My name is James Shirakawa. I'm a parahuman, a person with extraordinary abilities. In any other time or place, this would be massive news. Headline-worthy. Today, I'm just another guy who grew up in the small town of Tutshill, UK, and the day of the week is Tuesday.Written by throwaawy, the oneshot Looking Glass and it's sequel Shattered Glass are a pair of Alternate Universe fanfics of wildbow's Worm. They take place primarily in South Wales and England around the River Severn.Looking Glass is a Master-class parahuman with a superpower that allows him to summon a female version of himself as a spectral minion. A Psychic Link allows the two to share information with each other instantaneously and he primarily uses his abilities as a scout of for the rest of his group, a trio of more experienced 'capes': Flurry, Wu Lung, and Volley. Together, they deal with small-time crooks, low-level parahuman crimes, and... paperwork.But Glass is keeping a secret from the others... his powers aren't quite what they appear to be...Namely, he's keeping the fact that Jamie used to be an alternate universe version of him...then, she functionally died. And she's getting crazier by the week...Looking Glass takes place several years earlier prior to the events of Worm, whilst Shattered Glass seems to take place concurrently with the source material. However, there is no real overlap between the stories other than a few cameos and references to world-wide newsworthy events. Instead events seem to deal with relatively 'low-level' superheroing and a cast of Original Characters. Overall the story is much Lighter and Softer than the source material, although not without it's conflict.
I hate my power. I believe I've mentioned that already.
—James Shirakawa, aka "Looking Glass"
The two stories together provide examples of: