Monica held up the book in front of her.
“Where did you get this book?” Monica asked.
“My grandfather wrote it,” John said.
“Mind if I take it home to read it?”
As soon as Monica went home, she sat down on the couch and she read the book immediately, but she returned the book a few nights later.
“Interesting book,” Monica said. “Very entertaining.”
“Thanks,” John said. “What did you like the most about it?”
“Good question. I guess I like how your grandfather wrote it like a history book. I also liked how Oberon is divided into different countries. You normally don’t see that in science fiction.”
“Yeah. My grandfather had an active imagination.”
“It’s funny. When I was a kid, I’ve convinced myself that my sister and I were from a planet called Oberon. I guess I must have seen this book somewhere and that’s where I came up with the idea.”
“What else did you used to say?”
“About Oberon? Not much. My sister and I came to Earth through a plot hole. I also told people the grass was pink. I guess I also had one active imagination.”
John laughed nervously.
“Will you excuse me?” John asked. “I got to make a call. You can watch TV in the meantime.”
John went to his room while Monica flipped through the channels. But she overheard John talking. Monica muted the TV and she listened closely to what John was saying over the phone.
“Y’ ave geoan uni o’ zea gemis,” John said. Translation: “I have found one of the twins.”
Monica couldn’t tell what language John spoke. It almost sounded like French or Spanish.
“Ye dems meh da varle zir,” Monica heard John say. “Okay.” Translation: “You want me to tell her. Okay.”
John then came out of his room.
“Monica, there’s something I have to tell you,” John said. “You should sit down.”
“Uh, I’m already sitting down,” Monica said.
“Okay. Good. I’m just going to come out and say it. Oberon is a real place. You, your sister, and I are from there.”
“Yeah. Okay. Did my sister or Emily put you up to this? Emily always loved playing pranks.”
“No. You, your sister, and I are from Oberon.”
Monica just sat down in silence, trying to process the information.
“I don’t believe it,” Monica said. “I was right all along.”
“Are you okay?”
“Yeah. I guess.”
“Good, because we need your help. We’re looking for a machine called a reality engine. It’s a machine that people can use to manipulate time. They can also use it to see throughout time and space, that includes multiple universes. Centuries ago, scientists from the country of Kratos (one of the countries on Oberon), invented a reality engine. But the Libertas government tried to take it from us. To prevent war, the governments from both countries sent their best MMA fighters to compete in a tournament and Libertas won. As a result, they took our reality engine. According to our Intel, the reality engine is located on Earth. Will you help us find it?”
“I can finally get back at my sister. Yes. I will help you look for this reality engine.”
Years earlier, on Oberon, Angel joined the military. That’s where she met David.
Once David and Angel graduated from basic training, they trained together in the martial art of solider combat. That’s when they realized that they liked each other. Students at the Libertas Army Academy were forbidden to date, so they dated in secret. While David and Angel dated, they continued to train in Libertas soldier combat. David and Angel eventually become black belts.
Once David and Angel graduated from the academy, they got married. After their honeymoon, David and Angel were deployed the country of Tookistan, where they competed in the tournament between Libertas and Kratos, for control of the reality engine.
In David’s first match, he competed against a man named Bruno. He was a tall man, who was also a weightlifting champion. He was also the heavyweight champion in the Kratos Iron Fist Boxing League, the most dangerous boxing league in all of Oberon. Not only does the Kratos Iron Fist Boxing League have very few rules, it’s also a bare-knuckle boxing league as well. Even though Bruno has to wear gloves, they were only designed to protect his fists, and not to soften his punches.
The match between the two fighters was fierce. David relied on dodging Bruno’s punches, and counteracting with his own strikes. However, Bruno landed one hard punch to the side of David’s head. David managed to get back on his feet before the referee counted to ten. However, as soon as David got back to his feet, Bruno gave his opponent a powerful, three-hit-combo to the head, knocking him unconscious,
“David!” Angel screamed. Angel jumped into the ring to check up on David.
“Ma’am, you need to get back,” one of the paramedics said.
The paramedics rushed David to the hospital and Angel followed.
Angel was in the waiting room for what seemed like hours until the doctor came in.
“How is he?” Angel asked frantically.
“The blows to the head caused serious brain damage,” The Doctor said. “He’s on life support, but he’s brain-dead.”
“No!” Angel screamed as she fell to her knees, crying profusely.
Several minutes later, Angel regained her composure, and she went inside David’s hospital room.
“This is so unfair,” Angel said. “We both knew that when we joined the army that we would be putting our lives on the line, but I didn’t expect this. I wanted to start a family with you some day. But I’m not mad at you, David. You did your job. You served your country. At ease, solider. Goodbye, my love.”
Angel told the doctors to take David off of life support. Because David was killed, Angel withdrew from the tournament and take time off to grieve.
A few days later, Libertas won the tournament. A few months later, Angel accepted an offer to rejoin the army.
“There’s a possible future where the Kratos Army may steal the reality engine from us,” Admiral Adams said. “For that reason, we’re bringing the reality engine to Earth. Earth is on the other side of the galaxy, so it will take five years to get there. It’s also a one-way trip.”
“I volunteer to go to Earth, Sir,” Angel said.
“Are you sure of this?”
“Alright. Thank you, solider.”
Angel went aboard a ship with the reality engine and she spent five years traveling to Earth.
Earth – 2,000.
Larry and Martha had a five-year-old son named Steve, and Martha was pregnant again. Larry and Martha lived in their two-bedroom apartment for years. Since Larry and Martha had another baby on the way, they looked for a house.
“Hi, I’m Angel,” the real estate agent said. “You two must be Larry and Martha. Let’s take a look at the house.”
The outside of the house had new siding. There was also a beautiful garden in the back of the house. The inside of the house had three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a modern kitchen and a moderate-sized living room.
“What do you think of the place?” Angel asked.
“It looks nice,” Larry said. “But can we afford this place?”
“Actually, the house is not that expensive,” Angel said as she handed Larry and Martha a sheet of paper.
“Is that cost of the house or your phone number?” Larry asked.
“That’s actually my phone number. If you think this house is expensive now, imagine what the housing market will be like by the year 2017.”
Larry’s rumbling stomach interrupted the conversation.
“I’ll be back in a few minutes,” Larry said.
Larry ran to the bathroom as fast as he could.
“I would like to show you something,” Angel said as she opened a door by the staircase.
“Why haven’t I notice this door before?” Martha asked.
“It’s because of a perception filter.”
Angel opened the door to show Martha a small room with a control panel and two screens: a big one and a smaller one. She then went inside and pushed a few buttons on the control panel.
“There, I stopped time,” Angel said. “That will give us more time to talk…ironically.”
“What’s going on?” Martha asked.
“Martha, I’m from a planet called Oberon. So are you and your sister.”
“Yeah, okay. Excuse me a minute.”
Martha stepped outside and she saw a teenage girl with bangs covering the upper-half of her face, walking down the street. Martha also saw cars on the streets, and birds in the air. But the girl, the car, and the birds were all frozen in place.