What would it be like to break into a hundred different worlds? A thousand? Would he ever get used to it, the way you get used to the routines of a new job? Ray looked at the device he held in his hand. Abruptly, he tossed it up, sending it spinning end over end before catching it again. The Key was the size of a slim flashlight but it held satisfying weight. That was due to the actinium heart. So was the soft blue glow in the windows in the shaft.
Finishing his cold brew, he crushed the paper cup with his left hand. It was time. Sweat beaded along his forehead as doubt set in. It should work but a part of his mind kept asking what would happen if it didn't. Taking the crumpled cup with him into the bathroom, he dropped it into the trash, locked the door, and turned off the light.
With trembling hand he turned the key on and traced the edges of the door. Shimmering and blue, the outline appeared. When he closed the rectangle, the door vanished becoming static. On the threshold of the void he paused, afraid.
No prequels yet. Why not write one?
Comments (4 so far!)
It's a good opening volley, Robert. I love the title which seems entirely pertinent to what we're doing here.
- #3803 Posted 16 days ago
Excellent, I'm glad you appreciate it. Titles are difficult for me because I want them to be just right. This one isn't but it's close and it works. So it'll do.
- #3805 Posted 15 days ago
Nuclear magitek! I approve. ^^
[That much Actinium is dangerous! I bet the key has to be good at containing gamma rays... probably absorbs them for energy somehow?
- #3816 Posted 14 days ago
Yes, the actinium in the Key is insulated. When activated, the radiation is shunted to the tip to warp space/time/reality. It is mostly dispersed by the fusing of Here and There but I wouldn't try touching the portal.
- #3817 Posted 14 days ago
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