Hello one and all! After what turned out to be an extraordinarily long hiatus, I have returned. Alas, I have not squandered this time, I have been typing FOUR Fantastic Four based fanfics. This one is the longest of the four; the others are more short story/one shots involving our beloved Johnny Storm and Amera. This is the first chapter of the next fancfic; Error of Parallax. The first chapter will be posted as a new story, so be sure to check it out for the updates because this will be the ONLY chapter being tagged onto the end of this story! Much love to all my dedicated readers and reviewers, you have kept my going :D
It was almost seven in the morning when their alarm clock went off. Johnny's eyes cracked open a little as he rolled over to switch off the loud beeping noise. He stretched a little before rolling over again to face Amera lying next to him. She yawned and opened her eyes a bit to see Johnny smiling at her; she smiled at him before he leant over to her.
"Morning beautiful." He whispered to her, placing a soft kiss on her forehead. She smiled again and shrugged into his warm chest, prompting him to wrap his arms around her.
"Morning handsome…" She mumbled almost incoherently into his chest.
"Are you ready for a day of more ground-breaking experiments?" He asked her softly, and she nodded against his chest.
"Yeah, I'm excited…but being in your arms is so much more comfortable…" Amera said, finally pulling her head from his chest and looking up at him. He gave her another tight squeeze before brushing the hair from her face and smiling at her.
"It's almost time for us to go up…" He whispered to her again, placing a soft kiss on her lips and gently letting her out of his grasp. Amera smiled at him and rolled over to her side of the bed and sat on the edge, looking out of the window. She yawned before she stood up and stretched, and then strolled to the bathroom stark naked for her morning routine. She brushed her teeth, brushed her hair and got into the shower. She wasn't in the shower for long before Johnny joined her, slipping in behind her.
"You know what they say, save water…" Johnny smiled and kissed Amera on the back of her neck. She laughed softly as Johnny ran his warm hands over her wet torso, making her skin prickle with goose bumps.
"Come on, we're going to be late." Amera said, turning around in Johnny's arms and placing a wet kiss on his lips.
"They have to wait for you anyway…" Johnny smirked at her.
"But the wormhole isn't going to wait for me." She smiled at him and kissed his wet lips again. She got out of the shower a few minutes later, followed shortly by Johnny; both of them evaporating the water droplets off their skin. Amera strolled out the bathroom naked and to her cupboard to get her Fantastic suit. She reached out for it; and Johnny walked up behind her, placing another hot kiss on her shoulder before taking his suit out of the cupboard from behind her. Amera took her suit off of her hanger and laid it on the bed, before phasing into her air element and slipping into her suit effortlessly. Johnny smiled over his shoulder at her before trying to slip into his own suit. Once he had his boots on, he stood up and they headed out and up to the lab. Reed and Susan were already there, setting up their equipment for the experiment. Once they saw Johnny and Amera enter the lab, they knew it was almost time to go. Reed called Amera over to the console to start giving her a set of instructions.
"Morning, Amera. I hope you slept well. Here are the instructions for today and the special communicator we built for the wormhole. I've worked out that the time fracture is about two years ahead of our time, so if you get there, we should still have this detector to send you back…if not, the plans are on your communicator along with some other things that you might find useful." Reed said quickly and furiously, pointing to her new communicator and a giant detector satellite dish that Herbie was surveying on the roof. Amera nodded and smiled at both Susan and Reed, making them feel a little bit at ease.
"We've gone over this before, guys. I know the drill. Relax, I'll be fine." Amera said, hooking her new communicator over her ear. Reed and Susan carried on preparing all the equipment, and Amera went over to Johnny standing at the far side of the lab. He smiled as she came over to him, and she smiled back at him.
"Time travel should be fun…I might see if we ever decide on a wedding date…you know, since we've been engaged for two years…" She mocked him and he smiled down at her.
"Hey, I've been saying for the past year that we can fly over to Vegas…just you and me…" He joked with her, but she mock-pouted at him with her wide blue eyes.
"I want a proper wedding, like the several Reed and Susan had." Amera stared at Johnny with wide eyes until he sighed in defeat.
"Ok, I surrender. When you come back we can start talking about the wedding." Johnny smiled down at her and pulled her into a hug. She looked up at him and placed a kiss on his lips, making him smile.
"Hey! Enough of that! I don't need to see that so early in the morning…" Ben grumbled somewhere behind them. Amera slipped out of Johnny's grasp and spun around to face Ben.
"When are you going to get used to the fact that we're engaged?" Amera said with a slightly smug undertone and Ben grumbled at her angrily. Amera laughed silently at Ben, and Johnny joined in as he wrapped his arms around Amera's waist from behind. They stood waiting for the equipment to be up and working, and after ten minutes it was finally running.
"Amera, it's time to head out." Susan said to her across the lab. Amera slid out of Johnny's grasp again and kissed him one more time before heading to the middle of the floor. She switched on her communicator and waved to all of them before lighting up in her light form.
"Remember, everything you need is on your communicator if something goes wrong!" Susan said quickly before Amera disappeared. Amera nodded again and the skylight opened up for her. In the blink of an eye, she beamed out of the lab and into the atmosphere, heading past the moon in seconds.
"Note for future reference; no need to breathe in light form. I have no idea why I didn't notice this before." Amera said into her communicator, letting go of the spare oxygen she had with her. She flattened out her body into a thin streak of light, and zoomed past the last few planets in their solar system.
"More notes; traveling above the average speed of light. Must be the human influence." Amera said once again and stopped, floating in space. She looked back at the planets behind her and activated her communicator, taking a picture of the solar system.
"Not everyday people get to say they've been this far…" Amera said to herself and carried on flying. She started following coordinates from her communicator, telling her where the wormhole would be. She was nearing the edge of their galactic arm and the wormhole appeared from nowhere. Amera smiled and zoomed right through it. She was expecting to see a dizzying illusion of light and matter, but it seemed like she just flew through a doorway. She was back in her galactic arm, and heading through their solar system again. She was excited to see if the experiment had worked, if time travel really was possible. She saw her familiar blue planet up ahead and located the spot where New York was on the North American continent. She burned through the atmosphere and through the skies of New York, setting her sights on the Baxter Building.