by James Wylder, who wrote a story bible of 10kd in High School from whose outline this scene was written directly from! A peek at a future unmade!
art by Bri Crozier, who is a trooper in any continuity.
You wake up. Looking back on all the other times you woke up before in your life, this one strikes you as different. Probably because of the woman with light blue eyes and hair with pale white skin looking down at you while pterodactyls fly through the sky, in which hangs a gigantic...thing. Like two pyramids placed bottom to bottom, with a wheel of spikes sandwiched in the middle. So that's unusual.
But somehow the thing that really throws all of it off for you is that the woman is wearing a white tracksuit with glowing blue stripes, the jacket unzipped to reveal a plain blue tee.
You mean, come on, dinosaurs and a giant sky double pyramid thing, they're both unusual. They go together in a weird way. Even the lady with the light blue ponytail, and somehow matching eyelashes and eyebrows, sure.
But the tracksuit.
"Hey, I'm Pathway. I take it you've never been teleported before?"
Of course you haven't. She nods, face firm. She doesn't appear to be a smiler, but does extend a hand you take, as she pulls you to your feet.
"You must have gotten caught up in the Creation Machine's shift. Regardless of what you like, you're going to need to help me. Its the only way you'll get out of this fiasco alive."
Wait hold, up, you recognise Pathway! She...you saw her at class the other day. Only she had peachier skin, and brown hair. She was new along with the grungy guy, with the stubble, who...
Oh, there he is too. He bursts through the bushes, a bulky rifle in hand. It looks like something from a sci-fi movie. He is wearing a grey uniform now, with the number 789 on the breast. This detail becomes more notable when Pathway draws her sword (!) from her back, and points it at him.
"789, you're not getting our classmate."
Wait, you say, what exactly is going on?
"You shouldn't listen to Pathway here, she and the Infinite want to destabilize the universe. You and I got along, come one, just come over to my side of the clearing, I can explain everything."
"I'll cut your throat out," Pathway replies, and the edge of the sword glows blue.
Okay, at this point you just have to ask who exactly the Infinite are?
"We're guardians of the multiverse. Not by choice. We had to, when Lady Frostbite and her people, the Numbered, decided to take it over."
"We did so for the good of all! What Pathway fails to tell you is that there's only so much stuff in existence, and we're going to make sure it doesn't run out. The Infinite think that things are limitless, everyone gets a free lunch with no consequences."
Okay, so this is an ideological war?
"It's a war," Pathway replies, "over the creation machine." She points into the sky, at the double pyramid thing.
You're about to ask what that is, when a great cry breaks you out of your revery.
It's a goddamn Tyrannosaurus rex, bursting through the treeline.
How did we not notice it?
"It probably only just came into existence, get back!" Pathway shoves you back, and as 789 blasts the dino with his gun, green bursts of energy racking it, Pathway blocks it's teeth with her sword. Getting the blade between two teeth, as the Rex swings its head up to try to bite her again she leans into the momentum.
She flips backwards , and lands with her sword in the back of the predator's neck, sliding down its back and splitting its spine. She lands with a hop off of it, and looks at 789, "Sorry, what were you saying about our ideology?"
But he'd already started running.
Okay, what just happened.
"The creation machine made that dinosaur, it made this entire planet. That's what it does. We need to keep going I just need to find my orb."
She holds her hand out to you, "My way of travel. Now come on, there's a lot I need to explain to you. The 10,000 worlds created by the creation machine need to be defended, and I'm sworn to do that. But I'm also sworn to aid anyone caught up in this without their choice. Would you come with me?" The edge of her lips curl up in a smile.
You'd still have enough time to catch up to 789.
Do you take her hand or not?
THE WAR ACROSS THE INFINITE
10,000 DAWNS PROTOTYPE
Copyright 2020 Arcbeatle Press and James Wylder
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