Voyagers: Frozen in Time

Chapter 1: When Lightning Strikes

Paris, France, June 3rd, 1902 9:10pm

"You know Bogg, I have to admit that this was a great idea!" twelve-year old Voyager Jeffrey Jones shouted above the wind as he gazed at the towering infrastructure.

"Good thing it's warm out! Back when I had the guidebook, I used to do this stuff all the time!" His partner, Voyager Phineas Bogg replied.

"So you closed your eyes and ran your finger down to a random date, and then went to that time zone to witness history in the making?" Jeffrey laughed. "That's so neat! Wish I thought of it."

"It killed boredom! I needed some kind of fun, ya know? But now I don't know too many famous dates, so I have to pick your brain. What's gonna happen here again?"

Phineas stared at the black clouds overhead; they were plumped with rain. The droplets soon splashed off his suede, tan vest. He pushed his dirty blonde hair back and raised his face skyward to feel the cool water upon his skin. His vivid blue eyes widened and he grinned. The majestic sight of the great Eiffel tower never ceased to amaze him.

"In about five minutes, lightning is gonna strike the top of the tower and blow all the electricity. I've seen a picture of it in one of my dad's books and it looked real awesome." Jeffrey explained.

"Yeah, but you might not want to be standing too close, kid. This structure is made of pure steel!" Phineas warned, but made no moves away from it. The electrical energy built up around them, and he felt rooted to his spot as a resonant humming filled his ears.

"Aww, Bogg! It would have been even cooler if we were actually on the top!" Jeffrey kidded. "Hey, we forgot, make sure the omni is not red or anything."

Phineas flicked it open and saw the green light. "We're good, I guess we can just stand back and watch the show."

Thunder rumbled louder and the rain poured down in sheets. Jeffrey shook out his dark curls and wiped his face. "Keep your eyes on the skies! Eight years from now a physicist named Theodore Wulf is gonna detect cosmic rays throughout the tower after a 4-day experiment and discover…"

Phineas grasped his arm and pointed. "Science lessons later, Jeff! It's gorgeous! The storm is getting closer! Man! Look at those bolts out there, it's…woah! Here it comes!" He bellowed.

Phineas practically jumped up and down like kid in a candy store and Jeffrey did the same. Three crackling streams of bluish white energy shot out from the sky and linked together as they forcefully made contact with the apex of the tower. The entire monument quivered, its metal parts screeched from the impact. The static electricity in the atmosphere raised every hair on Phineas' arms and his body shivered from head to toe. Jeffrey clutched him, laughing at the spectacular scene.

Thunder cracked again and more lightning embellished the purple hued skies. Phineas suddenly felt a jolt in his hand and the omni made a noise he had never heard before. It was a jarring mix of sounds from the red and green light. He then realized he hadn't closed the device and both lights flashed on and off while the globe spun wildly. The dials turned automatically, but Phineas couldn't read the dates in the darkness. Phineas conked it against his palm. Another shock passed through him and the noise died off with a sharp buzz. The light turned red and the globe locked into place. Phineas held the omni away from him confused. Jeffrey was too enthralled with the storm and didn't notice his partner's bewilderment.

"Bogg, do we have to go already?"

"Go? Where? What do you…?"

In that instant, the Voyagers were flung through the cosmos faster than they had ever been before.