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Brat Attack! (Chapter Two)
Chapter Two: Mrs. Archer Returns Home
Alyssa held the inch-tall Zack on her left palm as she spoke with him.
“You wouldn’t believe how technical the shrinking theory is! Over 99 percent of the matter composing the quarks, gluons and electrons are converted into neutrinos!”
“Is it possible to build one with contemporary technology?” Zack asked.
“I’m not sure,” Alyssa replied, “there are quite a few devices that work together to make shrinking happen, like a device that detects the gravimetric signature of quarks, gluons, and electrons, and another device that generates a dimensional membrane around the miniaturized sub-atomic particles to protect them from the normal sized environment.”
“How were you able to comprehend all of that, if you’re only eleven?” Zack asked.
“My Dad is an electrical engineer, and I excel at math and science!” said Alyssa. “You’re not one of those people
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Brat Attack! (Chapter One)
Chapter One: The plight of Zack Dugan
Zack Dugan was penniless as usual, walking down the sidewalk on a typical Friday in August, hoping his fortune would change. He spotted a hundred dollar bill floating in the breeze near a bank ATM, and snagged it. About a block further down the street, an unusual vehicle was parked that resembled a Ferrari or a Lhamborghini, but was neither. Zack couldn't recognize the make or model of the vehicle. A young man got out, and introduced himself to Zack.
"Hi, my name won't matter to you, but I'm about to tell you something that is beyond belief, so please hear me out."
"What kind of a car is this?" Zack asked.
"It's not a car as you know them," the strange man answered, "this is a time vehicle disguised to look like a car."
"Really?" Zack asked. "You're from the future?"
"I'm from about five-thousand years in the future. I can win a spot at Oxford University in my century if I win a scavenger hunt, so I can’t afford to lose the contest. Ge
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The Six Pica Man (Chapter One)
Chapter One: The Lab Accident!
Deuce Orion was one inch tall, and he was trapped in a drawer of the desk belonging to a normal-sized girl he did not know. She was sitting at the desk, doing her homework. He had no choice but to get her attention; if he didn't, he could end up trapped in the desk drawer indefinitely. He grabbed some paper clips, and threw them around, and shouted up at the girl. Eventually, the commotion caught her attention, and she opened the drawer and looked inside and spotted Deuce.
"Hey, what's going on here?" The girl demanded. "Who are you, and how did you get so small?" The girl plunged her right hand down into the drawer, and set it down palm-side up. "Here, climb onto my hand!"
Deuce obliged, and soon he was lifted into the air, and held halfway between the girl's shoulders and waist. The girl had medium length brown hair slightly past her shoulders, and hazel eyes. Her complexion was tan, and she was a Latina. She appeared to be at the age where she w
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 15
Chapter Fifteen: A Dangerous Plan
The flying saucer was still on the roof of the arcade. Nick and James were sitting in the flying saucer, which was equipped with a sophisticated cloaking device that kept the saucer invisible to the naked eye, and undetectable by Dakadanian sensors. They were with the three people they had rescued from the arcade, Gary, Hilary, and Drew.
"What are we going to do with those cables we left behind?" James asked. "If the giants find it, they'll know we're here."
"We could probably collect the one that's hanging off the roof of the arcade," said Nick, "but the one inside the arcade is too hard to get, and I don't want to risk going back and trying to get it."
"So we're sitting ducks?" James asked. "We just sit here and wait until those kids get out of school and pile into the arcade?"
"By the time they arrive, we should have enough power to get to a better location where we can wait until the batteries are more fully charged."
"But where could we go?
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 14
Chapter Fourteen: Rescue Attempt
Lacey and Caitlin stepped out of the force field that broke their fall once they had returned to Dakadania. The force-field was strong enough to trap a human, but someone the size of a Dakadanian could easily dismiss the invisible bonds. There were a group of older Dakadanians, and the Governess, who was a woman who appeared to be early middle-aged, but was actually hundreds of years old, and they approached Lacey and Caitlin.
"These are the council members who have been monitoring your progress while you were on Earth," said the Governess.
"How did we do?" Caitlin asked.
"Not good, but not bad," said the Governess. "It could have been a lot worse. I'm just glad you girls are back safe!"
"Did Nick and James return to Dakadania?" Caitlin asked.
"Our sensors detected a portal opening up, and that doesn't happen unless a solid object passes through the vortex, but we couldn't detect anything with our other sensors, because their vehicle now seems to
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 13
Chapter Thirteen: Return to Dakadania
"How far until we reach your place?" Nick asked.
"We're about five minutes away right now!" said Bobby. James looked out the rear window and saw another police car join the pursuit.
"We've got another one after us!" said James. "That's two cop cars chasing us now!"
"What about the giant girls?" Bobby asked. "How close are they?"
"They're maintaining the same distance it seems like," said James, "but I would go faster if I were you, just in case!"
"We're already doing 90!" said Bobby. "How fast can they run, Nick?"
"They're close to two hundred feet tall, so they have a leg span of close to a hundred feet. I would say they can run a hundred yards every few seconds."
"What does that calculate to in miles per hour?" Bobby asked.
"I've never tried to calculate the gait of a Dakadanian before, it never came up in the graphic novel!" said Nick. "But I know one thing, even if they can keep up with us for a short period of time, they're going to hav
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 12
Chapter Twelve: Driven Out!
Nick worked through the night, and by 5:00 a.m. he had finished the first chapter of his planned graphic novel. It was about twenty pages long, and it was black and white. The lettering had been done Adobe Illustrator, and looked very professional. Nick woke James up to show him.
"Take a look!" said Nick, as Nick wiped his eyes.
"I thought it was going to be in color," said James. "I even saw you do a couple of pages in color with Photoshop!"
"I decided to post the first version of chapter one in black and white, because coloring takes too long," said Nick. "Eventually, I'll go back and color each page with Photoshop and release a full color version, but for now it's all black and white."
"You should post this on the Internet," James suggested.
"I already did!" said Nick. "It's available on the comic studio website, I uploaded it just before I woke you up."
Just then, at Lacey and Caitlin's motel room, an android arrived at the door and knocked. Lacey
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 11
Chapter Eleven: Nick Gets To Work
Lacey thought over their plan. She hooked up a mind control device to the transceiver that monitored the transponder signals coming from Nick and James. The keyboard hooked up to the device was opened and activated, and Lacey began typing.
"What are you doing?" Caitlin asked.
"I'm giving Nick some inspiration!" Lacey replied. "I'm going to take an idea Nick has already been thinking about, and I'm going to splice some of my own original concepts that violate the laws of this society. Mind scan shows that he still isn't completely aware of the difference between the laws of this version of Earth, and the world he originated from.
"I thought it was the same on any version of Earth," said Caitlin.
"No, there are hundreds of thousands of different alternate quantum realities, and each one is different from the others. On one Earth, you could have something like major historical wars turning out differently, or it could be something as subtle as a pe
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 10
Chapter Ten: Nick and James Fight Back!
Nick and James went over their list, with the lamp close by. "So we've narrowed it down to two possibilities," said Nick, "we either make it so their vehicle doesn't work so they can't get back to Dakadania, or we shut down all the dimensional nexus points that bridge Dakadania with this version of Earth."
"I like the idea of shutting down all the nexus points," said James.
"But if we do that, it might only be temporary, they might be able to establish other nexus points," said Nick. "I think we should damage their vehicle."
"We've each got one wish each," said James, "if I use my wish, I'm shutting down all the nexus points. You can use your wish for whatever you want!"
"But if we shut down all the nexus points, we wouldn't be able to get back to Earth if they ever caught us and took us back to Dakadania!" said Nick. "We have to think this through!"
"If we disable the vehicle of that Dakadanian girl you saw earlier today, you realize that
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 9
Chapter Nine: Close Encounter with a Dakadanian
Nick's boss came to look at his artwork, and was impressed.
"You're a really fantastic artist!" said the boss.
"I'm a Kubert school graduate!" said Nick. "They really drill you on anatomy and composition and everything else until you get to the point where you can draw anything like a pro!"
"You're better than most of our guys here," said the boss.
"I could use some extra work," said Nick. "How about if I drew a graphic novel on my own time and your company published it?"
"Sure!" said the boss. "Do you have a drafting table at home?"
"No, but if you gave me an advance, I could buy one and get right to work!"
"I don't see a problem with that," said the boss, as he reached for his wallet and peeled off about six one hundred dollar bills. "Six hundred should cover a decent drafting table."
Nick took the money and thanked him.
Meanwhile, Caitlin took off with her shrink ray-gun after Lacey left to go stand out in front of the comic stu
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 8
Chapter Eight: The Plan Becomes Action
Back on Dakadania, the older girl who was going to accompany Caitlin showed up at the door. Audrey let her in.
"I'm Lacey!" said the girl, who looked to be about sixteen or seventeen years old. "Have you read the plans the council computer has come up with for how to persuade the captives to return to Dakadania?"
"I've read most of it," said Caitlin. "But I don't understand why we don't just use mind control on Nick and James and call it a day!"
"We have to acquire them without alerting anyone to our presence!" said Lacey.
"But if we did it my way," said Caitlin, "we could use mind control to erase the memories of any humans we came into contact with!"
"The vehicle we will be traveling in has already journeyed ten years into the future and downloaded the entire Internet of the version of Earth we will be traveling to," said Lacey. "so the computer already knows whether we will succeed or fail. I was told that if we succeed, it will be becau
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 7
Chapter Seven: Off Course
Back at Derek's, Nick was trying to help out by doing some chores. The phone rang, and no one was around, so he answered it.
"Nick, is that you?" James asked.
"Yeah James, what's up?" Nick asked.
"You've got to get down here to the library right away!"
"Why?" Nick asked. "What's up?"
"We're not on Earth! At least, not our version of Earth! We're stuck in an alternate version of Earth from one of your graphic novels!"
"Why do I have to go down there?" Nick asked. "Why can't you tell me anything I need to know over the phone?"
"Because I want you to see the proof! Just get down here!"
"I'll be right there after In finish sweeping up this kitchen," said Nick. "Bye!"
Nick finished what he was doing, then headed out the door, and walked to the library. He remembered the directions Derek had given to James, and got there within fifteen minutes. Once inside, James ushered him over to a table piled with books.
"Do you see that map of the United States up there?
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Garage of Doom Chapter 1
Wealthy 35-year-old bachelor Dylan Blake, is a student at Matheson University on California's sun-soaked central coast. In addition to being somewhat athletic, Dylan is a straight-A electrical engineering student who is no stranger to the ladies. This fact is the primary reason he finds himself at a party with five beautiful college chicks in the garage of Victoria "Vikki" Vega, the leader of this clique of drop-dead gorgeous co-eds.
While drinking his beer, one of the college girls, introduces herself to Dylan ...
"I'm Destiny Draconis, I'm a time traveler from five-thousand years in the future."
Dylan laughs and says, "Yeah, right!"
After laughing at her claim, Destiny unveils a dimensional portal she brought with her from her time. A town about ten miles away is targeted in the scope, and an image of the town shows up in the portal. "This is a dimensional portal I brought with me from my own time. It's locked onto the city of Bullet Bay, about five miles from here. How would you lik
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 6
Chapter Six: Escape Attempt!
Not long after Caitlin and the other giants had left, the captives were able to get the lid of their container off just enough to climb out. Nick, James, Bobby and Troy and Audrey's two other captives, Derek and Peter, had taken off their shirts and tied them together to form a rope, which Nick was using to try to retrieve the piece of gum. The gum was massive, about the size of three basketballs. The shirt on the end was tied into a lasso, and Nick was trying to hook it onto the piece of gum.
After about twenty attempts, the improvised lasso hooked onto the gum. Nick pulled on the shirts that were tied together, and the end tightened around the gum. Nick pulled with great force, and the gum came undone and shot over to where they were on the table. Nick began breaking off large chunks and lining them up on the top of the table they were standing on. After getting about twenty pieces the size of softballs, he began sticking them to the wall like rung
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 5
Chapter Five: Conquered By Caitlin!
"That could get so addictive!" said Caitlin. "I want to swallow another one!" Caitlin reached down and grabbed Nick at random.
"Wait for Cindy to make her second wish!" said Audrey, not noticing that the captive Caitlin had grabbed was one of the two that Audrey co-owned.
"I wish for ten thousand tokens!" said Cindy, and a multitude of tokens rained down next to her, and landed on the floor. Cindy knelt down and scooped up the tokens and stuck them in her purse. Cindy stood up and handed the lamp back to Audrey. "I want to save my last wish for something good!"
"Would you like to wish for something, Richard?" Audrey asked.
"I didn't bring any containers to put tokens in, and that's the only thing I would really wish for," said Richard. "Maybe I should just wait until I think of something."
Audrey placed the lamp on the shelf, but inattentively stuck it on a lower shelf instead of the highest shelf.
Caitlin held Nick above her mouth as she tilt
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Daunting Damsels Chapter 4
Chapter Four: Caitlin's Family Reunion
After Audrey placed the DX cube high on the shelf, she scooped up the four captives and placed them within a container that had a bathroom, beds, and a table and chairs. She shut the lid on the container, and placed it on a lower level of the same shelf the cube was on. Audrey turned on the television, and tuned it in to a disk golf game.
"Watch this game, and try to see if you're as good as these players!" said Audrey. "I'm surprised you're so good! Disk golf isn't as popular back on Thanatar!"
"My mom's sister ended up on Dakadania when she was a kid, after running away from home. That's where she met my Uncle Richard, the boy who grew up to become the man she eventually married."
"Are you serious?" Audrey asked.
"Yeah!" said Caitlin. "So they got all of us kids into playing disk golf because they got good at it when they were on Dakadania. Funny thing though, I never believed in Dakadania when I was growing up, I always thought my Aunt C
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Chapter Two: Mrs. Archer Returns Home

Alyssa held the inch-tall Zack on her left palm as she spoke with him.

“You wouldn’t believe how technical the shrinking theory is! Over 99 percent of the matter composing the quarks, gluons and electrons are converted into neutrinos!”

“Is it possible to build one with contemporary technology?” Zack asked.

“I’m not sure,” Alyssa replied, “there are quite a few devices that work together to make shrinking happen, like a device that detects the gravimetric signature of quarks, gluons, and electrons, and another device that generates a dimensional membrane around the miniaturized sub-atomic particles to protect them from the normal sized environment.”

“How were you able to comprehend all of that, if you’re only eleven?” Zack asked.

“My Dad is an electrical engineer, and I excel at math and science!” said Alyssa. “You’re not one of those people who thinks girls aren’t good at math, are you?”

“Of course not, Alyssa!” said Zack. “I had a math tutor that was female, she had a master’s degree in mathematics.”

Alyssa grabbed a digital stopwatch from a desk drawer. “How about I swallow you again, and I time it?”

Before Zack had a chance to react, Alyssa had grabbed him and tossed him to the back of her mouth and swallowed him, then clicked the stopwatch to turn it on. She grabbed one of her own flash drives from her desk drawer and plugged it into her computer, and downloaded all the files from the flash drive Zack had acquired from the time traveler.

Alyssa had a printer attached to her computer, so she printed out the information related to the function of the shrink ray device.

Just then, a car pulled into the driveway.

“Uh-oh! My Mom’s home!” said Alyssa. She had the digital stopwatch on a lanyard she wore around her neck.

Mrs. Archer came through the front door carrying bags of groceries in reusable cloth bags.

“Why are you wearing your stopwatch, Alyssa?”

“Just because,” Alyssa replied.

“Did you clean your room today?” Mrs. Archer asked Alyssa.

“Yes, it’s pretty clean.”

“I’m going in to check,” Mrs. Archer said, as she stepped in the direction of Alyssa’s bedroom.

“Mom, don’t go in there!” Alyssa shouted, blocking the entrance to the door.

“Alyssa, what’s gotten into you?” Mrs. Archer asked.

“I’m working on some stuff, Mom! Give me a few minutes.”

Mrs. Archer pushed past Alyssa and went into the room. She spotted the flash drives and the paperwork that Alyssa had printed out. Mrs. Archer picked up the papers and looked them over.

“This information is really technical, where did you get these schematics, Alyssa?”

"Zack brought this stuff over this afternoon, he got it all from a time traveler, he was hoping Dad could reverse engineer the shrink ray.”

“Shrink ray?” Mrs. Archer asked.

Alyssa grabbed the shrink ray device and handed it to her mother.

“Zack gave you all of this?” Mrs. Archer asked. “Where is he now?”

“He took off, he said he had to go somewhere.”

“If this technology really works, we could get rich if we could patent it!” said Mrs. Archer. “Have you tried out the shrink ray?”

“Yes, it’s keyed into my unique chromosome pattern. I’m the only one who can make it work.”

Mrs. Archer handed the shrink ray device to her daughter. “Use it to shrink that coffee mug, Alyssa!”

Alyssa pointed the device at the mug, and pulled the trigger; it was reduced to 1/72 of its normal size, putting it on the same scale as Zack.

Mrs. Archer knelt down and looked Alyssa in the eyes.

“Alyssa, do you know what this means? We’re going to make history and get rich with this invention!”

Mrs. Archer reached into her purse and pulled out two twenty dollar bills.

“Here’s money so you can order pizza tonight, I’m going back to work to try to upload this technology to the company mainframe computer!” Mrs. Archer took the shrink ray pistol and the usb drive with the technical information on it, and headed out the door.

Alyssa took the money, and said, “Mom! You can’t take my shrink ray gun!”

“Watch me!” Mrs. Archer replied, “You’ll thank me when we make our first million!”

Mrs. Archer got into her car and pulled out of the driveway, and was gone. Alyssa pulled out her cell phone and called her one of her friends.

"Victoria? I've got something I want to show you, can I come over?"

"Sure!" Victoria replied over the phone, and Alyssa put her cell phone in her backpack and jumped on her bicycle and rode to Victoria's house.

Once there, she knocked on the door, and Victoria let her in.

"What do you have to show me?" Victoria asked.

"It's in my stomach," said Alyssa, "do you know of any way of making someone vomit?"

"My sister might, she's in college," said Victoria., who went down the hallway to her older sister's bedroom. A few seconds later, the older sister came out.

"I'm Britney," said the older girl, "You need syrup of Ipecac, I think we have some in the first aid kit in the hallway."

Britney retrieved the syrup of Ipecac, and gave it to Alyssa. "Just drink some, it'll make you puke."

Alyssa drank some of the Ipecac syrup, and a few moments later, she vomited into the kitchen sink, and sure enough, Zack came tumbling out of her mouth.

"She was right!" Victoria said. All three girls were crowded around the sink. Alyssa reached in and grabbed Zack, and rinsed him off in the sink.

"How did he get so small?" Victoria asked.

"He came to my house with a shrink ray gun, so I shrunk him!" said Alyssa. "He knows me well enough that he should've been aware that he couldn't trust me."

"So, you're just going to keep him?" Britney asked. "And keep him, like some kind of a pet?"

"Sure, why not?" Alyssa asked. "He's immortal, so when I grow up, I can pass him onto my daughter."

"I want him!" said Victoria. "Let me have him, Alyssa, you can shrink another captive!"

"My mom took my shrink ray!" said Alyssa. "She took it to work to try to reverse engineer it!"

Victoria grabbed Zack from Alyssa, and Alyssa allowed her to hold him.

"We're like gods to him!" said Victoria. "How does it feel to be nothing but a toy, little man?"

"Answer her, Zack!" Alyssa commanded.

"It feels okay, I guess," Zack replied. "But how long are you going to keep me this size, Alyssa?"

"Indefinitely!" Alyssa responded, and all three girls began laughing.

"We need to find somewhere to keep Zack," said Alyssa to Britney. "I don't want my mom or dad to find him in my bedroom, and the same thing could happen with your parents here. Do you know of any safe place where we could keep him?"

"I know of an abandoned house where the older teenagers party, there's supposed to be a keg party there tonight," Britney replied. "But if we keep him there, we are going to have to share him with about six other girls."

"That won't be a problem," said Alyssa, "as long as Zack is safe."

Meanwhile, at Milenko research facility, Alyssa's mom had taken the technology and showed it to Alyssa's dad. After showing him the shrunken coffee cup, she showed him the other equipment that Zack had given to Alyssa.

"If we hook up the flash drive that came with the shrink ray," said Mrs. Archer to Mr. Archer, "it shows the schematics for how miniaturization takes place. The process is known scientifically as neutrino dissimilation."

Mr. Archer hooked up the flash drive to a computer, and began reading the schematics.

"There are five or six devices that would need to be invented before we could build a functional neutrino dissimilator in our day and age," said Mr. Archer. "There is a device that detects the gravimetric signature of quarks, gluons and electrons, and another device that establishes a dimensional membrane around the sub-atomic particles that get miniaturized."

"So it's impossible to reverse engineer this technology?" Mrs. Archer asked.

"Not impossible, but as long as it shows us how to construct all the components of the neutrino dissimilator device, we should be okay, but it's going to take some time. Where did Alyssa acquire this technology?"

"She said Zack encountered a time traveler and brought this stuff over to our house."

"And where is Zack?" Mr. Archer asked.

"Alyssa said he went home," said Mrs. Archer.

"You should probably check on Zack," said Mr. Archer, "knowing our daughter, she probably shrunk him and is keeping him prisoner somewhere."

"Do you really think she's capable of something like that?" Mrs. Archer asked.

"What happened when we bought her those pet goldfish?" Mr. Archer asked. "She swallowed them, a shrink ray is the worst thing she could possibly have. For all we know, she could've swallowed Zack!"

"I'll go to his house and check up on him, in the meantime, try to reverse engineer that tech!"

To Be Continued!
Chapter One: The plight of Zack Dugan

Zack Dugan was penniless as usual, walking down the sidewalk on a typical Friday in August, hoping his fortune would change. He spotted a hundred dollar bill floating in the breeze near a bank ATM, and snagged it. About a block further down the street, an unusual vehicle was parked that resembled a Ferrari or a Lhamborghini, but was neither. Zack couldn't recognize the make or model of the vehicle. A young man got out, and introduced himself to Zack.

"Hi, my name won't matter to you, but I'm about to tell you something that is beyond belief, so please hear me out."

"What kind of a car is this?" Zack asked.

"It's not a car as you know them," the strange man answered, "this is a time vehicle disguised to look like a car."

"Really?" Zack asked. "You're from the future?"

"I'm from about five-thousand years in the future. I can win a spot at Oxford University in my century if I win a scavenger hunt, so I can’t afford to lose the contest. Getting into a prestigious University is much more difficult in my time than it is in the 21st century."

"I'm taking a year off from school myself," said Zack. "I graduated high school a couple of months ago, and I plan on starting junior college in about a year. So what do you need from me?"

"I need a hundred dollar bill from this era, and I can't replicate it, or they'll know I cheated. I'm being monitored, and there are only specific ways I can acquire it. I can't steal it, someone has to give it to me willingly, but I'm allowed to trade for it."

"I have a hundred bucks I just found, but without it, I'd be broke as a joke!" Zack replied.

"I think we can come to an agreement," said the time traveler. "In addition to making you immortal, so you'll never need food, water, or need to use the bathroom ever again, I can give you your dream. What is something you've always wanted?"

"How about a shrink ray gun?" Zack asked. "I could pick up on a hot college chick, and have her shrink me!"

The young man from the future pulled out a small device and handed it to Zack. It was in a baggie, with some paperwork and a flash drive inside, and a charger as well. "Here is a neutrino dissimilator! It's a more simplified version, so it can be easily reverse-engineered by scientists from your era. My counterpart from my near future traveled back in time to let me know exactly when and where to go, and what I would need to acquire the one hundred dollar bill from you, that's why I'm so well prepared."

Zack took the baggie with the device and other items inside.

The future man pulled out another device, and aimed it at Zack. "One pull from this trigger, and you're immortal. Do we have a deal?"

Zack pulled out his wallet, and handed over the hundred dollar bill. The man aimed and pulled the trigger. "You're immortal now. You're invulnerable to temperature extremes, you'll never need food or water again unless you choose to eat or drink, and you'll never need to use the bathroom unless you drink more water." The man pulled out another device and handed it to Zack. "This is a neural stimulator, if some woman swallows you after you're miniaturized, she can use this to make herself vomit you up. The immortality I gave you also makes you invulnerable to stomach acid. It was a pleasure doing business with you! Oh, and by the way, whoever keys that shrink ray gun to recognize their unique chromosome pattern will be the only person able to operate the shrink ray, so don't let it fall into the wrong hands."

The man got back in his futuristic vehicle, and the gull-wing door slid shut, and the vehicle sped off into the distance and turned a corner, and was gone.

"I'm in Alyssa Archer's neighborhood," said Zack to himself, "her dad is an electrical engineer and her mom is CEO of an electronics research and development firm, so maybe I should show her the shrink ray gun."

Zack walked a few blocks and knocked on a door. A dark blonde-haired girl about 11 years old answered the door, wearing shorts and a tank top.

"Hi, Zack!" said Alyssa. "What brings you here?"

"You're not going to believe this!" said Zack. "I think I have a shrink ray gun!" Zack waved the baggie in front of her, and Alyssa could see what looked like a pistol inside.

"Come on in!" said Alyssa. "My parents aren't home right now."

"I met a guy from five-thousand years in the future, and he made me immortal and gave me a shrink ray pistol," said Zack. "I don't ever need to eat or drink water again, or use the bathroom."

Zack dumped out the baggie on the dining room table. There was a neutrino dissimilator pistol, a charging device, a flash drive, and some paperwork. The neural stimulator was also on the table. Alyssa took the paperwork and started reading.

Zack continued: "Since your Dad is an electrical engineer, I was hoping he could try to reverse engineer it, so we could get rich! Since your mom and my mom are friends, I knew I could trust you."

Alyssa replied: "It says here, that you shrink someone or something by keying one of the buttons on the sizing scope. Each button corresponds to a particular ratio, so one over seventy-two would reduce a six foot tall man down to an inch tall!"

"I'm just about six feet tall!" said Zack.

"Do you want to volunteer so I can test it out?" Alyssa asked.

"Sure, why not?" said Zack, and he stood up and walked to the center of the living room. "Rock and roll!"

As soon as Zack held his right thumb up, Alyssa pressed the 1/72 button, and Zack was instantly reduced down to an inch tall. Alyssa knelt down and looked at Zack. She lowered the palm of her hand in front of him.

"Step onto my hand, I command you!" said Alyssa.

"You command me?" Zack asked, as he stepped onto her palm. "Alyssa, don't get carried away!" Alyssa rose to a standing position, carefully cupping Zack with her right hand as he stood on her left palm.

"You don't get any say in the matter any more," said Alyssa, "You were stupid for trusting me. I'm keeping you this size, and I'm never showing the shrink ray to my parents, I'm keeping it a secret!"

Alyssa went to the kitchen and got a coffee mug that was too steep for Zack to climb out of, and dropped him in. She carried the mug to her bedroom. She set the mug on her desk, then retrieved the contents of the baggie the shrink ray pistol came in, as well as the neural stimulator. She had a home computer in her bedroom, so she plugged the flash drive into her computer, and began reading.

"It says here that I can key the shrink ray gun to my unique chromosome pattern, so no one else can use it. I think I'll do that!"

Alyssa went to a shelf and got some bubble gum, and opened a piece and began chewing. When it was moist, she followed the directions on the flash drive and hooked up the cable from the charger cord to the shrink ray pistol on one end, and into the USB port on her computer on the other end. She pressed the piece of bubble gum into a sensor on the pistol, and a green light came on.

"Done!" said Alyssa. "According to the instructions, I've successfully programmed the shrink ray to only respond to my dna!" Alyssa got the bubble gum and put it back in her mouth. "Zack, now that you're my prisoner, let's blow a bubble together!"

Alyssa dumped the inch tall Zack into her hand, and popped him into her mouth. She carefully maneuvered her tongue so she could manipulate the gum without hurting Zack, and tried to blow a bubble with Zack inside the bubble. Zack tried to stay still, but the bubble didn't stay whole for too long, and collapsed around him, so he felt himself being pulled back into Alyssa's mouth by her tongue.

She blew another bubble, and this time, Zack was successfully inside. Alyssa kept blowing the bubble until it popped, then laughed as she dragged Zack back into her mouth with her tongue.

"There's no escape from me!" said Alyssa. "So you're immortal now, right Zack? I wonder how long you can last in my stomach."

"Wait!" said Zack. "That other device is a neural stimulator, it will make you vomit if I'm in your stomach!"

Alyssa pulled Zack out of her mouth with one hand, then shoved Zack back into the coffee mug. She reached over and grabbed the neural stimulator.

"You mean this thingie?"

"Yes!" said Zack. "I don't want to be trapped in your stomach."

Zack tried to untangle himself from the bubble gum that surrounded his body. Alyssa reached in and grabbed him just as he untangled himself. She lifted him above her mouth, and licked her lips while gazing at him.

"How would it feel to end up in the belly of an eleven year old girl?" Alyssa asked.

Before Zack could respond, Alyssa let go of him, and Zack tumbled down onto her tongue. Alyssa closed her mouth around him, and swallowed him! Alyssa lifted her shirt slightly, revealing her belly button, and laughed. She soon directed her attention to the computer, and read up on the theory behind miniaturization. After about ten minutes, she felt she knew enough, and reached for the neural stimulator.

Meanwhile, in the depths of Alyssa's stomach, Zack swam around in her chyme. It was very warm, but the heat of her stomach didn't bother him, because of his immortality. The ten minutes swimming around went by quickly, so when Alyssa aimed the neural stimulator at her head and pulled the trigger, Zack was forced upwards through Alyssa's esophagus, and through her mouth and down and out into a bowl Alyssa had gotten from the kitchen. Alyssa fished Zack out of the vomit.

"So how was it in there?" Alyssa asked.

"Not too bad," said Zack.

"Well, you'd better get used to it!" said Alyssa. "It's going to happen a lot!"

To be Continued!
Chapter One: The Lab Accident!

Deuce Orion was one inch tall, and he was trapped in a drawer of the desk belonging to a normal-sized girl he did not know. She was sitting at the desk, doing her homework. He had no choice but to get her attention; if he didn't, he could end up trapped in the desk drawer indefinitely. He grabbed some paper clips, and threw them around, and shouted up at the girl. Eventually, the commotion caught her attention, and she opened the drawer and looked inside and spotted Deuce.

"Hey, what's going on here?" The girl demanded. "Who are you, and how did you get so small?" The girl plunged her right hand down into the drawer, and set it down palm-side up. "Here, climb onto my hand!"

Deuce obliged, and soon he was lifted into the air, and held halfway between the girl's shoulders and waist. The girl had medium length brown hair slightly past her shoulders, and hazel eyes. Her complexion was tan, and she was a Latina. She appeared to be at the age where she would be attending her final year of junior high school.

"I'm Deuce Orion, I was shrunk in a lab accident at Bullet Bay University," said Deuce.

With her free hand, the girl grabbed a wooden ruler from the desk drawer where Deuce had been trapped, and set it vertically so she could measure Deuce's height.

"You're exactly an inch tall," said the strange girl.

"I'm six picas tall," said Deuce.

The girl looked puzzled. "What's a pica?"

"It's a sixth of an inch," said Deuce, "I was a graphic design major before I changed my major to physics. My math teacher said I was gifted in mathematics, so I switched over to science."

"You're so small, I should swallow you!" The strange girl licked her lips menacingly. "Ever since I was eleven I've had a peculiar fantasy about swallowing a miniaturized man."

"Can I at least be introduced to the girl who intends to make me a meal?" Deuce asked.

"I'm Amber," said the girl, "Amber Ortega. I'm fourteen, and in the eighth grade. So who are you, and how did you get this way?"

"It all started at the beginning of the semester, I was on my way to Bullet Bay University for the first day of classes. It was a crisp August morning in Bullet Bay, a small city on California's central coast. I had stopped at a coffee shop before going to my first class.

*****

Deuce joined Skyler, Deuce's room mate, at the coffee shop.

"Hey Skyler, you beat me here this morning! I can't let you get away with that a second time!"

"Deuce," said Skyler, "I don't know why you even come here when you don't even drink coffee!"

"The hot chocolate here is good!"

"You know," said Skyler, "if you keep coming here every morning, you're just asking for trouble!

"How so?" Deuce asked.

"If a hit-man ever wanted to find you, it would be pretty easy to figure out your M-O."

"Then it's a good thing the crime rate here in Bullet Bay is close to zero."

Deuce ordered his drink. "I'll have a large hot chocolate, no marshmallows. Hey Skyler, don't we have our first class together?

"Yeah, an English class. Uh-oh, Jerrica alert! She tracked you down!"

"She already knows I hang out here," said Deuce. "She figured it out during the summer."

"You'd better explain to her that you can't get involved with her!" said Skyler. "She's still seventeen, and if that wasn't bad enough, her mother is the district attorney of this county!"

"It's not that easy, Skyler. She's been in love with me since she was fourteen, ever since I had to tutor her to qualify for that weird grant sponsored by that non-profit group. How do you shake a chick like that off your trail?"

"I don't know," said Skyler, "but all bets are off until she turns eighteen. Her birthday is only a few months away, isn't it?'

"Yeah," Deuce replied, "I think her birthday is in January."

Jerrica Calypso entered the coffee shop. "Hi, Deuce! I was hoping you could give me a ride to school. It's the last week of summer school at my high school."

"Jerrica, you live in Avalon Cove! Do you mean to tell me you rode the bus seven miles to get here just so you could get a ride from me?"

"Yeah!" said Jerrica. "I've got tickets to that concert at your university for this Friday night, and I was hoping we could go together!"

"I'll have to think about it," Deuce replied.

*****

"Is Jerrica in love with you?" Amber asked, holding Deuce closer to her face.

"Yes!" Deuce responded. "I need to find a way to get back to her!"

"Do you love her?" Amber asked.

"Of course," Deuce responded. "She's the only normal-sized person I trust."

"Go on with your story," said Amber.

*****

Deuce and Skyler marched into their first class together. A portly brunette was the professor, and this was an English class. Once the students were in their seats, she said she would not tolerate any cell phones in class. Just then, a beep went off, and the teacher grabbed a cell phone from one of the students. She set it on a table, then pulled out a steel mallet and crushed the cell phone.

"Don't let this happen to you! I expect all cell phones to be on silent at all times!" said the teacher.

*****

"What does that have to do with how you got shrunk?" Amber asked. She pulled out some thread, and wound it around Deuce's body, then lifted him over her mouth and licked her lips. "Are you trying to to stall to prevent the inevitable? You will end up in my belly one way or another, it's just a matter of time, so whether it takes you an hour to tell this story or five, you're still my prisoner, understand?"

"It was important to mention," Deuce replied, "because that's why I stopped carrying my cell phone on me to my classes."

"Then get on with the story!" Amber demanded.

*****

That Friday night, at a party, Deuce and Skyler ran into two hot chicks.

"Hi, I'm Stephanie, and this is my room-mate Alyndria." Stephanie was a brunette with a tan complexion, and Alyndria was Caucasian and had hair like a punk rocker or goth girl.

"Nice to meet you," said Deuce, shaking the hands of both young women.

"So it's my understanding you're taking part in a cold fusion experiment?" Alyndria asked Deuce.

"Yeah," Deuce replied, "So you've been reading the newspapers?"

"My father is very interested in studying the new theory professor Stiles came up with for converting hydrogen to tritium." said Alyndria. "According to my father, professor Stiles has achieved something no other scientist ever has. That new cheaper method for converting hydrogen to tritium is valuable beyond measure!"

"Who's your father?" Deuce asked.

"Doctor Von Darius," Alyndria replied. "He's a really brilliant scientist. So how does the cold fusion theory work?"

"Professor Stiles found a way to use quantum mechanics to strip quark, gluon particles and electrons of matter in the form of neutrino particles. He thinks it will cause a chain reaction that should initiate a cold fusion reaction. As far as his method for converting hydrogen to tritium, he won't fill me in on the details."

"Sounds pretty interesting," said Alyndria.

"I'm heading over there soon," said Deuce. "Professor Stiles is conducting the experiment here on campus. The reason I'm not drinking alcohol right now is because I need to stay sober so I can help with the experiment. The professor thinks tonight is the night we achieve victory!" Deuce looked at his watch. "It looks like it's about time for me to head over there now." Deuce said goodbye to Skyler and the two young women, and departed.

As Deuce approached the front of the laboratory a few minutes later, a limousine pulled up. A door opened, and a man got out and ushered Deuce inside the vehicle.

"I'm Doctor Von Darius," the man said. "You met my daughter Alyndria earlier tonight, I instructed her to tell you of my needs. I want to make you an offer."

"Like what?" Deuce asked.

"I want you to make copies of the schematics detailing the professor's method for converting hydrogen to tritium on a flash drive, and sell them to me. I can make you very rich!" Doctor Von Darius held out a check for five thousand dollars.

"Forget it!" said Deuce, ignoring the check and exiting the vehicle. "Professor Stiles worked his entire lifetime on that experiment, and I'm not going to sell him out!"

"You'll regret this!" shouted Doctor Von Darius. The door to the limousine closed with Doctor Von Darius inside, and sped away.

*****

"How much was he willing to pay you?" Amber asked.

"I don't know, and I don't care!" said Deuce. "My friendship with Professor Stiles doesn't come with a price tag!"

"I'm proud of you!" said Amber. "This story is starting to get good! Continue!"

*****

Deuce entered the front door of the laboratory. Professor Stiles was working feverishly, the reactor was in the center of the lab, and gauges and digital read-out monitors were lit up and beeping.

"I started the experiment without you, Deuce! I tried calling you, but you didn't answer!"

"I left my phone at home, professor." Deuce replied. "I've never seen the equipment react this way, what's going on?"

"We've reached the break-even point!" said the professor. "The cold fusion reactor is generating an amount of power equal to what it takes to sustain the cold fusion reaction!"

"Has it ever done this before?" Deuce asked.

"Never!" said the professor. "And if that gauge moves up past fifty percent," the professor pointed at a digital gauge connected to the reactor, "then we'll be the first people in history to witness a cold fusion reaction that generates more power than it takes to initiate the reaction!"

Professor Stiles grabbed a bottle of champagne, and looked at the gauge. Just as it rose above fifty percent, he popped the cork off and shouted in victory. Before he could pour the champagne, the front door of the lab was kicked in by armed gunmen in ski masks carrying semi-automatic weapons.

"Give me all your cell phones, now!" said one of them, and the professor threw his cell phone to the men. One of them had an axe, and severed the phone line to the land-line connected to a desk. One of the men forced Deuce closer to the reactor as he pointed his machine gun at him.

"Give me all flash drives pertaining to your method for converting hydrogen to tritium, do it now!" said one of the men, pointing his weapon at the professor.

The professor grabbed a key and unlocked a safe in a drawer of his desk, and handed the man several small flash drives.

One of the men opened up on the reactor with his M-16, and the tritium deuterium solution spilled out onto Deuce, getting him drenched from head to toe. Within less than a minute, the gunmen were gone.

"They must be working for Doctor Von Darius!" Deuce shouted. "He tried to bribe me just before I got here!"

"I'd better go find a payphone and call the police," said professor Stiles, as he left Deuce behind to survey the damage.

*****

"Is that when you got turned into girl food?" Amber asked.

"What?" Deuce asked.

"Is that when you started to shrink?" Amber asked.

"Yes," said Deuce, "it was kind of instantaneous. One second I was six feet tall, then less than a second later, I was looking up at a world of giants. Good thing I was alone in the lab when it happened."

"Then what happened?" Amber asked.

"The front door was ajar, the gunmen had broken it when they kicked it in. I realized the only person I could trust was Jerrica, so I knew I had to make my way to her. I set out on my own, like a valiant venturer."

"How did you avoid encountering normal-sized people?" Amber asked.

"I did encounter one woman, she was a time traveler from the future. Her name was Nixie."

"When did you encounter her?" Amber asked.

"On the walkway in front of the lab. She towered over me like the colossus of Rhodes. I thought I was done for!"

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"My name is Nixie, I'm a time traveler from ten thousand years in the future. I'm here to help you!"

"Can you restore me to normal size?" Deuce asked.

"No, I can't interfere with history," Nixie replied. "But I can make you immortal so you never age, you'll never need food or water, and I can make you invisible to predators. They won't be able to see you easily, or smell you."

Nixie shrank down to Deuce's size. "Now you can call me Nixie the Pixie!"

She waved a device over Deuce's head, and said, "Now you're immortal. You'll never need food or water again! I can't reverse your situation, but from time to time, I can help you out."

Nixie activated a jet pack and flew off into the sky.

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"So what happened next?" Amber asked.

"There was a concert on campus that Friday night," Deuce replied, "so I went in that direction. I knew Jerrica had tickets, so I was hoping to run into her there, but a feral kitten changed my plans, and chased me out into the open, and that's how I ran into you."

"But how did you end up with me?" Amber asked.

"You were trying to sell your extra concert ticket, and your purse was on the grass at your feet. The kitten chased me, and I hid in your purse. I stayed hidden all through the concert, and when you got home, I climbed onto your dresser while you were in the dining room eating dinner, and I slipped and ended up in your desk drawer."

"I just found a purpose for you," said Amber. "You're a science major, and you're good at math, right?"

"Yes, I got straight A's in math all through high school and college. I even aced calculus!" Deuce replied.

"From now on, I want you to tutor me," said Amber as she pulled out a paper from her desk. It showed an algebra test, and her grade was a D+. "If you can help me get good grades in algebra, I won't swallow you!"

"You've got a deal!" said Deuce.

To Be Continued!
Chapter Fifteen: A Dangerous Plan

The flying saucer was still on the roof of the arcade. Nick and James were sitting in the flying saucer, which was equipped with a sophisticated cloaking device that kept the saucer invisible to the naked eye, and undetectable by Dakadanian sensors. They were with the three people they had rescued from the arcade, Gary, Hilary, and Drew.


"What are we going to do with those cables we left behind?" James asked. "If the giants find it, they'll know we're here."

"We could probably collect the one that's hanging off the roof of the arcade," said Nick, "but the one inside the arcade is too hard to get, and I don't want to risk going back and trying to get it."

"So we're sitting ducks?" James asked. "We just sit here and wait until those kids get out of school and pile into the arcade?"

"By the time they arrive, we should have enough power to get to a better location where we can wait until the batteries are more fully charged."

"But where could we go?" James asked.

"I've got a weird idea that just might work," said Nick.

"Yeah?" said James. "Let's hear it."

"We could land on the roof of Caitlin and Audrey's dorm. They would never expect a move like that!"

"That's brilliant!" said Bobby. "Good thinking, Nick."

"I think it's a horrible idea," said James. "The people in charge of running Dakadania will be monitoring them like crazy! What makes you think your plan could possibly work?"

"Let's take it to a vote," said Nick. "I vote we land on Caitlin and Audrey's roof, just long enough to re-charge the main batteries. Who's with me?"

"I vote with Nick," said Bobby, raising his hand.

"Me too," said Gary.

Hilary raised her hand, "I vote with you guys."

Drew, the other woman they had rescued raised her hand and voted with the others.

"Looks like you're outnumbered, James." said Nick. "Besides, that new replicator drains even more power from our batteries, so we have even less power than before."

"So it's gonna take longer to re-charge?" James asked.

"A little bit longer," said Nick. "The navigation computer has a map that shows where we originated, which is Caitlin's dorm. According to the power supply gauge, it won't be too long before we can make a direct flight path back to her dorm, and from there we can wait until we're completely powered up to find a safer location."

"Where can we establish a home base," said Bobby, "after we take off from Caitlin's dorm?"

"I think we should establish several bases of operation," said Nick. "That way, in case one gets discovered by giants, we can always escape to another one. I know of some rural areas where there should be some good hiding places."

"What do you want us to do?" Hilary asked.

"You and the others we've rescued can help out any way you can," said Nick. "each one of you needs to learn how to pilot this ship, and work the controls."

Nick spent the next half hour explaining the control console to everyone on board, until they were as familiar with the system as he was. By the time he was finished, school was out and kids started entering the arcade below.

"We should have one of the rescued former hostages wish for a surveillance device so we can spy on the kids down in the arcade, to see if they're coming after us," said James.

"Good idea!" said Nick. "Any volunteers?"

The other woman they rescued stepped up. Her name was Drew. "I'll take a crack at it," said Drew. "I don't mind using up my first wish, if it's going to help people escape from the giants." Drew took the lamp from Bobby, and made her wish. "I wish for surveillance equipment that can spy on the inside of any structure the saucer lands on, without the Dakadanians being aware that they're being detected."

Right then, a new console appeared out of thin air, It was connected to the other equipment, and had a monitor that was tuned in to the room below them. All of them crowded around and looked, and they could see the arcade games in the room below. Giant kids could be seen entering the arcade, and some of them were playing games.

"Looks like it's going to be a busy day in the arcade," said Nick. "It's a good thing we got out of there when we did."

"What if a kid discovers the cables we left behind?" James asked.

"Hopefully they won't be able to figure out we're on the roof," said Nick. "Besides, even if they look for us up here, our vessel is cloaked, so they would have a hard time finding us." Nick looked at the control console. "I've got more bad news, though."

"What is it this time?" James asked.

"The new surveillance device is draining even more power from the main batteries, so it's going to take even longer before we can take off and fly to Caitlin's."

"We should've gotten that cable that we left attached to the roof," said Phillip, "while you were explaining how the control console works, we forgot all about it. Is it too risky to go out and try to get it now?"

"I'll go with Bobby to get it," said Nick. "But first we need to figure out a way to track any member of our group if they get captured."

"You mean like a subcutaneous transponder?" said James.

"Yeah," Nick replied.

"Wouldn't that make it easier for the giants to track us, too?" James asked.

"We could have Drew make a wish for a device that injects us with a transponder that the Dakadanians can't track," said Nick.

"I guess that sounds good," said James, but we're burning through wishes too quickly. Each person we rescue only has three wishes, and we're only getting two wishes from each person we rescue, because we're giving them the third wish."

"Then we'll just have to rescue more people," said Nick. "It would only be a wasted wish if it was something temporary, like wishing for our power supply to be at one hundred percent. As long as we use the wishes wisely, then they're not wasted."

Drew held onto the lamp. "Do you want me to wish for the transponder injector the Dakadanians can't track?"

"Yeah, you might as well," said Nick.

Drew rubbed the lamp and said, "I wish for a transponder injector that will give us each transponders that we can track with a device on the control console of the saucer, that the Dakadanians can't track." Instantly, a small device appeared attached to the control console, with a small monitor on it, and on the floor of the saucer, the injector Drew wished for materialized. Nick picked it up.

"We all need to inject ourselves," said Nick, as he injected himself. Nick passed the device around to the others. When they had all injected themselves, he looked on the new monitor that showed digital blips that represented where each of them were. Nick glanced at the power gauge. "We've almost got enough power to get to Caitlin's."

James walked over and glanced at the new monitor that tracked their new transponder signals. He happened to glance at the surveillance monitor, and saw that some of the kids in the arcade had found the cable and grapnel hook that they used to rescue Gary, Hilary, and Drew.

"They found the cable that was left behind in the arcade," said James. "It's only a matter of time before they look around and figure out we're on the roof. Maybe we should try to get that cable that's hanging off the roof, what do you think, Nick?"

"No, we've got just about enough power to get to Caitlin's," Nick responded.

"But how much longer?" James asked. "I don't want to end up in the belly of some sadistic schoolgirl, know what I mean?"

"I'm not exactly sure, but it shouldn't be more than a few more minutes," said Nick. "But if we do take off then, we'll be totally drained once we land on Caitlin's roof, so we'll have to be careful."

"That whole plan wreaks of incompetence," said James. "We should find a rural area and re-charge the batteries there, then if we want to go to Caitlin's, we can do that after we're at full power."

"But they're looking for us," said Nick. "We're going to have to take turns sleeping, and go on shifts to make sure we're not discovered. It doesn't matter where we land, we're still on the run. My theory is that their search for us won't be as extreme at Caitlin and Audrey's dorm, because that's the last place they would expect us to go. Sort of reverse psychology, if you will. We probably don't even have enough power to get to a truly rural, secluded area any way."

Just then, on the surveillance monitor, two girls and a boy exited the rear of the arcade and walked around the side, where the cable was hanging. The boy found the cable, and pulled on it. One of the girls was pointing toward the roof, and the boy went and got a ladder that had been sitting in the back yard of the place near some maintenance equipment. The boy propped the ladder up against the roof, and the boy held the ladder while one of the girls climbed up to the roof.

"We're going to have company!" said James. "A Dakadanian girl is climbing a ladder! If we don't take off fast, they'll find us for sure!"

Nick told everyone to strap themselves in, and worked the controls. The saucer lifted off just as the giantess got close to the saucer. Once they were in the air, Tony deftly maneuvered the saucer on a flight path that would take them on a straight path back to their point of origin, which was Caitlin and Audrey's dorm. It only took a few minutes to get there, and soon they landed safely on the roof of Caitlin and Audrey's dorm without incident.

"I still think this is a bad idea," said James.

"Will you stop saying that?" said Nick. "Once the saucer is at a hundred percent, we can fly further away to a rural area and make a base, but we only have a limited amount of daylight, so if we don't get re-charged by nightfall, we'll be stuck wherever we landed."

The others unstrapped themselves from their seats and looked at the monitors. Nick switched the surveillance equipment on, and they could see inside Caitlin's dorm. Both Caitlin and Audrey were there, as well as a couple of other girls. Nick looked through each room in the structure, and saw that there were multiple captives, some in each bedroom, and some in the main living room area where the giant girls were gathered.

"There are captives inside," said Nick. They all observed what was happening in the living room area of Caitlin and Audrey's dorm.

Caitlin was sitting at a table, and the captives she had captured when she was back on Earth were wandering around the table top. Audrey and two other giant girls were sitting there watching. Caitlin slammed her fist down on the table. "How would you like to surrender to the gullet of a goddess?" Caitlin asked them with a sinister smile.

"We have to rescue them!" said Nick, as he watched the action in Caitlin's dorm on the surveillance monitor.

"Why take the chance?" James asked. "When we're at full power we can try, but for now we should just wait until night fall and let the batteries re-charge."

"The whole point of doing all of this is to rescue people," said Nick. "Otherwise, we could've just used the lamp to wish to go somewhere else, where it's guaranteed to be safe."

"I'm not saying we shouldn't conduct a rescue," said James. "I'm just saying we should wait until night time."

"I agree with James," said Gary. "If one of you got captured, we don't have enough power to escape from this place. We should definitely wait until the main batteries are at full power."

"Okay, we'll wait for nightfall, if that's the consensus," said Nick. "But when the time comes to perform the rescue attempt, who's going with me?"

Bobby stepped forward. "I'll go with you, Nick. We make a good team, and it would be good for James to stay behind to watch the saucer."

"Okay, then it's settled," said Nick. "We'll use the replicator to make dinner, then we wait until it gets dark, and the two of us will break into Caitlin and Audrey's dorm.

Several hours passed, and twilight arrived and went, and darkness descended. They had all eaten, and they replicated the climbing gear that Nick and Bobby would need. They had the gas powered cartridges, the cables, and and the grapnel hooks. The power supply was at one hundred percent, and all non-essential equipment was turned off to conserve power, with the exception of the surveillance equipment.

"Well, here we go!" said Nick, with the climbing gear strapped over his shoulder. "James, text us if something pops up on the surveillance monitor." Bobby also had his equipment. James operated the control console and opened the gull-wing doors, and the two men stepped outside onto the roof. James quickly closed the door hatch by remote control on the control console.

Nick and Bobby looked around. There were various apparatus connected to the roof, much like a conventional roof on Earth. Nick had analyzed where in the dorm they wanted to go, and knew the closest structure on the roof to tie a grapnel hook to in order to climb down. Once it was secure, they climbed down one at a time, with Nick going first. Once he was standing on the window sill of Caitlin's bedroom, he waited for Bobby. They went one at a time so their weight wouldn't overload the cable. Once Bobby was on the window sill, they looked in and saw that no giants were in the room. Nick could see a shelf where normal-sized humans were trapped in some kind of a plastic container.

Nick used the master key to digitally hack into the control panel that controlled the window, and it slid open without any problems. Nick stepped inside, followed by Bobby.

Once they were inside, the window slid closed again.

"Uh-oh!" said Nick. "It closed on us!"

In the main living room area, Caitlin got up. "I thought I heard something from my bedroom!" Caitlin and the other three girls walked toward the bedroom and entered, and spotted Nick and Bobby. Caitlin quickly grabbed both of them. "I've got you!" said Caitlin, recognizing Nick. "Why did you come back, did you miss me?"

Back in the saucer, the others were frantic. "We've got to do something!" said Gary, grabbing the lamp. "If I take the lamp down there, I can use my last wish to rescue Tony and Bobby, then we can give the lamp to one of the other captives so they have three more wishes." Gary went to the replicator and had it replicate more climbing gear.

James tried to grab the lamp from Gary, who was activating the gull-wing doors. When the door opened, Gary stormed out with the lamp and climbing gear. James ran after him, and tackled Gary to the ground of the roof of Caitlin's dorm. The men began fighting, and the lamp was knocked out of Gary's grasp, and went dangerously close to the edge of the roof. James and Gary continued to fight it out, but Gary got up and in an effort to reach the lamp, accidentally kicked it and it flew off the edge of the roof.

"You idiot!" said James. Both men peered down from the roof of Caitlin's dorm. The lamp was far beneath them, on the ground on the side of the structure."If that lamp falls back into the hands of those thunder children, we're doomed!"

To Be Continued!
Chapter Fourteen: Rescue Attempt

Lacey and Caitlin stepped out of the force field that broke their fall once they had returned to Dakadania. The force-field was strong enough to trap a human, but someone the size of a Dakadanian could easily dismiss the invisible bonds. There were a group of older Dakadanians, and the Governess, who was a woman who appeared to be early middle-aged, but was actually hundreds of years old, and they approached Lacey and Caitlin.

"These are the council members who have been monitoring your progress while you were on Earth," said the Governess.

"How did we do?" Caitlin asked.

"Not good, but not bad," said the Governess. "It could have been a lot worse. I'm just glad you girls are back safe!"

"Did Nick and James return to Dakadania?" Caitlin asked.

"Our sensors detected a portal opening up, and that doesn't happen unless a solid object passes through the vortex, but we couldn't detect anything with our other sensors, because their vehicle now seems to be equipped with a powerful cloaking device that is beyond our ability to detect."

"What should I do now?" Caitlin asked.

"Just go back to your regular lives," said the Governess. "Caitlin, you're going to find that you've become quite a celebrity here on Dakadania."

Meanwhile, Nick landed the flying saucer on the roof of an arcade.

"You're landing on a roof?" James asked.

"It's the safest place for now," said Nick. "The main power supply needs to re-charge for a few hours. You wouldn't know it, but this cloaking device really saps power from the system! We're going to have to be careful about how far and how fast we travel from now on, or we'll be detectable by their sensors."

"What should we do in the meantime?" Bobby asked. "Can we do something constructive while we wait for the batteries to re-charge?"

"We can take inventory," said Nick, as he stood up and went to a supply closet. "We should have some cable, carabiners, and grapnel hooks so we can climb up and down in this giant environment." Nick opened the supply closet, and pulled out some equipment. "Look," said Nick, holding up a device that resembled a weapon. "This is a laser cutting tool, for getting in and out of structures."

"Were you serious about what you said back on Earth?" James asked.

"About what?" Nick asked.

"About forming a resistance, and rescuing other earth people from the thunder children?"

"Yes," Nick replied, "but we're going to have to use my last wish if we're going to accomplish our goal. Do you remember when I said if we disintegrated a hole in that door back at Audrey and Caitlin's dormitory, that it would instantly repair itself?"

"Yeah, sure" said James.

"I need to wish for a device that will act as a key, and 'jailbreak' the software to any window or door."

"Sort of like an electronic master key?" James asked.

"Yes," said Nick, "but I wanted to talk to both of you before I went forward with that course of action, because once I make my last wish, we're stuck here until we rescue someone and let them use the lamp."

"I think it would be selfish to use the lamp to rescue ourselves and leave all these little people like us stranded here on Dakadania," said James.

"I agree with James," said Bobby, "every time we rescue someone, we could force them to make two wishes of our choice, and let them have the last wish for themselves."

Nick approached James and Bobby. "Let's form a pact! I think we were offered the chance to come here for a reason. Let's form a resistance and rescue as many other people as we can, and always have each other's backs!" Nick stuck his right hand out, and both James and Bobby stuck their right hands together with Nick's. "Bros forever!" said Nick.

"Bros forever," said James and Bobby simultaneously.

"Now, give me that lamp!" said Nick, and Bobby handed it to him. Nick rubbed the lamp, and said, "I wish for an electronic master key that will allow us to break into any structure on Dakadania."

Instantly, a key formed on the floor of the cockpit of the flying saucer. Nick knelt down and picked it up.

"I landed us on the roof of an arcade for a reason," said Nick. "If things here are exactly as they were in my graphic novel, then there are people trapped in that arcade beneath us, waiting to be won in games of chance by any thunder children who go in there to entertain themselves. They were captured when they fell through a portal connected to a dimensional nexus point, either from a falling airplane, a car that went off a road, or even boats that would've otherwise sank."

"What do you propose we do?" James asked.

"Two of us need to rappel down and try to gain access through a window in an area where we won't be seen, while the third member of our team stays in the saucer, awaiting instructions in case of an emergency." Nick reached into the supply closet and pulled out three communication devices. "If we use these walkie talkies to actually speak to one another, they'll pick up our signal and capture us, but if we text, they won't detect us, just like my protagonists in the graphic novel. Which one of you wants to go with me?"

"I'll go, I'm more expendable," said Bobby. "I don't think either of you should ever go on a mission together, in case both of you get caught."

Nick tossed Bobby a coiled cable, and picked up the laser cutter device. "James, you know how to operate the controls of this saucer, don't you?" Nick asked.

"Yeah, I read the graphic novel!" said James. "I'll keep a close eye on my walkie talkie in case you text me."

"When we open the door of the saucer, we should be detectable by the Dakadanian sensors for a brief period of time," said Nick, "but I'm setting up a distortion pattern that should throw them off. Once you shut the gullwing doors, they shouldn't be able to detect us again."

Nick activated the door, and it swung vertically open. Nick and Bobby took their equipment and exited quickly, and James used the control console to shut the door again.

"Good luck," said James after the men had departed, "you're going to need it!"

Meanwhile, in another part of Dakadania, Caitlin arrived home on the tram and took a shower, then got dressed in a clean schoolgirl uniform and went to school. It was lunch time when she got there, and some of the other kids cheered when she arrived. Audrey Filchner approached her. A boy was with her, he had his arm around her.

"This is Jimmy, my new boyfriend.You won't believe how your reputation has improved since you drove Nick and James back to Dakadania!" said Audrey.

"Really?" Caitlin asked. "Before I left, I was a laughing stock."

"Everyone knows what happened back on Earth," said Audrey. "You and Lacey are heroes."

Caitlin, Audrey and Jimmy went and got their lunch trays and sat down at a table. There was a crowd of kids surrounding the table, whispering to each other and smiling.

"You can have your pick of the cutest boys in the school," said Audrey in between bites of food. "Even the eighth graders."

"You should run for student council!" said Jimmy. "It's an honor that my girlfriend is your dorm mate."

"We really didn't accomplish much," said Caitlin, "It would've been better if we could've actually captured them, but whatever,"

"But they had that lamp," said Audrey. "You could've been wiped out."

"They still have the lamp!" said Caitlin. "If we did drive them back here to Dakadania, all they have to do is rescue a captive, and they automatically get three more wishes. Do you think we'll ever see them again?"

"Who cares?" said Audrey, as Jimmy kissed her on the neck. "You've accomplished everything you needed to, in order to become the most popular girl on the planet."

"Yeah, I guess," Caitlin replied, "but I have a strange feeling that I'll see Nick and James again."

Back at the arcade, Nick and Bobby had reached an auxiliary door hatch.

"This is where the robotic floor cleaners emerge to clean the outside of the building, and the sidewalks," said Nick. "We can use the master key to get in."

"Will there be giant kids in the arcade?" Bobby asked.

"Not at this time of day," said Nick. "They're all still in school. We couldn't pull this on a weekend during this time of day, though."

"What about the security cameras?" Bobby asked.

"When we rescue the first captive, we'll have them make a wish for a device that can make us invisible to security cameras."

"But the cameras would still have our images from before and during the rescue," Bobby reasoned.

"Yeah, but we can make the captive make a second wish to erase the digital files that the cameras took of us. Then their last wish is whatever they want to wish for."

"Sounds like a good plan!" said Bobby, as the door hatch opened and the two men entered the arcade. They walked through the access tunnel until they came to another door hatch, and Tony used the master key a second time. They emerged into a large room, where there were gaming consoles everywhere.

"Do you see that up there?" said Nick, pointing to a transparent cage with a man and two women inside.

"Yeah," said Bobby.

"We've got to get up there to rescue them," said Nick. "I have a grapnel hook that is fired from a gas-powered cartridge, but we only have two of them, so if we miss more than twice, we're out of luck!" Nick took aim with his grapnel cartridge, and the shot was true and clean; it pierced the plastic paneling above the transparent cage. Nick began climbing. When he reached the cage, he used the master key to digitally hack into the electronic lock controlling the cage, and it released. The door hatch opened. There were three captives, a man and two women.

"I'm here to rescue you!" said Nick. "Climb down this cable and follow me! My name is Nick."

The man and two women followed Nick to the floor, then all five of them ran back to the access tunnel, and made their way back outside the building. The cable Nick and Bobby had climbed down was still hanging from the roof of the arcade, so they climbed up one at a time.

"That was fast!" said James, as the five of them entered the saucer's gull-wing door.

"We left the ropes behind," said Nick. "We need one of these people to wish for a replicator that can make an unlimited quantity of climbing gear and food, but first, we need to deal with those security cameras."

Nick spent a couple of minutes explaining the wishing lamp to the three newcomers, and calmly answered their questions. When everyone was on the same page as far as what was expected of them, the three agreed to use up two of their wishes to help Nick, James, and Bobby rescue more captives, and they would have the third wish for themselves. The man introduced himself as Gary, and he decided to make the first two wishes.

"I wish for a device that can cause a distortion field that Dakadanian security cameras can't pick up, so any humans our size within the distortion field will be invisible to the cameras." Instantly, just such a device appeared on the floor of the cockpit of the flying saucer. "For my second wish, I want all data of Nick and Bobby rescuing us to be purged from the security cameras of the arcade." Gary handed the lamp to one of the women who had just been rescued. "I'll save my last wish for later."

The woman who Gary handed the lamp to had introduced herself as Hilary. "For my first wish, I want a replicator that can manufacture an unlimited supply of climbing gear and food!" Instantly, a device like that appeared next to the main control console, already attached to the main equipment of the saucer's main computer and power supply.

"How long until we can take off?" James asked Nick.

"We can take off any time, but we couldn't get very far with our batteries so low." said Nick. "In about three hours, we should be back at full power."

"The Dakadanian schools get out in two hours," said James. "And that arcade down beneath us will be filled with kids!"

"I know," said Nick. "But there's nothing else we can do!"

To Be Continued!

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