On Saturday Night, Steve and Shelly went for a walk.
“Are you okay, Steve?” Shelly asked.
“Yeah,” Steve said.
“Are you sure? You seem distracted.”
“Yeah, I’m sure. I’m still pissed at my parents. They freaked out that night we told them we’re going to have a child. You know, when I got home later that night. We’re married for fuck’s sake.”
“Fuck what your parents say,” Shelly said.
As Steve and Shelly walked down the street, they saw UFOs in the sky and Steve reached for his phone.
“What are you doing?” Shelly asked.
“I’m taking a video of this,” Steve said. “I could make a lot of money if I post this on YouTube.”
Suddenly, one of the UFO’s shined a blinding light on Steve and Shelly and they disappeared.
Earlier that day…
Sarah, Melody, Allison, and Allison’s new boyfriend, Ross, lived together in a rundown, two-bedroom apartment.
Sarah was at home, cooking supper when Allison walked into the apartment.
“Hey, is Ross home yet?” Allison asked.
“Not yet,” Sarah said.
“Shit, I was hoping to have supper with him before I go to my other job.”
“He still doesn’t like that you’re an escort, does he?”
“No. I don’t like it either. But we need the money.”
“By the way, I went to the food bank.”
Allison look through the few bags of food. There were four cans of soup, a loaf of bread, a batch of bananas, and four bottles of water.
“Do you find it insulting that these food banks give us so little?” Allison asked.
“No,” Sarah said. “It’s still free food.”
Sarah got a call.
“Hello?” Sarah said.
“Hey, Sarah,” Melody said. “Listen, I have to work late again tonight.”
“But you said we were going to a movie!”
“We’ll go tomorrow, I promise.”
“You’ve been saying that for the past week! I’ll let you get back to work.”
Sarah hung up the phone.
“Sarah,” Melody said. “Damn it!”
“How can you afford to go to a movie these days?” Allison asked.
“Mel and I spent months saving up,” Sarah said. “It looks like Ross won’t be the only person staying home tonight, though.”
“Is Melody working late again?” Allison asked.
Ross entered the apartment.
“Hey, Babe,” Ross said to Allison.
“Hey,” Allison said.
“Got time for supper?”
“No, I got to get ready for my other job. Want to help me pick out a dress?”
“Sure, I guess.”
Ross and Allison headed to their bedroom. When they got there, Ross sat at the foot of their bed, while Allison raided the closet.
“How about this dress?” Allison asked, holding a skimpy, navy blue dress.”
“That looks nice,” Ross said in a sad voice.
Allison sat down next to Ross, with her dress still in her hands.
“I’m going to quit being an escort after tonight.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah, I’m sure. We need the money, but we’ll manage. We always do.”
An hour later, Allison sat in a restaurant, waiting for her client. After a few minutes of waiting, a man with curly brown hair sat the table.
“Hey, Allison,” the man said.
“Michael!” Allison said. “I haven’t seen you since….”
“Since Sarah and Melody’s wedding.”
“Right. Wait a minute, why did you hire me as your escort?”
“Well, you didn’t show your face on your website. Plus, you’ve used a fake name.”
“Oh yeah. I forgot. We might as well eat while we’re here.”
Michael and Allison looked at the menu.
“This place is expensive,” Michael said.
“I know,” Allison said “A buffet used to cost $20.00, but now it’s $60.00.”
“Not only is everything so expensive, but we have to pay taxes for literally everything.”
“Selling second-hand items at flea markets and online.”
“Putting air in our tires. The government actually managed to put a tax on air!”
“It’s nuts. Speaking of expensive, how were you able to afford my services?”
“I work two jobs and I write books. Altogether, I work about 72 hours a week.”
“Wow! You’re writings have actually paid off. Good for you.”
“Are you still together with Ross?”
“Yes. We live in a crappy two-bedroom apartment with Melody and Sarah.”
“I’m glad those two are still together. That reminds me, Steve and Shelly are gonna have a baby.”
“I know. I read it on Facebook. I’m so happy for them!”
Throughout their time at the restaurant, Michael and Allison talked about everything from the weather, to the economy and they even spoke about old times. All in all, they’ve enjoyed each other’s company.
After Michael and Allison left the restaurant, they walked to a local dance club. Along the way, though, they saw UFOs flying in the sky. Out of the blue, one of them shined a blinding light on Michael and Allison and they disappeared.
Meanwhile, Sarah was at home watching Netflix. Suddenly, the TV screen turned red with white text. The TV emitted a loud and unsettling tone. It was an emergency alert from Alert Ready, Canada’s national warning system.
“This is not a test,” a text-to-speech on the TV said. “This is an alert for the residents of St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Paradise, and Torbay in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Several flying objects of unknown origin have been spotted in the sky. Please, remain calm. Do not fire any weapons at the flying objects. Please stand by for further instructions.”
Melody entered the apartment.
“Sarah!” Melody said. “Look outside!”
Melody and Sarah went to the balcony. As Melody and Sarah stared at the UFOs, a blinding light shined on them; the same one that shined on Alex, Steve, Shelly, Michael and Allison.
Speaking of Alex, he just went for a walk that night. UFOs flew over the city, and one of them shined a blinding light on him as well.
“What happened?” Melody asked.
“I don’t know,” Sarah said.
“I can’t see a thing!”
“I can’t either.”
“You’ll get your vision back in a minute,” a familiar voice said.
“Shelly, is that you?” Melody asked.
“Yeah, it’s me.”
Sarah and Melody slowly gained their sight back. Once they’ve fully regained their sight, they saw Steve, Shelly, Michael, Allison, and Alex.
“What happened?” Melody asked as she examined her surroundings. She and her friends were in an oval room with giant screens, a window, and control panels. “Where are we?”
“We have no idea,” Shelly said. “Steve and I went for a walk and we saw these UFOs. Then one of the UFOs shined a light on us and we ended up here. That’s what happened to all of us, actually.”
“Why are we here?”
Angel walked into the room. “I’ll explain everything,” she said. “My name is Angel. Those UFOs are from a planet called Oberon. More specifically, they’re from the country of Kratos. They’re looking for a machine called a reality engine. It’s a machine that can manipulate time. Speaking of which, you can use the reality to accelerate, slow down, or reverse the age of any object. You can also use it to see through all of time and space, including multiple timelines. Scientists from Kratos invented the machine many years ago.”
“What does this have to do with us?” Allison asked.
“I’m going to bring the reality engine back to Oberon. But I need your help.”
“Why did you choose us to help you?”
“I used the reality engine to discover that you are the keepers of time and space. Tempus, the god of time, created keepers to maintain the space time continuum. As the keepers, you have memories from every universe where you exist, you are all also psychic. You also have the power to open and close portals and rifts through time and space. You all also have additional powers that are unique to you. Those powers would be triggered when you’re lives are in danger. You’ll have to discover those powers yourselves. Come on, I’ll show you around.”
“Wait a minute, you didn’t even ask us if we wanted to help you?” Shelly said.
“Will you all help me?” Angel said.
They all agreed. So Angel gave them a tour of the ship.
Angel’s space-time-dimension ship had large pantry, three bathrooms, seven bedrooms, a mess hall, a laundry room, an entertainment room, a virtual reality room, the infirmary, and the bridge.
“So, that’s the tour of the ship,” Angel said. “Anyway, it is now 1:00 in the morning, Newfoundland Standard Time. Just pick a room and get some sleep.”
Melody and Sarah shared a bedroom, while Steve and Shelly shared another bedroom. Michael, Allison, and Alex had their own bedrooms.
Throughout the night, neither Michael nor Allison could sleep, because they kept thinking about how their relationship ended. Michael also thought about how he and Allison were now on the ship. There were a few times throughout the night that Michael took this as a sign he and Allison should get back together. But he also thought about how their relationship went south.