Karren Gaunt Posted October 21, 2011 Share Posted October 21, 2011 Time: The morning after Rainbow Room III: Mixing Colors, 21 March, 2027 Coraline took a deep breath and took a final look around the forest clearing in which she crouched. She had asked Norman to meet her here, the clearing where her parents had died to protect her seven years ago. Someone had pulled down the cabin where she had spent the last six months of her life before meeting Uncle Shen, time and the elements conspiring to erase any other signs that here was where her world had been shattered, even to her senses. That fact tinged her features with melancholy, but affirmed her choice to start her trip here as well. You had to know where you came from to move forward. Know where you came from but be prepared to let go of it. A river didn’t regret leaving a particular bend of streambed after all, even as it was flavored by the sediment from that bend. Norman was gone already, blinking ahead to the first stop on what he had charmingly called their ’Grand Tour’ of the solar system, promising to wait for her arrival on top of Olympus Mons. He really did make her feel better just by being around, a warm, supportive glow that made her want to be better than she was. So she’d follow, not by cheating physics but by trying to ignore them all together. The young metamorph released the handful of Canadian topsoil and pine needles she held in her fist as she stood, letting it hit the ground even as she left the chains of gravity behind. Her features blurred as she kicked her nervous system into high gear, added another magnitude of speed to her potential thrust with a silent request to her node. A final dopplered laugh and she sonic boomed into vertical flight, transitioning into silent flight as an angel of pure light only as she cleared the atmosphere on an arcing route to Mars at a speed few novas could dream of reaching under their own power. But Coraline wasn’t done yet and for the first time she heeded the strange new whisper of her node that had started humming at her around these speeds. Absurdly fast became impossibly fast as quantum bound photons became quantum bound tachyons, invisible to the universe as Coraline crowed pure joy to an unhearing creation. She arced over the plane of the solar system at nine times the speed of light, reveling in being nova for the sake of being nova as her senses magnified to take in the heavily distorted view of the solar system from the other side of relativity. She actually missed Mars on her first pass, fliting through the planet before she realized what happened and having to loop around to find the spot where Norman waited. Coraline tried to stop an artful twenty feet from the waiting Terat but couldn’t slow down at all, passing through the planet *again*. Okay. That was annoying. Third pass, she applied quantum from her node to convert back from tachyons into photons, aiming for the same showy arrival. That didn’t work out either, the metamorph plunging intangibly through the rust red surface of the planet to her further chagrin, able to decelerate only by inches after she was miles deep in Martian rock. Coraline Boehm then made her way up to where Norman hopefully still waited, humbled somewhat by the very physics she sought to bypass but still exultant and flickering through every color of the visible spectrim and beyond. Whew, okay. Flight, Enhanced Movement, Hyperflight, Lightspeed on, E-M Vision, and then Lightspeed off. 62 out of 75 Quantum left Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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