« on: June 14, 2007, 06:09:21 pm »
Name tapped at the controls, and the ship pitched forward, pointing us straight down. I could see the waterfall plunge through the canopy, and into a dark crevasse. A few more taps at the controls, and we began a slow descent. The skewed perspective and the synthetic OBE made me dizzy. I tried to put a hand up to my head, but I couldn‚Äôt. At the moment, I didn‚Äôt have hands. Or a head. What the hell kind of ship is this, anyway?
‚ÄúOh, you like it? It‚Äôs a prototype I‚Äôve been working on. Antigravity.‚Äù
‚ÄúYeah! See, when you smash gold atoms together, and do it often enough, the gluon plasma flux will sometimes allow new particles to form. And as we all know, new particles equal new mass, which equals new energy. And since Conazzio‚Äôs correlation to Einstein say that high volumes of mass and energy can warp the gravitation field, it seemed like a simple step to making it directional and using it for a vehicle.‚Äù
So that would mean...
‚ÄúYeah, there‚Äôs a particle collider in the ship‚Äôs hull.‚Äù
Wait. There‚Äôs no way that would work.
‚ÄúDo you want to argue the fact that it‚Äôs working right now?‚Äù
Good point. Uh, what‚Äôs with the OBE drug?
‚ÄúYour body is going to be in severe pain for a while, as the bones heal-‚Äú
‚Äú-yeah. Again. Like you did such a good job the first time. Anyway, the medbot is out of morphine. Don‚Äôt ask, but it was one hell of a party. So, yeah, all I had left was the synth OBE. Trust me. You do not want to be in your body right now.‚Äù
Why am I trusting you, again?
‚ÄúBecause I just saved your life.‚Äù
‚ÄúLook, if you want me to take you back to that cliff so you can deal with those wee beasties yourself, just let me know. Otherwise, just let me drive.‚Äù
Or drop, as the case may be.
We reached the treeline, and passed through it, the semi-tropical/semi-arctic trees offering little resistance as the ships warped gravitational field passed by. They seemed to warp, split, and explode into slivers as the ship got nearer.
‚ÄúTides. It‚Äôs bad news to be both inside and outside the warped field.‚Äù
We sank lower, into the chasm, and any ambient light soon disappeared.
Where the hell are we going?
Name flipped a switch, and a pair of beacon lights came on. We seemed to be in a column of sheared rock, with a spraying waterfall on one side, descending into blackness.
‚ÄúO.B. said you wanted to go to the Ocean. I‚Äôve got an express line.‚Äù