Reality Engine: Chapter 5 No ratings yet.

October 11, 2017

Six months later…

Emily continued to have these strange dreams. In her most recent dream, Emily was in her room, looking at herself in the mirror. However, a big blue dot obscured her face. But then, a tall girl stood where Emily’s reflection was supposed to be. The girl had a ponytail, but she didn’t have a face. Emily stood in front of the mirror in shock. But once the shock wore off, she ran out of the room.

Emily found herself in a field filled with pink grass. It was a sunny day and there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky. Emily wasn’t alone, though. Her aunt Monica was there as well.

“Hello, Emily,” Monica said.

“Aunt Monica, where are we?” Emily asked.

“We’re dreaming, Emily,” Monica said.

“We?”

“Yes, we’re communicating through dream telepathy.”

Emily then examined her surroundings.

“What is this place?” Emily asked.

“This is Oberon,” Monica said. “Your mother and I used to play in this field. But then we fell down a plot hole and we ended up on Earth.”

“Why does that sound familiar?”

“It’s because I told you a similar story when you were six years old.”

“What are you saying?”

“Your mother and I are from a planet called Oberon.”

“So, I’m part-alien?”

“Yes, but not in the way you think. Humans inhabit other planets besides Earth. Oberon is one of them. Anyway, I want to tell you that you have the power to warp reality.”

“Does that mean I can turn water into wine?”

“Yes, and you can do so much more. Most children of Oberon can use their imagination to warp reality. Since your mother and I are from there, you have that power as well. Use that power, Emily. Use that power.”

The next morning, as Emily was in room, getting ready for school, she looked into the mirror.

“If I have powers, then I have red hair,” Emily said to herself.

Emily focused on her hair, and it slowly turned red.

“Holy crap!” Emily said. “I really do have powers!”

Emily took photos of herself on her phone. She even took a few photos of herself with her hair flipped over her face, so she could have an idea of what her hair looked like from behind. Once Emily finished taking photos of herself, she flipped her hair back and she turned it back to black.

Meanwhile, Martha was in the kitchen, pacing back and forth.

“Honey, what’s wrong?” Larry asked.

“It’s Monica,” Martha said. “Her doctor’s releasing her from the mental hospital. Apparently she showed signs of improvement once she found religion.”

“Huh, you would think religion would keep her in the mental hospital.”

“This is serious! Anyway, Monica’s landlord evicted her from her apartment, since she couldn’t pay the rent, but she’s not staying here. I’ll pay for her to stay at a motel until she gets back on her feet.”

“Are you nuts?”

Martha looked at Larry with murder is her eyes.

“Sorry, wrong choice of words,” Larry said.

Later that day, Martha used the reality engine to see what could happen once Monica was released from the mental hospital. On the screen, Martha saw Monica and a woman whom she had never seen before. She was wearing a vest with a strange-looking crest on it.

“We’ve finally have our hands on the reality engine,” the woman said. “It’s all thanks to that little girl.”

Was that woman talking about, Emily? Martha used the reality engine to find out; she spent the next few days, using the reality engine to spy on Emily. The first thing Martha saw was Emily and Jenny eating lunch together in the cafeteria.

“Why don’t you stand up for yourself?” Jenny asked.

“I don’t know,” Emily said. “I don’t want to get in trouble.”

“So what if you do? If you stand up for yourself, Carrie will leave you alone.”

“I don’t understand why she’s picking on me.”

“It’s because you’re a loner. Look, she picks on you when there’s so much you can say about her. Carrie wears the same stupid-looking sweater every day.”

“I know, right. It looks like her grandma knitted it.”

“Exactly. She also said she wants ten bunnies and six kids, someday.”

“What’s wrong with that?”

“Rabbits are messy. Also, she thinks she looks like Barbie.”

“You know what I heard her say yesterday?”

“I’m like Baaaarrrbieee!” Emily and Jenny said simultaneously.

The next day, at lunchtime, Emily made her way to the cafeteria, but Carrie blocked her way.

“Give me your lunch money,” Carried said.

“No,” Emily said.

An uneasy silence filled the hallway.

“What did you just say?” Carrie asked.

“I’m not giving you my lunch money,” Emily said nervously.

Carrie grabbed Emily by the shirt and she pinned her against the locker. But Emily didn’t show any fear. Instead, she gave Carrie a sinister smile.

“The fuck are you smiling at?” Carrie asked.

Suddenly, Carrie noticed her hand turning purple. Carrie let go of Emily, and she rolled up her sleeve, just to see that her arm was turning purple as well.

“Hey, Carrie is turning purple,” a student said. “She looks like a grape.”

All of the students who were in the hall laughed at Carrie.

“Let’s see what life would be like if you’ve never existed,” Emily said.

Carrie was about to hit Emily, but she slowly vanished into thin air.

Even though Emily erased Carrie from existence, her fellow students were still picking on her. But this time, it was Jenny who was picking on her. Emily and Jenny were in the same classes all afternoon. Throughout the entire time, Jenny kept making fun of Emily for being so short. All the while, the teachers were oblivious to what was going on.

“Jenny, I thought we were friends,” Emily said.

“You’re burnt,” Jenny said. Jenny shoved Emily into a locker.

While Emily was in the locker, she tried to figure out why Jenny was picking on her. After thinking about it for a few minutes, it came to her. Jenny and Emily became friends because Jenny stood up to Carrie. But since Emily erased Carrie out of existence, Emily and Jenny never became friends. Emily was at a crossroads. Should she bring Carrie back or not? The next day, however, Emily used her powers to bring Carrie back to save her friendship with Jenny.

“Give me your lunch money,” Carrie said.

“No,” Emily said.

“What did you say?” Carrie asked.

“I said, no.”

“You’re going get it after school.”

Since Emily had her powers, she felt fearless for the first time in her life.

Emily and Carrie met at the baseball field after school and they fought each other. However, Emily didn’t even use her powers. She just relied on her wit, and she threw a few good punches. The winner of the fight: Emily.

The next day, Emily was in her room, doing her homework. As Emily sat at her desk, she heard the toilet flushing. Emily didn’t think anything of it until the sound became louder.

When Emily turned around, she saw a portable toilet appear out of nowhere.

Emily tilted her head, her jaw dropped to the ground, and she raised an eyebrow. Emily also held her breath. But it wasn’t because of the stench; it was because Emily was in complete shock. It was like something out of a weird dream or a poorly written novel where the author was trying too hard to be funny.

Once the shock wore off, though, Emily slowly walked over to the portable toilet and she gently knocked on the door.

“Is anyone in there?” Emily asked.

The door slowly opened.

“Aunt Monica!” Emily bellowed.

“Keep your voice down,” Monica said in a stern but soft voice.

Emily stared at the portable toilet.

“What’s up with the porta-potty?” Emily asked.

“That’s not a porta-potty,” Monica said. “That’s my ship. I can travel through time and space with it. It looks like a porta-potty because it’s a disguise.”

“That’s some small.”

“It’s only smaller on the outside.”

“So, you have a machine that you can use to travel through time and a space, it’s bigger on the inside and it looks like something else. Isn’t that copyright issue?”

“Not if it’s a parody. Anyway, I need your help. I’m looking for a machine called a reality engine. You can use it to manipulate time and you can use it see into different universes. I need to find it, so I can save the world from an alien invasion.”

“How am I supposed to help you?”

“Ask your mother where it is. Imagine that she can’t lie to you.”

“Okay.”

“Thanks. Anyway, I got to go. I mean, I have to leave. Goodbye, Emily.”

Monica stepped inside her ship and it disappeared.

As soon as Monica left, Emily went downstairs. She saw her mother on her laptop.

“Mom, I got a question,” Emily asked. “Is there a thing called a reality engine?”

“Yes,” Martha said.

“Where is it?”

“It’s in Paris, in Poppy Joe and Nanny Bev’s summer home.”

“Okay thanks.”

“Why do you ask?”

“Just curious. You’re not going to remember this conversation.”

“Okay.”

Martha used the reality engine to spy on Emily. So, she saw Emily making her bully disappear and she saw Monica talking to Emily.

Since Emily imagined that her mother couldn’t lie to her, Martha lied to herself.

The next day, Monica headed to Paris.

“Bonjour Paris,” Monica said.

Sometime later on planet Oberon…

“What do you mean, you can’t find Monica?” Glacier asked. “I thought Monica’s space-time-dimension ship had a tracker on it.”

“It did,” Clarence said. “But it’s not working.”

“We’ll have to go to plan C then. We’ll send our army to Earth.”

“But that could take years to do.”

“It will be worth the wait. If we capture Monica in the process, then that would be great!”

“I wonder where Monica is now.”

Monica stayed in Paris for a few months. But she eventually decided to travel through time and space. Monica’s space-time-dimension ship landed in a town, located on Oberon. Tall cylinder buildings that were built out of shiny metal surrounded the ship.

“Stupid ship,” Monica said. “You never takes me where I want to go.

Monica took a deep breath.

“I might as well go explore,” Monica said to herself. “Oberon’s a big planet, so I don’t think the Kratos government will find me.”

Monica stepped out of her ship and she wandered around. It wasn’t long until Monica entered a park. Monica and a young woman with long black hair were the only two people who were there.

“It looks like those trees are kissing,” Monica said.

“Those are the kissing trees,” the woman said. “Anyway, we should leave. It’s getting dark and the park isn’t safe at night.”

Monica returned to her ship, but it disappeared.

“Where is it?” Monica asked herself. “Where the hell is it?”

“Monica?”

“Frank?”

Frank was standing in front of Monica.

“How did you get here?” Monica asked.

“After you tried to kill your sister, I went for a walk,” Frank said. “I suddenly fell down a black hole. After that, I came out of a white hole, and I ended up in a field.”

“Can you show me this field?”

“Sure. Follow me.”

Monica and Frank walked for several minutes. Eventually, they came to the field.

“There it is,” Frank said.

“I don’t believe it,” Monica said. “This is the place.”

“What are you getting on with?”

“Martha and I used to play in this field. But we fell down a hole. That’s how we ended up on Earth. Now that I think about it, we fell into a black hole and we came out of a white hole. Talk about a retcon.”

“So, all that crazy shit you used to say was true.”

“Yes.”

Suddenly, a black hole opened from underneath Monica. She fell down the hole and she came out of a white hole.

Monica returned to her ship exactly where she left it. But something was different. It wasn’t as dark as it was about 15 minutes ago. It was like Monica went back in time. But she didn’t care.

Monica stepped inside her ship and she took off.

Since Monica had the ship to travel through time and space, she no longer wanted to seek revenge on Martha. Martha continued to use the reality engine to spy on her kids. As for Glacier goes, she sent her army to Earth to look for the reality engine, even though it would take them several years to arrive.

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