Every day I write fiction. Here is where I post my first drafts. Follow along! Or pick up a book of finished fiction I wrote on Amazon: MAN FROM ZERO First time here? Start FIRE ESCAPE here--it's the novel I am working on currently. It's one of many novels that takes place in the MOMENTA universe.
I had precisely
zero seconds to double check the settings and since I knew I couldn't select
the exact moment I'd left Nowhere House (not without destroying everything in
Jill's lab) I just picked something else in the history and hoped that I had
done it fast enough so that we wouldn't end up back in the hub.I assumed that's what would happen, anyway.
What did happen
was a little bit worse because, as we zoomed through the air, I heard the old
lady say something.
I realized the
Fire Escape wasn't in view through the windshield anymore.We had missed it
We were now
flying into the void of space.
thing look like a spaceship to you, kid?It's a car."
were flying it like a spaceship, earlier!"
"NO.I was flying it like a helicopter, only instead of an overhead rotor, it
was electromagnetic repulsers I jury rigged into this thing."
I chills ran
down my spine as I noticed a full starfield surrounded us.
can't use those things to fly in space?"
you even know what the word 'repulser' means?" KJ asked.
I said, not sure I did.
something there to repulse, you can't repulse, kid."
"Oh."Now that I had a better understanding of the
word 'repulse,' I now had a moment to completely give into the feeling of
massive anxiety clawing at the back of my brain.
freak out, man," KJ said.
I..." was all I could say, as I felt every muscle in my body tense up.
another trick up my sleeve," she said, reaching down and pulling a lever.
that?" KJ asked.
that gonna do?" KJ asked.
sure.Change our trajectory a bit thanks
to the escaping air?"
that just push the back of the car down but not change our actual flight path
since there only the crazy thin atmosphere of the asteroid?"
yeah!You're probably right.My bad!"
ON!Who ARE you lady!?!" I yelled
through clenched teeth.Just then we
heard a loud crunch and then saw land in front of us again.My body almost completely relaxed.It turned out we were still under the light
pull of gravity from the asteroid and hadn't even gotten more than twenty feet
up, but the weird landscape of the asteroid made it possible that we couldn't
see it around us at all at that height, that is until the old lady adjusted our
angle which kept us from seeing sooner the asteroidal mountain that was now in
Of course, we were now about to
crash into it.
crap--now is when I should have popped the trunk--this one's on me, too."
drop an anvil 'on you,' lady!" I said, feeling my muscles start to tense
said you can breathe this air, right?"
"Good."She pressed another button causing the roof
of the car to flip up violently, shoving a blast of ice cold air down into the
car.And me without my fur coat!I decided this is what that rose felt like
when my sixth grade science teacher Mrs. Klimko dropped it into that tank of
Then we felt a
kind of crunch/thud combination as we impacted into the mountain,
wheels-first.Turns out the old lady's
move to pop the convertible top re-angled us just enough to land at an angle
almost perfectly matched to the mountain.The old lady hit the gas pedal and turned us around, bringing us down
the mountain, back toward the way we'd come.
And that's when
we saw the Conva ships bearing down on us.
When we got
outside there was literally a car waiting for us. It was a red two-seaterand it was very sexy. The only problem
was—there was someone behind the wheel.
ALREADY!” She barked with a voice that was gravelly but somehow piercing at the
same time. We ran around to the other side of the car and, as KJ opened the
door for me, I stopped and looked at the woman behind the wheel. It was an old
lady—complete with curly white hair and a house dress—she reminded me a lot of
a high school friend of mine’s grandma.
“Get in! Get
in!” She said.
only one seat open!”
KJ shoved me
into that one seat and then squeezed in beside me. Immediately I felt crammed
into the seat as KJ swung the door shut behind him. The uncomfortableness
increased when the old lady slammed on the pedal.
“Aw come on,
man!” I said without thinking.
I thought you two were close friends.”
friends’ yes, ‘physically close’ friends... I just like my personal space.”
kid—my selection of Earth cars was limited when I picked this up.”
“Why are we in
such a hurry? The Conva totally let us go!” I said, adding: "How is this
car even running in an atmosphere without oxygen?"
electric," the old lady said.
“The who?” KJ
the Double-Oes call themselves,” I said.
“Because of the
Double-O faction that seems to be trying to foil the plans of your pals back
there,” the old lady said.
“What are you
talking about?” I asked.The old lady
continued: “Your sister did some more research while you were away and found
that the Double-Oes don’t all agree on how to go about interacting with the
sovereign beings who live in the Prime Trimension.”
“Ah, is that
what we’re calling our set of dimensions now?”
what Department M calls it. Typical white-guy-savior syndrome, man,” KJ said.
do we go from here?As in, what is the
plan?" I asked. "We gonna head out to the Fire Escape that I used to
the old lady said.
you mean by sorta?"
she said nodding at something through the windshield of the car.I tried to spot what she was nodding toward,
but all I saw was the literal end of the figurative road.The ground we were racing across abruptly
ended a couple hundred feet from where we were.
the old lady said in a disturbingly flat tone just as she slammed on the gas
"Why are you slamming on the
gas again?" I glanced over at her as she nodded through the back
windshield.I craned my neck and managed
to see what she was referring to--it was two Conva ships, similar to the one
I'd managed to hijack temporarily.Aaaand they were closing fast.
we're heading to the Fire Escape I used to get here, why are we heading toward
we're heading to the Fire Escape you used to get here, man!" the old lady
said sounding like she thought I was an idiot.
is this lady?"
a major battle fought on this asteroid while you were off with those other
aliens, the Galak-ga.A massive bomb
went off around the Fire Escape."
worry, kid, it's still there," she said."In fact, we're getting close.Grab the Accessory in the back and turn on that AR whatsis thing so we
can see the thing we're aiming for and do it fast cuz we're running out of
I craned my
head around again and saw the Accessory in the small amount of space behind the
two front seats.With a bit of effort I
managed to get it, and pull it into the front seat with us.I immediately activated it and pulled up the
AR holo-map.Just as the old lady
pressed some button on the dashboard that made us accelerate so fast it felt
like we were lifting off of the ground--and then we did.I heard an explosion behind me as the old
lady barked at me.
one!" I said making sure to select it in the interface so there was an AR
cube around it.Then, she pulled back on
the steering wheel and turned it to the left.I could see her also stepping on a pedal that I thought was the gas
pedal, but it turns out this car could also fly.
kid, you do what you have to do to get us back to the Prime
Trimension--preferably not to Nowhere House because this car will not
There was one
thing that ended up coming into play that I would never have considered.
The Conva were not horrible people.
“You really don’t
have to keep that gun to my head.You
found me out and now you’re trading me for one of your own,” the politician
pal, but we Earthlings aren’t so easy to fool,” KJ said sounding like some
action movie hero.
what I’m tellingyou—you’re not being
sure.Hey you.You ready to trade?Mine for yours?”KJ was looking past me to the Conva guard to
my right.That guard shrugged and
muttered something in his language and both he and the other guard who had each
held an arm of mine tightly around the tricep area, let go. Almost instinctively,
I took a step forward.About twenty feet
away from me, KJ shoved the politician forward, but kept his gun aimed at the
ya faker, and know this gun is still pointed at your head.”
you’re surrounded. If you shoot me, they’ll all shoot you.”
then we’d both be dead.”
rolled his eyes as we passed each other.Just as he disappeared from my view, he added: “Earthlings…”
I reached KJ
and gave him a hug—or tried to.He shoved
me away.“Stop! I have to keep us covered!”
KJ jerked his gun
from one of the Conva guards to the other and back.“KJ, it’s good.They are clearly cool.”
“How do I know
they didn’t torture you into saying that!?!”
me fine, even after I killed a bunch of their people.”
“Dude, put the
gun down and tell me your exit strategy.”
“What? Oh, it’s
cool.We’ve got a car outside the hangar
that’ll take us out to the the Fire Escape.”He pointed toward a door on the far side of the hangar.
“Really?OK, cool.Let’s go then.”
definitely,” KJ said, slowly backing away from the ‘confrontation zone’ as I
walked casually toward that door.I
stopped and, looking back at KJ, saw that I had gotten about twenty feet ahead
of him because he was still backing away from the the politician, the Conva
guards and all the other armed and unarmed Conva standing around.Some of them stared at us, slack-jawed, while
others shook their heads, while others just shrugged and went back to what ever
they were doing.
“Kim John!! Would
you come on!” I yelled, adding, “You’re embarrassing us!”
“Just let’s go!”
quickly toward the door and then through it as KJ literally flipped up a
transparent hood on the jumpsuit he was wearing and then zipped the hood’s front,
creating an air-tight seal.
We stepped outside
and saw a brilliant, huge, starry sky above us.