1 2 3
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APPENDICES ARE FOUND IN THE BACK OF THE BOOK. PLUS, A BONUS PREVIEW FOR THE NEXT BOOK.
PROLOGUE MANY TIMES, WITHIN MY SOUNDLESS DREAMS, I AM LED BY A BIRD SOARING IN FLAMES, BUT AS I NEAR THE END OF THOSE NIGHTLY VISIONS, I FIND MYSELF LOST, LOST IN DARKNESS AND THOUGHT... THAT IS THE ONE THING ALL MY DREAMS HAVE IN COMMON...
A YOUNG BOY
ATOP A STONE BRIDGE
UNDER A DARK, CLOUDY SKYâ€¦
...UNTIL HIS EYES FOLLOW...
...A FLAMING LIGHT, WHICH ILLUMINATES ITS SURROUNDINGS....
THE SUN SETS AND...
AN ANGRY WAVE ARISES...
â€¦AND DESTROYS THE BRIDGE IN RESENTMENT...
...BUT THAT IS NOT HIS LAST SIGHT OF THE SUN...
WATER BECOMES AIR...
THEN, AIR BECOMES...
...PAIN IS ONLY A MYTH....
SOMETHING VAST CATCHES HIS EYE...
A POWERFUL LIGHT IN THE WINDOW....
THE STARS FALL AND EVERYTHING SPIRITS AWAYâ€¦
ALONG WITH THE BOY...
THE SILENCE OF THE DREAM GROWS STRONGER....
!O P O
O W FW
KREEK KREEK KREEK KREEK
?! HA! HA! HA!
TPTPTPTP...! HEE HEE HEE ....
WAKE UP, WILLY!
! P T P T P T TPTP
SIGH, KIDS ....
. . . . .
. . . . .
TP,TP.. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THESE DAYS
YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO LOOK OUT FOR YOURSELF
AND NOT LET PEOPLE PUSH YOU AROUND LIKE THAT ALL THE TIME.
. . . . . .
HEY, YOU OKAY? YOU LOOK DISTRACTED.
....DID YOU HAVE ‘ NOTHER OF ONE OF THOSE WEIRD DREAMS AGAIN?
. . . . . . .
O HH, NEVER M IND... H ER E...
BETTER BE G ETTING R EADY FO R TH E DAY, R IG H T?.
KNO CK KNO CK
fwo o p
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HEY, SANDY? WHAT ARE THE BLUE FLOWERS FOR?
HUH...? OH! WELL I FIGURED YOU’D LIKE ‘ EM BECAUSE BLUE’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR AND ALL...
ANYWAY, JUST THINK OF THEM AS AN EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENT FROM YOUR FA FAVORITE NANNY, CAPICHE? ...THANK YOU.
AFTER ALL, I WON’T BE HERE TOMORROW FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY, BECAUSE OF THE MOVE.
BUT AT LEAST I’M HERE TODAY FOR YOUR...
THAT’S RIGHT... SHE’S MOVING ON....
THE GRADUATION!! LIKE I SAID.. YOU NEED TO START LOOKING OUT FOR YOURSELF.
! . P T P T P T P T TPTP
AND THAT INVOLVES RESPONSIBILITY.
YOU SURE? OR IS IT THOSE DREAMS OF YOURS TH THAT BELATES YOU?
YOU’RE NOT A LITTLE KID ANYMORE--
I KNOW! I KNOW! I’M SORRY! I KNOW I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING TO SCHOOL ON TIME. I KNOW I’M ALWAYS LATE AND--
AFTER ALL, YOU SEEM TO ALWAYS HAVE THEM IN THE LATE MORNINGS WHEN THE FIRST SCHOOL BELL RINGS.
YOU SURE YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THEM?
.... ...I’M SORRY.
LIKE SCATTERED PUZZLE PIECES. I FEEL LIKE I’M IN ONE OF THOSE BEDTIME STORIES ABOUT A MAGICAL WORL WORLD. I CAN’T REALLY EXPLAIN IT. YOU’D HAVE TO SEE THEM IN ORDER TO I MEAN, UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY JUST I MEAN. SEEM SO... OUT OF PLACE,
I DON’T THINK YOU’LL BE ABLE TO HELP ME FIGURE THEM OUT, SANDY.
hmmm... SOUNDS more LIKE SOMETHING YOU’LL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT ON YOUR OWN, HUH.
YOUR MOTHER HAD AN APPOINTMENT THIS MORNING.
SHE WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT SHE WILL BE IN THE FIELD WITH CHRIS, THE BROOKS, AND EVERYONE ELSE DURING THE ANNOUNCEMENT. UM, LISTEN, WILL... REALLY...
MOM’S LYING AGAIN..
YEAH. AND CHRIS HAD ME KNOW THAT HE’S GOING TO BORROW YOUR BIKE, SO...
HE HAD YOU KNOW?! MM-HM.
NOW I HAVE TO RUN THERE.
...AND SO IS MOM.
CHRIS IS A JERK...
TPTPTP... TP TP TP...
SIT DOWN ....
. . . . . .
NOW, LOOK AT ME, WILLIAM HALE.
YOUR MOTHER IS NOT A JERK, OKAY?
YOU MAY SAY THOSE THINGS ABOUT YOUR BROTHER, BELIEVE ME...
BUT NOT YOUR MOM.
...AND LIVING IN THIS REMARKABLE HOUSE.
NOW... YOUR MOTHER’S WORKED VERY HARD TO KEEP YOU TWO BOYS SAFE, HEALTHY...
. . . .
. . . .
YOUR OLD MAN BUILT IT.
YEAH... HE’S ONE TO LOOK UP TO...
FINEST ENGINEER ON THE ISLAND, HE IS. GIFTED IN FIELDS LIKE BIOMEDICAL, MECHANICAL, ARCHITECTURAL...
YOU KNOW, I’D BET HE COULD’VE EVEN MADE A HOUSE FLY.....
.......... .......... ..........
I KNOW... I’M SORRY...
AND SO IS YOUR MOM--
IT’S JUST... UMM... I KNOW! I KNOW!
.... YOUR MOTHER LOVES YOU, WILL. SHE’S JUST...
...BEEN THROUGH A LOT EVER SINCE... YOUR FATHER’S DISAPPEARANCE..
MY POINT IS, WILL, JUST GIVE THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY SOME SLACK, OKAY? THEY’RE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING YOU ARE.
THEY MAY SEEM A BIT UGLY TO YOU, BUT THEY STILL LOVE YOU.
AND SO DO I.
COME ON. NO MORE SULKING AROUND NOW.
THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS NOW....
THIS IS A DAY TO BE PROUD OF.
HUFF.. HUFF.. HUFF.. HUFF..
OH! -HAHAOKAY! BYE, SANDY! SEE YOU THERE!
IT STARTS IN SEVEN MINUTES! HURRY!
AND DONâ€™T FORGET TO TUCK YOUR SHIRT IN, TOO, YOU DORK! HAHA!
SEE YOU THERE, TOO!
THE HALE HOUSE*
*See APPENDICES C & D.
*See APPENDICES A & D. See APPENDICES A & D for The Earth World.
TPTPTPTP.. TPTPTPTP.. 46
...RUNNING LATE? (AGAIN?)
HEY, WILL! BROOKS
UHH...! YEAH! HAHA! S-SORRY, YO-YO! GRANDMA LO-LA! CAN’T TALK NOW! BYE!
HA, HA, HA, HA!
SIGH... WHEN YOUR TIME COMES, YOPLAIT, I HOPE YOU WON’T BE RUNNING LATE FOR YOUR GRADU GRADUATION CEREMONY.
<SOFT GRADUATION MUSIC PLAYING>
CONGRATULATIONS! CONTINENT “A’ S” CLASS OF 1865!
ONE IS ABSENT. CAN YOU GUESS WHO? SIGH... YEAH, I THINK I KNOW WHO IT IS...
<SOFT GRADUATION MUSIC GROWS STRONGER...>
BEFORE WE BEGIN...
LET US GIVE OUR STUDENTS...
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE...
FOR MAKING IT THIS FAR DOWN THE ROAD TO SUCCESS...
CLAP CLAP CLAP
PS S T, PAS S TH IS O N TO S PARKY AND W ILL.
WHISPER WHISPER PAS S TH IS O N...
PAS S TH IS O N TO S PARKY AND W ILL...
H ERE, S PARKY. TH IS IS FO R YO U AND W ILL.
PAS S IT O N...
WHISPER W ILL...
AFTER THE CEREMONY, WILL, SPARKY, AND MO CHANGED INTO THEIR PLAY CLOTHES AND MET AT THEIR USUAL MEETING PLACE AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE ISLAND AT THE BEACH. WILL GETS THERE FIRST AND HE THINKS ABOUT HIS DREAMS.
SIGH... WHAT DO THEY MEAN...?
WAHH!!! HEY! WHAT WAS THAT FOR?!
HAHA! YOUâ€™RE SUPPOSED TO BE IN AN UPPITY MOOD, STUPID! WE HAVE FINALLY FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL!
DON’T START THE GRADUATION PARTY WITHOUT ME!
AFTER ALL, I’M THE ONE WHO INVITED YOU BOTH.
HAHA! YEAH AND IT’S AN AWESOME IDEA TOO!
A PARTY JUST FOR THE THREE OF US!
RIGHT HERE...! HEH! AT OUR SPOT....
I’M REALLY GOING TO MISS YOU GUYS… YOU KNOW...
AND THIS PLACE...
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
WELL… MY FAMILY AND I ARE MOVING TO CONTINENT “B”.
YEAH, MO. WHAT’S UP?
MY DAD WAS OFFERED A GREAT JOB THERE, AND I DECIDED TO ATTEND EVRON*.
*See APPENDIX D.
...BUT TO FINALLY SEE WHAT THE OTHER WORLD* IS LIKE?!
ISN’T THAT EXCITING?! NOT ONLY TO RIDE THE AUTOBAHN...
*See APPENDIX D for Continent “ A” .
HEH, HEH, EXCITING! YEAH…
IT’S JUST… WE’RE BOTH GOING TO REALLY MISS YOU, MO.
HEH, DON’T WORRY, YOU TWO. YOU KNOW I WILL ALWAYS WRITE BACK TO YOU. WE’LL AL ALWAYS BE FRIENDS.
YEAH… I MEAN WE’VE ALL BEEN TOGETHER SINCE LIKE…. LIKE… FOREVER!
AND, IN THE MEANTIME, I WILL PURSUE A CAREER IN WHICH I CAN HELP PEOPLE... AND SAVE LIVES LIKE AN AGENT OF THE MEDICAL FIELD!
HEH! I CAN’T SEE YOU DOING ANYTHING LIKE THAT.
WHAT?! OKAY, SMART GUY, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
WELL, MY DREAM... IS SPORTS!
THOSE PEOPLE GET HURT REALLY BAD AND SOMETIMES EVEN DIE EARLY.
PLUS, I CAN’T EVEN SEE A LITTLE GUY, LIKE YOU, DOING THAT.
HEY! I MAY BE SMALL, BUT I’M SPARKY, REMEMBER?! SPORTS IS MY PASSION! THAT’S WHY I’M GOING TO FITZ*! I DON’T PLAN TO DO THE SAME THING EVERYDAY AT A DESK!
*See APPENDIX D.
THIS IS WHAT I WANT... FOR TIME TO FREEZE...
IF THIS WILL BE OUR LAST TIME TOGETHER...
THEN LETâ€™S MAKE IT THE BEST TIME OF OUR LIVES!
HA! HA! HA!
THIS MAY BE OUR LAST REUNION. SOON, WE WILL BE GOING OUR SEPARATE WAYS. I WILL MISS THEM BOTH... AND SANDY....
I WONDER IF THE STORIES ABOUT CONTINENT “B” ARE TRUE...
GLISTENING CITIES? NATIVES OF DARK ATTRIBUTES* ...?!
I’M NEVER GOING TO FORGET THIS LAST GETTOGETHER ...
EITHER WAY, I’M GOING TO WRITE TO MY FRIENDS ABOUT EVERYTHING I SEE WHEN I GET THERE!
THINGS WON’T BE THE SAME FROM HERE ON OUT!
*See APPENDIX D for Continent “ B” .
AFTER HANGING OUT FOR THE REST OF THE DAY, THE THREE KIDS HEAD FOR THEIR HOMES. IT’S 1:16 AM.
HOPEFULLY MOM WON’T FIND ME OUT THIS LATE....
FLIP! FLAP! KREEEEK...~
THE STARS SURE ARE PRETTY TONIGHT....
I’M SO HAPPY FOR WILL. HEH, HE’S NO LONGER THAT LITTLE SQUIRT. I BET HE’S GOING TO ENJOY HI-YED-IN. I SURE DID.
AND NEXT YEAR WILL BE CHRIS’S TURN! THOSE TWO BOYS ARE GROWING UP FAST, AREN’T THEY?
. . . .
. . . .
I’M REALLY GOING TO MISS YOU GUYS.
THIS HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL FIRST JOB, AND I APPRECIATE SO MUCH THE OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE GIVEN ME HERE.
I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH, AND HAVE ENJOYED BEING OF SERVICE TO YOU.
I WONDER WHAT NEW SURPRISES CONTINENT “B” WILL HAVE IN STORE FOR ME.
MRS. HALE... I KNOW I AM LEAVING YOU IN TURMOIL, AND YOUR HUSBAND STILL HAS NOT BEEN FOUND...
BUT IF YOU NEED ME A LITTLE LONGER, I COULD SEND A HOMING PIGEON* TO MY FUTURE EMPLOYER AND ASK TO DELAY MY START DATE FOR A LITTLE LONGER.
DONâ€™T WORRY ABOUT ME. STAY WITH YOUR PLANS. WE WILL BE FINE.
*See APPENDIX D.
THANK YOU SANDY, BUT NO.
...... ...... ....
IT’S LATE… WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
UH… I-I WAS…
GO TO YOUR ROOM. B-BUT—!
NOW!!!! . . . .
. . . .
.... .... ....
YOUR SHIFT IS OVER.
YOU’RE FREE TO LEAVE.
TP.. TP.. TP.. TP..
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*See APPENDIX C for the South Bridge.
........ ........ ........ ......
........ ........ ........ ........ ....
INSIDE THE WEST WING*
DOOOON.. *See APPENDIX C for the West Wing.
Emergency Operation Room TP....
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AHH HH!!!! HANG IN THERE!
......... ......... ......... .....
YOUâ€™RE GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT, WILL!
HSS... ........... ........... ....
SARAH, MY DARLING...
MNH! NNH! HN! HN!
WILL IS RESTING IN HIS ROOM NOW.
WE SHOULD GIVE HIM A COUPLE OF DAYS.
IT… IT SHOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED, JON….
HEY… HEY… I KNOW, HONEY… I KNOW…
THE AUTOBAHN SHOULD NEVER HAVE DERAILED. WILL SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN THERE. BUT WE CAN’T CHANGE THE PAST...
NOT TO OUR SON….
...ALL THAT MATTERS NOW IS THAT WILL’S ALIVE.
IF I HADN’T DONE WHAT I DID... HE WOULD HAVE DIED. HIS INJURIES WERE FAR BEYOND THE SCOPE OF MODERN MEDICINE.
WHY MUST YOU LEAVE NOW FOR CONTINENT “B”? WHAT ABOUT THE RUMORS OF ANOTHER WAR*? WHAT IF THERE ARE ALREADY SMALL BATTLES GOING ON OVER THERE?! PLUS, EVERYBODY THERE HATES US AND THIS ISLAND!
BUT NOW THAT THE BRIDGE IS BROKEN, I WILL HAVE TO TAKE A BOAT,
NOW, SARAH, THEY ARE ONLY RUMORS. AND NOT EVERYBODY THERE HATES US. I HAVE GOOD FRIENDS UP THERE, TRUSTWORTHY BUSINESSFOLK IN NEED OF MY ASSISTANCE.
WHICH WILL PROLONG MY TRIP...
I KNOW, BUT... JON, PLEASE, YOU’RE NEVER HERE! YOUR SONS ARE GROWING UP WITHOUT A FATHER... THEY NEED YOUR GUIDANCE MORE AND MORE. AND NOW WILL NEEDS YOU FOR HIS--
BUT WHY, JON…?
--HIS ANNUAL OPERATIONS AS HE GROWS, I KNOW.
BUT, DON’T WORRY! HEH, HEH! IF WILL GROWS ANOTHER INCH BEFORE I GET BACK, LET GRANDMA LO-LA TAKE OVER. SHE’S BEEN A GOOD APPRENTICE.
...THE FERINAS PLAGUE** IS SPREADING QUICKLY. I CAN DO MUCH MORE THAN HELP CONTAIN IT IN THE DRY REGIONS.
AND IF IT BECOMES TOO HARD ON YOU TO HANDLE BOTH BOYS, THEN HIRE A NANNY TO HELP YOU OUT. how about that SANDY GIRL?
PLEASE UNDERSTAND, SARAH, MY DARLING…
*See APPENDIX B. **See APPENDIX D.
...IN NEED OF A MAN WITH SKILLS, LIKE ME.
THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE…
DON’T LOSE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF WHILE I’M GONE.
...MAKE ME A PROMISE.
I’VE BEEN TAKING MY ANGER OUT ON MY SONS ALL THIS TIME. I NEED TO SET THINGS RIGHT.
NO FAIR! WHY DO I GET THE WATER ROOM*?!
*See APPENDIX C.
IT’S ALWAYS LOUD AND WET IN HERE!
PLAY WITH ME, DADDY! PLAY WITH ME!
HEH, HEH! NOW REMEMBER, SON, IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY. I’M ALMOST FINISHED BUILDING CHRIS’S BEDROOM. YOURS WILL BE IN THE EAST WING*, WHICH I’M STILL GATHERING SUPPLIES FOR.
*See APPENDIX C.
HAHA! ALL RIGHT! LET’S PLAY HIDE-AND-GO-SEEK! AND PRETEND WE’RE IN ANOTHER WORLD! A MAGICAL WORLD!
JUST LIKE THE STORIES I TELL YOU! WE HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM TO RUN!
FREE TO RUN ANYWHERE?!
HA! HA! YES, of course! FREE TO RUN ANYWHERE! THIS IS OUR HOME!
WHERE YOU GOING, DADDY?
DADDYâ€™S GOING ON A LITTLE TRIP!
SO HE CAN TAKE A BREAK FROM YOU LITTLE MONSTERS!
HA! HA! HA!
HAVE A SAFE TRIP!
HA! HA! HA!
OK! I PROMISE! BYE! PLAY HIDE-ANDGO-SEEK WITH US WHEN YOU GET BACK, OK?!
DADDY, ARE YOU BACK?!
UH... DADDY’S HOME! DADDY’S HOME!
YOUR MOTHER HAS LOCKED THE DOORS TO THE WEST WING.
YOU ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO GO IN THERE.
BUT WHY NOT?! THIS IS OUR HOME! WE’RE FREE TO RUN ANYWHERE!
DAD’S NOT COMING BACK, WILL!
UGH...! CHRIS, WAIT! CHRIS! CHRI…!
...WHAT DOES HE MEAN HE’S NOT COMING BACK, SANDY?
WILL.. LISTEN TO ME...
YOUR FATHERâ€™S GONE MISSING.
IF YOU CAN HEAR ME... IT’S WILL. I HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO YOU IN A WHILE BECAUSE... I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK ANYMORE.
CONT. “A’s” FLASH NEWS
BUT I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT.
SO, PLEASE... I NEED TO KNOW...
SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY PRESUMED YOU’RE DEAD.
WHERE ARE YOU? WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? SEND ME A SIGN. A CLUE. ANYTHING!
IT’S BEEN TOO LONG. EVERYONE’S LOSING FAITH IN YOU..! MOM, CHRIS…
“MIRACLE ENGINEER” GONE...
IN CONTINENT “B”.
AS FOR ME... AGAIN, I DON’T KNOW...
...WHAT TO THINK... ANY... MORE....
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SNIFF... HA... HA... CHRIS...
CHRK! CHRK! CHRK! CHRK!
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! H C T A N S
See APPENDIX D for Elaxe.
! . . . P I I RIII
! H C T SNA
I AM LEAVING FOR THE NEW WORLD* NOW. FAREWELL, MRS. HALE! THANK YOU AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING!
*See APPENDIX D for Continent “ A” .
? SANDY, WAIT! I...
I WANT TO APOLOGIZE... ...FOR LAST NIGHT.
WHAT?! NO! NO, NO! IT’S OKAY!
NO WORRIES! REALLY!! HEH, HEH! HEH…
SOMETIMES... I FEEL LIKE I’M THE ONE WHO SHOULD BE THE NANNY OF THIS HOUSE...
...SANDY, YOU ARE A VERY GENEROUS YOUNG LADY,
AND I THANK YOU FOR THAT.
...AND YOU THE MOTHER.
I… I HAVEN’T BAKED ONE IN A WHILE.
I FEEL THAT I SHOULD DO THIS FOR HIM BECAUSE OF MY BEHAVIOR LAST NIGHT.
WELL... MY BEHAVIOR SINCE… SINCE MY HUSBAND…
IT’S WILL’S BIRTHDAY CAKE.
THAT SMELLS NICE.
MRS. HALE… PLEASE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO...
SINCE MY HUSBAND DISAPPEARED...
ALL THOSE YEARS AGO...
YOU’RE THE ONE WHO SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE MOTHER.
I mean... DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF?
THANK YOU, SANDY. YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ME. NO, FOR ALL OF US. WE WILL ALL MISS YOU VERY MUCH.
YOU defINITELY HAVE THE HEART OF ONE!
YOU’RE LEAVING FOR YOUR NEW LIFE. WILL AND CHRIS ARE GETTING CLOSE TO THAT POINT, TOO. I BELIEVE…
I BELIEVE IT IS TIME THE BOYS AND I--
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TZ ZTZTZTZTTT! HEY, WILL--!
HUFF! CANâ€™T TALK!
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HEY, WI--! WILL?!
WHAT COULD HE BE LATE FOR THIS EARLY IN THE MORNING?
PETERSON’S ISLAND 4
from ContInent “A” and borderIng The Autobahn.
See APPENDIX A for
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
Please wait behind the yellow line. Thank you.
YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING FOR CUSTOMERS AND SHOPLIFTERS!
AWWWW, C’MON, GRAMPS! I JUST GOT TO THE BEST PART!
--YOU NEVER TALK THAT WAY TO YOUR SUPERVISOR!
BESIDES, THERE’S NO ONE HERE--
SIGH… STILL ACTING LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT… STUPID GRANDSON...
! DING ! dING
squ ea... sQUEA... squ ea... sQUEA...
HOW’S IT GOING, MY FRIEND!
OH, IT’S NOT FUN.... FOR SOME REASON, MY HOMING PIGEONS ARE GROWING SICK WITH SOMETHING!
I AIM TO FIND OUT WHAT IT IS AND WHY. IN THE MEANTIME, I’M JUST FILLING IN.
HMM.... BY THE WAY, GIGI... WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THOSE WAR RUMORS? I’D HATE FOR HISTORY TO REPEAT ITSELF.
I HEAR TALES OF... SMALL BATTLES GOING ON IN THE INNER TERRITORIES OVER THERE IN CONTINENT “B”.
YEAH, YEAH, I HEAR THOSE STORIES, TOO, BUT I DON’T BELIEVE THEM!
AT THIS HOUR, WE ARE ONLY TO BE GRATEFUL FOR OUR LONG-LASTING FRIENDSHIP, EVEN THOUGH I AM FROM CONTINENT “B” AND YOU, CONTINENT “A”.
HM.. BUT IT’S BEST TO KEEP MY ORIGINS SECRET. I DO NOT WISH TO LOSE CUSTOMERS FROM “B” ALL BECAUSE OF MY ETHNICITY.
WELL… AT LEAST YOU CAN HIDE YOUR ETHNICITY WITH YOUR RED HAIR. WELL... NOW IT’S WHITE. HEH! LIKE THE REST OF US OLD GEEZERS!
HEH, HEH! YEAH... THOUGH OUR EYE COLORS PRETTY MUCH REMAIN UNCHANGED. MINE, BLUE. YOURS, DARK. SAY, I HAVE A LETTER FOR YOUR GRANDSON. YEAH…
OH…? REALLY? FROM WHO?
UHHH... EV... EVR...
OHH... I BELIEVE MY EYES ARE STARTING TO FAIL ME. BUT AT LEAST I KNOW WHO IT GOES TO.
SQUEA-! SQUEA, SQUEA... SEND MY GOOD MORNINGS TO HIM! HE’S A GOOD LAD!
PTTF! TP TP
LETTER FOR YOU.
PLEASE BE LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE TO EVRON-LETTER OF ACCEPTAAAAANNCE!
RIP TP TP...
A JOB WELL DONE, LENNY! BUT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE THAT!
I… I’VE BEEN ACCEPTED...! Ha! ha! I’VE BEEN ACCEPTED!!
WAIT… AUTOBAHN STATION... CONTINENT “A”? 7:00 Am? TODAY!?
WHAT?! VRU MM VRU .. M...
TPTPTPTP...! DING! DING!
THEY SURE CHOSE A LOUSY TIME FOR AN ORIENTATION!
WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU?!
YOU’VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO ALMOST EVERY HI-YED-IN!
AND THEY’RE ALL GOOD SCHOOLS!
NOT LIKE EVRON! GRAMPS, PLEASE UNDERSTAND... EVRON IS THE TOP OF THE TOP OF THE TOP OF ALL HI-YED-INS!
AND I PLAN TO BE THE BEST OF THE BEST WRITERS IN THE EARTH WORLD! THIS IS MY CHOICE!
HEH, VERY WELL.
HE’S A GOOD LAD!
I DON’T KNOW WHY IT IS...
. . . . . . . .
HE’S MORE THAN A GOOD LAD, GIGI...
...BUT MY HEART TELLS ME THAT HE IS MUCH MORE THAN THAT!
A LETTER FROM EVRON?
FOR SALE 555-1203-453
DEAR MO, OH, MY!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN EVRON. WE ARE SORRY TO INFORM YOU AT SUCH LATE NOTICE THAT THE AUTOBAHN TIME FOR DEPARTURE HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM 9:00 AM TO 7:00 AM ON THE DAY AFTER YOUR GRADUATION DATE. SINCERELY, EVYLEN W. FAY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS.
WHAT’S THIS? A LETTER FOR ME?
I BETTER HURRY!
LET’S SEE… FROM FITZ… LA-DA-DA… BLAH-BLAH… NEW DEPARTURE TIME… AUTOBAHN AT 7:00 AM ON DAY AFTER GRADUA--
HOLY COW! I GOTTA SPLIT!
I SEE THE AUTOBAHN! HAH… I CAN STILL MAKE IT...!
EXCUSE ME, SIR?
WHAT?! YOU THINK I’ M IMAGINARY, TOO? WHY DON’ T YOU SCRAM AND COME BACK FOR A REAL TRAIN DEPARTURE?
ONE TICKET PLEASE FOR THE 7:00 DEPARTURE.
DEAR MOM AND DAD, THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOU’ VE DONE to help m e g et TO EVRON.
PLEASE DON’ T WORRY ABOUT ME. I PROMISE TO STAY WITHIN THE WALLS...
I’ M SORRY TO LEAVE ON SUCH SHORT NOTICE, BUT THE SCHOOL SENT ME URGENT MAIL SAYING THAT MY DEPARTURE TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM 9:00 AM TO 7:00 AM.
...ISOLATED FROM THOSE WHO MAY DISLIKE CONTINENT “A”...
EXCUSE ME, MA’AM. IS THIS BY ANY CHANCE THE 7:00 DEPARTURE?
THE AUTOBAHN. RIGHT HERE.
THERE IS NO TRAIN HERE. IT ARRIVES FOR THE 9:00 AM DEPARTURE. that’s IT’S FIRST DEPARTURE TIME. ARE YOU FEELING OKAY, DEAR? DO YOU NEED A DRINK OF WATER?
WHA-? N-NO! I’M FINE! I—!
...?! IS DAT DA TWAIN YOU WER TAWKING ABOWT?
THIS CHILD SEES IT...? BUT NOT THE WOMAN...?
OR THE TRAIN MAN...?
OH, SWEETHEART, NOT YOU, TOO. IF THIS IS A GAME, I WON’T TOLERATE IT.
BAT I SEE IT! IT’S WIGHT DER! WIGHT DER!
NOW LOOK AT WHAT YOU’VE DONE! YOU’VE FILLED MY CHILD’S HEAD WITH CRAZY IMAGININGS!
WIGHT DER! WIGHT DER!
WHAT IS GOING ON HERE…?
HUSH, I SAID!
LOOK! DA DOORS ARE OPENING!
WELL… AT LEAST I’M ON THE ROAD TO HI-YED-IN.
NO! HAH…! HAH…
. . . . . .
. . . . . .
I MUSTNâ€™T LOSE THIS CHANCE...!
! . . A A H PSS ERRRR...!!!
! . . H H H H H O O
PPP M U P A
GET OOOOOFFFFF … GYAAHH...! HAH... HAH...!
GET OOOFFFF …. !
GET OOO OFF!!
GET OFF OF MY HOUSE !!!
FWAPING!! AHHH H!!!! RIII
WHO... WHO IS THIS GUY?!
WHAT IS HE?!!
...WHETHER HE’S REAL OR NOT...
R R R R R R R ....! I WON’T...!
HAH...! HAH...! HAH... ERR..
ERRRRRR...! I WON’T LET HIM STAND IN MY WAY!!!
N I I I I I PII --!! N N NN 131
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HAH... HAH... HAH... HAH... HAH... 132
THA… THAT CAN’T BE!
WHY OR.. HOW CAN YOUR ARM…?!
IIP I R R
. . . . . O O O FWWOO
WHO ARE YOU?!
MY NAME IS WILLIAM HALE!
! H S WOO
I’M A SON OF THE GREATEST ENGINEER AND FATHER... ...AND I’M LOOKING FOR HIM!
YOU WILL NOT STOP ME! 135
HAH! HAH! HAH!
SO-SON OF THE-GREATEST ENGINE-HAH! HAH! HAH! WH-WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME, HUH?! THAT YOU’RE FATHER DID THIS TO YOU?! HAH! HOW DOES THAT MAKE HIM THE GREATEST FATHER, HUH?! HE CHANGED YOU! HIS OWN SON! YOU’RE NOT HUMAN ANYMORE! YOU’RE A-A FREAK! HAH! A FREAK LIKE ME!
BEEP, BEEP... BEEP, BEEP.... BEEP... BEEP...
... TWIZZ ... TWIZZ HAH!
IT’S LIKE YOU’RE NOT EVEN ALIVE!
WHAT IS HE...? A GHOST? ...OR AM I EVEN DREAMING?
HUH, INTERESTING CYBORG EYE… LOOKS LIKE I’VE UNDERESTIMATED HIS FATHER’S SKILLS.
BUT THE QUESTION HE SHOULD BE ASKING IS WHY DID HIS FATHER CREATE SUCH AN EYE?
TELL ME, KID! DO YOU BELIEVE EVERY WORD THAT LETTER OF HIS SAYS?
Y-YES! OF COURSE! EVERY WORD! BUT HOW DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE LETTER?! WHO ARE YOU?! W-WHAT ARE YOU?!
HEH, HEH, HEH...
YOU KNOW, YOU’RE AS DUMB AS THEY COME.
YOU DON’T GET IT AT ALL: YOU’LL NEVER FIND HIM! NOR WILL YOU STAND A CHANCE IN WHAT’S COMING TO YOU!
H-HEY! WAIT A MINUTE--!
HC KAA!!! TURN AROUND, KID.
THAT LETTER WILL LEAD YOU INTO A DEATH TRAP! UH--!
. .HHHYYYOOO.. UNLESS YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES... IN THE NEXT DIMENSION!
. .HYYOOO.. WAIT! DONâ€™T GO! WHAT do you mean?! and HOW DO YOU KNOW MY FATHER?!
SO LONG, WILLIAM HALE!
BSHAA.. ! !
whIsper WAKE… UP… WA…
W…ILL…. WI…… WA… UP….
ER.... ERR RHH.... UHHH.....
...TURN AROUND, KID...
...HOW DOES THAT MAKE HIM THE GREATEST FATHER?! HE CHANGED YOU! HIS OWN SON! YOU’RE NOT HUMAN ANYMORE! YOU’RE A FREAK!
THAT LETTER WILL LEAD YOU INTO A DEATH TRAP!
THAT COULDN’T HAVE BEEN REAL. IT JUST COULDN’T....
...ONE LEGGING LEFT... AND I’M OUT OF ARMINGS...
I LOST THE LETTER... I LOST THE TRAIN...
LOOKS LIKE THESE GLOVES MAKE MY LAST SPARE.
I LOST MY CHANCE AT FINDING MY FATHER....
FOLLOWING THIS ROAD ISN’T GOING TO DO YOU ANY GOOD...
UNLESS YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES... IN THE NEXT DIMENSION!
MAN... WAS IT SOMETHING I ATE?
IT’S MY LETTER! BUT, MY BIKE...
TPTPTP.TP..TP.. TP.. . IT’S COVERED IN RUST... AND VINES?
HOW LONG WAS I OUT?!
EVERYTHING IS SO DARK... AND QUIET. WHERE ARE THE STARS? THE BIRDS? THE BUGS?
HUFF THE PEOPLE?!
. . . O O O O O O Y H
I... I DONâ€™T UNDERSTAND. MY ISLAND. MY HOME. WHAT HAPPENED HERE?
DLLLII NG. . GLEAM M. .
SHEENNN.. GLEAMM.. DEEM..
Iâ€™VE NEVER SEEN THIS LIGHT POST BEFORE. AND THIS IS THE ONLY LIGHT ON. HOW... CAN THAT BE?
gleen , reen.. .
vreeennn. .! 154
NG RVR RIII
WHOA! W-WAIT A MINU TE! WHAT THE...?!
VRRRING! WAIT! I S AW S OMETHING...
...S OMETHING ALIVE IN THAT THING!
VRING! ! VRING
HUFF HUFF HUFF
HUFF HUFF HUFF
WHATâ€™S THIS? A FOREST ON THE BEACH?
THIS FOREST IS UNFAMILIAR TO ME ALSO...
LIKE THE LIGHT POST...
TP,TP,TP,TP.. THIS IS WEIRD...
AND THE TREES ARE ALIVE... UNLIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.
DING... BUT WHERE DID THAT BALL OF LIGHT GO?
I’M... PROBABLY JUST SEEING THINGS COS I HAVEN’T EATEN IN A WHILE...
BUT... WHAT IF... WHAT IF... THIS WHOLE THING REALLY IS ALL JUST A...
DING! WHO... ARE YOU...?
WHAT IS THIS? WHAT OR...
HUFF... HUFF. HUFF...
I HATE HIM... IM...M..
A CHUGGHUGGA. . C
SIGH... OH WILL, I WISH I COULD HAVE SAID GOODBYE…
HEY...! HEE, HEE..! DON’T START THE GRADUATION PARTY WITHOUT ME... ME... E...!
IF THIS WILL BE OUR LAST TIME TOGETHER, THEN LET’S MAKE IT THE BEST TIME OF OUR LIVES...IVES...!
HYOO.. WILL... ILL... ...
HE’LL BE BACK... ACK... ACK...
….W…ILL…. WILL…. WILLI…. ...
CAN YOU HEAR ME…HEAR ME…E...?
IT’S ME… E...
FROM YOUR DREAMS …EAMS …
WILLIA…. -SQU… QU...-
WAKE UP… -SQUEE ….EE...K...
HYYYOOOOOOO...! WILL… WILLIAM…
-SQUEAK …EAK...HA… HALE…
Y...YOUR... THAT BALL OF LIGHT!
.. VREEEM . . M VREEEE
. G N I I I I VRIIII 165
! . . G N . . G N D-DI BLINK BLINK SQUEAK!
UHH... WHAT JUST HAPPENED TO ME...?
WHEREâ€¦ WHERE AM I?
THE EARTH WORLD A WATER WORLD INHABITED BY HUMAN BEINGS AND CONSISTS OF ONLY TWO MAIN ISLANDS: CONTINENT “A” AND CONTINENT “B”. ALTH O UG H NO O TH ER W O RLDS H AVE BEEN DIS CO VERED, LEG ENDS AND FO LKTALES H AVE TRANS CENDED TIM E TH RO UG H O RAL TRADITIO N TELLING ABO UT A M AG ICAL W O RLD TH AT REM AINS INVIS IBLE TO TH E H UM AN EYE.
TH E AUTO BAH N S TO NEBRIDG E. 12
THE FERINAS WAR The World War of The Earth World
Thousands of generations ago, before The Autobahn existed, a hatred was born between the two continents of The Earth World.
One cannot live without the other, so says the old saying. The two opposing continents learned this value the hard way: through an animosity like no other... Human nature is universal. Greed and avarice eventually lead to covetousness. Since the beginning of time, the two continents have sailed great ships of Elaxe’ s Wood across the glistening seas through an international trade network. Though communication was weak (it took a ship up to five months to get across the ocean and reach the other continent), it was workable. Continent “ A”depended on resources from Continent “ B” , while Continent “ B” depended on resources from Continent “ A” . The two exchanged these resources through an overseas trade network in order to sustain a balanced economy. This trade is crucial to both continents because without the other, the continent’ s economic pillar will collapse, which will then lead to the destruction of mankind forever. The trade continued throughout the years. But as Continent “ B”developed faster than Continent “ A” ,“ B’ s”leaders from one territory grew independent and cocky. They greedily misled their people and took advantage of their trade partners because those leaders believed that their continent was strong enough to live on its own, and desired to dictate their trade partners, meaning the rest of the world. Not every inhabitant of Continent “ B”approved of this declaration of war, however. But war was inevitable. Fought mostly on the grounds of Continent “ B” , this war became the most devastating conflict The Earth World had ever seen. Throughout the war, the hatred between the two peoples grew worse. Racism became a huge factor, for each people had a different appearance. People with blonde hair and blue eyes dominated Continent “ A”while people with dark hair and dark eyes dominated Continent “ B” . But Continent “ B”miscalculated the ultimate result of the war... The war lasted for six years, and consequently destroyed both economies. Knowing well that they both lost the war, the two continents finally agreed to a truce. 169
APPENDIX B The two continents learned that such a conflict among each other would have led to the end of everyone, because one cannot live without the other. The continents understood that in order to maintain a stable economy between each other, they must improve commerce, which they felt requires a stronger means of communication. So, the two continents worked together to build what became known as The Autobahn, a great and powerful train atop a stone bridge that takes up to two days to get across the ocean to reach the other continent. The Autobahn served not only as the greatest means of communication, but as a symbol for peace and unity. The peace treaty stated that the two continents will always work together in order to maintain The Autobahn and their alliance. The Ferinas War became the accepted name of the war for “ Ferinas”to the people means “ savagery,”derived from The Ferinas Lands on Continent “ B” , torn through histories of warfare among the brutal natives of “ B” . The savage war was a war of obstruction and disunity between the two continents. The war ended with The Autobahn Peace Treaty and worldwide celebrations lasted for fifteen years. But, even though the war was over, there were still those that held grudges against their neighbors across the ocean. Racism, for instance, remains in existence.... And now, there are rumors of a second war coming.... Summary: In 1835, The Ferinas War erupted and lasted for six years. During that time, Jonathan Hale’ s generation was only just entering its preteen years. While The Autobahn had become a symbol for peace after The Ferinas War, it suffered a terrible crash in 1857. Will was seven then. In this book, the story starts in 1865, Will and his friends’high school graduation year. Will turns fifteen on May 29th.
THE HALE HOUSE (Not drawn to scale) WATERFALL BUILDING
WEST WING MAIN WING
FACILITIES, LIBRARY, OPERATION ROOMS, TEST ROOMS,
LABORATORIES, OFFICES, MEDICAL ROOMS, SCIENCE LABS.
WATER ROOM. WILL’S BEDROOM.
NORTH WING CONTROL TOWER
KITCHEN, DINING ROOM, LIVING ROOM.
(45 meters East)
EAST WING NOT BUILT YET
The mighty train that rides atop the stonebridge, is called The Autobahn. It is the greatest form of transportation in The Earth World because it unites the two great landmasses, Continent “ A”and Continent “ B” , which both reside on opposite ends of the world (see Appendix A for a visual). The Autobahn is made from Elaxe’ s Stone, a powerful and expensive type of material. The expense to ride the train is enormous, so only the upper class ride it the most. What’ s more, a legend follows: some say a ghost lives on the train...
Continent “ A”is more rural and less populated than Continent “ B” . Unlike “ B” , “ A”has fewer schools: only two K-12 schools and one Hi-Yed-In. “ A”is where Will and his friends and family live. Most citizens of Continent “ A” , who have grown accustomed to living on a small island with little houses and few people, call Continent “ B”The Other World or The New World because they see it as a huge, unique place that would constitute a life-changing experience if one were to see it for the first time, especially by taking the grandest form of transportation to get there: The Autobahn. Inhabitants of Continent “ A”are known to have blonde hair and blue eyes.
Continent “ B”is more urban and more populated than Continent “ A” . It has a reputation for having the best education and the most schools, Hi-Yed-Ins, and jobs in The Earth World. It is also said to have many large buildings and animals, unlike “ A” . Inhabitants of Continent “ B”are known to have dark hair and dark eyes.
A water world inhabited by human beings and consists of only two main islands: Continent “ A”and Continent “ B” . This is where the story is currently taking place.
Eli Elaxe is a well-known scientist from Continent “ B”who discovered a way to make certain elements stronger and more durable. It is said that to do so, he invented a special chemical and poured it onto an element. These elements were named after him, such as Elaxe’ s Wood, Elaxe’ s Stone, and Elaxe’ s Metal. The Autobahn Stonebridge is made of Elaxe’ s Stone, and ancient ships were built from Elaxe’ s Wood.
Located in the high regions of Continent “ B”and surrounded by high-class gated communities, Evron is one of the most popular, prestigious Hi-Yed-Ins in The Earth World. It has a reputation for offering great education and experience. Because of its popularity, Evron is also one of the hardest Hi-Yed-Ins to get accepted to. What makes Evron even more attractive are its outer protective walls and high security, making it safe even for “ A”citizens, for Continent “ B”is full of individuals racist and hateful towards “ A” .
APPENDIX D FERINAS PLAGUE...
The Ferinas Plague (also called The Ferinas Curse) is a war-born disease that spread rapidly throughout Continent “ B”after The Ferinas War (See Appendix B) ended. It is believed to be air-born due to the chemicals that scientists in “ B” engineered for the enhancement of weaponry. Today, the infected are isolated in camps. Because dry air slows down the spreading of the disease, “ B”contains it far from the ocean shores and in the center of the island where the region is the driest. These areas are the dry regions, or The Ferinas Lands. Because the disease cannot last at sea, those who built The Autobahn after the war ended were not infected. In order to protect Continent “ A”from the spreading disease, however, the infected were forbidden to ride The Autobahn to Continent “ A”as was decided from an argument won by “ A” . Many territories in “ B”also forbade the infected from traveling across sea. It is said that rather than making you sick, the disease causes one to lose parts of oneself…. A small island Hi-Yed-In that specializes in sports and other active careers. Located south of the main island Continent “ A” . 6 Location: from Continent “ A” . (see more about world symbol navigation in Appendix A). The Hale House, designed by Jonathan Hale, who became famous for his ingenuity on Continent “ A” , is well known among the people of Continent “ A”as the biggest house ever built on the island. The Hale House runs on water and wind with a few technical knickknacks. The water comes from an underground river that runs downhill and passes through The Hale House at the cliff edge.
HI-YED-IN... The equivalent of a college, but with a different schooling system. The typical age for a high school graduate (or for when kids are ready to set off on their own) ranges from thirteen to fifteen years old. Humans also tend to be short in The Earth World. HOMING PIGEON...
The most popular means of delivering mail in The Earth World, because delivering by Autobahn is more expensive, and delivering by person is slow and inconvenient. Homing pigeons travel along The Autobahn Stonebridge because there are many small islands along the way that offer frequent breaks. Homing pigeons use a mailing method like the Pony Express in which a pigeon delivers a letter to one island and another takes over by delivering that letter to the next island, and so forth, until the letter reaches its final destination. There are no particular mail days. Instead, the pigeon waits patiently on the mailbox until the receiver comes to get the mail. Then, the receiver uses the pigeon to mail a reply, if need be.