Matt Gemmell

TOLL is available now!

An action-thriller novel — book 2 in the KESTREL series.

★★★★★ — Amazon


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It’s a Sunday and I’m in the lab. As always when I’m meant to be working (in this case, on a draft of my project report), my mind turns to the great questions of our existence.

Thankfully, or frighteningly depending on how you look at it, Neil was on hand to join my musings.

Matt: say you have superpowers yet you're not the typical tragic-past-driven-by-revenge kind of comicbook superhero. Are you actually morally obliged to use your powers for good, or is it morally acceptable to just do nothing with them and have some other regular job? That is my question for you.
Neil: hmm
Neil: It's acceptable to do nothing.. so long as you use your powers to get chicks without them knowing that it's your powers
Neil: things like going to the shops extra fast to get them stuff
Neil: they'll think you ran
Neil: when really you flew
Matt: like superman flew to china to get some really good chinese food for lois that time
Neil: yup, exactly.
Neil: they'll think you care
Neil: when really you're using your x-ray vision to scope boobies
Matt: I do see what you mean.
Matt: what if your powers don't give you cool abilities like flying and x-ray vision though?
Neil: what kind of powers are they then?
Neil: if you're at liberty to divulge
Matt: I'm just thinking of the less spectacular powers which are nevertheless super, like invulnerability to conventional weapons.
Matt: hard to use that to impress chicks without giving the game away
Matt: I want to state at this point that I'm in a very secure and loving relationship, and I'm thus not out to impress chicks anyway. This is a hypothetical exercise.
Matt: invisibility would have so many uses though
Neil: indeed
Neil: I would say it's morally acceptable to have a regular job and do nothing. A man has the right to choose.
Matt: I'd agree
Matt: presumably you're morally obliged to not use your powers for evil though
Neil: yes... if you're not going to use them for good you shouldn't use them at all
Neil: but no doubt something would happen in your life and you'd have to unveil your power
Neil: some kind of hostage situation with a loved one perhaps
Matt: yeah I hate that
Matt: the universe itself wants you to use your powers and be a goddamn legend
Matt: albeit usually by sacrificing your personal life
Matt: that's the big question right there.
Matt: go for the glory and be a true legend, saving folks all over the place yet being lonely because of the danger your abilities would bring to your loved ones, or just being a regular dude, with a family etc but never being able to reveal your core abilities. It's a tough one.
Neil: yeah
Neil: a choice I'm dreading having to make.
Matt: I know you've been putting it off
Neil: actually if I had to decide right now I'd go for the life of a legend
Matt: well yeah but you're single right now
Neil: I'm sure there'd be a bit of wenching possible
Matt: you know you'd save some girl at some point and it'd go from there
Neil: I'd save a girl
Neil: her top would get a little ripped in the process
Neil: she'd faint
Neil: I'd have to fly/run very fast and take her back to my flat
Neil: lay her down on the silk sheets
Neil: open the large balcony window which has lace drapes
Neil: there'd be a huge moon out
Neil: the breeze would gently blow the drapes
Neil: she'd awake to find me sitting on the bed, perhaps wiping her brow with a damp cloth
Neil: she'd say "What? Why? How?"
Neil: I'd say "I have superpowers"
Neil: she'd say "Make love to me, Neil... Super Neil"
Neil: I could go on.
Matt: please don't
Matt: this is why superheroes should be licensed
Neil: there are girls in this world whose sole purpose is to be wenched by heroes though
Matt: example?
Neil: I won't name names... but the beautiful yet not very intelligent ones who keep getting themselves into peril.
Neil: According to Hollywood they exist
Neil: and that's good enough for me.
Matt: it would stand up in a court of law anyway
Neil: hmm
Neil: Princess Leia's an anomaly
Neil: she's a strong woman
Neil: yet she needs rescued
Neil: by Luke (our hero)
Neil: and I guess Han
Neil: although she does pretty much fall in love with Luke initially
Neil: and Han
Neil: so basically she'll take anyone who rescues her
Matt: I do see your point
Neil: it's not a particularly strong point
Neil: but a point nonetheless
Neil: reading up, that was quite a worrying rant by myself about laying a girl down on my silk sheets
Neil: I'd like to point out that I wasn't touching myself while typing that
Matt: duly noted

Coming soon to a darkened rooftop near you: Super Neil. Ladies, be very, very afraid.