TITLE: Averagely Extraordinary
GENRE: YA Sci-Fi
The cavern rumbled for the third time in as many minutes.
A young apprentice jumped back as vials and flasks smashed on the floor. The contents snaked around, hissing and creating acidic puddles.
“Not again! Jake, control your blasted fungi.” Being apprenticed to the greatest scientist in the universe wasn’t easy. The constant hum of power aged Frank Einstein beyond his years and the charged atmosphere caused premature balding.
His mentor entered with the trademark swish of his long coat.
“My dear Frank! It’s not my fungi,” said the old man, running his hand through the grey streak in his mottled brown hair. Jake Illhyde often changed his appearance to conceal his thousand year life-span. “You’re not fiddling with your pylons again, are you?”
“No, of course not,” Frank replied, miffed. The pylons were his first individual project.
A thunderous crash shook the whole cave. “Then what is it? A real quake?” asked the apprentice, coughing hard as stone-dust rained down from the ceiling.
“Don’t be ridiculous. You know we are shifting between planets.” Jake’s creased forehead gave way to wide-eyed horror. “Somebody is trying to reach us.”
“Reach us here? But nobody knows where we are. Or for that matter, who we are!”
“Somebody must have accessed the memories of the two who did. And I’m guessing they are after....”
“The essences! But we have only one left.”
One of Frank’s experimental pylons keeled over and the blue crystal smashed against the floor as the ground shook uncontrollably.