I am going to be having parts from my next book ‘Proud Infinity’ for the next couple of days. This story is about a guy who ends up stuck in a time fracture and the only other person who realizes it is a demi-goddess sent to help him end it.
This will be sequential and this is the beginning, enjoy!
One of the more interesting theories that have come to gain more credibility is the theory that certain events can be so damaging to the framework of reality that time fractures backwards to prevent this event from occurring.
…‘Time’ as used in the dimensional sense had grown to be an increasingly complex subject as there is mounting evidence of both a preferential flow to it, and in some cases what could only loosely be termed as a ‘reroute’.
– Terran Intradex Ver. 4 Excerpts on ‘Time Theories’
See also: ‘Preferential pathing of time’; ‘Time Fractures’
I hardly even noticed her the first time I saw her…the woman who would ruin, but also save, my life. Looking back it seemed obvious, now that I was tuned to how things actually worked. At the time, she was just another girl that I crossed paths with during my growing desperation. I sometimes wonder if I knew then what would occur, and how painful it would be, if I would have made the same choice.
I didn’t usually go to a bar the first thing in the morning, but times had started to become desperate; besides, I felt drawn to it. I had no doubt I was among the smartest people on this planet who was unemployed since ReCorp came in. That fact pissed me off. This had been my situation for a while, but while the credits still lasted I wasn’t that worried or upset.
The cycles marched on as they do, and my reserve funds dwindled as I tried to get hired with the corporation that displaced my old job. Surely since I was so brilliant, they would have to hire me, right?
But they did not. They did not hire a single person from the prior team.
I was normally fairly calculating, but today I was spoiling for a fight, an outlet for my anger building. I really wanted someone, anyone, to question me, why someone of my caliber was not employed or doing something ‘meaningful’. ‘As if just existing does not have inherent meaning!’ I would answer to them before smashing their face. I was generally immune to nihilism and the lack of a job might not make me sad, but it certainly made me mad.
I caught my reflection in the dimaglass door of the bar, seeing my confident smirk framed by my shorter hair with the slight ‘fray’ in the middle I could never get to go away. Yeah, that was someone ready to beat down some evil, and should have a job while he’s at it.
I had not been to this one before, but I guess they were pretty much the same anywhere. The smoke slowly billowed out from the door I was holding open, wafting out from the dimly lit interior. Why they never had better lighting, I didn’t know. Maybe they might catch their pathetic reflection in their drinks; can’t have that! Nope, not at all.
I stepped inside and quickly surveyed the surroundings. It appeared to be a long shallow hall. I was on one side and to my right the bar and tables went further down. A few of the people lifted their heads, staring at me with a ‘what do you think you are doing here?’ look. I laughed to myself and continued scanning the bar. Alright, which one of you suckas wants to go?
I walked up to the empty set of chairs right by the door and waved the barkeep over.
“What will you be having?”
“Well, I’m here to find out if there are any jobs or contracts anyone has posted.”
He laughed dismissively, I looked back at him in surprise. “I don’t even know you. You think I’d tell you anything with these many deserving people here?”
There were a few grunts of ‘yeah’ or ‘who do you think you are’; I could feel the hostile aura grow a bit in this room. I took note of it, but I was here for answers or action.
“Isn’t it your job to simply state the facts—” I began saying before he cut me off.
“Don’t you get it? Ever since ReCorp came in, there haven’t been any jobs!”
Some people laughed, and a typical chorus of ‘yeahs!’ echoed at me.
I knew ReCorp had whacked all the jobs, but it didn’t mean there might not be new ones. Didn’t these fucks have any optimism in their life? My anger at him dissipated as the truth of his statement settled in. I frowned and I looked away from him. The room was entirely male, grinning and chuckling at me.
Except for the girl in the corner. My natural eyes locked onto her, and my nanites in my eyes interpreted correctly to focus on her. I felt my eyes tighten, and a network of nanites formed a lens over my eye as my vision zoomed in on her face.
Her bright pink bow on her right side of her dark green hair was strange enough for the two facts very few had that hair color naturally, and such a bright pink was deeply out of place in here, this wasteland of talent. She was clearly looking right at me, but was neither smiling nor frowning; her lips were straight, her light blue eyes locked onto mine. Other than her intense eyes, the final strange part was her Strive tattoo under her left eye: a single infinity sign.
What the hell was a girl like that doing here? Though the term ‘girl’ might be demeaning to her: she was clearly a developed woman wearing a tight black body suit. A prostitute? Haha, even I might have been tempted. Set a low enough price and I am sure she would clear house down here.
“What’s up with the girl over there?” I asked the bartender while nodding towards the girl.
“What are you talking about?”
I looked back at him angrily. “The girl over there, do you know her? Prostitute or what?” I asked so I could justify my curiosity in her.
He looked confused, and his little act was pissing me off. I shook my head, and looked away from him back at the girl who I think might have smiled slightly. Heh, so she thought this was funny?
Hmm, well she might be interesting to talk to; damn cryptic-looking though. I was not normally intimidated by anyone, but she might be the first, or at least real close to it. I pushed myself away from the bar I was standing at and took a step towards her when I felt a huge force into my shoulder pushing me down to the ground.
“Watch where you are going,” said the large man who had clearly ran into me with the intention of driving me to the ground. I heard some laughing around the room.
“Walo is going to fuck this guy up!” I heard someone say, more laughter.
I looked right up at ‘Walo’, smiling deeply. “Bad move, bitch.” Though this was going to be easy, I did not feel bad for him at all.
His first mistake, other than attacking me, was staying in range. I braced myself up on my hands and lashed out a straight kick right into his knee cap, driving my foot far past the point his was normally supposed to bend. I spun around, standing up and drawing my Liner pistol, smashing the handle down onto his head. His broke patella and concussion shocking his system left him on the floor.
I stepped backwards towards the door, my pistol leveled and cycling between the nearest people, the girl in the back had a wild smile on as my pistol danced over her. I wanted to fight, but having it actually happen sobered me up, and I did not need the whole bar coming after me. “I’m leaving,” I stated firmly to those nearest me, and did just that.