Soul Food #1
Guest written by Anomaly, Edited
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Chapter 1 - Dark Appetites
The door to the limousine opened and the lovely
Victoria Secret model who called herself Gamora stepped into the car, revealing
nearly an infinite amount of room. However this did not surprise her, after all
Adam was capable of nearly anything. She
was dressed in a green body suit, which was necessary for her profession. Adam seemed oblivious to it, paying more attention to what
was within. She had always been
special to him ever since the first time she tried to kill him, after that they
were always together.
"Hi. Where are we going?" said Gamora.
Her hands were eagerly applying the strange make
up around her eyes that had become her stock and trade.
“ Soul food, darlin.” said Adam's driver, a
short man who went by the name of Pip.
She noticed the cigar that hung from his mouth,
which seemed almost metaphysical in nature because it had an ash, which extended
several inches without breaking off.
“When he spoke, his yellow tooth gripped down
harder on the end of his cigar like he was trying to contain the vulgarities
that sprung forth from his mouth every time he spoke.
“Darlin, did I ever tell ya green’s my
"That better not be a racist crack, you
little troll, or I will make you wish you still lived under that bridge!"
"Honey, you look so good, you should be
He wiggled his eyebrows and scanned her up and
down with eyes that seemed to have unwholesome thoughts.
If he was trying to hide them, he did a poor job because the devilish
grin on his face spoke louder then any words.
Adam seemed lost in his own contemplation while
his driver and his date exchanged endless pleasantries.
However, there was something odd about the address...103rd of Universal
Domination. Perhaps it was just the pressure of being an attorney and trying to
put the crime boss, Thanos of Titan, behind bars. Nevertheless, something was
definitely amiss in his city and he could feel it.
Later, they were eating at Soul World a
restaurant known for both its exotic food and its interesting company.
Adam and Gamora began to converse on things of a cosmic nature, and
things not so cosmic like if next Tuesday Adam could have her baby.
"So do you like being an attorney?"
"A lot of responsibility, but I seem to have
an affinity for such things.
"Adam began looking toward where the
reservation taker was standing. He
seemed to be talking to a man who was trying to signal him for some reason
although he couldn’t fathom why.”
"You talk strange sometimes," said
Gamora who noticed that his eyes were elsewhere.
He was certainly a challenge she thought.
"Did you say Stephen Strange?" The word
seemed to bring forth an epiphany.
"Wasn't he that surgeon who went to see a
holy man after he had an accident in the mountain?” said Gamora seemingly in
constant conflict trying to keep his attention.
"I think..." said Adam, as he pulled
his mind from its esoteric musings.
The waiter suddenly interrupted them. He was a
purple man who had his hair tied back and wore a lightning bolt on his chest.
Adam seemed taken aback by the man's esoteric appearance, but Gamora seemed not
to notice. She ordered everything on the menu and asked the waiter if she could
get a muscatel with an extra olive.
Adam whispered, "Did you notice something
different about that man?"
"Just because he dressed like a superhero?
C'mon Adam. This is Soul World. Hey, isn't that Judge Kraytor? Wasn't there
something about him getting paid under the table?”
Kraytor was having dinner with a beautiful
actress who called herself the Goddess. She waved at Adam in a flirtatious
manner, now detectable by the dour expression on Kraytor’s face.
Kraytor appeared to look like a head with an
atrophied body. His skin tone was emerald green, like Gamora’s. The Goddess
was like Adam with golden skin and blond hair and could probably have passed as
"Who is that?" Gamora said in a catty
"Nobody, just a former client. She was
trying to get the rights for her Egg, but I had to break it off,” he said
evenly. “She was too controlling," Adam replied, breaking eye contact
"So you don't like strong women?" said
"I like strong women. I just don't like
women who don't have a soul,” he said vaguely.
“This restaurant is the test. If you don't like soul food..." Adam
stopped as if he had just eaten the proverbial fly in the soup.
"This food...there is something wrong with
it. Waiter! Waiter!"
The waiter returned quickly. "Is there a
"This food...it has not soul! I would like
to see your manager!"
"I'm afraid that it's not possible. The Soul
Food entity never meets the customers and they never meet him."
Adam Warlock stood abruptly and put an egg on his
head. The waiter stared strangely at Adam, as did Gamora. For a moment, he was
in doubt as to what his next action should be.
"I want to see the Soul Food entity
The waiter complied instantly. Gamora, along with
every resident in the Soul Food restaurant looked at him as if he were insane. Gamora was then confounded as he handed her the egg and said,
“This will bind us together.” He
then put the egg where it would be safe.
The Soul Food entity returned. "Might I help
you sir?" "Your soul food has no soul!
We can get you something else if you like. Please, sir. I'm sure this can
be worked out."
"No. It is all beginning to make sense. You,
the waiter, the Judge...I want my restaurant back!"
"It is my restaurant, Adam. Just like the
egg on your head!" The Soul Food Entity gestured to Kraytor to lock the
doors. "You are all mine - body and Soul food."
Warlock then had clarity for the first time.
"There is no need for this subterfuge, creature. You cannot vanquish my
will. Our encounters have shaped my soul so that you can no longer affect
The Soul World entity was before him. His
elaborate hoax exposed for what it was.
"Yet I have no wish to be in your place. Let
all be as it was." Warlock
gestured and the illusion was dispelled. Soul World was restored to its former
state, along with all the souls, which made up its metaphysical domain.
"You're not going to take vengeance on
"Why should I? You merely fulfill your
function. I cannot fault you for being true to your nature. Soul World is
restored and everything is back in its proper place. Now there is only Thanos to
To Be Continued...
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