Quantum Voyeur

QV13Vote until April 28, 2014

In the previous episode, Alana time-jumped to a new location where she spoke with her mother, who told her the truth about her past. After arriving back at the lab and faced with the decision of what to do with this new information, readers voted for her to confront Conners and Cash instead of dealing with it another time.

Episode 13

I feel myself streaming back towards my reality, my time. Opening my mind’s eye I can see all the points in time unfold before me. I see the room I was in, Dr. Conners, Lily and I are sitting at the table. Jason is walking towards the MRI machine. No, this is not the moment I want to return to. I need to return to a time before that, just a few moments before I got overwhelmed with their questions and probing. I mentally flip through the folds of time a bit more. I see myself and Jason walking into the special interrogation room. I smile.

The next thing I know, I am back in the interrogation room. Jason and I have just entered. Dr. Conners, Mr. Cash and Lily are sitting at the table waiting for us.

“Thank you for coming, Alana,” Mr. Cash says. He points to the chair across the table from the three of them. “Please sit.”

Dr. Conners looks at Jason. “Jason please make sure the MRI is ready.”

Jason nods and heads to the back of the room.

I gaze at the cold, sterile MRI machine at the back of the room. I know longer fear taking the MRI test. I realize I can easily beat that test. Because I am guilty of nothing, I am calm and there is nothing to fear. During that first trip I saved the baby, I did good. I protected myself from crazy Bob, I did good. Maybe even others are safer now. He was insane anyway. I did nothing wrong. I am calm, relaxed. I smile at Dr. Conners.

Looking at Lily I see her back is rigid and her eyes are locked on me. She must sense something is different. I can tell she is trying to probe my mind, as usual. I ignore her probe. She has about as much of a chance of penetrating my defenses as a mosquito does hurting a rhino. Right now, Lily is no more than a simple annoyance.

Dr. Conners smiles at me. “Alana, we have another mission for you. Another chance for you to travel… Have you heard of the Brighter Day Cult in Wyoming?”

“Yes,” I say.

“Well, they have been stock piling arms for years. Early today they shot and killed a sheriff who was on a routine call there. They have declared their land as a sovereign state. They have also taken a few locals hostage. The FBI needs to shut them down now,” Dr. Conners tells me, not knowing that I have lived through this moment before.

I understand the mission is important. But I am also hurt by what I have learned from my mother, which makes it hard to concentrate on the new mission. I need to confront Dr. Conners and Mr. Cash somehow and get them to admit the truth.

“The mission sounds like a worthwhile one,” I state.

Dr. Conners, Mr. Cash and Lily stand up. Mr. Cash turns towards the machine. “Then lets go join Jason at the MRI, so we can clear you for this.”

When we reach the back of the room, Jason takes me by the hand and escorts me onto the long patient table that will roll me into the machine. As he makes sure I am secure on the table, Jason leans into me and whispers “I’m sure you will do fine, Alana. Remember, I am on your side.”

I slide into the machine and take a deep breath. I think about what my mother said, “We create our realities.” I am pure and I have nothing to fear. My thoughts are powerful.

The machine lights up and roars to life. I find the clanking annoying, but I block it from my mind. I must concentrate on my answers. Did you do anything extra on your first trip? Did you put Bob into a coma? Have you ever altered a situation you’ve visited? I feel as if I am trancing out again as I answer their questions. Every question leads to an honest and innocent answer. I truly believe I did nothing wrong. I remain cool and calm. I feel like time goes by fast, so fast, minutes becomes seconds, seconds become milliseconds, as if I am fast forwarding through the moments. Next thing I know, I hear Jason say “She passed… All clear.”

I roll out of the machine. I did it.

Jason walks over to me and offers his hand, “See, that wasn’t so bad.”

I sit up.

Dr. Conner and Mr. Cash each glare at Lily who takes a step backwards. I hear Mr. Cash tell Lily, “We’ll talk about this tomorrow…”

Dr. Conners walks up to me, smiling. “Very good, Alana,” he says. “Now, go get some well deserved rest. First thing in the morning we will begin briefing you on your next assignment. You will be traveling with two FBI agents in the afternoon.”

That’s fast, I think, but doable. But tomorrow is tomorrow. Right now I want to confront them. I am boiling over, I need an answer.

“Now I have a question for you two,” I say, glancing at Dr. Conners and Mr. Cash. “Tell me what you know about my parents.”

“Excuse me?” Dr. Conners says.

Mr. Cash is silent.

“Tell me what you know about my parents,” I repeat.

“Alana we found you in a foster home, long after your parents had died…” Dr. Conners says.

“That’s it?” I ask.

Dr. Conners and Mr. Cash exchange a subtle glance. I feel coldness in the room. I now know there is nothing else they will tell me. I feel a wall of grey energy surrounding them, which usually tells me someone is lying. They just failed my test. I cannot trust Dr. Conners and Mr. Cash. As for Jason, I believe he is blissfully unaware of the situation and how I was most likely brought here. But I cannot be sure. Perhaps, I should leave this place. Escape. But How? This truly is the only home I have ever known. For now, I will go on my next mission. There are people being held hostage that need my help. But I will start planning my exit.

Jason looks at me, his face is so kind. He is probably the only one here I can trust. I feel I can talk with him without trying to be vigilant or protecting myself.

“Alana, may I escort you back to your room?” he asks, offering me his arm.

I am glad he offered. I need this long walk with Jason now, my break from chaos. I take his arm and say, “I would love that.”  Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.

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