EPISODE 7: MY POWER IS ABSOLUTEThe two Ben's glared angrily at the regal presence in front of them. The King was sitting elegantly on a golden throne and dressed in elaborate robes of fine silk and gold thread. He lifted his head slightly:
"You must accept the new reality of our rule. That we,
King Richard IX, have brought the benefits of wise and prudent service to this
troubled England of this dimension. Soon we hope to extend this to your world as
The King gave a slight, though not ostentatious, smile and
adjusted one of his golden rings. The alternate Ben flicked his hair out of his
eyes and strode forward:
"How dare you risk the existence of two whole
universes because of your crazy lust for more power. The technology that you are
using is unstable, even the Time Lords have never perfected an inter-dimensional
interface rationaliser. If it fails we get total universe collapse."
guards moved forward and grabbed the alternate Ben, dragging him back from the
throne. The King lifted his hand:
"We feel that we should remind you that
crude displays of emotion and shouting are most churlish and emblematic of the
Tears filled the alternate Ben's eyes and Ben put his hand on
his shoulder to comfort him. He stared at the King:
"How dare you. Ben here
is an alternate version of me and we both come from very good backgrounds. My
parents have land and property in Wiltshire and my father is a well respected
classical musician. In no way are we lower class and I am disgusted that you
could stoop so low as to suggest it. I am also shocked and appalled that you
have imprisoned her majesty the Queen in the Tower of London of all places. Plus
you are threatening the existence of two universes as well."
remained calm and serene:
"We see that there is some spirit about you Ben
that is most attractive to us. However you must realise that our power is
absolute and will remain absolute. One gesture from our hand to our household
guards and you can be dead within the hour, along with all of your companions.
We have taken such disciplinary measures against whole peoples' in our universe
for less than your displays of rudeness. However you engage our
Katie Ryan and Kyle looked on in anger and Katie strode
"Look I'm fed up of this. Who the hell do you think you
are? This is England in 2016 not the middle bloody ages. You look ridiculous and
you're clearly a complete fruitcake and I don't know about your England but in
this one we have something called mental health services and they might be able
to do something for you."
The King raised a hand and several guards grabbed
Katie, one of them trying to kiss and grope her. Kyle rushed up and punched the
guard, decking him, however was soon overpowered by others.
"Gerrof me, (to
the King) hey mate, call off these goons ..." Kyle shouted. The King gave a
"Ah, the diction of the common artisan and the coarseness of
Miss Ryan. We are disappointed Ben that your choice of companions is no more
discerning in this world than ours".
"¤¤¤¤ off...." Katie shouted. The King
nodded to his guards:
"Take them to one of our new military centres. We will
decide their fate in due course."
The two Bens and the others were driven
some distance in a prison van before they arrived at a barracks, now in the
hands of the invaders, and were thrown in a holding room. Several soldiers were
already in the cell, one of them bleeding profusely on the floor and near death.
Katie and Kyle tried to help him, however Katie shook her head:
needs proper medical attention or he's dead. Mind you I think he's had it in any
The other two soldiers had been beaten up but were still awake and
lucid. Ben approached them:
"I guess that these invaders overran this place
and took you prisoner."
One of the soldiers spoke:
"No. We were part of
the invasion force. We are not from your universe. We tried to sabotage their
attack on this base and failed. We're part of the underground resistance
The alternate Ben approached Ben:
"Not everyone agrees with the
King and his insane plans. My organisation Operation Alpha is part of the
resistance movement, and the resistance as a whole has agents within the army
and the scientific community . There is much opposition to the King and his
Meanwhile Kyle was banging on the door of the cell:
a fella in here dyin'. Came on, he needs help....."
"You're wasting your time
Kyle. They clearly have no conscience these people", Ben observed. Jake fiddled
with his long, greying hair and pulled out a skeleton key, hidden in the hair
and fixed with an elastic band:
"Hey dudes, you need this man. They never
think to search in the hair."
"I never thought I've have
cause to praise your scruffy hippy hair Jake. Kyle, you know what to
Kyle picked the lock and they all ran outside the room.
to get some help like for that injured soldier fella", Kyle shouted. The Bens
looked at each other and shook their heads:
"Pointless Kyle. It will just
result in us being re-apprehended. No one here is likely to be on our side, "
Ben stated, thinking practically. As he spoke, a series of armed men appeared
from round a corridor:
"Hey, you lot, stay where you are!" The Bens and the
others started to run. A shot rang out and the alternate Ben fell to the
.............. to be continued.