Volgier drove Sean Tanner back to his base but warned him that he was
likely to cause a stir, as he was meant to be dead.
As soon as they both walked in, Sean spotted Brandy Taylor sitting at a desk. She was sipping a hot drink which she nearly spilt over herself.
Volgier introduced her as Bridey Tyler. “I take it you know Bridey?”
“Yes, but on my Earth, she’s called Brandy Taylor.”
Bridey and the rest of the base had already heard the tall tales of the return of Sean Tanner, but she didn’t believe a word of it. She put her drink down, got up, and slapped Sean across the face. “You coward, how could you leave it so long before showing your face?”
“I’m sorry, I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.” Sean looked to Volgier.
“I should have told you. Alexander Farnnel died alongside our Sean Tanner. They were on a mission together.”
“I see,” said Sean. Alexander Farnnel was obviously his friend Alex Farrington, and although Sean had not known this version of Alex, his heart lunged when he was told of his death.
Notes: Sean Tanner is asked to work with Bridey Tyler. She finds it difficult at first, as it is bringing memories of Alexander to the fore. She is cold and snappy with Sean, to begin with, but soon remembers what it was like working with her friend.
The duo are given the assignment to look into the disappearance of young men and women who lived close to the domed city. Could the Goblins be snatching people from London and taking them into The Bubble?
Sean Tanner now exists in another dimension. He is on a different Earth. Someone takes pity on him and gives him some clothes and shoes. Whilst exploring, he bumps into a familiar face.
---"Tanner you English dog, you're meant to be dead!"
---"Volgier, am I glad to see you. What the hell is going on? One minute I was in space, the next I'm here."
---"What are you rambling about?"
---"Everything's changed, this is not my London!"
---Volgier prodded Tanner. "You're real, not a ghost?"
---"Of course I'm real."
---"No, you died in the line of duty. You've been dead for five years!"
---Tanner was lost for words.
---Volgier thought for a while. "Since you're here, and not dead, you can help me with something. There's been trouble outside the bubble, I'm heading there now."
---"I've no idea what you're talking about, I've only just arrived and I don't understand what's happened - I don't recognise anything."
---"No matter, you're still the same Tanner I knew, even if you've gone a little mad."
---Tanner decided it was sensible to stick with Volgier. "You're going to have to fill me in, this is all new to me."
---"There's been some sort of skirmish just outside the dome. There are fliers on the hill, just standing still; it looks like something from the bible!"
---Volgier led Sean to his car. It was a petrol-engined heap that coughed and spluttered all the way to the hill. Tanner looked at the scene. He'd glimpsed the dome from above when he was lowered to the ground, but this thing was enormous. Fires were burning around the perimeter, and now the sky was becoming overcast, it did indeed look biblical.
Can Red and the others be surgically removed from their fliers? It's over to you now. Finish this episode and look out for more episodes coming soon!
Software used: Painnt, Daz Studio, Gimp 2.10 and KumaKuma Manga Editor.
Following on from the Interactive Fiction story "Rescue" I'm revisiting the colony planet Mercia Minor which is now occupied by Raiders. In the following writing exercise, write episodes which carry on once the Space Marines and Mercenaries gain control of the planet.
As a reminder, the link below takes you to the Interactive Fiction story "Rescue".
Major Liam Radd stands in the flight tower watching the last of the space marines board the troop carrier.
"Is the bomb set up?" he asks his assistant.
"Yes, Sir. It's hidden and primed. Once the mercenaries send word the planet's taken, then we can send the signal."
NOTES: A small team of mercenaries are leading a secret operation to win back the colony planet Mercia Minor from Raiders. The team consists of four highly skilled leaders who are coordinating the operation.
They have over a thousand space marines with them half male and the other half female.
The major is planning to explode a bomb on board the troop carrier once the space marines secure the planet. Mercia Minor is rich in natural resources and with no means of escape, the space marines will be forced to set up a new colony. After twenty years, there should be a thriving population who will be utilizing those natural resources. The major hopes to seize all assets in another operation to free the planet of "Raiders" - but this time it will be the space marines and their offspring who will be cleansed.
Sean Tanner was told by Sarah Serking, that HQ(2) bigwigs had purchased a camper van for operatives to use for weekends and holidays. She suggested that Sean and his work colleagues should be the first ones to book it, as she thought they needed a well-earned rest. Sean negotiated a weeks break for them, which was unheard of in all the time he’d worked for HQ.
The four operatives gathered all they would need for a week-long camping holiday and headed over to Logistics to pick up the van. Go to Logistics.
Copyright free Creative Writing Exercise by Antony R James.
Set in the spy world of Sean Tanner, Alex Farrington, Brandy Taylor and now featuring Rebecca Towley.
Image Credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/ufo-spaceship-alien-futuristic-5203805/
Sean Tanner and Rebecca Towley sat at a table for two in a small multi-cuisine restaurant. They had just ordered when Alex Farrington and Brandy Taylor entered the restaurant. Brandy waved to Sean and he beckoned them over.
---’Why don’t you join us, I’ll ask if we can move to a bigger table,’ he said.
---Brandy grinned. ’Aren’t you
two having a romantic dinner?’
---’It’s fine,’ said Rebecca.
---A waiter came over and asked if everyone was together.
---After the move to a bigger table, the four friends settled down and ordered meals. Halfway through, everyone’s phone began ringing at the same time. They quickly checked their messages and all of them were required to return to HQ2 immediately.
Their separate journeys back to HQ2 were enlivened by the sight of squadrons of helicopters and other flying transporters heading the same way as them.
---Back at HQ2 the two couples stood and stared as helicopters and transporters landed one by one in adjacent wastelands.
---’Something’s going on,’ said Alex, stating the obvious. ‘Let’s get inside and see what’s happening.’
---They headed for HQ2 but were stopped at the entrance by new security men dressed all in black. The men asked to see their security tags before letting them in.
---Inside, Sarah Serking hurriedly ushered them into one of the small briefing rooms.
---’Thank you for getting here so quickly,’ she said. ‘We have a situation that’s arisen in the last hour. A craft of very unusual and advanced design landed in wasteland not far from here. The Americans turned up straight away, hence the men in black at the door. The craft is under armed guard at the moment. The thing hasn’t opened yet, so we don’t know what we’re dealing with.’
---’Is it from space?’ Alex asked.
---’Sorry, I should have said. It was tracked by the Americans entering Earth’s atmosphere earlier this evening.’
(That’s because he’s Human not of Alien origin. He and a group of top scientists left earth in 1939 just before the war after building a craft using a design stolen from Nikola Tesla. They found a habitable planet rich in resources and built a thriving colony. The now huge population is under threat of annihilation from a very large asteroid heading towards their planet.)
Continue the episode: The man wants to bargain new technology for sanctuary for his people but is trying to pass himself and his people off as Aliens. He left Earth at a time of mistrust just before the Second World War. He doubts the citizens of Earth will accept a large influx of people whose forefathers ran away instead of fighting for their countries.
Rebecca sat in her hotel room looking out of the window. She’d just
turned the television off. She was bored with the constant chatter about
celebrities she didn’t know. Sean had told her to pick a surname as she
didn’t have one. On the island many people didn’t have last names, it
was common. Here, in London, she wouldn’t be able to function without a
second name. There would be forms to fill in, she’d need to register
with a doctor and dentist and look for work, no one was going to be able
to deal with her properly unless she had a second name.
---She eventually set about the task of choosing a name for herself. Sean had left numerous magazines for her to look through and an article about an artist called Susan Towley had caught her eye. She read through the piece about her move to Norfolk after a hectic life as a company director. Apparently, Susan had wanted to be an artist from an early age but different career opportunities cropped up or life’s usual obstacles had always gotten in the way. Rebecca was feeling an affinity with Susan Towley and decided she would take her name, well, her surname at least.
The fresh breeze and smell of the pine
trees were helping Rebecca to unwind. The past week had been
overwhelming for her. The move from the island to London was proving
difficult. Rebecca’s mother had been desperate to get her only daughter
off the island, and Rebecca had wanted to escape just as much, but now,
with reality hitting hard, she was glad to escape London, if only for a
---She stood still, listening. She was missing this. Being able to hear the sounds of the forest, sensing all around her, being at one with nature. Her mother, Servaein, had taught her daughter all the skills needed to survive in such an environment and this was going to serve her well in her chosen career route. Whilst looking through some magazines Sean had left with her, she saw a job opportunity in the classifieds; the advertisement had been for a Forest Adventure Leader, which involved teaching groups of children about forest shelter/survival techniques. Sean’s organisation was going to provide all the references and paperwork she would need to take up this opportunity and if the job was offered to her, she would be starting the following month.
Rebecca didn’t know what to do. It had been five hours since a group of children had wandered off on their own and it was now starting to get dark. She had only been in the job two months and thought that this was going to be a black mark against her before she’d even reached her six-month appraisal. She didn’t want to call her superiors, so decided on a very drastic action. She reached in her pocket and pulled out her mobile phone. His name popped up and she hesitated, should she do this or not? She decided to go for it; she pressed the screen and Sean answered. Once she’d explained the situation he calmed her down and said they’d be on their way as quickly as possible.
Sean Tanner had called in a few favours and was now lead helicopter pilot of a small squadron of five. He had Brandy Taylor next to him who was flipping switches until she found the infra-red camera. The helicopter screen turned green and the way was visible. They arrived at Rebecca’s forest school in a formation and quickly adopted a planned search pattern.
Sean led Rebecca down some steps. She struggled to see as they wound downwards. The musty smell was causing her to shallow breathe.
---’We’re nearly there now,’ said Sean, realising that she was beginning to hold her breath.
---’I thought you said it was high tech?’ she said as they reached the bottom.
---’It is, but we have to use part of the old sewer to get there.’
---Rebecca looked down at her shoes but struggled to see if she’d stepped in anything. They were walking in the dried up sewer and there was more light available; every third wall light was illuminated and helped them pick their way along.
---’It’s just through this door,’ Sean said, pressing a small fingerprint reader. The door lock clunked and he pushed hard to open it. Inside the room was well lit and very modern looking compared to the Victorian sewer they’d just passed through.
---Rebecca was starting to have second thoughts about the training programme she was about to embark on. The forest school hadn’t worked out well once she realised she didn’t like working with children; although the ones that were sent to forest school acted more like delinquents than the regular well behaved children she was expecting. But now, she was thinking it was a case of out of the frying pan into the fire; literally, thinking about what she was about to do. She had agreed to attend operative training in the highlands of Scotland. Sean told her she’d be using all the latest tech including laser rifles, which sounded like something from a science fiction film. That was the attractive part, the less appealing part was she was about to board an experimental transportation chamber that would take her from London, where she was, to the highlands of Scotland in five minutes twenty-seven seconds. The pod could travel at approximately seven thousand miles per hour matching the speed of NASA's X-43A scramjet. Sean had assured her it was quite safe, although he was not sure how it worked.
man met them once they’d entered the room. He was dressed like a
doctor and it came as no surprise to Rebecca that he was,
fact, a doctor.
---Sean Tanner sat next to Rebecca Towley on a hospital bed. The doctor filled a large syringe with an amber liquid from a small bottle and checked one last time if Rebecca was OK to go ahead with the journey north. Rebecca answered she wanted to go and the next things that happened seemed like a dream. She remembered Sean holding her hand and being pushed on a trolley. She could also remember seeing the pod they strapped her into; it was pure white, so white it blurred her vision. Then she remembered her stomach and the lurching feeling, a queasy sensation and then nothing.
---She opened her eyes and saw men coming towards her. They fussed around her and ticked off things on sheets of paper attached to clipboards. Once they were happy she was alright, they unstrapped her and held her up when her legs gave way. A wheelchair quickly appeared, and she was wheeled away with her head still swimming from the journey.
Continue the episode: Rebecca is now in the Scottish Highlands. She is about to start her operative training so that she can become a spy like her friends Sean Tanner, Alex Farrington and Brandy Taylor.
It took me a while to work out how to calculate the time of the journey from london to the Scottish Highlands as Mathamatics is not my strongest skill.
Hopefully I'm correct in my workings which use the speed of 7000 mph as a constant.
If travelling at 7000 mph how long would it take to get from London to the Scottish Highlands.
You can travel 7000 miles in 60 mins (1 Hour)
7000mph / 60mins = 116.6 miles per minute.
568.87 miles is the Distance from London to a particular destination in the Scottish Highlands
So 568.87 / 116.6 = 4.87mins
Which is 5 Minutes 27 Seconds to travel from London to the Scottish Highlands @ 7000mph.
(Copyright free exercises.)
Alex Farrington is sitting at the back of a store sobbing. He has a handgun next to him. Complete a chapter for the previous month leading up to this point.
Brandy Taylor and Alex Farrington had been seeing each other for over six months. A month ago she told Alex she was expecting and wanted to terminate the pregnancy so she could carry on her career as an operative. Alex desperately tried to convince her to keep the baby. Brandy went ahead with the termination, leaving Alex devastated. He refused to see her and wouldn’t answer her phone calls. When he doesn’t turn up for work and can’t be found at his flat, operatives are sent to Dark Stream to search for him. When he is not found there the operatives scour London looking for him.
Alex has dropped under the radar. He hangs around with the homeless of London. When they queue up at church soup kitchens he joins them. He has lost all motivation and his faith in relationships is in tatters. He loves Brandy but cannot forgive her decision to end the pregnancy. Having a son or daughter means everything to him even if it would have happened earlier than planned. He is suffering terrible grief for his lost dream.
Brandy loves Alex and is starting to regret her decision. She misses him terribly and is worried sick about him.
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