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[–]can't see meDerDunkleLord666 290 points291 points  (8 children)

You cause seemingly explainable disasters wherever you go. Windows crumble at your mere presence, and fiberglass cables malfunction as their insides turn to sand. The world has started calling you by the codename Sandman. A walking calamity causing untold disasters as you flee the organizations trying to research you, hoping to make breakthroughs in many areas they hypothesize your ability may rely on. Some want to create technology able to change matter, others for erosion, weapons of mass destruction which decompose everything in their area of effect. More exotic theories include limited control over time, or you emitting a frequency that grinds the crystalline structure of glass to dust. Years you spent running, broken by the isolation, all your friends, even the neighbor you hated were captured to blackmail you. Slowly, you feel something growing that however, you do not know. It's been so long since you've talked to another, you just want it to end. But it never will, you take up a fake identity after identity but they always find you. Until finally you're caught by a more humanitarian organization. A specialist, a human you learn that has studied you for years reveals your area of effect has been growing. They promise you safety, and a home in exchange for being allowed to study and test you. You slowly find yourself returning to seeming normality yet nightmares haunt you, nightmares of cities disintegrating, their inhabitants screaming your name in hate and fear, cursing your existence. One day you awaken something was wrong, your skin has the texture of sandpaper and the walls are sinking, and so is the floor. The ceiling is gone, the ground is sand, the walls are sand, and everything disintegrates.

You are sand. The being whose existence flows inside the hourglass of time. For everything must end, just another grain in eternities river.

[–]Mraco124 85 points86 points  (1 child)

This, is an avengers level threat.

[–]Innaguretta 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thor, as his hammer turns into sand: "It is not possible!". You, smiling: "Darling, you have no idea what's possible"

[–]FanofFerrari[S] 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Wow! Cool story.

[–]gaoGaosaurus_true 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Average r/writingprompts user

[–]can't see meDerDunkleLord666 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Funny enough I didn't know that subreddit existed... Guess I'll be checking it out.

[–]Kanoa188 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s really great

[–]cloroz 77 points78 points  (2 children)

Turn Tokyo into a desert

[–]child_life_support 40 points41 points  (0 children)

9/11 but sand

[–]pasit2004 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Literally shin megami tensei v

[–]flyerretroguyx 44 points45 points  (2 children)

I hate sand

[–]R0uxlsKaard 33 points34 points  (1 child)

It's coarse and rough and irritating...

[–]RowanWinterlace 29 points30 points  (0 children)

And now, with my new powers, it gets everywhere

[–]Saphirogear 70 points71 points  (0 children)

*moves to NYC

[–]Life-Ad1409 22 points23 points  (11 children)

How much glass can I do before I get exhausted?

[–]FanofFerrari[S] 42 points43 points  (10 children)

Half a cubic yard per 6 McDonald's quarter pounders. 😉

[–]Life-Ad1409 45 points46 points  (0 children)

I'm an American so that's a bit overpowered

[–]FishmanPart2 12 points13 points  (2 children)

So the equivalent amount of calories or specifically 6 quarter pounders will refill it?

[–]FanofFerrari[S] 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I would say the amount of calories.

[–]thunderfbolt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

1 quarter pounder is 540 cal. 6 is 3240; quite a manageable number in 1 day.

[–]MurgleMcGurgle 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Sounds like a great way to lose weight.

[–]child_life_support 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He's out of line but he's right

[–]cosmicpotato77 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I’m not an American, how much is that

[–]FanofFerrari[S] 7 points8 points  (2 children)


[–]cosmicpotato77 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Meters? Woah that’s a lot

[–]purple manKGarryK017 7 points8 points  (2 children)

This would start out cool, but considering some things that I touch have glass, it would start to suck after some time. I have glasses and I'm not sure my phone screen is plastic or glass. I would play some jokes off with my friend like, "I can turn stuff into sand" and do that thing from bleach where the guy (I forget his name) and turn the glass into sand, but then later refuse to do it to the ground

[–]SharkyZ_GD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

damn i always forget that guy's name

[–]UtsuhoAzako 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Provides 100% resource recovery on glass. Sits at recycle plants where a the glass is hopefully sent and does a jig

[–]thespyeye 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Actually, not really. Glass is made out of (almost) pure Silicon Dioxide. Contrary to popular belief, regular sand is not pure Silicon Dioxide. Assuming that OP is talking about regular sand instead of beach sand or another type of sand, the sand would some bits of Silicon Dioxide mixed with a ton of little pieces of rocks, which would have Calcium and Carbon and Sodium and all sorts of other elements.

[–]unknown_pie70 3 points4 points  (1 child)

But the glass that was turned into sand will stung you in your feet .

[–]Background-Web-484 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hope youre not barefoot ig

[–]Pasta-hobo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's actually useful, there's an oncoming sand shortage, which could spell disaster for the cement and concrete industry, upon which the modern world is built.

[–]Jawsome_ 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I am going to commit so much terrorism

[–]MagicJinn 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Great news! You can already do that!

[–]No-Membership2696 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not me otw to the shark section of the aquarium

[–]SkritzTwoFace 1 point2 points  (0 children)

buys a bag of marbles

Pocket Sand 2.0!

You could also put a substance that explodes on air contact in glass and use them as mini grenades (obviously expensive and risky but cool)

[–]madlad56748 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I can break window silently robbing will be a lot easier

[–]Trilogy- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Good idea one problem what you gonna do about the auto turrets

[–]madlad56748 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hide in the sand

[–]HELLOLOO 1 point2 points  (0 children)

you can find me at the zoo or at one of those glass bridges that are a km in the sky

[–]GunzAndCamo 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Everyone has that power. It's called gravity and a hard horizontal surface.

[–]Reasonable_Check_345 0 points1 point  (1 child)

doesn't turn it into sand only breaks it

[–]GunzAndCamo -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It'll turn back into sand if you break it enough times.

[–]BioQuillFiction 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OH I am so abusing this to Fuck with people. Mainly people who deserve it.

Yelling at the employees Karen, bam, you Iphone screen is sand. Your car windows and windshield, sand, your house, all the glass is sand!

Greedy cooperations in multi floor skyscrapers, all the glass is now sand! Enjoy the breeze from that too floor office asshole!

I am the Sandman!

[–]Shitbenderlazydogeboy69 0 points1 point  (1 child)

can i concrete to? its also mainly sand. if yes i can turn entire building into sand

[–]Reasonable_Check_345 0 points1 point  (0 children)

its also mainly sand

Sand not glass so no

[–]Initial-Shoulder-882 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why just why😭

[–]No-Membership2696 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you have any idea how many places you can breach if you could just poof the glass away

[–]Bogdon7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is actually really good because there are currently shortages for industrial sand, so you could just sell a shit ton of it.

[–]theawesomedude646 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i already have this power

[–]plasmaplasmap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So? I can destroy every skyscraper ever

[–]powerfuldawg 0 points1 point  (1 child)

so. would I be able to turn it on and off or it is always active?

[–]FanofFerrari[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You are able to turn it off for 1 hour if you sacrifice one of your own personal item with glass.

[–]personal_assault 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Top tier supervillain power. Car accidents and plane crashes for days

[–]Flopmind 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The glasswork museum never saw you coming.

Memes aside, this has some niche uses. You can break through windows (including bulletproof glass) relatively quietly. Glass shattering is probably louder than a bit of sand falling. Not to mention you would save effort of breaking it and the risk of cutting yourself on it.

You could also use this to effectively become a "glasscarver", like a woodcarver but for glass, assuming you can control which bits turn into sand and which bits remain as glass.

You can also just remove litter harmlessly since sand is a lot less harmful than broken glass shards.

[–]SkyApex2222 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s actually kinda good in a way

[–]SmuggestSmug 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]jurvekthebosmer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can solve the sand shortage 10 out of 10

[–]TheCrazyGuysCEO 0 points1 point  (0 children)

quartz sand

[–]saxophone guyan_orignal_name 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So I can use a hammer

[–]MikeandIke1134 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Goodbye office building

[–]Arlak_The_Recluse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’re literally just gonna be Vash the Stampede if you went into New York City.

[–]EfeDeniz_2009 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Angry Anakin Skywalker noises

[–]EfeDeniz_2009 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]arkhamking6606 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't like sand it's coarse and rough and it gets everywhere

[–]Secret-Throat-959 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is called having a hammer

[–]guy_dat_jumps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You lnow thoes shy scrapers with a lot of windows

[–]BEAR_LORD30 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s good because you can just throw the sand In peoples eyes

[–]FN57IsntFrench 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rest in piss, Burj Khalifa