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  1. “Mr. Stibbons?” The voice intruded into his dream, waking John up. He jerked and set up in his chair, glaring at the woman at the door. It took a moment to recognize her. The shapely brunette woman was one of the ISW technicians, an unfortunately named Hettie. It’d taken seconds for the nickname ‘Hot Hettie’ to be adopted when the men talked amongst themselves. But more important to John at this moment was the tension in her face and the fact that she’d come to his office rather than calling him. John may have still been asleep, but even asleep he realized the significance of that. The portly man was on his feet before he’d thought about rising and grabbing his mug as he shambled toward the door. “What’s wrong?” he asked as entered the main hallway of ISW. Even at this late hour there was quite a bit of traffic. The Interstellar Sensor Web was the first line of defense against the Nips and the Zi’s. When something happened in these silvered hallways, it could mean the start of a war. “We’ve lost touch with Cheyenne,” Hettie told him over her shoulder. John frowned. Cheyenne was a frontier colony, not too far from the Yellow Corridor. The Nipponese Empire hadn’t even pretended to make a salvo across the border in years. “Last transmission?” “Regular check in last week. Choppy,” Hettie said, quirking a pretty, dark eyebrow. “Someone was saving power.” “Of course,” John sighed. Ships could travel faster than light, but messages could only travel as fast as the energy they used. Even lasers couldn’t go faster than light. So the only way to get transmissions in time to matter was to shorten the distance they had to travel. The current method was to create a temporary, micro-wormhole to connect point A and B. Making a Layton Tunnel required a substantial amount of power, something that could be in short supply on a colony. To save energy, colonies opened the Layton Tunnel right before they sent the message and closed it again immediately after. Sometimes, someone got sloppy and closed it before the message was through. That disrupted the message, making it break up and sound like an old radio wave transmission. “How late are they?” “They weren’t,” Hettie said. “They were early. We got a choppy SOS.” Hettie got several steps ahead of John. She stopped and turned to see him standing in the hall. “John?” “I… I was just wishing I was wearing a clean shirt,” he said. It seemed wrong to stand on the brink of a war in dirty clothes.
  2. December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor – A woman appears on the USS Arizona, flying above the deck with no external propulsion. She is incredibly beautiful, a lovely brunette with striking blue eyes. She demands to speak to her Captain, Franklin Van Valkenburgh. After two hours of consultation with her in his quarters, he calls Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Whatever he says starts a rapid chain of events. The woman is taken ashore and boarded on a plane bound for Los Angeles Harbor. December 8, 1941, Washington D.C. – After a long flight, the strange woman is meeting with the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She names herself as Alexis Layton, a visitor from another timeline. She seeks to save as many timelines as she can from the destiny of her own future: one in which the world is split between two tyrants. She details a terrifying scenario: Germany and Japan turn on their ally Russia when they have subdued the rest of Europe, Africa and Asia. They split the mighty nation and turn their eyes to what is left: the Americas. First South American nations fall; North America finally sees the noose tightening around them, but their fight is futile. Like Russia, America is carved into pieces. Layton has a plan to combat this and lays it out for them. By the end of their meeting, President Roosevelt has issued several emergency declarations, including the execution of martial law across the United States. December 9, 1941 – February 19, 1941 – Layton and President Roosevelt make a circuit of the other American nations. Layton tells their leaders her story and her plan; between the intelligence and charm of the woman, all of them agree to the Union of the Americas treaty. The treaty creates a unified association of nations, all working toward one goal: a free Americas. October 19, 1945, Rio Gallegos – Nazi Germany and the Nippon Empire finish splitting Russia. They were aware that America has been preparing for them, thanks to their spy network. They gear up for an attack, planning to start with a simultaneous attack on Chile and Argentina. To their surprise, they are met with severe resistance. When the Nazi fleet thinks it’s about to break through, they encounter a woman who floats in the air. She throws fire from her hands and destroys Reich ships single-handedly. October 20, 1945, Puerto Aisen – The fight for this Southern Chile city is deadlocked; flying from her fight at the Battle of Rio Gallegos, Layton joins the conflict there. In an hour, though she fought yesterday and is tired, she turns the tide of the battle, leaving the American Union victorious here, too. October 21, 1945 – The Battle at Rio Gallegos and the Battle of Puerto Aisen mark the end of World War II and the start of the Cold War. Layton’s scientific knowledge keeps the American Union well ahead of her enemies, though many suspect that she hordes knowledge from the future and gives it only when she sees fit. (The dark rose is the Nippon Empire; the gray is Nazi Germany and the pale yellow is the American Union.) July 29, 1955 – President Eisenhower declares though his press secretary, James C. Hagerty, that the US will launch a manned mission to the moon within three years. The Reich and Nippon Empire immediately announce their intentions to gain the moon as well. August 15, 1958, Sea of Tranquility, The Moon – A team of astronauts- Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Lucille Alricht – become the first humans to land on the moon. Though Layton follows them into space and remains near the all the time, she doesn’t aid their mission. September 30, 1961, Sea of Tranquility, The Moon – Genesis 3 lands on the moon, delivering the final supplies and crew for the AU Lunar Colony. Layton has already started construction and she remains on hand to aid them. December 7, 1961, American Union Headquarters, Benemérito de las Américas – Layton makes a Special Announcement to the General Assembly. She tells them that her work is almost done and that she is leaving to help others who need her help. Her final act is to leave a device full of technological advances, which she calls a computer. With that, Layton disappears from the Assembly Hall. January 19, 1962 – Having determined that Alexis Layton was truly gone, the AU began plans for the utilization of the plans left behind. The Western Hemisphere, already well ahead of the other two empires, leapt further ahead. They could have gone to war, ripped away the Reich and the Nipponese, but they didn’t want to do so. Why should they? Let Europe and Asia tend to itself. April 13, 1965 – Nippon puts their first man on the moon, well away from Luna City, AU’s thriving colony. Shortly, the Reich, an aging Hitler speaking, announces they’ll be first to Mars. AU plans for a Mars mission immediately. July 9, 1968 – AU finishes construction on the United American Space Port. Construction begins on a space fleet. March 28, 1976 – The first manned AU mission to Mars lands successfully on the Red Planet. Plans for colonization and mining begin. August 22, 2219. There are three main powers: the American Union, the Reich and the Nippon Empire. Though the Reich and Nippon Empire have historically lagged behind the AU, they have started to catch up in the last century. All the powers have far-flung colonies and FTL drives. There is an uneasy peace that lasts mostly because neither side wants to upset the balance. OOC notes: I am practicing my world-building; I will be writing stories for this world and posting them here. I appreciate any feedback you can offer me; please post it in this thread. Tag for this world: [iCW] All stories with this tag are Alternate Universes, not canon.
  3. “Mr. Stibbons?” The voice intruded into his dream, waking John up. He jerked and set up in his chair, glaring at the woman at the door. It took a moment to recognize her. The shapely brunette woman was one of the ISW technicians, an unfortunately named Hettie. It’d taken seconds for the nickname ‘Hot Hettie’ to be adopted when the men talked amongst themselves. But more important to John at this moment was the tension in her face and the fact that she’d come to his office rather than calling him. John may have still been asleep, but even asleep he realized the significance of that. The portly man was on his feet before he’d thought about rising and grabbing his mug as he shambled toward the door. “What’s wrong?” he asked as entered the main hallway of ISW. Even at this late hour there was quite a bit of traffic. The Interstellar Sensor Web was the first line of defense against the Nips and the Zi’s. When something happened in these silvered hallways, it could mean the start of a war. “We’ve lost touch with Cheyenne,” Hettie told him over her shoulder. John frowned. Cheyenne was a frontier colony, not too far from the Yellow Corridor. The Nipponese Empire hadn’t even pretended to make a salvo across the border in years. “Last transmission?” “Regular check in last week. Choppy,” Hettie said, quirking a pretty, dark eyebrow. “Someone was saving power.” “Of course,” John sighed. Ships could travel faster than light, but messages could only travel as fast as the energy they used. Even lasers couldn’t go faster than light. So the only way to get transmissions in time to matter was to shorten the distance they had to travel. The current method was to create a temporary, micro-wormhole to connect point A and B. Making a Layton Tunnel required a substantial amount of power, something that could be in short supply on a colony. To save energy, colonies opened the Layton Tunnel right before they sent the message and closed it again immediately after. Sometimes, someone got sloppy and closed it before the message was through. That disrupted the message, making it break up and sound like an old radio wave transmission. “How late are they?” “They weren’t,” Hettie said. “They were early. We got a choppy SOS.” Hettie got several steps ahead of John. She stopped and turned to see him standing in the hall. “John?” “I… I was just wishing I was wearing a clean shirt,” he said. It seemed wrong to stand on the brink of a war in dirty clothes.
  4. December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor – A woman appears on the USS Arizona, flying above the deck with no external propulsion. She is incredibly beautiful, a lovely brunette with striking blue eyes. She demands to speak to her Captain, Franklin Van Valkenburgh. After two hours of consultation with her in his quarters, he calls Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Whatever he says starts a rapid chain of events. The woman is taken ashore and boarded on a plane bound for Los Angeles Harbor. December 8, 1941, Washington D.C. – After a long flight, the strange woman is meeting with the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She names herself as Alexis Layton, a visitor from another timeline. She seeks to save as many timelines as she can from the destiny of her own future: one in which the world is split between two tyrants. She details a terrifying scenario: Germany and Japan turn on their ally Russia when they have subdued the rest of Europe, Africa and Asia. They split the mighty nation and turn their eyes to what is left: the Americas. First South American nations fall; North America finally sees the noose tightening around them, but their fight is futile. Like Russia, America is carved into pieces. Layton has a plan to combat this and lays it out for them. By the end of their meeting, President Roosevelt has issued several emergency declarations, including the execution of martial law across the United States. December 9, 1941 – February 19, 1941 – Layton and President Roosevelt make a circuit of the other American nations. Layton tells their leaders her story and her plan; between the intelligence and charm of the woman, all of them agree to the Union of the Americas treaty. The treaty creates a unified association of nations, all working toward one goal: a free Americas. October 19, 1945, Rio Gallegos – Nazi Germany and the Nippon Empire finish splitting Russia. They were aware that America has been preparing for them, thanks to their spy network. They gear up for an attack, planning to start with a simultaneous attack on Chile and Argentina. To their surprise, they are met with severe resistance. When the Nazi fleet thinks it’s about to break through, they encounter a woman who floats in the air. She throws fire from her hands and destroys Reich ships single-handedly. October 20, 1945, Puerto Aisen – The fight for this Southern Chile city is deadlocked; flying from her fight at the Battle of Rio Gallegos, Layton joins the conflict there. In an hour, though she fought yesterday and is tired, she turns the tide of the battle, leaving the American Union victorious here, too. October 21, 1945 – The Battle at Rio Gallegos and the Battle of Puerto Aisen marked the end of World War II and the start of the Cold War. Layton’s scientific knowledge keeps the American Union well ahead of her enemies, though many suspect that she hordes knowledge from the future and gives it only when she sees fit. (The dark rose is the Nippon Empire; the gray is Nazi Germany and the pale yellow is the American Union.) July 29, 1955 – President Eisenhower declares though his press secretary, James C. Hagerty, that the US will launch a manned mission to the moon within three years. The Reich and Nippon Empire immediately announce their intentions to gain the moon as well. August 15, 1958, Sea of Tranquility, The Moon – A team of astronauts- Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Lucille Alricht – become the first humans to land on the moon. Though Layton follows them into space and remains near the all the time, she doesn’t aid their mission. September 30, 1961, Sea of Tranquility, The Moon – Genesis 3 lands on the moon, delivering the final supplies and crew for the AU Lunar Colony. Layton has already started construction and she remains on hand to aid them. December 7, 1961, American Union Headquarters, Benemérito de las Américas – Layton makes a Special Announcement to the General Assembly. She tells them that her work is almost done and that she is leaving to help others who need her help. Her final act is to leave a device full of technological advances, which she calls a computer. With that, Layton disappears from the Assembly Hall. January 19, 1962 – Having determined that Alexis Layton was truly gone, the AU began plans for the utilization of the plans left behind. The Western Hemisphere, already well ahead of the other two empires, leapt further ahead. They could have gone to war, ripped away the Reich and the Nipponese, but they didn’t want to do so. Why should they? Let Europe and Asia tend to itself. April 13, 1965 – Nippon puts their first man on the moon, well away from Luna City, AU’s thriving colony. Shortly, the Reich, an aging Hitler speaking, announces they’ll be first to Mars. AU plans for a Mars mission immediately. July 9, 1968 – AU finishes construction on the United American Space Port. Construction begins on a space fleet. March 28, 1976 – The first manned mission to Mars lands successfully on the Red Planet. Plans for colonization and mining begin. August 22, 2219. There are three main powers: the American Union, the Reich and the Nippon Empire. Though the Reich and Nippon Empire have historically lagged behind the AU, they have started to catch up in the last century. All the powers have far-flung colonies and FTL drives. There is an uneasy peace that lasts mostly because neither side wants to upset the balance. OOC notes: I am practicing my world-building; I will be writing stories for this world and posting them in the fiction section. I choose 200x because I am using a 200x character for this exercise. I hope you enjoy the world I’m trying to make. I appreciate any feedback you can offer me. Tag for this world: [iCW] All stories with this tag are Alternate Universes, not canon.
  5. He kept saying 'friend,' which made Alexis feel much better. Maybe he was protesting too much, but that supported what she'd been able to find on them. "Sounds like it," she said, picking up the conversation again. "I've seen some of the Utopians, since they like to do charity work with Layton Biotech. They always seem like good people." She thought of Slider, and tried not to feel sad. It was such a waste. "I've thought about joining, but it doesn't seem right for me."
  6. I believe that the idea behind the campaign is to pick the candidate that they best believe should be the next president. "Brain cancer" or "no brain cancer" shouldn't be something that we're picking between.
  7. With a smile and a lot more ease, Alexis began to tell him about what he could see in her city. The rest of the short flight passed in comfort and easy conversation. The stewardess left them alone unless called until they were due to land. Then she made sure they were secured. Once they were on the ground, Alexis offered a firm handshake to the young man. The polite pleasantries were exchanged and the two novas parted ways, friends.
  8. Alexis rubbed her forehead, feeling like she should have a headache but suffering from no pain. Finishing her finals and preparing for this 'concert' had been draining, but incredibly satisfying. She liked bringing them all together and making all the pieces fit. This was why she enjoyed interior design, but this was far more enjoyable. The largest room in the hospital had been converted to a large ward. Some of the children couldn't leave their beds, and they were wheeled in and being set by the wall. Other children were in wheelchairs, while more were being set up in chairs. But they were all sick, weak and frail; seeing them made Alexis' skin crawl. Sickness had always creeped her out; eruption had not changed that. "It looks good," she said to Mona, whose sigh of relief Alexis could hear, even over the phone. Mona had been hired to work this job, and knew that it could make or break her. "I assume that the rooms have been readied for the artists?" "Yes, they have," Mona said, and Alexis could hear her shuffling through papers. "I've gone through their requests, and we have everything covered, as far as I can see." "The electronics?" "There are two technicians here already," Mona said. "There shouldn't be any problems that can't be fixed." "Good," Alexis said, shutting off the video feed, cutting off the images of those children. She settled back into the comfort of her dorm room chair. "Would you please give Daniel and Praxis my apologies? I'm afraid that I'm absolutely bogged down here." "Of course, Ms. Layton," Mona said instantly. "I'll handle everything from here out." "Thank you, Mona," Alexis said and hung up, letting her head fall back against the rest. She felt a twinge of guilt for not being there, but there was no way she could have handled that. Sighing, she stood up and continued packing her bags.
  9. Alexis hesitated for a long moment before she said, "It's really about what you want to do. You can become or do anything, if you believe and set your mind to it." She tilted her head. "I suggest you take the summer to look at your options. Talk to people. Ask around. You're only sixteen. You shouldn't be deciding your life right now."
  10. Alexis nodded, keeping her expression sincere and not derogatory. "Three degrees is a lot of work, not all of it available to test out of." She stood up and repositioned herself, crossing her legs. "I understand the Business and the Art degree, but why Psychology? I understand that field requires advanced degrees." Alexis was a bit blunt, but obviously interested in the dreams and plans of the young man with her.
  11. "You can hire an accountant, once you have your record deal," Alexis said. "You really don't need a degree, not unless you want one, or you have plans to do something besides sing. You mentioned wanting a degree in case the music doesn't work, but are you sure you want to do business? You have the ability to do anything you want, Daniel. Don't do what's 'smart.' Do what's best for you, and that is what is smart."
  12. "The same," she said, smiling up at the waiter, who was currently struggling with his sexuality. Alcohol wouldn't get her drunk, anymore than water, and it was really stupid that she had to go through all this trouble for a drink. As the befuddled waiter stumbled away, Alexis turned her full smile on Eliot. "We were talking about Corona," she said softly, and she braced herself for the surge of jealousy she felt toward the woman. Sure they insisted they were friends, but was that all there was?
  13. Alexis smiled as the driver became flustered when Eliot did his job. The smile, an expression of true good humor, lit up her face beautifically. By the time she had stepped out of the car, people were noticing. Alexis held onto Eliot's hand, enjoying the looks of envy from men and women. She'd had those looks before, but usually they were directed at her completely. It was nice to have them be directed at her because of who she was with, not of who she was. It was nice to not be in the limelight for once. She'd once been able to get away with blending into the crowds, before her eruption, but she was a hometown nova now. Just inside the door, Alexis quickly whispered to the waiter, discreetly letting him know what name their reservation was under. He nodded and ushered them to a table. The Dylan Prime wasn't just a bar; it was also a steakhouse, and the smell of cooking meat filled the restaurant. It was decorated in trendy modern colors, and filled with the buzz of dozens of voices on this busy weekend night. The drink list was prodigeous, and their vodka martini was a featured drink. "The supposedly best martini bar in town has a rather poor vodka martini," Alexis told him as he looked over the list. "This place has the best one in the city." She sat back, smiling and looking pleased with herself.
  14. "Well, my father explained it to me like this," Alexis said, "an undergraduate degree is just that... your study in the whatever field you like. And an MBA doesn't mean that you need a business undergrad - you just need an undergrad degree because they'll teach you whatever you need. Say you get a science degree for your undergrad. You can... work in a lab as a tech, get an Education degree and teach... any number of things. Say you add an MBA. Suddenly, you're qualified to operate both sides of the science company. You know your way around a lab, and you can operate a business." Alexis shifted slightly, and the laptop slid off her lap to thump to the floor. She ignored that as she continued, "There are some roles in any company that can only be filled by an MBA, so if you have one, you can scale the corporate ladder easier. It makes you more marketable to most large companies. Also, any masters implies a higher level of dedication and looks better to an employer." She paused, her expression thoughtful. "You don't need that to manage your finances. If you want to look better to an employer, then sure, go for it."
  15. His lips on her skin made her shiver with excitment, and the promise of later was electric. She had started this date with no intention of later being tonight, but that intention was melting with each moment in his presence. Only the thought that she was in this for the long term helped her stay strong. There were a million things she wanted to know about him, but she settled on something simple. "What is Corona like? I've never met her, but always wanted to."
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