It’s the Higgs Boson Xmas Special!
“I shouldn’t be here,” Higgs crooned into his helmet-mike.
“Higgs, radio silence!” warned CommCent.
“Baby it’s cold in space,” Higgs sang, a quavery falsetto.
“My ship’s in the clear,” Higgs continued singing.
An Armageddon-Class cruiser appeared, or mostly appeared, the ship so large only about 1/5 of it appeared in any given dimension, the rest being in alternate universes.
“Baby no hiding place,” Higgs sang, the high voice again.
1,400 different plasma cannons began firing, heating the universe around him but each one missing him (just barely!)
Higgs twisted, turned his ship, spiraled his ship, keeping his finger calm on the mauve button, not pressing it.
The bright red plasmas were joined by greens of detonators mines flung from every surface of the enemy ship, exploding into intricate snowflake-shaped deadly patterns.
“This battle has been” Higgs sang, “—Nice that you’d drop in” in a higher key.
He thumbed the mauve button, then. The universe shifted around: every atom of the enemy ship inverted (a neat trick, and fun to watch), along with the plasma and the mines, all turned inside-out, everything for a billion siriometers suddenly was opened up, unfolded. When it was all over, the stars sprinkled around the sky spelled out:
“So very nice…” Higgs sang. He set off for home, completely missing that the explosions had inadvertently created the being who would become Higgs’ worst enemy.
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