Pinholes: Traveling through the Curtain of the Night (episode #50)

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Synopsis:

The brilliant scientist, Portage McPeeve, does not want to take over the world.

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He’s discovered a way to travel the stars, using them as gateways into other realities. With his Gateway Manipulator, he hopes to rule all the worlds of the multi-verse with an iron fist. However, when his beloved kitten becomes lost through the machine, he does not hesitate to cast plans for multi-world domination aside; instead, he follows her through the cosmos – encountering zombies, higher education for Supers, Greek gods, and killer ninjas along the way.

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Will Portage find Mrs. Bumblefrost before it’s too late?

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Episode #50

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The Colonel ran into the laboratory, running straight through the translucent wall and barely stopping before passing through the Professor himself. Even in the Ghost Realm, that was thought the height of rudeness. “Professor!” he called. “I have astounding news!”

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The Professor looked up from his calculations, a pale figure gazing at another pale figure. This time, he was grateful that the Colonel lacked the necessary concentration to make his features more complete. He had been killed in battle, and what the Professor could see wasn’t pretty. “What is it, Colonel?”

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“We have a living creature, sir,” said the Colonel. Had he been living, he would have been breathless with excitement, but as he was already dead, he was simply breathless.

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“The creature has arrived?” said the Professor.

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“Yes, sir!” said the Colonel.

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“Where is it?” demanded the Professor. “Why have you not- no, nevermind. I need to see this with my own eyes.”

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The Colonel stared at the scientist.

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“So to speak.”

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The Colonel declined to comment.

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“Take me to it immediately.”

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Soon the two were standing with Granny Wimple and Charles, watching the little kitten purr in her sleep. The Professor, a mere wisp of form, bent closer and watched the chest of Mrs. Bumblefrost rise and fall as she slept. He solidified slightly and poked her stomach. She rolled over fitfully, her breath fogging the air around her.

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“Very good,” said the Professor at last. “You two have performed admirably, or rather adequately, though I fail to see the point of bringing this other-,” he waved his hands at Charles. “What was the point of bringing him here? I see no need.”

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Well, beggin’ your pardon, sir,” spoke up Granny, “but we can’t pick the creature up, and Charles has a way with the living.”

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The Professor nodded, lost in thought. Finally, he said, “Yes, yes, you may have a point. At the very least, I doubt you’ve done any harm.”

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Charles solidified slightly, stroking the soft fur of Mrs. Bumblefrost. The kitten rolled over and purred in her sleep. “I’ve always had a soft spot for children and animals,” confessed Charles.

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Yes,” said the Professor, the ends of his mouth turning up slightly into what many might mistake for a smile. “Yes, I can see that… Charles, is it?”

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Yes,” said Charles, continuing to stroke the cat. The air fogged around Mrs. Bumblefrost with each of her breaths. “Do you think we can make the poor little thing more comfortable? She must be freezing.”

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Yes, I believe I can, Charles,” replied the Professor. “Granny tells me you ‘have a way with the living.’ Why not lead her to my laboratory? I have an area where she might be more comfortable.”

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Charles looked skeptical, but the Professor added, “I’m a scientist. It’s true I wasn’t expecting a living creature to come here-” He shot a look at Granny and the Colonel to silence them. “-to come here, but now that she is, I must study her.”

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You aren’t going to hurt the poor little thing, are you?” asked Charles.

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The Professor backed away as though he’d been struck. “Hurt her? My dear fellow, this realm is not meant for the living. We must find a way to help return her to where she belongs. How can I do that without studying her?”

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Charles mulled over the logic of this argument.

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The Professor huffed. “Ugh, enough of this. I’m tired of catering to lesser minds. I’ll simply bring the trap here. It’s not that cumbersome. You three,” he said, addressing Granny, the Colonel, and Charles, “may go.”

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Charles recoiled. “Wha- wha- what are you going to do with her?”

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Oh, lighten up, Charles,” said the Professor, laughing. “I promised to find a way to let us interact with the living, and I intend to keep my word.” He looked at Mrs. Bumblefrost. “The creature should provide enough energy to power my Machine and bring us into contact with other worlds. It may survive.”

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Granny and the Colonel looked satisfied, but Charles asked, “What?”

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We will be reunited with the living of our worlds and those of others,” continued the Professor, in full villainous-lecturing mode, “either by interacting with them as physical beings, or because all the alternate worlds collide with our own universe.”

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But wouldn’t that kill… everyone?” asked Charles.

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Either way,” replied the Professor, “we will no longer be alone.” He smiled again. “Cheer up, Charles. She will stay with you, one way or another.”

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**All episodes listed here.

**Look for the next exciting installment of Pinholes next Tuesday, same cat-time, same cat-channel… uh, blog. I mean, blog.

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Filed under fantasy-magic, Flash Fiction, Ghosts, Pinholes: Traveling through the Curtain of the Night, Serials/Series, Super Villians/Mad Scientists

2 Responses to Pinholes: Traveling through the Curtain of the Night (episode #50)

  1. Impressed, Cathy, as always when reading your flash fiction! My gosh, I love these characters :)

  2. Cats can fall asleep in the oddest situations. Fingers crossed for Mrs. Bumblefrost.

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