chief of staff told the president. “She’s become a folk hero. So we don’t really have a choice. We’re going to have to bring Rashida back to the U.S.”

“Well, we’re going to go a different route with this noncitizen refugee and her supporters,” the president replied. “Have you contacted the Texas governor?” he asked Amanda Langli.

“Yes, sir. He now understands he needs to crush the rioting,” she said.

“That’s only going to make them madder!” his chief of staff cried.

The president picked up a thin, blue, file folder. “Is the foreign operation on track?” he asked Amanda.

“Yes, sir. Our superhuman assets are in position. Everyone is awaiting your order to start the final phase.”

“I’ll give that right away.” . . .

Read the entire flash fiction tale at Virtual Pulp.