Chapter 1 ~ Lady Robin meets SpaceDog

Returning through time from his last adventure, SpaceDog's QETS started acting strangely. The name Lady Robin keeps appearing over and over on one of the displays. Suddenly the center of the control panel starts squealing like a Banshee and the panel blinks. One of the 4 sets of double doors in the room opens and closes. The display console flashes a message:

"I am a warm and compassionate woman with a HUGE sense of humor. Laughing is one of my all-time favorite things. I love the natural world, it is a constant draw and delight to the senses. I have no kids, but I do have dogs and cats, they are dearly loved companions. I was born up north..."

Realm 5, Sol, Midgard/Earth, United Kingdom,
London, Camden-sub, market district
North 5132'28.71" - West 008'37.94"
Elevation 101 ft
Earth date/time: September 1, 2014 / 07:44:42  hrs

Object: Lady Robin

A gorgeous female in a business suit, with bright red shoulder length hair is standing there in shock... SpaceDog uses a standard Earth introduction,

[SpaceDog"Greetings Earthling. My name is Star Lord or Commander SpaceDog. Who are you and how did you get into the QETS? Are you in distress? Do you need help? Did Sidrat call for you?"

I notice a man about 1.7 meters tall with a bald head, white goatee, in a black tuxedo over a fluffy shirt with baggy trousers and bright blue boots. Can't estimate his age, however he is quite handsome in a mysterious way.

[Lady Robin] "Robin, my name is Robin. OK! What happened? I dropped my phone outside Evil With the Needle tattoo shop and it quit working. I took the back of the phone off, reset the battery like I always do when it quits working. It Flashed the word 'Sidrat' and quit. Who is Sidrat? I need to call work and tell them I'm going to be late so I went to the phone booth across from the shop. When I put 50p into the slot, the back of the phone box opened up and sucked me in. Where the Freck am I?"

[SpaceDog"Let me ask you something.. Were you thinking, 'I am a warm and compassionate woman with a HUGE sense of humor. Laughing is one of my all-time favorite things. I love the natural world, it is a constant draw and delight to the senses. I have no kids, but I do have dogs and cats... never mind. Sidrat is the Artificial Intelligence controlling my multi-dimensional quantum entanglement time ship and she told me about you just before you walked through the portal behind you."

Commander SpaceDog goes over to the far wall of the hexagon shaped room, opens a chest and brings out 2 pint sized cobalt blue bottles, uncorks them and hands me one. The bottle feels cold and I smell it with a bit of caution, take a sip and it's definitely a strong 'darker then black' ginger beer, smelling of pumpkin and something else totally alien.

With a grin that makes his white goatee dance on his chin, he continues,

[SpaceDog"Any other questions?"

[Lady Robin"Yes, how come this thing is smaller on the outside? All I remember was a phone booth."

[SpaceDog"This ship is multi-dimensional and powered by a singularity - a black hole - so it can go any place at any time as well."

I look around the room noticing there appears to be no floor. Looking closer the floor is transparent and can see down about 100 meters into an Olympic sized pool. There are 8 walls and 4 sets of double doors, one on every other wall. In the center of the room is what looks like some sort of octagon control panel with a glowing crystal sphere structure in the center. I gaze up and see nothing but stars lighting the room as if I'm in a desert on a moonless night... I am confused and completely sunk in by the void in my head...

[Lady Robin"Am I dead?"

[SpaceDog"No you are not dead. Sidrat has accepted you as human half/dead for some reason and it occasionally will change her mind and eject the dead out into space to become recycled star dust. You can be re-categorized but the only choices are half dead, full dead, living dead (zombie), spirit walker, or living human. What's your pleasure? Oh, and she also wants to know why you think your head is made out of metal? She detected metal in you teeth, but non in your head, except for a homing chip from Alpha Prime on the back of your neck. Have you been visited by aliens in the past? Don't mind the dogs!"

I hear and see a dozen dachshunds come running through a small opening in the wall into the room and perch sitting upright surrounding me...

[SpaceDog "Have you ever had a CAT scan?"

I shake my head no and am terrorized as their eyes begin to glow in different colors.

[Lady Robin "OK, Who Are You?" 

[SpaceDog "Don't you remember? I told you already I'm SpaceDog and Sidrat thinks you need a DOG scan or Digital Olfactory Gathering of information about you. She thinks you are special for some reason but will not say why."

Each dog's eyes glow a different color and they sniff the air around me. The dogs look part cyborg.

[SpaceDog "OK Red Robin, this is my crew. Say Hello to AC/DC, Diane, Dianna Ross, Frank Zupar, Kathy Freman, Marina, Lead Zip Line, Patty Smith, Pink Flood, Trixie, Tori Amos and Rosemary-chan Bon."

As each hybrid dogs name is called out, there eyes glow blue or pink depending on their gender, they walk over to me, bow, bark and sniff my shoes before running across the room where they jump up on a long couch and stay sitting upright forming a line. The last dog, Rosemary-chan Bon, slowly puts her nose on my ankle and rubs me like a cat marking its territory. I'm about to reach down and pet her when she looks straight into my eyes,

[Rosemary-chan Bon]  "Don't trust Marina, She has more then one screw loose."

The dog vanishes and reappears on the couch with the other dogs, only she's licking her paw like a cat. All I can thinks is,

[Lady Robin thinks 'Wow! What the @#$% have I gotten myself into? Ha ha, this is amazing, you're great! Wait, did I just say or think that?'


Haunted Forest

[SpaceDog]   "What do you think crew? Shall we go on an adventure to the Haunted Forest?"

The dogs all begin to howl in unison distracting me from the fact I need to be at work...

[Lady Robin"Do you only have dogs as crew members?"

[SpaceDog]   "Sure! Why not? Well for now anyway. My Valkyrie companion left 2 cycles ago."

SpaceDog, presses some buttons, turns a dial, flips a few switches I think are more for show, then runs over to the other side of the control panel and says,

[SpaceDog"Dogs and companion, be ready to get yours knickers in a twist.  Sidrat, entangle."

Suddenly everything in the room begins to change, the floor turns black, the stars on the ceiling definitely moved. SpaceDog glances at the control display:

Realm 5, Sol, Midgard/Earth, United States, Florida Tallahassee, Arbor Hill subdivision
North 30 30' 20.69"
West 084 13' 08.56"
Elevation 213 ft
Earth date/time: 31st October, 2014 / 20:01.37 hrs

 

 

 

I hear something like someone screeching and when the sound stops, a door behind me opens. Looking out the door it is twilight and I hear kids yelling,

[Children]   "Trick or Treat!"

I take a few steps out past the door. The neighborhood is full of ghosts, goblins, witches, bumblebees, Captain America, pirates, princesses, fairies and numerous other costumed kids of all ages. Looking back, the red phone booth is now blue, lit with a sign on all sides with the words

 POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX

It is sitting in a drive where a line of people are waiting for some kind of event. Out of the door comes SpaceDog and 4 cyborg dachshunds. One dog has bunny ears, another is wearing a backpack that looks like a wiener bun, the other 2 are on hovering skateboards and have sunglasses on. The dogs head down the street weaving between the children and sniffing their bags of goodies.

[SpaceDog]  "We are at Tyler's Haunted Experience and Tallahassee Florida's longest running Haunted Forest. The QETS is disguised as a TARDIS, a time machine from one of my favorite Earth television shows. Wait! You need a costume! Close your eyes and think of a Halloween-type Gothic costume..."

With my eyes closed I feel flush, then my clothes feel different. On opening my eyes I look down. I am in exactly what I was thinking about; a witches black outfit, long finger-nails, a pointed hat that stands straight up and pointed shoes.

[Lady Robin"How did you?"

[SpaceDog whispers]   "Magic, but you don't believe in magic, or do you? You will find your clothes later inside the QETS."

Red neon signs light up a scary character on the eve of the house. The windows are covered with vampire figures, a covered greeting station is in front of the house and several jack-o-lanterns light a pathway on the side. On the roof, a glowing skeleton head and a huge Shrek figure are overlooking the street full of wanderers. Witches greet people and exchanging a glowing wrist bands for a donation.

[SpaceDog]  "Are you ready to scare or be scared?"

Our place in line finally reaches the head witch. She waves us on and in a hollowed Japanese voice,

[purple witch] "Kon'nichiwa Star Lord. Kenbutsu wa anata to issho ni ari."

In my head I hear, 'Hello Star Lord. May the haunts be with you...' I close my eyes and try to say, "How did I know what she just said?"

[Lady Robin] "Dono yō ni watashi wa sono koto ga chōdo itta koto o shitte imasu"

Comes out of my mouth. SpaceDog smiles.

[SpaceDog]  "So now you can speak Japanese?"

One of the hybrid dogs speaks in English,

[Trixie]       "Mistress Robin. The QETS gives you the gift of translation so you can now understand or speak any language of any creature from any time."

I am mind boggled and my head is still spinning when SpaceDog grabs my hand,

[SpaceDog]  "Now Lady Robin! RUN!"

I feel myself running in 'slow motion', passing under an evil looking flying clown, past a moving picture of a maiden with blood coming out bite marks on her neck, a bunch of deformed clicking robots till the last one pops up making an evil hissing sound. We run past a huge spitting spiders, an alligator launching out of the water-feature at my feet, singing ghost heads, then we both run into the forest past the witches den, through a graveyard where monsters are lurking ready to pounce from behind every tree. We enter a clearing with a glowing flying saucer shooting laser beams, then pass a Star Gate with aliens standing on the platform ready to advance. We go past several Egyptian goddesses their mouths covered in something nasty and a giant black Egyptian sphinx. We pass flying monkeys and the Wicked Witch of the West who badgers us before we entering the Bates Motel with it's 13 doors. Behind the hotel doors are monsters who lunge at us trying to rip the flesh from our bones. We have no choice but to enter the 13th door, find ourselves in a tunnel that opens into a labyrinth where we are confronted by a coffin that opens, a huge dinosaur that attacks from above, flying ghosts, a skeleton prison and a room full of aliens cutting the fog filled room with lasers. We finally meet The Borg who try to assimilate us as we run into a Steins Gate. Panting for air, my heart is pounding with both terror and excitement when we enter a hall lit with torches, spiders and laser-lit cobwebs only to SCREAM as I fall into... darkness...

I wake up floating on the warm surface of a heavily salted pool...

[Lady Robin] "What happened?"

A bit dizzy and frazzled, SpaceDog is in what looks like SCUBA gear and he presses a button on the chest plate. A platform under us comes up and lifts us up, up, up till an iris opens in the ceiling and we find ourselves once again in the hexagon room with the ceiling full of stars and a full moon lighting the room.

While taking off the SCUBA gear,

[SpaceDog]  "Change clothes... through that door to the lift, up 2 levels, turn left and third door on the left is a wardrobe with clothes I think will suit you... Oh, and hand me your phone."

The phone is dripping wet because I had it on me while in the pool. Puzzled, I hand it to him. He turns it over, pops off the cover, removes the battery, replaces it with a glowing chip and hands it back to me. The phone glows, sparks fly, then dims and looks dead. I look at SpaceDog who hands it back and nods at me to try it. When I turn it on there is an icon that looks like a hexagon with an octagon spinning inside it and the words MD Rainbow Bridge below it.

[Lady Robin]  "What did you..."

SpaceDog interrupts.

[SpaceDog]  "With a QE^3 chip your phone will never need recharging, it is now connected to any place at any time, you have access to the 2 Olympic size pools, most of the 540 doors in this 32-level Quantum Entanglement Time Ship along with a directional finder, you can find me no matter where I am. The MD next to Rainbow Bridge stands for Multi Dimensional. Now, off you go..."

I wander off with the dripping wet witch outfit on in a search for my clothes. Following SpaceDogs' instructions I find the wardrobe with a stack of fresh towels, rows of dresses, skirts, blouses, shorts, underwear, pants, jackets, shawls, sweaters, hats, shoes, corsets of silk and leather with chokers, fox, cat, dog and bunny ears, chests full of jewelry and I'm thinking JACKPOT!

After drying off, looking and trying on things for almost an hour, I settle for a radical looking fluffy glowing blouse and semi-short skirt accented with fishnet stockings. Totally forgetting about work and all dolled up, I press the icon on the phone and a map appears with 2 blue dots and a bunch of green and pink dots.

[Lady Robin]  "Now which one is SpaceDog?"

One of the blue dots begins to blink.

[Lady Robin]  "Wow!"


Fornax Prime

[SpaceDog]  "Sidrat, Entangle to Fornax Prime and you know where."

[Sidrat]       'Yes Commander'

Now fully composed I find my way back to SpaceDog and demand,

[Lady Robin]  "WHAT WHAT WHAT?!?!?! What did I fall into?!?! A spider's cocoon? A boiling cauldron? A room filled with bleeping angels or Demons? Your arms? My bed? Am I dreaming all this? You cannot POSSIBLY leave me hanging on about what happened in the... "

I notice the stars moved again.

[Lady Robin]  "Forest?... and whoa... what, what's with the two moons?"

[SpaceDog]   "Lady Robin, you are not the first to pass out with excitement and get caught in that last web at the exit of The Haunted Forest! We visited one of Tyler's best Haunted Forests ever on October 31st 2014.  It was a full moon that night, OK? But you now see 2 moons because we are not on Earth."

My stomach growls. Again, the sound of screaming and when the sound stops, a different door opens.

[SpaceDog]   "Sidrat!"

[Sidrat]        'Yes Commander'

[SpaceDog]   "Can you stop that damn noise?"

[Sidrat]        'Yes Commander. Done. But I thought you liked the sound of a screaming Banshee. Would you like it replaced with something more pleasant?'

[SpaceDog]   "No! That damn Banshee sound keeps bouncing around in my head and It's no longer All Hallows Day."

[Lady Robin]  "Who were you just talking too?"

[SpaceDog]  "That would be Sidrat, one of two artificial life forms that operate the ship."

Outside the opened door, city noise gets louder and louder. Horns are beeping and people are chatting but it's not English. I look through the door onto a busy street. The letters on the signs are in glyphs and English, could be Chinese or Japanese, I can't tell. I step through the door and look back. There's SpaceDog and 4 of the hybrid cyborg hounds coming through a red phone booth, but it's not like the one in London. 

[Lady Robin]  "I don't think we're in Kansas Toto..."

A short Japanese-looking man with wolf ears passes by and looks at me,

[Japan wolf man] "This is New Tokyo mistress,  watch your step..."

I nearly stumble on the cobblestone street and turn to SpaceDog,

[Lady Robin]  "Is that machine inside my head?"

One of the 4 cyborg dachshunds, (Rosemary-chan Bon etched on her dog tag) says,

[Rosemary-chan Bon] "That's the gift of the QETS. Remember? Once you passed the event horizon, (any open door or portal), it lets you understand and speak any language in the universe."

[SpaceDog]  "In other words, it's inside your head."

I am more then gobsmacked and excited at the same time. My stomach churns and makes another louder rumbling noise and realize I am starving. I breathe in deeply and catch the scent of ginger; fish, radish, roasted duck, curry and a few spices I'm not familiar with I instinctively turn left and start walking. Half a block away I see several open food stalls. One reads Tikiyiki (pressed fish cakes), another Octopus Balls (dough deep fried on a stick and coated in sweet sauce), fresh fruit and the last reads Foxy Roxy Ramen.

[SpaceDog]  "Let's visit Foxy Roxy, but, let's go behind the stall... There's someone I want you to meet."

We walk up to the stall and I'm about to sit when SpaceDog gently pulls me away,

[SpaceDog]  "Lady, those seats are for take out customers."

He pulls me into the alley and down to the back where I see a fox standing at some slightly secluded booths. The fox figure bows and motions us to a booth where he pulls a curtain to hide me and SpaceDog from the others.

[SpaceDog]  "Two Foxy Stew specials please!"

The fox brings out 2 large bowls.

[Emit~fox]  "Long time no see Star Lord. What brings you to my humble stall?"

The fox stirs a large pot.

[SpaceDog]  "It's your cooking Emit. By far the best on this planet. I want you to meet Lady Robin."

The fox bows his head at me. The aroma is breathtaking and I am about to drool when SpaceDog hands me a napkin. I say as if in a dream,

[Lady Robin] "Sorry, but that smells so good. It's my honor to meet you Emit, sorry about the drool."

The Star Lord looks at me, looks at Emit and is about to say something.

[Emit~fox]  "Little lady, everyone drools in anticipation of my cooking and that is nothing to be sorry for. There are too many 'sorry' people in the universes and we don't need any more."

He begins to chuckle in a sly foxy way.

[SpaceDog]  "Is Emo around?"

Suddenly a ferret scurries across the table top, stops, winks at me and leaves 2 sets of chopsticks before vanishing into thin air...

[SpaceDog]  "On the job as always I see. Tell me Emit, have you had any unusual customers, like; ghouls, shadows, light or black elves?" 

[Emit~fox]  "Not since you were last here, Commander!"

The fox adds into the bowls; broth, noodles, sweet smelling meat, vegetables, pieces of pickled ginger and a large egg before waving a wand making it all bubble up. Emit looks at me.

[Emit~fox]  "Wait one moment before you dig in mistress Robin. Thank you for coming to Foxy Roxy Ramen!"

SpaceDog hands Emit a small gold coin and the fox bows before he too vanishes into thin air.

[SpaceDog]  "Do you know how to eat noodles and soup with chop sticks?"

The ferret-delivered chopsticks work perfectly to wrap the clear noodles around and devour to make space to sip (trying not to slurp) the hunger-slaking soup from the bowl.

[Lady Robin] "Mmmm!!! This is divine!"

Except for protests against the known effects of curry my stomach quiets down as I eat the delicious soup. The dogs are fed nearby and we are all grateful for the respite from the din and prying eyes outside our private booth. We are happy for the effects of a good meal as it manifests through our bodies. We are formally welcomed again by both Emit the fox and Emo the ferret who clear the bowls from our table. Then a lone minstrel steps around our curtain and begins singing quietly. Then from outside we hear Acapella  harmonies and finally we are gently escorted outside and guided to a square. Now, a choir of near a hundred have assembled, bowing their heads to the Star Lord while singing a mesmerizing lyric backed by divine harmony with a slightly spooky undertone. The choir looks to be made up people, at least those who would be in this place and time. We listen and are transported.

I realize this tune is being sung by human creatures with cat features, pointy ears and tails like in Japanese anime cartoons. It hits me that this is not Earth. I notice in the sky; a large green planet, several small moons and twin suns setting in the distance. The feline singing sounds more like a mating call. More of the cat people begin to crowd the street and suddenly the singing stops. A lone male wolf sitting on a tall stone block begins a sad sounding song and the mechanized dachshunds begin to howl in tune, like whale song. SpaceDog taps me on the shoulder and points at the street gaslight.

[SpaceDog whispers]  "Robin, can you see the flying fish?" 

A school of glass-fish, most only a few inches long are floating and swimming around the gas lights that illuminate the street now that the suns have set. They are transparent with glowing internal organs that seem to be absorbing the light.

[Lady Robin] "How can they float like that and how come these creatures can disappear into thin air?"

[SpaceDog]  "The universe has many more wonderful creatures then you could ever imagine, my Lady. We are currently 20,202 light years from Earth on a planet called Fornax Prime and it's just one of my many homes. There are 3 inhabited planets in this particular solar system in the Fornax sector of the Milky Way Galaxy. The fox and cat people are servants by choice. Ferrets are young spirit creatures looking for their own niche in this world and eventually will merge with a cat; fox, goat, human, wolf or other intelligent life form. These dogs are also servants who I rescued from a cruel experiment. They now spend their youth gaining knowledge by following a master tutor like myself. The fish you see are multidimensional creatures that feed on the light produced in this dimension but live in a dark matter dimension. By studying them, they have given the Vanir insight into traveling through time and space.

In this world, quantum mechanics and entanglement were discovered some 6000 Earth years ago and they use it to occupy two different places at the same time more productively."

SpaceDog, tells me a bit more about time and space travels. We return to the Quantum Entanglement Time Ship where our adventure continues......

 


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