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{{Infobox Story
|name= Acts of Senseless Devotion
 
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|main character= [[Bernice Summerfield]]
 
|main character= [[Bernice Summerfield]]
 
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|setting= Alternate [[Braxiatel Collection]], [[27th century]]
 
|writer= [[Pete Kempshall]]
 
|writer= [[Pete Kempshall]]
|publication= ''[[Something Changed]]''
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|series = ''[[Bernice Summerfield (series)|Bernice Summerfield]]'' short stories
 
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|next=Walking Backwards for Christmas (short story)
 
|next=Walking Backwards for Christmas (short story)
 
}}'''''Acts of Senseless Devotion''''' was the fourth story in the [[Bernice Summerfield]] anthology ''[[Something Changed]]''. It was written by [[Pete Kempshall]].
 
}}'''''Acts of Senseless Devotion''''' was the fourth story in the [[Bernice Summerfield]] anthology ''[[Something Changed]]''. It was written by [[Pete Kempshall]].
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== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
[[Benny]] awakens in a hospital after [[Doggles]]’ [[history machine]] exploded, releasing a strange form of temporal radiation. Many have been killed, even more have been injured. Benny has been permanently blinded and [[Peter Summerfield|Peter]] has so severely injured that he will surely die in the coming days.
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Bernice Summerfield wakes up in a strange place, her first instinct is to find Peter. Dr Wh'thm says she is blind, but he has worse news for her. Peter has a matter of hours to live. Benny tries to find a way to help him, and asks Bev to find an old acquaintance, one with a power of a crystal.
 
Struck with grief and stress, [[Adrian Wall]] ends his relationship with [[Bev Tarrant]] in order to concentrate on his family. In a furious rage, Bev begins to pack up and leave the Collection. She feels out of place and frustrated that everyone seems to idolise Benny even when Bev worked so hard to lead the members of the [[Braxiatel Collection|Collection]] during the occupation by the [[Fifth Axis]]. But Benny soon asks for a favor: she needs to contact [[Avril Fenman]] and obtain a mind-swapping crystals so that she can trade bodies with Peter.
 
 
[[Jason Kane]] arrives at the hospital, trying his hardest to help his ex-wife out. He bumps into Bev just as she is leaving, and she tells Jason about the errand before rushing off to catch a shuttle off the collection. Jason rushes to the hospital room, and is angry at Benny for approaching Bev for help when he was practically begging to make Benny's life easier. Benny claims that Bev is the only person who disliked her enough to let her trade her life's for Peter’s, however Jason realises that Benny was planning on Avril switching bodies at the any opportunity due to being stuck inside of a man's for so long. Jason attempts to dissuade Benny from using the crystal, but she refuses to give it to him, and he storms off in frustration.
 
 
When Benny tries to find the crystal however, she realizes that it has been taken. Adrian, who had been listening nearby, took the crystal and sacrificed his own life for Peter's. Benny then vows to hunt down Fenman.
 
   
 
== Characters ==
 
== Characters ==
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* [[Jason Kane]]
 
* [[Jason Kane]]
 
* [[Avril Fenman]]
 
* [[Avril Fenman]]
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* [[Wt'hlm|Doctor Wt'hlm]]
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
* Bev has scars on her face from being tortured by [[Moskof]].
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* Bev has scars on her face from being tortured by [[Bernard Moskof]].
* Bev communicates through her [[wall-comm]].
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* Bev communicates through her [[wall-comm]].
* Peter's unique hybridized [[human]]-[[killoran]] DNA made it difficult for [[Dr. Wt'hlm]] to treat him.
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* Peter's unique hybridised [[human]]-[[killoran]] DNA made it difficult for Dr Wt'hlm to treat him.
* [[Sherlock Holmes]] is mentioned.
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* [[Sherlock Holmes]] is mentioned.
* Benny might have to receive robotic eye implants because the damage to her retinal tissue is too great.
 
   
 
== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
 
* Like most of the other stories in this anthology, this story takes place in an altered timeline created by Doggles' [[history machine]]; these timelines are (mostly) erased when [[Braxiatel]] returns things to normal.
 
* Like most of the other stories in this anthology, this story takes place in an altered timeline created by Doggles' [[history machine]]; these timelines are (mostly) erased when [[Braxiatel]] returns things to normal.
* This story marks the first appearance of [[Avril Fenman]] since her introduction in [[PROSE]]: ''[[The Squire's Crystal]]''. Because the events in this story are part of an [[alternate timeline]], Fenman doesn't formally reappear until [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Curse of Fenman (audio story)|The Curse of Fenman]]''.
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* This story marks the first full appearance of [[Avril Fenman]] since her introduction in [[PROSE]]: ''[[The Squire's Crystal]]''; she briefly appeared in [[PROSE]]: ''[[The Glass Prison]]''. Because the events in this story are part of an [[alternate timeline]], Fenman doesn't formally reappear until [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Curse of Fenman (audio story)|The Curse of Fenman]]''.
   
 
== Continuity ==
 
== Continuity ==
 
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Revision as of 03:52, September 9, 2019

RealWorld

Acts of Senseless Devotion was the fourth story in the Bernice Summerfield anthology Something Changed. It was written by Pete Kempshall.

Summary

Bernice Summerfield wakes up in a strange place, her first instinct is to find Peter. Dr Wh'thm says she is blind, but he has worse news for her. Peter has a matter of hours to live. Benny tries to find a way to help him, and asks Bev to find an old acquaintance, one with a power of a crystal.

Characters

References

Notes

Continuity

to be added

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