Chapter 6: Dead (Part 5)

“Whoa, hold up a minute,” said Eden. “Your son? Your son is the destroyer of all worlds?”

“That’s why we need to get you out of here,” said Jade.

“To kill him.”

Jade nodded. “It’s unfortunate, yes, but I truely thought I had locked him away from reality for good.”

“Yikes. You couldn’t have just gave him a spanking and sent him to his room?”

For a moment, Jade’s face clouded over but she soon recovered. “On a metaphysical scale, that’s kind of what happned. Although he almost took out five dimensions in the process.”

“Not to be rude,” said Eden. “But your son does not sound normal. Who was the dad, Cthulhu?”

Either Jade didn’t care or didn’t feel like responding. “The odds of someone tapping into the portal were astronomical. Right dimension, right location, and a depth normal people would be insane to dig to.”

“Plus I’m sure the whole freaky upside sky thing didn’t help.”

Jade shot Eden a sideways glance. “If I didn’t know better I’d think your memories were returning. Your personality is at least.”

“Is that a good thing or a bad thing?” said Eden.

“Depends,” said Jade. “Right now, when we’re dealing with the worst mistake I’ve ever made, the snark isn’t helping.”

Eden looked down at her feet. “Sorry.”

Jade shook her head. “No, I’m just on edge. Hearing your voice again after everything that happened. It’s good.”

Eden laughed. “You make it sound like I’m dead.”

“You are dead.”

“Yeah, but you said I saved everything in your timeline, so I’m assuming I make made it out of here. If I didn’t, then you wouldn’t be here to make sure it happens again.”

Jade thought for a moment. “You might be over simplifying it, but yes, in my timeline you’re alive”

“That’s a relief.”

Jade frowned but didn’t say anything more.

“So what’s the next step?” said Eden.

Instead of responding, Jade reached out and pushed Eden down the nearest hole. She stood, listening to Eden’s slowly diminishing screams, and then jumped in after.

Eden had fallen before, at least, she had a vague memory of a dark descent deep below the ground, but the hole she was traveling through now was another story entirely. After 10 minutes, she was scared. After 30 minutes, she was confused. After two hours of falling she was just kind of bored. She tried shouting something out to Jade but the air rushing past her head made it impossible for her to even hear herself.

And still the hole kept going.

Whoever made this dimension sure has a penchant for the infinity, she thought. It was the road all over again but this time she had a emerging personality to deal with. She had to admit, life was easier when you lacked emotions.

She cursed the fact that dead people didn’t need sleep. Eventfully she managed to just zone out, which made it all the more surprising when she slammed face first into the ground. A few seconds later, Jade touched down, landing cleanly on her feet.

“You look like a cartoon character,” said Jade, as Eden picked herself up out of small dent her body had made.

“What the hell?!” yelled Eden. “You could give me a warning next time you want to shove me into a giant pit.”

“And wait while you stand around trying to build up the courage to jump? Besides, you’re fine. It’s not like a fall is going to kill you. Did that even hurt?”

“No…” said Eden grumpily. “But I’m not a fan of this sudden rise in physical comedy. Whose idea was it to…” She looked around her. “Wait, where are we?”

They were standing, bizarrely enough, in the kitchen of what would have been a relatively normal looking house, although time had not been kind to it. Weeds had broken their way through the ceramic tile, and the painted walls were chipped and peeling. It looked like it had been abandoned for years, and nature had done the rest. Eden looked up; there wasn’t anything to indicate they had just fallen through the ceiling.

“Believe it or not, i used to live here. Haven’t been back in a while,” said Jade. “Was hoping I wouldn’t have to.”

Eden walked into the living room, which was just as abandoned. It wasn’t messy, there wasn’t any signs of struggle or disarray; it just seemed as if the owners had gotten up and left one day and never returned. “I…uh, love with you’ve done with the place.”

“Sealing it off as a sub-dimension, disconnected and hidden from all of realty… kinda doesn’t help the property value. Here.” Jade handed Eden a white robe, along with a light-bulb shaped helmet. “Put this on.”

Eden stared at the strange outfit. “I’ve seen this before. What is it?”

“It’s kind of like a hazmat suit, but for a specific type of psychic presence.”

“And we need it because…?”

Jade placed one of the helmets on her head. “We’re about to go see my son.”.


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