EPISODE 8 : UNIVERSE COLLAPSE
Ben, Kyle and the rest of the team ran through the corridors as the pursuing soldiers fired shots at them. They found an exit which was guarded by a young soldier armed with an AK47. The soldier raised the gun:
"Hey, you can't leave through here....."
The inexperienced soldier's warning was cut short by Kyle who smacked him one in the teeth and decked him. Ben and the team ran outside:
"Nice work Kyle. Shame though, he was pretty", Ben shouted with a grin. They ran through the grounds of the barracks and into some woods, eventually finding the perimeter fence which was topped with barbed wire. Beyond it was a road.
"How the hell do we get over that?" Katie exclaimed. Shakey Jake grinned:
"Hey babe, we don't need to." He rummaged through his hair and pulled out a homing device concealed within it.
"I kept this groovy thing hidden and activated it in the cell. Far out ain't it?" Ben grinned:
"Jake, you are an asset to the team. I should tell you that more often" he stated.
"You should tell us all that more often Ben", Katie added with a barbed look. As she spoke, a car sped up and out jumped Corinne Shaw and Paul Farraday. They quickly used wire cutters on the fence and soon the whole team were speeding away from the base.
As they drove along a deserted road, Paul briefed Ben and the team:
"Ben we have discovered that there is an underground resistance movement already in operation, led by UNIT operatives who the invaders have failed to apprehend. We're heading to their HQ now, which is in a disused nuclear bunker in Kelvedon Hatch, Essex." Kyle scowled:
"Ere 'ang on mate. There are injured soldiers and the alternate Ben back there who need our help like."
"I have to agree with Kyle on this Paul. We cannot just leave my alternate self back there", Ben added.
Paul pulled the car to the side of the road and stopped.
"Ok so what do we do? Just go back in there and get ourselves captured?" he asked. Ben thought carefully:
"No. You drive to Kelvedon Hatch and persuade those UNIT resistance fighters to mount an all out assault on that barracks. Meanwhile Kyle and myself will sneak back in there and rescue my other self. I'm a very altruistic guy.
Corinne jumped out of the car and opened the boot, lifting out a bag.
"Ok Ben but take these with you", she stated, handing Ben the bag of guns and grenades."
Meanwhile the alternate Ben was thrown back into the cell with the injured soldiers. Fortunately the bullet had only slightly grazed the side of his head. However he was tired and slumped down in a corner, holding his head in his hands.
"Hey, you ok?" one of the soldiers asked him.
"Do I look ok? I'm suffering from extreme stress and trauma", the alternate Ben shouted. He lay down and slept for a while until the sound of explosions and shooting woke him up.
"What... what's happening?", he asked. The cell door flew open and Ben and Kyle rushed in:
"Whoooh, the dynamic duo to the rescure dudes" Kyle shouted laughing. Ben frowned:
"Excuse Kyle's plebian cultural references. Come on, we need to get out fast.
They all ran through the corridors and out of the base , the two soldiers helping their seriously injured comrade. As they ran through the grounds however a strange shuddering began. It was as if the whole earth was shaking not just the ground and Ben felt a strange sense of out of body displacement.
In London, Richard IX sat elegantly on his golden throne as his Privy Councillors knelt before him. One of them stood up:
"Sire, our forces have secured virtually the whole of the UK. So far there have been no issues with the cross dimensional transfer operation." The King looked up elegantly:
"We assured you that there wouldn't be. Our science committee were unanimous that the inter-dimensional interface rationaliser would work once the minor difficulties had been ironed out."
*whispering* Yes because you purged them, " a senior councillor whispered to a colleague. Unfortunately the King overheard:
"Giles, step forward", the King firmly stated. The councillor stood up and moved forward.
"Giles, were you not our brother we would have lost patience with you a long time ago. We focus your attention on the fact that we are your sovereign liege lord as well as your brother." Giles looked at the other councillors and then at King Richard:
"Brother.... sire, you must understand the dangers we are all in. I have seem the evidence presented by the scientists whom you got rid of. There is a real risk that the interface rationaliser can only produce a temporary tranference corridor. The mathematical equations suggest that sooner or later the universes will close it. However the greater dangewr is that this process will trigger a chain reaction leading to the total collapse of both universes."
King Richard reached for his pet monkey, which was sat on a low perch, and stroked it:
"Giles, we are saddened by your jealousy of us and your coverting of our throne. We see now that you must be restrained......"
As the King spoke a strange shuddering began. Everone felt a sense of bodily displacement:
"You see? You see now? Its starting", Giles shouted................
................to be continued.