“Who’s it gonna be this time??? RUN little piggies!” United Airlines has taken over the world. If you want a seat on one of their flights, you have to play musical chairs, all the while being chased by their masked security giants who’re holding taser-sticks—each one is murderously intent on filling their quota of stunned passengers they have to drag off the plane. I’m just like everyone else; we resemble a herd of dirty sewer rats fleeing for their lives as we pile towards the back of the plane, scrambling over each other, desperately clawing to hold onto a seat and avoid being tasered. I’m curled in a fetal position a few rows back from the emergency exit, hoping they’ll pass me by, but to no avail. I hear a chuckle and peep up through my hands. It’s one of the jackbooted security thugs. He flicks the switch on his taser-stick, causing the end of it to flicker with electric blue fire. Out of sheer desperation, I shout, “PALAMEDES PUBLISHING!” Magic flash. A weathered traveler in a duster coat appears in the aisle seat, causing the goon to step back. Traveler-guy levels a stare at the goon, and the band of shadow across his eyes disappears as the brim of his Stetson lifts up. I slowly clamber my way up to a seat, staring at the newcomer in awe: It’s Clint motha duckin’ Eastwood! He rasps, “Might wanna take a step back partner,” to the goon. I see the goon’s eyes harden…then reach forward to taser Clint. Clint’s hand blurs down to his side, I hear a shot, and suddenly thug #1’s idiot face explodes in a shower of circuitry. Robots! I knew it! Clint gets to his feet, drawing his other Peacemaker revolver, two-gunning the hell out of some soulless United enforcers. The air is filled with gunsmoke and cheers as the Outlaw Josey Wales lays down some .45 caliber, long Colt justice. Come and get you some, you evil robot dickholes!
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