Hey everyone! Sorry this is so horribly late! And I left it on a cliffhanger as well! But, it's in now, so please enjoy!
"Quinn, wake up or you'll be late for work!"
Quinn opened his eyes wearily. He was in his bed, in his house, and his wife, Listelle, was shaking him vigorously. She shook even harder.
"Quinn, I thought you had some sort of huge thing at the lab today! Wake up so you don't miss it!"
Quinn shot up like a rocket. "That's right! I have to hurry! What time is it?"
Listelle rolled her eyes. "It's only 7:30. you have 2 hours."
Quinn slumped back down into his bed again. "What? Why did you wake me then? I'm going to get some more rest..." He pulled his sheets back over himself, and prepared to doze off back into slumber. Listelle growled in frustration, and ripped the covers from the bed quickly, causing Quinn to yelp and look at her angrily. She scoffed at him.
"How are you going to be some sort of accomplished scientist if you cant even get ready in the morning? Anyways, if I left you to sleep a bit longer, you wouldn't wake up for the whole day. Or maybe I should let you do that, and let you miss your big day as punishment...?"
Quinn moaned, and he rolled out of the bed and stood up wearily. His wife put the blankets back onto the bed, and she headed into the hall and down the stairs to the kitchen. Quinn took off his sleepwear, and he put on a pair of jeans and a turquoise t-shirt. Heading down the stairs, he could hear his 3-year old daughter running around the house, and he could smell something delicious coming from the kitchen. As he entered the kitchen, he could see an elaborate breakfast being made. He looked to his wife, who was flipping sausages on a pan. He walked up to her, curious.
"What's all this for, dear?"
She looked at him briefly. "You're so dense sometimes, honey. I'm making this to celebrate your big day! All your research is finally paying off! My genius husband has discovered the secrets of the universe and is going to share them with the rest of the world today! I think that calls for a few stacks of pancakes and some hearty eggs and sausage, wouldn't you say?"
Quinn laughed. "I wouldn't say I've discovered the secrets of universe, precisely..."
His wife spun around and put her hands on her hips. "Dear, you told me that you found a way to open portals to other dimensions. Tell me that's not the most amazing thing in the world."
Quinn shrugged sheepishly. "Alright, I suppose that is pretty amazing from a bystander's viewpoint."
She rolled her eyes and hit him playfully. "Well, breakfast is pretty much done, so go get Annie and I'll set the table."
Quinn nodded, and he went into the front-room, where his daughter was chasing the family's cat. He snuck up on her, and whisked her up into the air and onto his shoulders, causing her to squeal with delight. She grabbed on to Quinn's hair, and leaned over his head.
"Daddy, today you make cool stuff, right?"
Quinn laughed. "That's right. I'm going to open a portal to another dimension."
"Dymenchum? What's that?"
Quinn laughed again. "Something you probably wont understand until you see it." He lifted her from his shoulders, and placed her on the floor. "Well, your mommy told me that breakfast is ready, so let's go eat some yummy food."
She nodded, and ran off to the dining room, with Quinn following her. They both sat down at the table, and Annie grabbed her silverware eagerly, tapping them on the table. A minute later, Listelle came in from the kitchen carrying three plates of the prepared breakfast. She set the plates on the table, and Annie began to shovel the food in her mouth. Listelle told her to slow down, and then addressed Quinn.
"So, Is it true that your brother Tyrell is coming in from another lab to aid you on the experiment? It's been a while since you last saw him, right?"
Quinn paused for a moment, holding the mouthful of food he was about to eat still on its course. He vaguely remembered something that made him feel a bit strange. He ate the mouthful, and then looked up at his wife.
"Yeah, he'll be there today." He paused for a moment. "I had a strange dream involving him last night, I think. It was like...It was like he was a bad person in my dream. He trapped me in a cell, then threw me into a sea of...something. Something bad. Then I met people who had been affected by his actions, and they wanted to stop him or something. It was such a surreal dream..."
Listelle frowned. "That does sound pretty crazy." She ate a bite of food. "Well, make sure you don't tell him that when you see him. It'd freak him out quite a bit."
Quinn laughed. "Yeah, I wouldn't want to do that.. 'Hey bro! Haven't seen you in nearly a year! Want to hear about my dream where you were evil?' Yeah, not a good idea." Listelle laughed at this, and then drank some orange juice. Quinn then remembered something else.
"Oh yeah! I forgot to tell you this. The experiment is more than an experiment. It's going to be like a scientific presentation."
Listelle nodded. "I already knew that honey, and that's why I was pestering you to shave your beard all week. It looks scrubby."
Quinn frowned, and stroked his beard. "I like my scrubby..." He returned to his original point. "That's not the matter, though, You see, while it's a presentation, it's also semi-public by invitation. And I've had it that you and Annie can come see it today."
Listelle's jaw dropped. "You mean it? You mean that we can actually see the opening of another dimension?" She nearly shot up out of her chair with excitement. Quinn laughed a bit too hard at this, and began to choke a bit. After he recovered, he spoke carefully.
"Yeah. You might want to wear something nice, I don't know. Anything you feel is appropriate."
Listelle chuckled. "Here you are, telling me to dress nicely and stuff, while you're preparing to go to work with a face full of scrub and dressed in a t-shirt and jeans."
Quinn rolled his eyes. "I already told you that I'm not shaving my lovely scrub, and also, I don't need to dress in a suit or anything, since I'm going to be wearing a lab coat over this anyways."
Annie finished eating her food, and finally spoke. "Daddy, mommy says your scrubby face is going to meet an 'untimely doom' some day. What does that mean?"
Quinn looked at Listelle with a sly look. "Now I know that I should hide all my shaving equipment before I sleep tonight."
Listelle humphed. "You need to get to work, mister."
Quinn laughed. "Yeah, I suppose so. The presentation is at noon today, so make sure you're ready by then, OK?"
Listelle nodded, and walked over to Quinn to kiss him on the cheek. Quinn kissed his daughter goodbye, and he left the house, waving back to his family. He got into his car, and drove to his work.
"Quinn, you look nervous for some reason."
Quinn looked up from the equipment he was working with to see who spoke to him. It was one of his co-workers, Scott. Quinn sighed, and he stopped what he was doing.
"Well, I guess I'm just worried about my brother. He said he'd be here by 10:00, but he's still not here yet. I hope he didn't sleep in...he's going to miss out on all the fun."
Scott shrugged. "Well, if I see him, I'll let you know. He looks just like you, right?"
Quinn nodded. "Maybe a bit less...bearded."
Scott laughed, and he walked off to another room. Quinn looked up at the device he was working on. It looked something like two large cups facing each other, with a rod extending from each cup to meet at a steel ball in the center. Quinn smiled as he looked at it.
"You, my friend, are going to change the world in just 2 hours." Quinn patted the machine in a caring way, and his hand hovered over the activation switch, which was under a locked glass door. Quinn had to fight the temptation to activate the machine right there. He pocketed his hand, an was about to continue with the calibrations when he was startled by a voice from behind him.
"You know, you would probably be fired for activating the machine beforehand. Yet, I have a funny feeling that's the only thing anyone wants to do at this moment."
Quinn turned around, and smiled to a familiar face.
"I was wondering where you were, Terrell."
Terrell was already dressed in the customary lab coat, implying he had been there for a while. "It took me a while to find you, especially since no-one knew where you were and everyone kept calling me Quinn."
Quinn laughed at this, and Terrell grinned. Looking up at the machine Quinn was working on, he was silent for a moment.
"So this is it, right? The machine that'll change everything we know about space and time?"
Quinn nodded. "Indeed. I'm glad you came, Terrell. It was hard for me to arrange for you to work here today. I wanted you to be part of this historic moment, no matter what."
Terrell smiled, and he patted Quinn on the back. "Anything for you, bro. Anyways, how could I resist? I want to see what'll happen today, too!"
Quinn smiled. "Well, do you know what to do? If you do, then let's get to work!"
Terrell nodded, and they both began making the correct calibrations and adjustments to the monumental device. Quinn was still worried, though, about what he had dreamed the night before involving his brother. After a few hours of work, Quinn inputted the startup data, and set the machine so that it would be ready to boot up. He turned to Terrell, who was making sure everything was reacting they way it should. Quinn swallowed nervously, and began to speak.
"Terrell...I have something to tell-"
He was interrupted by the lead engineer, who had just walked in. "Quinn! I need you and...Quinn number two?" The man was confused. "You didn't activate the machine and pull him from another dimension, did you?"
Terrell laughed. "My name is Terrell, sir. I'm Quinn's brother. I was invited to work here today, sir." He extended his hand, and the lead engineer shook it firmly.
"Nice to meet you, Terrell. Are you two done with the final adjustments for the machine?"
Both Quinn and Terrell nodded. Quinn looked to a large fire door on the other side of the room, which lead to the presentation floor. "So we push this thing through there, right?"
The lead engineer nodded. "There's about a hundred of reporters out there, waiting to see this baby. Ready to show them what they came for?"
Quinn nodded. "Ready when we're allowed."
The lead engineer nodded back. "Then let's get this show on the road." He walked over to a panel by the door, and pressed a button on it. The fire door began to raise slowly, with a klaxon ringing and yellow lights flashing along with it. Quinn and Terrell stood on opposite sides of the machine, and pushed it carefully on the wheels it sat on. It rolled slowly onto the presentation floor, and Quinn and Terrell were greeted with the flashes of hundreds of cameras, along with the applause of the crowd. They pushed the machine into the center of the room, and they had a waiting engineer plug it into a power source nearby. Quinn activated a microphone that was clipped to the lapel of his labcoat, but took a moment to wave back at his wife, who had been waving at him since he entered the room. He tapped the microphone for a moment, making sure that it was working, and everyone quieted down. Quinn coughed a little, and he began to speak.
"Today, ladies and gentlemen, you are about to see the activation of modern science's greatest achievement to date. You should all know by now that our laboratories have been working on an amazing machine that would open the doorways to other dimensions, and today, we have gathered you all here to see the much-anticipated activation of this machine. This will be the most incredible event in your lifetime, I assure you of that. In just a few seconds, me and my trusted colleague, who also happens to be my brother, will activate this machine for you to see. So please, if you wish to get any pictures or video, I recommend that you prepare yourselves right now." Quinn chuckled as the crowd fumbled frantically to activate their video recorders. He nodded to Terrell, and Terrell gave a thumbs-up in return. Quinn smiled, and he turned to the machine, starting the boot-p process immediately. He flicked several switches, turned a few dials, and the machine began to hum lowly, causing the crowd to gasp in awe. Terrell slowly pushed forward a few levers, and toggled a few buttons on his end. Quinn looked at the display, and according to the machine, all systems were ready to go. He pulled a key out of his pocket, stuck it into the console and turned it, unlocking the door that covered the activation button. His hand hovered over the button for a moment, his stomach fluttering with excitement. He could see Terrell mouthing something to him: "Do it!"
Quinn closed his eyes.
And he pushed the button.
The machine began to whirr, making the crowd "ooh" and "aah" in wonder. The whirring increased in speed, and Quinn slowly backed away from the machine, to give it more space. Electricity crackled across the surface of the steel ball suspended over the center of the machine, and the lights in the room began to dim a bit. The machine's whirring became a low rumble, and Quinn could feel the vibration under his feet. The machine continued to rumble, and then...
It began to slow down, and a red light began to flash on the console, accompanied with a shrill beeping.
The crowd groaned in disappointment. Quinn sighed, as he was also annoyed that the machine didn't work on the first try. He walked up to the machine, and looked at the dials comprehensively. He turned one that appeared to be off by a few marks, and then turned to the crowd.
"Sorry, folks, looks like there was a small technical problem. But don't worry, it's all been fixed now, and we'll return to the scheduled launch immediately."
Quinn turned back to the machine, and pressed the activation button again, this time less nervous.
The minute he pressed the button, though, something happened. The machine began to whirr a bit too fast, and it reached its second stage of charging a bit too soon. Quinn looked at the dial he turned, hoping he had not turned it too far. Looking up at the machine, the central sphere had begun to crackle with electricity again, but this time, it seemed to be too strong. The lights flickered, and then promptly shut off, leaving only the red backup lights on. The crowd look at one another uneasily, and a chill filled the air. Quinn backed away from the machine a bit faster this time, and he gasped when he saw a flash of black light shine from the center of the charged sphere. The light grew, until it was a colorful yet dark ball that had enveloped most of the operative part of the machine. Quinn looked at the ball that had formed with a feeling of awe; the ball was not three-dimensional in a sense that it popped out at the viewer, but instead seemed to pop inwards from all angles, making it look like a hole in the air. Quinn turned to the crowd for a moment, which had begun to clap excitedly and take pictures rapidly. But Quinn's awe was interrupted by the same shrill beeping from the machine as before. This time, however, the machine did not stop rumbling. Instead, it began to rumble even louder, and the dark hole in the center of the machine began to expand slowly. Quinn realized there was a grave danger within their midst.
Quinn rushed up to the machine, and Terrell, who had been staring at the machine dumbfound for the last few minutes, ran up to help his brother. Quinn looked at all the displays, trying to figure out what was going on with the machine. The hole above him grew even larger, and Quinn was unsure of what to do. Then, an idea struck him. He ran over to the wall where the machine was plugged into, and he looked up at the machine for a brief moment. Then, without further hesitation, he pulled the plug, and everything became silent. Quinn looked to his wife, who was standing at the side with a frightened expression on her face. His daughter was standing next to her, and her face was covered in fearful tears. Quinn looked to the machine again, and saw Terrell backing away from the machine slowly. The hole had stayed where it was, and it hovered for a moment above the machine's console.
Then, it promptly exploded, expanding rapidly, and covering Terrell, the room, and Quinn in absolute darkness.
Quinn woke to someone panting heavily. Opening his eyes, he could see that he was standing on a platform of dark metal, that seemed to be floating over a rapidly changing sea of chaotic ooze. Wondering where he was, Quinn looked down at the sea, and watched it flux from solids to liquids and mountains and trees in matters of seconds. The sea made Quinn nauseous as he looked at it, so he looked away for the source of the panting instead. He turned around, and saw his brother hunched over in pain. He carefully approached him, and as he neared him, he was startled by a loud scream. His brother lurched up, and the chaotic ooze he had seen below began to fill Terrell's face, with Terrell still screaming. Terrell then stopped, and he leaned over, swaying back and forth. Quinn walked up to Terrell fearfully.
"Terrell...? Are you..."
Terrell spun around, and his eyes were empty and white. He grinned devilishly, and grabbed Quinn by the shoulder. He hissed out one word:
Terrell began to laugh maniacally, and he threw Quinn off of the platform and into the void below. Quinn screamed, and he flailed his arms wildly as he quickly descended into the chaotic sea. Falling in, he sank beneath the sea's surface, and he could feel his flesh began to harden. He slowly began to lose consciousness as he solidified.
As he blacked out, he heard a voice ring through the darkness:
Well, that's the chapter you've been waiting for! Don't worry, we'll be returning to the realm of chaos very shortly. but make no mistake, this part of the story is very important!
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