(Due to an unexpected shortage of writing time, I will only be publishing Elvey’s Adventures on Saturdays for the next few weeks. Hopefully I can go back to twice a week soon — Thanks! 😀 )
They reached the town. Elvey drove directly to the diner.
There were no cars in the parking lot. The whole town seemed off and was silent.
Judy stepped out of the car, and quietly said, “Something feels off, Terrance.”
He nodded, also getting out.
They approached the diner carefully, opening the door slightly and entering.
The diner was empty and the bowling area silent. The games flashed like normal, but there was no one visible.
They exchanged glances and then advanced toward the bowling area.
Judy started going toward a side door, but stopped suddenly, staring toward the bowling alley.
Elvey, joined her, holding the spear ready.
“It’s only me, Terrance,” Peterson’s voice spoke from the darkness.
Elvey relaxed, briefly telling Judy, “He’s one of us – a rebel leader.”
She looked at him, a relieved look on her face, before looking back at Peterson, who was emerging out of the further end of the room.
“This is what I was supposed to do,” Peterson said, motioning and then stepping aside to reveal eight other people. They stepped forward.
“It’s good to see you all,” he said, adding, “Only fitting that we should meet here.”
“Is what he said true, Elvey?” The tallest man asked, “That we’re trapped in the Kairos Snare.”
“Caught and being reeled in,” Judy said, “I was being pulled in. Terrance got me out, but I don’t know for how long.” She turned to Elvey, saying, “I’ll go work on the tracker,” and quickly going through the side door.
Elvey approached Peterson, saying, “So this is what you needed to work on – gathering everyone from our realm together?”
The other nodded, saying, “And you nearly ruined it, by putting me in the hospital,” adding, “But it’s not too late. The snare is getting stronger, but it hasn’t caught us completely yet.”
“How do we know?” One of the others asked, stepping forward, “We might be repeating some event and we don’t even know it!”
“If we think that way, we’re not going to get anywhere,” Peterson said lightly, and turned to Elvey again. He said to him, “We have a fighting chance, now we’re gathered. At least, I assume that’s what Donaldson planned. And what progress have you made – besides acquiring a spear?”
Elvey quickly explained the tracker for the Kairos Snare. Peterson nodded.
“It’s risky,” he said, “But it’s the only option.”
“I’ll go into the future,” Elvey said, “And try to get the lock. We can’t do anything else until then.”
“What do you want us to do?”
Elvey stared at him.
Peterson, with a shrug of his shoulders, said, “You’re in charge – that’s how Donaldson had it.”
“Well…” Elvey sighed, “I think Donaldson set the snare on an event in our future – to do with Coombs and his plans. We have the opportunity to find out more about it before it happens.”
Peterson nodded, continuing the thought, “We can try to learn what we can about the event we’re trapped in.”
One of the others stepped forward, saying, “How do we do that?”
“I managed to get some information from Judy before snapping her out,” Elvey said, continuing, “Just talk to whoever’s acting oddly, and try to get information out of them – or observe.”
Peterson nodded slowly, saying, “I think we should consider offence situations – gathering weapons and such. We can try to trap everyone that’s been caught in the snare. We don’t know where this thing might go, and it would be safer to get everyone where they can’t do harm.”
“I’ll leave that to you,” Elvey answered, “You know more about that sort of thing than I do – comes from being stuck in an office too long.”
Just then, the side door opened, and Judy put her head out, saying, “Terrance, can you come here?”
He quickly joined her, going down a hall with an Exit sign at the end, but turning and entering another room. Here, was a lot of unusual weapons, armor, and technology that did not look earth-like.
Judy sat down at a table in the middle of the room and worked at a device.
“Are you sure about this, Terrance?” She asked, as she worked, “Something might happen to you in the future – if anything does happen in the future – and something will probably happen to us here,” she shook her head, muttering, “There’s a good chance the whole thing will just go wrong!”
“I agree,” Elvey said in a low voice, “It’s risky. But I don’t see any other option. We have to get the lock, or we’ll probably all die.”
“Do you have to go?”
“Well, what might happen here is much more in Peterson’s field than mine,” he said, “He’ll know what to do if everyone suddenly starts killing each other.”
“What if he starts killing people?” Judy asked, looking at him briefly.
Elvey sighed, saying, “There is no way to make this a perfect plan, Judy. If I stay, there’s no saying I won’t start killing people.”
She frowned but didn’t answer.
“Another thing,” she said after a pause, “The lock being in the future doesn’t make sense, because Liam’s half of the snare should be close enough to the lock to be working…”
“I’ve thought about that,” Elvey said, “Only thing I can think of is that it’s in the same location… but in the future.”
“I don’t like it,” Judy said, putting the device down.
Elvey went to the table and turned a switch on the device.
There were two lights on the top, and one lit up. Judy sighed.
“See, only one part… so the other part is somewhere else,” he said, and looked at her, “Why don’t you want me to go – really?”
She looked at him, and answered, “Because someone killed Donaldson. Someone knew about this and killed him. There’s still that danger, and the further on you go, the more likely you are to encounter it – but you might not be ready.”