Author's Notes: I've always been intrigued with how stories go together... are they planned that way? Written off the cuff, like Hitchhiker's Guide? How closely did they stick to the initial plan? What changed during the writing process? Maybe I'm just a word nerd, but in the hopes that somebody else finds this useful, below is the original plot synopsis for all chapters after chapter 1.
The first chapter was written as a standalone story, which I think works quite well. But after receiving such positive feedback, I decided to expand it, and came up with the extended plot, which I jotted down and passed by a couple of people. In the original version, Ron was an object, a wallflower, and didn't do anything; so he became more proactive, especially in the confrontation with Dementor and Shego. That in itself became more of a plot for Kim, although not deeply explored: she'd been missing Ron, but not necessarily for everything about him, she still treated him as somebody to protect, and not as an integral part of the team.
Some other things of note about the story...
The thought that a few people, who live a long time, are caretakers of an empty world has always been fascinating to me. This is the first iteration of a theme that will probably be expanded, if I am fortunate enough to continue writing.
The starship Kim builds was inspired by David Brin's award-winning "Crystal Spheres" short story, which also deals with humans in the far future (although his is far better written than mine). You may notice that story's name in Chapter 7.
Chapter 4 was split into two chapters, since it became far too long for a single chapter.
A lot of the Dementor's lair scenes were shifted from the original idea, as new thoughts kept popping up about what was most in character for each person, and what made more sense, plot-wise.
This story is now complete, I don't anticipate any further plots at this time. But there's a lot more room in the SG-1 / KP crossover universe of my other story...
I've seen some comments that the ending was rushed, or tacked on, which I can see. However, that's always been the way it's been intended to read; if anything, the final two scenes are a bit long for what I originally intended. The story's really about Kim, not really Ron and Kim.
I wanted to get the story done by Christmas, and barely made it. It turned out to be about twice as long as I'd originally envisioned.
I hope you enjoy this little tale.
KP Eternal continuation plot
Kim and Monique journey down Mt. Middleton, Kim really seeing the world around her for the first time in a long time. They discuss Monique's life in Seattle, or what was Seattle. We also talk about how empty the world is, how it's almost better empty, since there was not enough resources to go around and civilization would've collapsed soon anyway. They also talk about the weather weirdness after the anagathic spray was released - small ice ages and drought.
We find out a bit about the biotech - neural net/wetware - in everybody's bodies.
During the trek, the sky opens and it pours buckets, drenching them. After a while, they get to a small log house that's been flooded, and they help the inhabitants, who view Kim with suspicion. She's used to it. Mystery: why is Kim needed but unwelcome? In Middleton, we find out Kim needs to go to one of the few remaining urban centers (Seattle) to do her "Feelie" recording. They take three weeks to walk there, and then find out once they've arrived that Ron's colony included instructions on a way to send a person back in time.
Nearly the entire population of earth (minus Kim and Monique) have been discussing whether they should send Kim back to stop Dementor. She's obviously the only one who could stop it. At the very end of the chapter, we find that Kim was sort of responsible for Dementor's "gift" - she chose to save Ron from death rather than stop Dementor, and the world is offering her a chance to make it right. But Kim isn't sure she wants to.
This chapter discusses the ethical ramifications of changing time - the results, whether or not Kim wants to go, etc.
Even though most people died shortly afterward (relatively speaking), they did enjoy longer life and prosperity for the duration of their lives, but at the cost of a racial imperative to go forth and procreate. Is it OK for Kim to change that? Things turned out OK in the end, didn't they? In other words, would it help or hurt to change things so Dementor didn't release his spray?
In the end, the world decides to send her - by a narrow margin. Kim herself waffles on it, and has doubts about the wisdom of taking on this mission. But she has personal reasons to go - namely, to see Ron. Unfortunately, the window is only 52 hours long and she must come back after that time, no matter what. If she succeeds, there's no telling what she'll find on her return.
Kim is outfitted with a replica of her mission outfit and some goodies, including a Kimmunicator that is more than it seems. She is briefed (using sketchy historical documentation) on where to be and how to foil Dementor, and given a rough inventory of his lair at the time, including bondo-balls, lightning generators, the transportulator, assorted villanous odds and ends. She can't just go waaaay back before, it has to be at the cusp point within the window of her visit. So she can't dawdle. She's instructed to leave Ron behind so she doesn't get distracted this time.
If the plan works, the future world will be a very different place, but future (immortal) Kim will show back up there, no Ron, to see what's happened in 50,000 years. If it's the wrong thing to do, there's no way to un-undo it. She may be stuck by herself if the human race didn't make it.
And nobody can think of anything to help bring the colonists back to earth, which is kind of a moot point anyway. Future Ron is SoL.
On the way out, one white coat guy drags Kim aside and gives her some things... namely, a pair of arm cuffs and two drug injectors. If it looks like things are going to go wahooni-shaped, she is to find a likely-looking male and female and drug 'em up and slap the armbands on them, and stow them somewhere safe for several tens of thousands of years. The drug will keep them protected from the anagathic spray, and the armbands will keep them in stasis and young. They'll be mortal, but be able to have children. The rest of the world's population discussed and dismissed giving these to Kim, since they could be considered an easy way out. It's not optimal.
Kim also gets an idea and without telling anyone, accesses all the technical specs of starship theory and design and application, and stores them in her internal neural wetware.
All the while, Kim tries to think of ways of saving or being with Ron as much as possible. She's kind of obsessed about it.
Kim is transported back in time to her senior year in high school. She's sitting in class as she pops in. Ron is in another class. She's disoriented and gets some amusing comments from Barkin and Bonnie.
Much of the first part of the chapter is Kim's reaction to her old life, how shallow it seems in comparison to what she's lived through, but also how important every detail is, that she would remember it for thousands of years.
First things first - find Ron and give him the humdinger of all smooches in the middle of school. He's incredibly embarrassed, but not unappreciative. Barkin breaks them up, she clings to Ron, he's confused but not especially concerned.
They have a day to waste until Dementor does his thing. Kim vacillates on whether or not to do the deed, to thwart Dementor. The surroundings, long vanished in her time, bring back potent memories. Her odd, wide-eyed behavior is noticed by many, including the tweebs when she hugs them, and her mom and dad when she cries upon seeing them - they'd been dead in her time for a long while, and she feels responsible even though she couldn't have saved them.
She tells the tweebs not to play with neutronium. They're puzzled, but she's adamant.
She has some gaffes, such as answering rhetorical questions about what happens in the future in an absentminded way. Like who is president next.
Her dichotomy grows as the deadline approaches to defeat Dementor. The world is so much more vivid and alive and hopeful than she's used to - they have things to look forward to, even if it will likely be a much shorter future. Mankind has a slim chance of surving even a thousand years, with the mess they've made of their planet. Accidental yet drastic winnowing saved the race, but at the cost of perhaps its driving force - its children. Even though she can't save Ron in the past or the future, his opinion matters; but when asked, he can't answer the big question, and gets concerned Kim is dying when she talks about choosing a short, eventful life or a long, depressing existence.
Kim's mind is made up when she sees children playing, and parents watching them. She remembers back to her pre-K days with Ron, and decides people need something to look forward to; they need children, a future.
On the way to stop Dementor, she stops by Middleton High to get her backpack of supplies, and sees Bonnie and Brick having an argument about him being off to college; they accuse each other of acting like children, and get in Kim's face, delaying her. Almost on a whim, more to get rid of them so she can go, Kim slaps the armbands on them and drugs 'em up, stashing them in a storeroom and saying she'll be back to get them later.
Ron wants to come on the mission and doesn't understand why Kim is reluctant. She finally tricks him into a classroom and uses a laser pen to weld the door shut, for his own good (from her point of view). She doesn't want him to get in the way. Ron, however, uses his cell phone to call Wade, who has a GJ jet standing by to let Ron follow Kim.
Unbeknownst to her, Shego is also shadowing her - unlike last time - since Kim has been acting funny, and Drakken wants to see if Kim is in cahoots with Dementor. Kim has a timeframe she needs to meet, just a few hours after her confrontation with Dementor, and she keeps checking the time.
Kim finds Dementor on the winding road outside his Mediterranean lair and despite her misgivings, tries to defeat him without releasing the anagathic spray this time. She has a neutralizing agent in her backpack, but it only works on the liquid concentrate and from very close range, and takes several seconds of stillness. But before she can wrest the potion away from Dementor, Shego attacks, trying to steal whatever Kim and Dementor are fighting over (the concentrated formula in a sealed glass bottle). Kim uses some of her future tricks, like projecting a hologram and speeding herself up, to foil Shego. Unfortunately Dementor gets free with the bottle, and then Shego snatches the bottle from Dementor but it slips and breaks on the ground, releasing its powerful effects to the ocean breeze. Kim has failed to change the future.
Dementor wails about his potion being spoiled, immortality was to be all his. Enraged, he shoves Shego nearly off the parapet they're standing on. Turning to Kim laying on the ground, he takes out a lethal little device and is about to toast her when he looks up just in time to get Ron's boots in his face. Ron parachuted from the GJ jet and saved Kim. Unfortunately, the anagathic mist swirls around and he's already inhaled it.
Kim finally remembers that far from being an annoyance, somebody to protect, Ron is not only her love but her full partner. The long centuries without him have made her forget how integral he is to everything she is and does. She begs him to forgive her, although he thinks she's just asking to be forgiven for leaving him locked at school.
With henchmen closing in, and Shego clawing her way up onto the road, Kim and Ron storm Dementor's lair. The time transport window had cut it close... she has less than an hour to get her extra duty taken care of, the one she didn't tell anyone about. She calls Wade and asks him to get the phone number for the top-secret Iowa base where Project Phoebus is stored. Finding the transportulator after fighting their way past the henchmen, she dials it and they're transported instantly to Iowa. Kim tells the General she desperately needs access to Project Phoebus, "just to make sure it's safe," and he grants it reluctantly. Once in the room, she has Ron turn it on. She gives him a big kiss, tells him she loves him, and dives under the headgear. The effect lasts only a few seconds, and just after it goes off, she's yanked back to the future as Ron watches helplessly.
Kim reappears in Seattle, waking up in a bed. She looks up and her mom and dad are there. She thinks she's still in the past, but it looks like her talking to the tweebs about neutronium not being a toy saved them, and therefore the parents Possible as well. Kim breaks into tears and hugs them all. Thinking maybe her talk with Ron had made him stay, she's bitterly disappointed to find out that situation hasn't changed... he's still stuck on Outland. She's debriefed, and spills all about Shego, Dementor, even Brick and Bonnie - but she doesn't mention her stint with Project Phoebus.
Getting up, Kim is surprised to see Shego, who had fallen long before in her previous timeline. Shego is a bit insane, and people avoid her. Kim discovers that people no longer shun her, but rather avoid Shego, who is blamed for Dementor's spilling the anagathic spray.
At first she thinks project Phoebus is a bust, no enhanced brain activity. But after a bit of roaming with Monique, she starts to get flashes, and looks at the starship specs she'd downloaded. She understands them, and sees where they were flawed. But using them as a starting point, she designs a new type of FTL ship in a day, driving herself to exhaustion. The Seattle construction center is able to produce it, but there's one thing missing: neutronium cores. The tweebs exchange guilty looks, and provide enough to make the ship work for one round-trip ticket.
The ship is teardrop-shaped and about twice as big as a phone booth. Kim steps in, triggers it, and it disappears.
Cut to Outland, where Ron is emerging from a building, looking worn, dusty and thirsty. He looks at the sky, when a strange teardrop descends, opens, and out steps Kim. They hug, Kim tugs Ron toward the ship, but he holds back... Kim thinks he's got somebody else. He holds up a finger, dashes back in, and Kim expects him to bring out a woman. Instead, he comes out with a strange little pinkish animal vaguely reminiscent of a naked mole rat, but not quite. Putting it into his overall pocket, he goes with Kim to the teardrop ship. A group gathers; Kim hands one person a folder of paper, which has instructions on how to fix the ship and generate fuel using equipment the colony has available. They'll be able to get home; it'll take a couple of thousand years, but they'll be able to get back.
Kim and Ron drop down through Earth's atmosphere and get out in Middleton. They step out, looking at the brand new day, the bright sunshine, and Kim remarks the only thing that would make it better would be children. The world looks empty and fresh and ready for something, anything. Monique greets K&R as they are looking over the valley of Middleton, and tells them she has a surprise. They follow her down to a small wooden house. There are two beds there; in one is Bonnie, looking disoriented, and Brick is in the other, looking out of it as usual. They had been put into a hospital after they were found millenia ago, and basically forgotten until Kim came back from the past. Discovered, they were weaned off the stasis cuffs and found to be able to have children.
Bonnie and Brick are told they will be Adam and Eve; Bonnie bitches about being mortal, she doesn't want to belt out kid after kid, she'd rather be immortal like Kim. Brick's cool with it. They ask where they'll live, and Kim opens the door and shows them an empty world.
Bonnie's children would inherit the earth, but Kim and Ron would be there every step, hand in hand, to guide their descendents. And help them, of course. It's what they do.