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Continued from Marvel Mayhem: Howard the Duck 2 More Mayhem here Marvel Mayhem Library

"Beverly?" Howard called as he forced the door to the apartment open. It had a habit of getting stuck, and had to be showed who was boss from time to time. "Toots?" He shut the door with some difficulty. The apartment was small, and smelled like stale smoke. The carpet could use a vacuuming, but Beverly was afraid there wouldn't be any carpet left afterward. Howard wasn't convinced that would be such a bad thing.

Beverly also joked once that the carpet was alive, and vacuuming would anger it. Neither of them had laughed at that, as stranger things had happened to them both. "Hey Ducky." Beverly stepped from the kitchen holding a beer in one hand. She dropped the beer when she saw Old Howard, the bottle rolled across the floor, leaving a trail of beer behind, which was absorbed into the carpet suspiciously fast. Or so it seemed to Howard. "Whose.... your friend?" She asked, not frightened so much as confused.

"Me. From the future." He picked up the bottle and finished it off. "Think I'm going to need another one."

"Me too." Beverly replied.

One mid-size recap later....

"Okay, wait Older Ducky. You were killed today, but forty years ago." Older Howard nodded. "And an older version of you saved you, so you came back to save present Ducky?" She rubbed her head with one hand. This metaphysical stuff always gave her a massive headache.

"We died in that ally do to being stupid, with seventy percent probability on average. Twenty-five percent or so of probability has us die at, or in route to the hospital." He paused for a fit of coughing which lasted several minutes and left him winded. "So," He finally gasped, "at some point on some timeline we lived, and traveled back to save our present self." He sat on the couch to catch his breath.

"Doesn't that make a paradox?" She asked, afraid of the answer.

"Waaaugh??" Old Howard cupped a hand behind his ear. "A pair of ducks? Well. yeah. Kinda obvious." He looked at her sideways, as if suspecting a secret joke. Or maybe she was making fun of him.

"Paradox." She repeated slow and loud.

"Don't worry about that. It always works itself out." He leaned back on the couch, his cane still gripped tightly in his hand. His head tipped forward a bit against his chest, and a moment later he let out a snore.

"Ducky, what are we gonna do with him?" She asked quietly. Old Howard snored again, and mumbled something about taxes.

"Leave Weather channel on when we're gone so he doesn't get lonely?" Howard suggested.

"Two percent mark up my feathery @ss" Old Howard muttered, "Skrulls taking all the jobs..." He snored again. Beverly motioned for them to move to the kitchen.

"I'm afraid this will make a weird paradox. This sort of thing never ends well in the movies. Aren't time travelers supposed to avoid their younger selves?" She asked.

"I'm more afraid the idea will catch on, and more alternate versions of me will want to crash on our couch." They both looked into the living room at Old Howard as he drooled, and mumbled in his sleep. "Yeeeeesh."

"Something weird is going to happen Ducky."

"Weirder then having my future self drooling on the couch?" He replied, but knew what she meant. No doubt the was something truly horrifying in store for them. Like Old Howard had brought some germ from the future, and it would push the carpet over the edge into sentience. Something like that.

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Back in the ally Old Howard had appeared in:

The ally simmered like pavement on a hot day. A loud sound like Velcro ripping is heard by no one, drowned out by the sounds of the city. A flash of light illuminated the ally for a moment, then vanished. Standing in the ally was a tall man in tights and a cape. Over his head was a bell shaped helmet. The figure checked a device built into his wrist.

This was the place and time. The duck had ran and hid here. [Predictable] The figure commented, then turned and left the allyway.

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#1 Posted by ImpurestCheese (6419 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: The Bell doth toll for Howard. Looks link we're in for a future shock.

#2 Posted by batkevin74 (11296 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine:

A couple of minor typos & grammar, but the double duck is growing on me...paradoxically coz it's one of these weird future self things that should already know the answers...

#3 Posted by ImpurestCheese (6419 posts) - - Show Bio
#4 Posted by Pyrogram (41595 posts) - - Show Bio

This was written nicely, and the story was fun too. Nice job :D

#5 Posted by wildvine (10428 posts) - - Show Bio

@impurestcheese

More then you know. Lol

@batkevin74

I know what you're saying sir. Then again, given the nature of this paradox, anything could happen.

@pyrogram

Thank you! I didn't call you out cause you were sick.

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#6 Posted by Pyrogram (41595 posts) - - Show Bio
#7 Posted by wildvine (10428 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram said:

@wildvine: My eyes still work :P

I was being considerate. I thought you wouldn't want me bugging you for reads. But since you ask... Did you read the other chapters?

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#8 Posted by Pyrogram (41595 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: When have you ever been known to bug me! You're too awesome.

Noope. Link me up.

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#10 Posted by Delphic (1539 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine I just read all three, and I really like what you have going here. Like most others, Elder Howard makes me chuckle a bit, and you have a neat set up, and it looks like by next chapter we'll start really getting into the meat of the story, and just what all is exactly going on. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Also, there were a couple typos, but nothing major.

#11 Edited by cbishop (7574 posts) - - Show Bio

Ha! You used the joke! :) Looking forward to next chapter.

#12 Edited by wildvine (10428 posts) - - Show Bio

@delphic Thanks for reading. I'll call you out next issue.

@cbishop I never waste a good joke. : D

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#13 Edited by cbishop (7574 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Ha! (And add me to your callout for this)

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#15 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (6097 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome chapter Wildvine! I can't wait to see where this goes!

#16 Posted by batkevin74 (11296 posts) - - Show Bio
#17 Posted by BumpyBoo (10973 posts) - - Show Bio

I love that you really did use the pair of ducks joke. It was just too right ^__^

More! MORE!!! *foams at the mouth*

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#18 Edited by wildvine (10428 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo:

I have to say, this is weirdly my most popular series yet.

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#19 Edited by BumpyBoo (10973 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Who would have thought that Howard was your muse? :)

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#20 Posted by TheManInTheShoe (3904 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Bwahaha! A pair of ducks. I love this series.

#21 Edited by batkevin74 (11296 posts) - - Show Bio

Duck bump