Friday, August 31, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/30/18: Planning Our Possible Escape

Just a quick reminder: pretty much everything you're going to read on this blog or its PDFs is an absolute first draft.  In most cases, you're reading these pages before even I do as I write them and post them without even checking for typos.  The whole point is to write every day and worry about editing later.  If you want to read something from me that has been proofread and edited (WOW!), please check out manfromzero.com and buy my most recent novel.  It's good and takes place in the same story universe as Fire Escape--just way in the futrure.  In the meantime, if you want to make it easier for me to write, why not support me on Patreon? Just go here: patreon.com/petenicholls. Don't want to commit to Patreon?  Then buy me a cup of coffee!  Or hay, just let me know that you like my stuff.  That means so much, too. Find me on TwitterIG, or FB.

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“Because. She’s a better scientist than me,” Kate said as we walked.

“Give yourself a break, kid! You’re all we got!” Dot had a way of helping and hurting at the same time.

“Besides, I’m sort of a scientist, I’ll go with you.”

“Wait, Dot, what are we talking about?” I asked managing to do so with my regular voice despite being Super Me still, concerned they were thinking about splitting up the group.

“Kate wants to go check out the big facility Wing mentioned and I can go with her. You guys find the refugees.”

“That’s what we’re calling them now?” I asked, a mild growl following my words.

“That is what they are at this point. We can’t just leave them all here.”

“Yeah, who knows how long that field generator on top of the barracks will even last?” Kate said looking back at the purple mountain we’d come from.

“Well, try to fix the problem, guys,” KJ said.

“We would not need to invade your world if we did not have to,” Wing said.

It was maybe an hour or so when we found the religious facility on the way to the civic center. I had returned to my normal self once we got a good distance from the bad Fire Escape I’d dropped.

“Oh my god...” Kate stared at the religious building as though she’d seen it before.

“What is it?” I asked.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/29/18: Let's Make a Hole in a Dimension Full of holes!

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“In the meantime time, I’m going to try dropping a Fire Escape and see what happens,” I said as we walked.

“Can you do that while walking?” Kate asked.

“Don’t know but I know it’ll be easier to do it standing still.” I dashed forward about twenty feet away and followed the instructions Jill had given me. The Fire Escape showed up on the AR map.

I shrugged as the others caught up to me.

“Seemed to work,” I said as I contemplated testing it by jumping through it.

“Now to test it,” I said.

“With what?” Kate asked.

“Uh, I was just going to jump home with it.”

“That’s the worst idea I ever heard,” she said flatly.  Dot spoke next. “Are you nuts? With all this dimensional instability shit going on?”

I suddenly felt really sick. My anxiety stomach feeling suddenly flared up as I remembered that I’m just an office assistant for an insurance company.

“Here!” KJ said, finding a palm-sized piece of what looked like concrete that had broken off of a curb. He stepped within range of the AR map and held the concrete chunk like a baseball as I dialed in the coordinates to Nowhere House. I nodded and he tossed the chunk into the Fire Escape with a blue flash. Almost immediately we heard a crunch sound and saw pebbles and dust fall from the portal. My stomach anxiety throbbed and then made me double over when the Fire Escape throbbed blue once, then turned red and created red cracks in reality itself.

Everyone stared for a long moment at the red Fire Escape, even me from my now crouching position.

“Maybe not do that again,” Wing said. I looked to him and saw he was looking back at the Maelstrom. So, I did, as well, and now we could see the whole thing was now showing the same redness and the cracks we just saw form around the Fire Escape I’d just dropped.

Just when I thought my anxiety would knock me fully onto my back I suddenly felt the lights start to dim.

“Memories,” I said as I found my view rising six or more inches from where it had been.  I stood up and once again found myself towering over the others my several inches. I instantly noticed that I felt no anxiety at all.

“Alright, everyone, let’s keep walking.”

“Man, I wish Jill had come along for this,” Kate said.

“Why?” Dot asked

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/28/18: Just How DID the Fire Escape Dimension Come to Exist?

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“That’s an interesting idea,” Dot said.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Could they have used something like an Accessory to move an entire town into an alternate dimension?”

“I don’t think so,” I said, adding, “The Fire Escape would have to be huge to fit a whole town. The biggest Fire Escape I’ve seen so far was bug enough to fit a Conva spaceship about the size of five or six subway cars side-by-side.”

“So it’s possible,” Dot said.

“Hey Wing, does anyone know how your people got here?” Kate asked.

“No, not at all. Our sacred texts just say we came here.”

“Yo, but how?” Kate said, shrugging.

“No one knows.”

“Was it intentional, maybe?” Kate asked, staring off into space.

“I told you—“ Wing began when Dot cut him off, saying, “Why would this be intentional?”

“No, like, obviously.  Maybe they were trying to escape, though?”

“Yo, Kate has a point,” KJ said.

“Unintended consequences,” I said smiling slightly.

“Human history is drowning in unintended consequences,” Dot said, mirroring my slight smile.

“So, let’s roll with that for a sec—“ Kate was getting enthusiastic as she continued. “If you wanted to make a whole town vanish, you’d need a facility inside the town to modulate the Fire Escape big enough to grab the town.”

“Probably be a big facility,” KJ said.

“Word. So, it should be easy to find.”

“Any of this sound familiar, Wing?” I asked.

“No, not really.”

I noticed a twinkle in KJ’s eyes and a slight smile forming on his lips. “What is Kage?”

“What about religious buildings? Are there any big religious buildings in Valley City?”

“Yeah, it’s not far from town center, where we are going,” Wing said.

“That’s where you should look, Kate!” KJ said enthusiastically.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/27/18: Learning About Conva Culture

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“In my experience you really feel it coming,” I said. Wing offered his experience: “It’s true. It feels strange for a while before it actually happens for the first time.”

As we continued to walk, Valley City seemed more and more tragic. It was like photos I saw of old dust bowl towns that had been abandoned back in the 1950s I think it was. It was clear the place thrived but now it was a ghost town.

“How long has it been like this?” KJ asked as we walked.

“Seems like a long time. five, ten years in Earth terms,” I said.

“Wing?” Kate said.

“Not sure. Our time measure was based on the old ways and thrown out after The Problem was discovered.”

“The old ways?” Kate asked.

“Yes. A very long time ago when my beings first came here they brought with them their own sacred texts that our current civilization came from.”

“Word—where did your people come from?”

“Some of the old ways were lost but it’s where our language comes from and all of our science and where we learned to build things like the thing on the roof of the soldier place.”

“Your language?” Dot asked. “Was that Isaac Newtown sign written in your language?”

“Yes, well, a very old kind of it.”

“Curiouser and curiouser,” Dot said.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“We already know that Conva are basically humans that have their DNA ‘compressed’ by the FED which leads to their bodies changing. Seems like they came from Earth in our not-to-distant past.”

“Yo—you think there’s a reason this place looks like it’s from the 1950s?” KJ asked.

“Yeah, because that’s where they originally came from. This whole town and maybe the Seaside
Village came from Earth the same way we did but back in the 1950s?”

“But how?!?” KJ asked.

“The same way the Accessory works only bigger? I dunno!”

“That is some freaky shit right there, KJ said.”

Monday, August 27, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/26/18: Are There Changes Coming? KJ Wants to Know

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"So, is this the same place we went after rescuing Jake, though?" KJ seemed dubious.  "I mean, you go to any number of cities in the US and the architecture can look so similar."

"I don't know, kid--I rarely forget a place, but you're right.  We didn't see a street sign anywhere," Dot somehow sounded sure of herself and skeptical at the same time.

"Well, let's just focus on the mission," I said, adding: "But honestly, how many other towns anywhere have architecture that starts off looking small-town, USA, and three or four floors up become Star Trek, you know?" I said.

"Word," Kate said.

"That is some dope architecting skills, no matter if this is the same town we were in that day or not."

"Are we going in the right direction, Wing?" I asked.

"Yes, this is the main thorough fair for Valley City and it leads to the center of town where there is a big place where everyone meets and does things together."

"So, a civic or convention center," I said.  Wing just shrugged his large Conva shoulders.

"Hey, how long until we start to change?" KJ asked.

"What are you talking about?" Kate asked.

"Dr. Green said that if we spent long enough in the Fire Escape Dimension, we'd become Conva, too.  Right down to our DNA changing."

"I know that, but that doesn't happen within a couple hours, does it?"

"She didn't have a clear estimate," I said, looking at KJ. "Why?  You feeling a change coming on?"

"I dunno... it's probably just in my mind."

Sunday, August 26, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/25/18: There's Something Familiar About this Place

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“But I do want to avoid bloodshed,” I said.

“And he can cause a lot of it!” KJ said, making me feel awkward and ashamed at the dame time.

“I understand. I’m glad to know that people who will live next door are not like you.”

I was about to say something sarcastic when Dot made a vocal observation.

“Well this is a surprising design choice!”

We looked to see what she had observed—a sun bleached sign that read, in English, “Welcome to Isaac Newtown.”

“What’s with the old-town USA vibe?” Kate asked. She was right it looked like a sign that could have been designed in the 1950s and when I looked beyond it, I saw buildings that on the first few floors, looked like they belonged in a small midwestern town like in an old movie. Thing was that, above the 3rd or 4th floor, the buildings looked more advanced and streamlined—almost futuristic only they also looked like they needed some maintenance.  Windows were broken and filled in with that same transparent stuff we saw in the Hub, plastic and/or metal-looking additions had been added here and there, I guessed, to reinforce structures.

As we passed the sign and entered “Isaac Newtown” I had a strange sense of deja vu. I looked back to the paved walkway that had run down from the purple mountain and saw that the entire foot of the mountain seemed to have a jagged edge to it where it met the edge of this town.”

“This does seem weirdly familiar to me,” Dot said.

“Yo, have you actually been to Isaac Newtown before?” Kate asked.

“We pronounce it iTown now,” Wing said.

“No, but this is...” Dot paused for a moment then spoke again. “I remember now!! That time KJ and I rescued you, Jacob! You couldn’t get us out the right Fire Escape—we came out in a town just like this!”

I got chills as I once again looked around at the structures. She was right.

“Holy shit—but—“

“Maybe they don’t pay their taxes here?” Dot suggested.

“Yeah, everything looks older,” KJ said. “But did we travel through time or something?”

“Time is different here,” Wing said. “Science people said that reality for us is compressed and time is part of reality.”

“So, time moves faster here because it’s compressed?” Kate asked.

“Maybe. I’m not a science person.”

“I wonder what the differential is between here and our dimension,” Kate said.

“I remember they said they could not know what time it was on your side before we got there.”

“Some serious inconsistent spacetime compression ratios going on over here. I’m surprised we’re not seeing more distortions like that mess back at the Hub,” Kate said.

“Good point, Katie—we should watch out for any more disruptions appearing,” Dot said.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/24/18: The Conva Problem Explained (sort of)

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As we got further down the paved walkway, it started to wind a bit and curve around to so that when I looked behind us, I could so two antenna on top of the barracks building, the blue field enveloping the top several floors of the building and, well beyond the building, the top of the maelstrom.
As if things needed to get any more surreal.

"Hey, Wing.  Have you guys always known about our dimension?" KJ asked

"No.  It was learned not too long ago.  Since I finished my schooling and before I started military training.  We always heard about 'The Problem'.  It was something no adult would explain until we were older."

"Sounds like sex or drugs from our side," Dot said.

"What was it?" Kate asked.

"It was that back there," he said.

"The collapse of your entire reality?" KJ sounded stunned.

"Some never thought this would happen."

"You had scientists that knew, though, and told everyone, right?" I asked.

"Yes, but no one listened to them."

"COUGHclimatechangeCOUGH," Kate said.

"It's like that old saying about space being infinite along with stupidity," Dot said.  "I've seen it with other so-called 'intelligent' species, too."

By now Wing had become his old Conva self.  Much taller, longer, but still not as big as Super Me.
Still, it was nice to know Dot had rigged the rifle so she could stop it from working if he suddenly had a change of heart.  That got me thinking.

"Wing, why the change of heart?" I asked.

"Change of heart?"

"Why did you want to invade us before but now you are being nice?" Dot asked.

"Oh.  Because I heard what you said and I, too, like to have peace as a goal. If we can save my people without killing, I am happy for it, especially after I saw what faces us on your side."

"What's that?" I asked.

"More people like you," he said, looking at me, quickly adding: "Please I mean no offense as you asked me. I am honest."

"No, why would I be offended."

"You are a being of great power. I am scared to upset you."

I suddenly felt incredibly awkward and felt compelled to correct him.  "Hey, the only time you ever have to be afraid of me is if you move aggressively toward me or my friends."

"OK." The way Wing said it was monotone and noncommittal.  I decided to let it go for now, mainly because I was still feeling very awkward.  Of course, I couldn't leave it completely alone.  "And I'm the only one like me from my side.  Most of us are about as strong as you and can't shape shift like me.  In fact, I don't think any human can shape shift like me."

"Oh, really?"  He looked at the pavement in front of me and then looked at me and nodded.  "OK."

This time he sounded a little more positive.

Friday, August 24, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/23/18: What is Happening to the Seaside Village?

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“What?!?” I said.

“It’s not moving!” KJ said wiping a tear from beneath his right eye. I looked back at the debris from the buildings. He was right, it was standing almost entirely still. If I squinted, engaging my adaptive eyesight, I could see, close up, that there was movement, but it was slow.

“So, we got here just in time to watch this place collapse in slow-mo. Great,” KJ said with a lot of bitterness in his voice.

“No,” I said staring out at the gradual dismemberment of reality. “We got here just in time to save the Conva people.”

KJ looked to Wing, whose eyes looked weirdly larger than I they were moments ago.  I looked at his hands—they were larger, too—elongated.

"Whoa--hold up! Is the collapse happening so slowly for any reason? I mean, maybe I watch too many movies, but, why's this thing not just COLLAPSING, man?"

A look of recognition crossed Wing's slightly-larger-than-before face.  He took a sharp, short breath and moved to the window, sticking his head out of it and looking up.  He immediately said something in Conva and then said:  "They got it working!"

"What?" I asked.  He pointed upward.  We all looked up and saw a field of bright blue energy that looked like it was emanating toward the maelstrom.

"From on top of this building."

"Looks dope, dawg, what is it?" KJ asked.

"It's what some science people were working on.  My commanders did not believe it would work, but

I guess it does.  At least to slow it down."

"Like I was saying: Let's go save the Conva people."  I motioned toward the floor door that Kate had just opened.

We made our way down to the barracks level and found an exit on the valley-side. In minutes we were walking down a paved walkway toward Valley City below.

“Mr. Wing, do you know where the rest of your people would have evacuated to?” I asked.

“There are several shelters but I never thought I’d need to know where they were because I was going to invade your side and make it our home.”

“Greeeat,” KJ said.  Kate shook her head. “You were that sure you’d just come on over to our side and call it home? You have no idea how hard it is to get an apartment in NYC, my friend!”

"Yeah, man, why didn't you just ask our country for asylum?" I asked.

"Come on, Jacob, what kind of question is that?" KJ asked.

"Because we saw how your government treats refugees," Wing said.

I nodded.  KJ smirked at me.  "See?"

Thursday, August 23, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE UPDATE for 8/22/18: What Happened to the Seaside Village?

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“How do I do that?”

“I made it easy but not obvious. When you get to the main menu, have your left hand mirror your right.”

“Put my left hand on the Accessory the same way my right hand is on it. Seems easy enough.”

“Good luck, little brother.”

“Thanks, sis!” I barely got out the word “sis” when she hugged me tight.

“KJ how long with this ‘one last look’ be?” I asked, adding: “Because I am going to time it.”

“Thirty seconds is all I need.”

“Alright—gonna hold you to that.”

“I know.”

“And it’s gonna be through the window not through outside.”

“I can make that work,” KJ said after a short moment of thought.

“We ready?”

Dot, Wing, KJ, and Kate all replied at once.

“Good luck!” Green called out.

“Thanks!” I said as I activated the Fire Escape and we passed through it.

Once again, we appeared in the Hub, still met with the eerie silence from no one using it. KJ went straight over to the nearest window on the ocean side and fired his rifle at it, shattering the glass(?). He looked out the window.

“Thirty seconds and counting, Kage!” I said.

“I—“ KJ suddenly went silent. I looked over at him—I wasn’t really going to hold him to that thirty seconds, but as it turned out he wasn’t going to need it.

“Oh no...” Wing said, racing to the window. The collapse has begun. I joined them at the window and saw what they saw—reality itself seemed to be curving in on itself with the Eternal Ocean already in a kind of maelstrom sucked down a drain while being looked at through a fish-eye lens. The village was visible—well, the pieces were—debris from the buildings and houses that crumbled spread upward toward the maelstrom as though it was on invisible conveyor belts.

The sight filled me with panic.

“We have to go.”

I moved from the window when Wing stopped me.

“No! Look!”

I turned back and saw nothing new but did manage to feel even more panicked.

Monday, August 20, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/19/18: Who DOES Jill Trust?

Interesting news: I just conceived of the ending of this book.  The whole time I was wondering where Jacob was writing all of this from.  Today I figured it out and I can't wait to write it!

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“That sounds about right,” I said.

“You still haven’t answered the q—q-question—what do we do now?”

“I don’t know.”

Julio threw his hands up again. “Great. He’s got information but just enough to still know nothing.”

“This is not nothing, what he has taught us,” Green said.

“Oh yeah? So there was definitely an invasion force, two actually, and we don’t know where the violent one is and the other one has already infiltrated Earth society! How is this helpful at all, Dr. Green?”

“We know that the Conva village probably evacuated to the valley. OK. Maybe Mr. Wing is wrong. Maybe his beings, his team, evacuated to the valley also?”

“That is a theory based on wishful thinking.”

“Wishful thinking?” Green said.

“He means you only say it because you wish it was true,” I said.

“Of course I wish it was true! My point is, he gave us information. Now we need to be sure.”

“So we have to go back again,” I said.

“Should we reach out to Manchester and see if she has anything to offer?” Kate asked.

“At this p-p-point the situation is too fluid.”

“Word—all the more reason to know as much as we can.”

“Not sure what else there is to kn-kn-know but I can reach out while you and Jacob go back to the FED and find those villagers.”

“And those soldiers, please,” Wing said.

“Why don’t you go too, man?” Kate asked.

“Without an arm? How do I fight with one arm?”

“Don’t fight. I don't fight. I'm a tech.  Yo, the better question is how are we going to get around without knowing the valley? You could be our guide.”

“I still would feel strange with one arm.”

“You only need one arm to point, bro,”. Kate said. Wing grinned slightly but then looked to Green and pointed to where his left arm and shoulder had been before I tore it out. “Is this OK if I go?”

“Not right now, but I can look at it. If it’s ok, you can go but I need you to be careful and only be a guide. No action.”

Wing nodded.

Jill pulled me aside later and asked me how I was doing with my morphing.

“Definitely getting the hang of it. Why?”

"Just want to make sure my brother is going to come back from all these missions.  Also, Green and I were talking--keep an eye out for any symptoms that the FED's characteristics are changing your guys' DNA.

"I think mine is safe," I said, knowingly, almost cockily.

"Alright, well, everyone else then."

"Well, Julio and KJ are staying this time so have Green check them out.  Anything else?"

"Yeah, keep an eye on our soldier boy.  He seemed to turn fast."

"You think he might double cross us?"

"I have no idea.  I just know that a minute ago, he was part of an invasion force."

"Not sure how he'd betray us.  All he knows is that we legit want to solve this problem and maybe save his dimension."

"Maybe."

"I got you--you don't trust anybody and I don't blame you."

"I trust you little brother."

I smiled.

You know, it's funny.  I can't remember Jill stuttering when she was sure of something.  Then again, maybe that's just how I remember her?

Sunday, August 19, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/18/18: Meet the Conva.

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"You know English?" Julio asked.

"Yes.  A little.  Everyone in our team learned."

"You should not be up."

"I was bored and your machines we're working to keep me... asleep."

"We need to get you back to bed," Green said.

"No.  My people are in trouble."

"How long has he been standing there?!? Green, get this guy out of here!" Julio said, sounding like there had been a huge breach of security.

"You need information.  I have it."

"Alright, young fella.  Tell us," Dot said.

"You already know some.  Our dimension--it's failing."

"We've already figured that out."

"You said that the place where soldiers sleep was empty--yes?"

"Yes.  Very.  And so was the village below, by the water."

"If the place we sleep is empty--"

"The barracks," Jim said.

"Barracks is empty, then the invasion has already begun."

"That's nonsense," Jim said.

"Word! Where are all your buddies, man?" Kate asked.

"All over your world.  That was the plan."

"I've been monitoring CCTV from the present relative to everyone here and I see no evidence anywhere of an invasion, sir."

The Conva seemed surprised.  He stammered for a moment and spoke.  "I have been here, they maybe changed their plan? I don't know."

"What about the people in the village?" I asked.

"I don't know.  We were only told about our missions."

"So much for this guy having information," Julio said, throwing up his hands.

"I haven't told you all yet!  Those people in the village, they probably evacuated to shelters in the valley."

"And why would they d-d-do that?"

"Because the, the dimension is falling--collapsing."

"That agrees with my findings so far," Green said.

"And there's no way to stop it?" I asked.

"No," our Conva friend said.

"Not that I can find," Green said.  "Like I said, the Fire Escape Dimension isn't anchored to the greater universe.  If we could somehow anchor it, we could save everyone."

"Our smart people--"

"Scientists," Jim said.

"Yes, scientists, they tried to find a way, but they couldn't."

I rubbed my face with my right hand, trying to massage the tension out of my head and try to absorb all of this at the same time.

"So, what should we d-d-do from your perspective?" Jill asked the Conva.

"Wait, hold on--who is this guy?" Kate asked. "As in, like, what's your name?"

"Arkus Wing is my name."

"Alright, Arkus, I'm Kate.  Nice to meet you.  Now, what my boss said--what do you think we should do?  Is this invasion avoidable?  Is it even a violent kind of invasion?"

"Of course it's a violent invasion, Kate!" Julio said, scoldingly.

"Hey, you don't know if they need violence to invade.  The Beatles didn't. You don't know."

"Yes, it would be violent.  But there is a not violent invasion force, too.  They already came over for years."

"Why the violent version at all?  Why not just have everyone come over?" I asked.

"Your people not like each other.  You not like us, too, maybe."

"It's true," Green said shrugging.  "Most beings stay away form Earth because humans are so violent."

"It's true," Dot said.  "Earth is like the seedy part of town.  Aliens come here, but only because they have to or can't be seen anywhere else."

Saturday, August 18, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 8/17/18: Things in the Fire Escape Dimension get Curious

I'M BACK POSTING!

Work, family, life got in the way for a bit, but I am back posting.  Tell your scifi friends!

Just a quick reminder: pretty much everything you're going to read on this blog or its PDFs is an absolute first draft.  In most cases, you're reading these pages before even I do as I write them and post them without even checking for typos.  The whole point is to write every day and worry about editing later.  If you want to read something from me that has been proofread and edited (WOW!), please check out manfromzero.com and buy my most recent novel.  It's good and takes place in the same story universe as Fire Escape--just way in the futrure.  In the meantime, if you want to make it easier for me to write, why not support me on Patreon? Just go here: patreon.com/petenicholls. Don't want to commit to Patreon?  Then buy me a cup of coffee!  Or hay, just let me know that you like my stuff.  That means so much, too. Find me on TwitterIG, or FB.

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"This is where you jokingly tell us, it's not really nothing, but is metaphorically nothing, right?" Dot said.

"Yeah, pretty much.  We saw no people--no Conva.  It's like they'd abandoned the barracks completely and when I looked down at the seaside village at the bottom of the purple grassy mountain the Hub/structure was built on, I saw no one down there, either."

"That village is a ways down there, Jacob--how could you see all the way down there?" Julio asked.

"I was Super Me and squinted.  Their homes were empty.  What looked like food was still on what looked like their tables."

"They dropped everything and b-b-bolted," Jill said, looking off into space, probably trying to find a reason for them to drop everything and leave.

"Why would they even do that?  Is that town called Pompeii?" Kate said.

"Dr. Green, any progress on solving their problem?" Dot asked.

"Not much.  It's been a struggle keeping the Conva soldier Jacob brought back in a stable coma."

"Why bother?" Julio asked.

"Because, Mr. Gutierrez, he's a sovereign being."

"Thanks, Doc," I said.  "Hey, Hu--what's your problem?"

"What? He's a soldier--he was going to kill us if we let him.  You didn't let him."

"Just because he was going to kill us that doesn't mean we have to kill him," I said.

"Well, maybe we need to focus on saving the lives of the rest of his people?" Julio said, shrugging.

"Word.  This is where KJ would make a Star Trek reference.  We need him down here--he's good at psychology and whatnot.  Dropping everything like that?  Food on the tables?"

"I'm good at psychology," Jim said.

"You're an AI, no you're not," Kate said.

"Why do we need a psychologist? To work out why they dropped everything and abandoned their homes and their plan to invade?" Dot asked.  "You don't need to be a shrink to know that."

"D-d-d-o tell."

"They're scared.  Safety in numbers.  They're off someplace together.  Or they already have an escape route from the FED.  Duh." Dot shrugged as Green began to speak. "From what I have been able to get from the data from both environmental devices we sent over, the dimension is not structurally sound at all.  It is not anchored properly within the, well, you don't have a word for it in English, yet, because Earth science is not advanced enough to even recognize the other twelve naturally occurring dimensions."

"Hey, we're w-working on it, OK?" Jill said, adding: "Just do your best to simplify it for us stupid p-p-p-eople."

"I think the closest word I've come across is a kind of 'super structure' that the naturally occurring dimensions are anchored to."

"So, the Fire Escape D-D-Dimension is not anchored p-properly?"

"It's not anchored at all.  It was forced into existence between the other existing dimensions."

"The FED is not anchored at all.  Great," I said.

"Wait, so what's stopping it from collapsing?"

"We've been using generators to keep it stable," another voice from the hallway said.  We turned to saw the now human Conva soldier I'd brought back.  He looked pale, leaning against the edge of a book case.  Green immediately ran to his side, lifting his one existing arm over her shoulders and helped him to a couch.

Friday, August 17, 2018

FIRE ESCAPE news update! Still Writing! About to be Posting again, too! UPDATE

So, toward the end of July, things got pretty hectic in my personal life.  Had a visit to family, lost work because of it, and for some reason I can't stop following the news every day, which just adds even more stress to my life.  And while I stopped my daily fiction posts a few weeks ago, I never stopped writing.  The good news is, I'm about to start posting up dates again.  The official PDF will be updated first with all the words I've written since July 24, 2018.  As of this post, the update hasn't happened, but it's coming today for sure.  Tomorrow, daily first draft updates will begin and continue as best as I can for the rest of the year.  Hopefully, I'll finish before 2019 begins.  If I do, I'll write something else.  I hope you've been missing these posts!!  Please let me know what you think of things so far.

Thanks for following along!

-Pete Nicholls

UPDATE: The PDF is now up to date with the latest words!  Download it now!


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