Sunday, May 11, 2008

007: The Alogrins

Go to the laboratory: 8 votes
Look Professor Koleyna up in the phone book: 0 votes
Google Professor Koleyna: 5 votes
Land Captain continued drumming on the steering wheel. He adjusted the car's mirrors, and then stared out the window. Eventually, he came to a conclusion.

"You know..." he said.

"Yes?" replied Ishmael.

"The criminal always returns to the scene of the crime, so this professor should return to her laboratory. In fact, she probably thinks that since she took out Mister Charge, then we'll leave her alone," Land Captain said, starting the car, "Well, we'll show her a thing or two, won't we?"

Minutes later, the pair was back in front of the laboratory. Or, at least, where the laboratory had been. The building and all the fish were gone, with only a tiled floor to mark where it had once stood. Land Captain walked the perimeter, occasionally kicking to see if the building had simply turned invisible. This was not the case, and he went back to Ishmael to think.

"It seems to me that Charleston saw Professor Koleyna vanish herself away. Well, what if she could vanish the building away, too? Unless she's able to just sort of change time and space, something like that would leave a lot of residual energy," pondered Land Captain, "Ishmael, run a scan on the area. See if there's any sort of energy build-up. No idea what to look for, but I'm guessing it'll be pretty easy to spot."

"Aye aye, Captain," replied Ishmael, who started beeping. The headlights turned a shade of green, and their light scanned the area. A minute later, the beeping stopped, "You were correct, Land Captain. What's more is that I've the energy signature in my data banks. You probably won't believe this, but it's-"

"It's the Alogrins again, isn't it?"

"Aye aye, sir."

Land Captain sighed, "It's always those blasted Alogrins. It's always been them. You crash your car through their ship one time, and they never seem to let you forget it. I wonder what they want now. In any case, it'd be a step down from destroying the multiverse."

"Aye aye, captain. What course of action do you suggest?"

"Do you still have that doohickey that lets you follow energy signatures? The one we followed the Alogrins with during our last set of adventures? I figure we use that to find out where this building- and the professor, most likely- are."

"Affirmative. Keep your hands and feet inside during the transfer, unless you'd like to add a hook or peg leg to your motif."

Land Captain did so, and after he closed the door, Ishmael's hood ornament began to glow. The glow engulfed the car, and then a whirring noise filled the air. There was a flash, and both car and man were traveling down what appeared to be a stylized tunnel of light. Land Captain knew that this was just the car shielding him from the unspeakable horrors that dwelt in this space between worlds, and that were the shielding removed, he would most likely be reduced to a gibbering mess of a man. There was a dark spot at the end of this tunnel, and Land Captain knew that this was their destination. Ishmael stopped short of the dark spot, and hovered in the ether.

"What gives, Ishmael?"

"The Alogrins are on the other side, as well as a woman who has engineered demonic fish. Barging through may not be the best course of action, as they may be waiting for us."

"They were never waiting before," said Land Captain.

"We were chasing them before. As such, they were always trying to stay one step ahead of us. This time, whatever they're doing, they're not trying to get away from us."

"True," said Land Captain, "For all we know, this could be the Alogrin home world. I know not all of them are evil, but enough are that the chances of us arriving in a friendly area are pretty small to begin with. Since we're following a trail, the chances get a lot smaller."

"Any ideas, captain?"

"Well, we could barge in and show them a thing or two. Chances are they're just standing around doing nothing, right? Only thing is, that would give us away too early. We have a job to do, and we'll only get one chance at it. I know you've got a stealth mode, though, so we could probably activate that and sort of sneak our way in until we find some friendly natives." Land Captain drummed his hands on the steering wheel, and then added, "Only thing is, we don't know what we're getting into with this. We're pretty fast, though, so we could probably make the decision right after we go through the portal. It'd be risky, but I'm a superhero. My job is to take risks."

Land Captain mulled over his choices: Barge in, sneak in, or choose after he went through the portal?

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