Re: Legion of Justice - The Home Stretch! Part 3
- Nice little interplay between Drake and Canary. I also liked your
teaser of an ending
--- In theJSAallstarstorysite@yahoogroups.com, ddswanson
> Finding their home planet in the midst of an ice age that had to be
> least decades old, when they had only left it months ago, wasnightmares,
> stunning. Horus, after all his recent hallucinations and
> simply refused to believe this was reality, and withdrew into aout,
> coma-like state. Rex and Theresa became involved in a long drawn
> extremely acrimonious debate on the theoretical dynamics of an Icebed
> Age, becoming so caught up in their anger and furious arguments that
> they were able to ignore reality. Canary just collapsed into her
> and stared at the bulkhead, refusing to talk to anyone. Only Draketeammates
> remained active. Over and over again he tried to chivvy his
> back towards reality, but continually failed. He soon began aseries
> of independent actions.was
> He flew the Verdant Flame closer to Earth, looking for any signs of
> life. The planet was filthy with radiation, and he could detect no
> living things on the surface. The water was green with algae, which
> seemed to be the only surviving life on the planet. The geography
> totally distorted and he couldn't find any features that were easyto
> recognize. Once he finally found the Azores, with computera
> assistance he was able to superimpose continental outlines on the
> global map he'd made, and he saw that sea level had dropped perhaps
> quarter mile. There was a lot of water tied up in the giantglaciers
> descending from the poles!lunar
> Nowhere could he find any evidence of humanity, which made it
> difficult to date the disaster. He was able to locate the first
> lander, the Eagle, still on the moon, so he knew it, whatever 'it'had
> was, had happened after 1969. Computer sims suggested the ice age
> been going on for at least 250 years. This bracketing strongthe
> suggested, to Drake at least, that the Final War was related to the
> attempt by Vandal Savage and Mekanique to take over the world.
> After about 10 hours, he got fed up, and disintegrated the door to
> cabin Canary had chosen.out
> "OK, Bird Babe! I've had enough of you lying there sucking your
> thumb. You are supposed to be the leader. You've always been the
> leader. You always wanted to be the leader. So damn it, get up and
> LEAD!" She rolled over and stared at him dully. "You dragged me
> of Legion HQ and made me a rebel without even asking me, and nowanything. "Well,
> you're going to abandon me? You owe me, chickee!" He'd deliberately
> used two nicknames that she hated, still nothing. He wasn't through
> yet, quite...
> "What kind of leader quits when things get tough? Look around you -
> you may think your world is ended, but there are people who need you
> now, more than we've ever needed you before. If you quit now, why
> should the rest of us go on?" She still didn't say
> the hell with you then!" He turned and left the room.silently
> He was trying to learn some alien computer game only a few minutes
> later when he saw a reflection in the screen. Canary slipped
> and furtively out of her damaged cabin and into another one. Heheard
> a shower, and a few minutes later, the Legion's leader strode intothe
> cabin like she owned it.direction.
> "5 minutes and 18 seconds" Drake said, as if to himself. "Damn, I
> missed it by over a minute!" He turned and spoke as if none of the
> above had ever happened.
> "Horus is still hallucinating. Rex and Theresa need some
> And there's no indication that there was ever any life on Earth. Ithe
> recommend it would be best for the sanity of all of us if we leave
> Solar System, boss! The people who gave me this ship seem to be agot
> pretty nice group; maybe they need some heroes?"
> "Plot a course, Drake, and let's go see" she ordered briskly. "I'm
> going to go talk to the science team." She spun on her heel, and
> into the lift to go down to the lab level. Just before the doorwiped
> closed, she said one more thing. "Thanks!" The door closed and she
> was gone.
> "I guess she's still way shook up" he mused, then turned to the
> control board and started plotting their new course.
> Getting out of the Solar System seemed to be a very good idea. Once
> they didn't have the dead Earth hanging in their viewscreen, their
> natural resilience began to reassert itself.
> "Sorry, Rexy, I don't believe your theory. If our timeline was
> out as if it had never existed, and our parents aren't dead -instead,
> they were never born - then why do we remember them? Better yet,theory?
> where'd _we_ come from? We just spontaneously popped into existence
> out of nothingness? What about conservation of matter and energy?"
> "We were in the past when the timeline changed, so the change didn't
> affect us. Conservation of matter and energy is maintained by some
> mechanism we don't understand as yet."
> "Sorry - I believe in the quantum universe theory myself. You know,
> the 'a new universe is formed every time a decision is made'
> The universe we were born in is still out there somewhere and we'vethere
> just been shunted to a totally different universe."
> Theresa interrupted. "There's no practical difference. Whether
> is only a single timeline, and the entire future of that timeline isborn,
> rewritten whenever someone changes an important event, erasing the
> previous timeline, or there's an infinite number of universes,
> branching at every important event, to us the results are the same.
> We are no longer in the universe (or timeline) in which we were
> and our chances of every getting back to that place are virtually
> "Makes a big difference to me, Twinkles. In Rex's 'one timeline'
> universe, most of the people I ever knew are nothing but memories -
> fantasies, really, because they are memories of something that never
> existed. In my quantum universe, all those people are still alive,
> just somewhere else. I know what I prefer." He paused a second.
> "And, I think even Rexy will agree that the math involved in my
> preferred theory is a lot more satisfying than the the math in his
> single timeline theory."
> Rex looked stubborn. "I don't agree. The quantum theory doesn't
> explain where the energy required to create an infinite number of
> universes comes from."
> Before they could continue the argument, the subspace communicator
> came to life.
> "Gernsbeck at Knight Base, calling the Legion of Justice! Gernsbeck
> at Knight Base, calling the Legion of Justice!"
- Just read everything from the Flashback up to this chapter, and I was definitely entertained. I liked the explanation as to what Horus was going through--well done. This final chapter(?) has given me a couple of ideas, and, hopefully, a few others as well. I look forward to seeing if anyone does anythig with these characters.
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