Meanwhile, Monica and Emily continued to live in their apartment together. All in all, Martha and Monica got their lives together. Eventually, though, their lives would be turned upside down.
One evening, Monica had coffee with Emily.
“When was the last time you’ve been on a date?” Emily asked.
“I don’t know,” Monica said. “Why?”
“I know a guy you might like?”
“Why not? He’s no Brad Pitt. But he’s cute, nice, and funny.”
“I don’t want to date with anybody.”
“Why? Are you gay?”
“What? No! I’m happy being single. The only thing I don’t like about it is everybody pressuring me to be in a relationship.”
“How about he hangs out with us sometime and let’s see where things go?”
“Fine then. But why do you want me to hook up someone so badly?”
“Honestly, it’s because you’re always tense. You really need to get laid.”
Monica rolled her eyes. “Whatever,” she said.
A few days later, Monica and Emily hung out in a restaurant.
“So, where is this guy?” Monica asked.
A man with short orange hair met with Monica and Emily.
“Monica, this is John,” Emily said. “John, this is Monica.”
“Hey,” Monica said.
“Hey,” John said.
Monica and John didn’t say much to each other at first. In fact, Emily did most of the talking. But eventually, John and Monica ended up having a real conversation.
“You like science fiction,” Monica said. “Let me guess, you like Star Trek.”
“No, not really,” John said. “I used watch Doctor Who when it was on TV.”
“So did I! Who’s your favorite doctor?”
“I liked Patrick Troughton.”
“I really miss that show.”
“Same. Maybe it will come on TV again, some day.”
“Yeah, maybe in the year 2005. I heard that Doctor Who will be made into a TV movie in a year or two, though.”
“I hope that’s true.”
John and Monica were so into their conversation, they forgot Emily was there.
“Where’s Emily?” Monica asked.
“I’m sitting next to you,” Emily said as she seemingly appeared out nowhere.
“Where did you come from?” Monica asked.
“I was here the whole time,” Emily said.
“This is like a moment from a bad rom-com,” John said.
“So, that’s like 90% of them,” Monica said.
John and Monica went on a few more dates. Eventually, John invited Monica over to his apartment. The moment John opened the door to his apartment, the first thing Monica noticed was a giant bookshelf.
“I see you like to read,” Monica said.
“Yeah, I do,” John said.
“Mind if I take a look?”
Monica looked through John’s bookshelf. There was nothing that grabbed Monica’s attention, except this one book: ‘History of Planet Oberon.’
Monica held up the book in front of her.
“Where did you get this book?” Monica asked.
“My grandfather wrote it,” John said. “He had such an active imagination.”
“Mind if I take it home to read it?”
As soon as Monica went home, she sat down on the couch and she read the book immediately, but she returned the book a few nights later.
“Interesting book,” Monica said. “Very entertaining.”
“Thanks,” John said. “What did you like the most about it?”
“Good question. I guess I like how your grandfather wrote it like a history book. I also liked how Oberon is divided into different countries. You normally don’t see other planets divided into countries in science fiction. I loved the chapter about a small section of Kratos standing up to the government to form its own country. It was amazing since Oberon is one of the most powerful countries on Oberon.”
“Yeah. Like I said, my grandfather had an active imagination.”
“It’s funny. When I was a kid, I’ve convinced myself that my sister and I were from a planet called Oberon. I guess I must have seen this book somewhere and that’s where I came up with the idea.”
“What else did you used to say?”
“About Oberon? Not much. My sister and I came to Earth through a plot hole. I also told people the grass was pink. I guess I also had one active imagination.”
John laughed nervously.
“Will you excuse me?” John asked. “I got to make a call. You can watch TV in the meantime.”
John went to his room while Monica flipped through the channels. But she overheard John talking. Monica muted the TV and she listened closely to what John was saying over the phone.
“Y’ ave geoan uni o’ zea gemis,” John said. Translation: “I have found one of the twins.”
Monica couldn’t tell what language John spoke. It almost sounded like French or Spanish.
“Ye dems meh da varle zir,” Monica heard John say. “Okay.” Translation: “You want me to tell her. Okay.”
John then came out of his room.
“Monica, there’s something I have to tell you,” John said. “You should sit down.”
“Uh, I’m already sitting down,” Monica said.
“Okay. Good. I’m just going to come out and say it. Oberon is a real place. You, your sister, and I are from there.”
“Yeah. Okay. Did my sister or Emily put you up to this? Emily always loved playing pranks.”
“No. It’s all true. That book that you read is proof.”
“I don’t believe it. I was right all along.”
“Are you okay?”
“Yeah. I guess.”
“Good, because we need your help. We’re looking for a machine called a reality engine. It’s a machine that people can use to manipulate time. They can also use it to see throughout time and space. You can also use it to see into multiple timelines
“Centuries ago, scientists from the country of Kratos invented the reality engine. But the Libertas government tried to take it from us. To prevent war, the governments from both countries sent their best MMA fighters to compete in a tournament and Libertas won. As a result, they took our reality engine. According to our Intel, the reality engine is located on Earth. Will you help us find it?”
“I can finally get back at my sister. Yes. I will help you look for this reality engine.”
Years earlier, on Oberon, a woman named Angel joined the Libertas military. That’s where she met David.
Once David and Angel graduated from basic training, they trained together a martial art called solider combat. That’s when David and Angel realized that they liked each other. While David and Angel dated, they continued to train in Libertas soldier combat. David and Angel eventually became black belts.
Sometime after they got their black belts, David and Angel they got married. After their honeymoon, David and Angel competed in the tournament between the countries of Libertas and Kratos.
In David’s match, he competed against a man named Bruno. He was a tall man, who was a weightlifting champion. Bruno was also the heavyweight champion in the Kratos Iron Fist Boxing League, the most dangerous boxing league in all of Oberon.
The bell rang, and Bruno and David were ready to fight. Bruno
threw a few punches, but David managed to dodge those punches and he
counteracted with a few punches of his own.
Bruno then kicked David, but David grabbed Bruno’s foot and he twisted it, trying to get Bruno to submit, but Bruno kept punching David’s arm, breaking the hold. Bruno quickly followed up with a very powerful punch to the head, knocking David to the ground.
“David!” Angel screamed. “Get up! You can do this! I love you.”
David got back to his feet at the count of 8.
“Are you able to continue?” The Referee asked, and David nodded his head. So the match continued.
Bruno changed his strategy a little. Bruno relied more on his speed, and he threw several fake punches. Eventually, Bruno landed a lucky kick to David’s stomach. Bruno immediately followed up with a 3-hit combo: a jab to the face, a punch to the stomach, and right-hook to the side of the head. This was enough to knock David unconscious.
“David!” Angel screamed as I rushed to his aid. Angel jumped into the ring to check up on David.
“Ma’am, you need to get back,” one of the paramedics said.
The paramedics rushed David to the hospital and Angel followed.
Angel was in the waiting room for what seemed like hours until the doctor came in.
“How is he?” Angel asked frantically.
“The blows to the head caused serious brain damage,” The Doctor said. “He’s on life support, but he’s brain-dead.”
“No!” Angel screamed as she fell to her knees, crying profusely.
Several minutes later, Angel regained her composure, and she went inside David’s hospital room.
“This is so unfair,” Angel said. “We both knew that when we joined the army that we would be putting our lives on the line, but I didn’t expect this. I wanted to start a family with you some day. But I’m not mad at you, David. You did your job. You served your country. Goodbye, my love.”
Angel told the doctors to take David off of life support. Because David died, Angel withdrew from the tournament and she took time off to grieve.
A few days later, Libertas won the tournament. A few months later, Angel rejoined the army.
“There’s a possible future where the Kratos Army may steal the reality engine from us,” Admiral Adams said. “For that reason, we’re bringing the reality engine to Earth. It’s on the other side of the galaxy, so it will take five years to get there. It’s also a one-way trip.”
“I volunteer to go to Earth, Sir,” Angel said.
“Are you sure of this?”
“Yes, Sir. I have no reason to be on this planet anymore. I need a fresh start.”
“Alright. Thank you, solider.”
Angel went aboard a ship with the reality engine and she spent five years traveling to Earth.