Escape from a Thousand Worlds

28 December 2021

  • The e-mail only gave a date, time, and location. But the moment I read it, I knew what it for what it was: not just an invitation but a challenge. I grabbed my gear from the locked steamer trunk in the basement, and loaded it in the car. In the dark before dawn, I left.
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    12/9/21 9:35am
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  • I drove for 10 hours, spent the night at a Holiday Inn, then left at 7am. I was at the designated spot by 11am. I spent an hour investigating through binoculars before I was sure we were alone. At noon I made myself known to my challenger.
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  • She responded with a similar hail & we left the far edges of Barringer Crater to meet in the middle. It was a long walk. The sun hammered me. Sweat trickled past my ears & made my shirt collar stick to my throat. "This is for all the tea in China," I reminded myself. "Literally."
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  • I paused.. What was I looking at? I'm staring intently at a table. Why was I at Barringer Crater a moment ago? I look through the window at the pub sign: "The Leghsan Arms". I'm in England, hallucinating. This isn't going well. I had a sudden craving for a large bowl of peas and
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    12/11/21 12:57am
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  • creamed chicken on toast. Just as I place my order, the scene shifts again and I’m staring at the distinctive royal castle on Hawking, fifth moon circling Planet X. This time it doesn’t feel like a hallucination, though. I walk through the orange sands towards the castle door.
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    12/24/21 9:59pm
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  • I quickly consume my decadent sandwich in case it’s my last sustenance for a while. I look to my left and right. Fitting that I’m alone for this challenge. I close my eyes and—out of nowhere—feel the energy and impulse to sprint. In the distance, a guard shouts, “there she is!”
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    12/26/21 5:28pm
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The End