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Land of Equines - Daddy Joe

Who would've thought that being at the wrong place at the wrong time would bring something so surreal.

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A New World

A New World
November 5th, 2012

I groaned while stuffing my face in my pillow with my digital alarm clock beeping in the background. Lazily, I waved my arm around in attempt to press the snooze button until I finally pressed it, resetting the alarm for ten minutes.

“Thanks for the wake up call, Monday.” I mumbled to myself.

After taking in the next ten minutes and going through that annoying beeping again, I hopped out of bed and headed off to the bathroom. I slightly brushed my hand against my hair that stood up on end in the mirror's reflection. With that, I commenced the morning routine.

When I finished taking my morning shower, combing my hair, putting on some fresh clothes, and brushing my teeth, I walked into the kitchen and popped two slices of bread into the toaster and got out some strawberry jam.

Shortly after having my rather bland breakfast, I packed my folders into my backpack and headed out the door. While driving, I reached over to radio knob and pressed it. I twisted the knob to right and stopped on a news radio channel. At first they were talking about traffic conditions on Milwaukee’s Zoo Interchange and then they switched to a more interesting topic.

“In other news, reports of an attack on a research lab in Vancouver, Canada has led Canadian authorities scrambling to the area. Find out why after the break.” the anchor announced.

“That’s interesting.” I said.

A few minutes later, the news came back on.

“All right, coming back to that attack in Vancouver. Most of the staff have evacuated the building, but many say that one is still inside and is the reason for the disturbance. Canadian news stations have connected with WISN and revealed that employees who work with the one suspect still in the building are saying that he will activate “it.” Very vague answer, but we will have more updates shortly. Cathy, back to you.” the anchor concluded

“What the heck is “it” supposed to mean?” I thought to myself.

After driving a little while longer, I made it to my high school and parked in my usual spot. I headed in the back entrance and ran into my friend Ryan.

“Sup, man.” He greeted.

“Oh, hey, what’s up?” I responded.

“Monday, Caleb. Monday is what’s up.” said Ryan.

“Same with you.” I agreed.

“Anything else besides that?” he asked.

Not much. Hey, have you heard about that attack up in Canada?” I asked.

“Nope. What happened? Did some Canadian run out of their monthly supply of maple syrup?” he joked.

“I see what you did there.” I said, while laughing with him.

Once me and Ryan made it to our lockers, the bell for the first class rang which indicated I had five minutes to get my butt to class. With a minute to spare, I made it to Strength and Conditioning on time. Not really an important class, but it's fun and gives me credits.

Seventy minutes later, the bell for the second class rang and I was off to German. Class went very normal as usual. German class is kind of a joke between me and almost the whole class, and our teacher, Mr. Gorden, even likes to tag on with us. Jokes aside, we knew when we had to work. But three minutes before second hour ended, we got a shocking announcement from the principal.

“Good morning, staff and students, this is your principal, Chris McCormik. Due to a national emergency issued by the U.S and Canadian government, school shall cease throughout the entire day and until the emergency has been lifted. All sporting events and practices have also been cancelled as well. So please, calmly collect your belongings and leave school grounds. Once you leave, return to your homes and tune into your local news network if you wish for more information. Thank you, and stay safe.”

The room went silent. Everyone in the classroom looked at each other and then looked at Mr. Gorden.

“Ok, well, I guess class is dismissed.” Mr. Gorden said, who was just as confused as us.

Immediately, my classmates began to chatter at each other while we exited the room. I headed to my locker to collect my folders and books. After getting those, I spotted my buddy Garrett at the end of the hallway.

“Garrett!” I yelled.

“Hey, Caleb. Dude, do you know what’s going on?” asked Garrett as he approached me.

“Nope. I have no idea.” I responded.

“Has to be pretty serious if the principal just called off school.” said Garrett

“Yeah, some sort of national emergency or something.” I added.

“That’s what I heard, too.” said Garrett.

“I also heard this report on the news earlier about this attack on some research lab up in Canada.” I said.

“No way!” exclaimed Garrett.

“Yes way," I said back. "Maybe the emergency and the attack are connected.” I theorized.

“Was it a terrorist attack?” asked Garrett.

“Actually, it wasn’t. It was some crazy scientist who worked there.” I confirmed.

“That’s pretty weird. He must’ve done something pretty bad if it called for a national emergency.” said Garrett.

“I'm thinking the same damn thing.” I said.

Me and him walked to our cars while thinking up of possibilities of what the crazy scientist could’ve possibly done. We reached my car first and we parted our ways.

“Hey, Caleb, be careful out there.” advised Garrett.

“You too, Garrett. I'll see ya when I see ya.” I said back.

“Later, dude.” he said.

While I was driving home, I switched on the radio, hoping to find some EAS alert system going off, but only got white static for some reason. About six minutes later, I finally made it back home and walked inside my house. I saw my dad on the computer browsing the internet, applying for jobs since he recently retired. He looked at me with wide eyes.

“What are you doing home early for?” he asked, surprised.

“Didn’t you hear? There’s a national emergency that was issued by the U.S and Canadian government, so we go let out early until the emergency is lifted.” I explained.

“National Emergency!?” he exclaimed while getting out of his chair.

“Yeah, I’m gonna put on the news.” I said.

“Did the elementary school get let out?” he asked.

“I would imagine. You should probably go pick up Eveline.” I suggested.

“That’s what I was gonna do.” he said while grabbing his car keys and putting on his camo hat.

He then ran to his car, started it up and drove off to pick up my little sister. When he left, I turned on the T.V and switched the channel to WISN 12 News and sure enough they were talking about this emergency. Shortly after, the T.V went black and white text appeared on the screen. The EAS alert system finally came on. After those three chill-inducing tones went off, as well as the one that drones on, a staticky voice began to speak:

"The following message is transmitted at the request of U.S and Canadian government authorities. At 7:49 AM, Pacific Time, a supernatural event has occurred eleven miles north of Vancouver, Canada. An energy beam of unknown type was fired approximately one mile into the troposphere, causing a significant amount of cloud coverage to form over the city of Vancouver, significant power outage and growing at an excessive rate, reaching directly eastward at an extra seventy-five miles. An evacuation order has been given for all residents within a five mile radius for those in the predetermined path of the growth. A weather radar will be displayed after this message to provide the predetermined path. If you are within the five mile radius, be sure to pack food, water, first-aid kit, flashlight with spare batteries, and use only one vehicle to follow evacuation routes placed by local authorities. If you are not within the five mile zone, stay where you are. Keep up to date with your news media outlets for more information on this event."

“Jesus H. Christ. Good thing we're far from there.” I whispered to myself.

Fourteen minutes has passed and I was pretty much pacing back and forth around the living room while watching the news at the same. My pace was broken when my dad and sister walked in the house.

“Hey, dad, check this out! This Canadian research facility up in Vancouver shot some energy beam into the sky.” I informed.

He remained silent and looked at the T.V in confusion.

“Is that bad?” Eveline asked.

“I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see. I’m sure we’ll be fine.” I reassured.

"An evacuation order was give for those in the path of these clouds. They must be some threat if they're gonna do that.” I whispered to my dad.

“Oh yeah?” my dad asked in shock.

“Yep.” I responded.

“Those Canadian’s are friggin wackos.” my dad whispered back, causing me to slightly chuckle.

A few minutes later, my mom walked in.

“They let you off work early?” I asked.

“Yeah, they were talking about a huge cloud coverage over Vancouver.” she responded.

“It’s all on the news right now.” I said.

My mom then sat down and watched the news, taking in all the information.

“Soooo, they shot an energy beam into the sky?” she asked.

“Yeah, that’s pretty much it.” said my dad.

“Mm, they shouldn’t be messing around with stuff like that. Those scientists are pushing the limits." said my mom.

“No kidding.” I said.

For the rest of the day, we kind of just took it easy and relaxed while keeping up to date with the news. I mean it's not like the clouds are much of a threat to us since we're so far away from them while everyone up there by the clouds were evacuating their homes. So yeah, we were a-okay.

Around one o'clock in the morning, my entire family was asleep, not having much care for the clouds that are still in Canada. At this time, the thick cloud coverage has stretched as far as into the Atlantic Ocean. I made sure to keep up to date with these clouds as much as possible and a huge leak of vital information on the internet and is probably being broadcasted on news networks at the moment. And to be honest, I was shocked and blow away.

Apparently, a research facility that has ties with the Canadian government up in Vancouver were working on some sort of contraption they began working on in early 2003. The contraption could, and I quote, “open doorways into other universes.” The contraption would shoot a beam of energy into the troposphere and would create a portal. That's right, a portal.

So yeah, it's confirmed that the U.S and Canadian governments were trying cover up a little bit, which is understandable. But the research facility was planning on to scrap the entire project because they thought it was very dangerous and now is not the time to mess with such technology. A bit late if you ask me.

But that one scientist who worked there intentionally turned it on. Witnesses said he was so angry that all of that work was about to be flushed down the toilet. The witnesses also described seeing a giant blue laser like anomaly shooting up into the sky and puffy cumulus clouds starting forming and joining together out of nowhere. So, since these are clouds, they can be easily tracked with a weather radar.

That was all I could really get out of the article. But still, a contraption that can open doorways into other worlds? Christ, I hope nothing threatening somehow comes through, like, a giant monster.

"But wait, if it's a portal, then where the hell is it at?" I asked myself, slightly pulling the window shade to the side to look out the window.


I slowly opened up my eyes. I could faintly hear something coming from outside. It sounded like a wail or a scream at first, but once I opened up my window, I realized that it was the blaring of the air raid siren that was not far from where I was.

"Is there a tornado?" I said, checking the weather radar to see if there a storm approaching.

When the radar was finally brought up, I was in a mix between shock and slight panic. The entire section of southeastern Wisconsin was covered with a blanket of blue that indicated cloud coverage. Nothing but cloud coverage could be seen on the radar. I then quickly created a new tab and looked up the world radar to see how bad Wisconsin was and that's when I started to get scared. The United States was now nothing but cloud coverage. Mexico and 3/4 of Canada were doing fine, but the U.S was gone.

"Oh, no...." I said.

I then dashed out my bedroom door to alert my parents on what was happening, but I was stopped by something in the corner of my eye. In the distance, about a mile away, I could see a light-blue glow. I looked back at my parents bedroom door and back at the glow before I approached the glass door. It was moving, the glow was moving right. I then slid the glass door open and stood on the wooden patio in our backyard.

"That's... cool." I said, unsure of whether to be fascinated in it or fear it.

As I watched the blue glow, I couldn't help but realize how quiet it was after the sirens abruptly stopped. No crickets were chirping and I could hear the leaves rustle quietly on the trees. However, that's when I heard a low hum in the distance, and it was moving in my direction. The humming was much louder now because it was almost right above me, the sound making my eardrum tickle which made me cover my ears with my hands. However, something wasn’t right. It slowed down and stopped while it was above me. I knew right away that something wasn’t right.

"Oh, wait, that must be the friggin portal!" I exclaimed

I then turned around to head back inside, but that didn't happen. Instead, I felt something painlessly strike me in less than a second and was somewhere else now.

I felt all the hairs on my body stand up on end as I entered this weird portal threshold. My anxiety and fear levels were so high from the fear of dying. I tried to yell out loud, but I couldn't hear myself. Then after bringing myself to calm down, I realized that everything was calm, too. My surroundings were very bizarre. It looked like the little color effect you see when you look at oil on the street, but the stillness did not last for long. Just like someone switching on overdrive, the colors began to undulate back and forward rapidly in wavy motions and my body was flung forward like a ragdoll. I closed my eyes tightly and yelled out a few times while speeding through the wavy energy. It felt like forever, but the sound of electricity running past my ear made me open my eyes. I could distinctly make out a little hole that grew bigger as I slowed down gradually. I came to a halt right at the edge of the large hole and gravity came back. I fell out of the hole and landed right on my feet, causing me to stumble and fall forward.

"Ahh!" I exclaimed on impact.

Slowly, I raised myself back on my feet and looked around. It was late at night. The moonlight was my only way of knowing where I was at the time. I appeared to be in a field with knee high grass and I could make out the silhouettes of trees and hills in the distance. But what I really thought was odd was this castle that protruded from a mountain. It was so far away, but it was still distinguishable from the interior lights.

"Where the hell am I?" I asked myself.

Finally, I decided that I needed to find my way back to or find the nearest town because I was in the middle of nowhere at the moment. I couldn’t get to the castle because that was on the side of a frickin mountain. I searched the area more and spotted a gravel path that pointed into a heavily wooded area that read “Ponyville.” I knew I had to go through the woods in order to get to this village. I stared into the dark forest and took a deep breath.

“Well, this idea is going to bite me in the ass.” I said to myself.

With caution, I started heading into the woods and it was nearly pitch black when I really got in there and my heart began pumping faster. I couldn’t get the idea of someone following me in pitch black out of my head. While slowly walking, I heard the snap of a twig on the right side of me. I jumped in shock and my adrenaline began to take into effect. Quickly, I sprinted away from the sound in the dark and looked back only to find a pair of glowing green eyes following me.

“Holy shit!” I cried in fear.

When it seemed like all hope was lost, I made a life saving decision to quickly make a left turn and climbed the nearest tree. I jumped as high as I could and pulled myself up in one explosive movement and kept climbing upwards. I looked down and saw the those glowing eyes looking up at me while whatever it really was, scratching at the tree. I and the eyes made eye contact with each other for a minute or so before it decided to leave me alone.

At that time, there was no doubt that I wasn’t going back down until it was morning. So I decided to feel around for a sturdy branch that could support my weight. After finding one, I slouched uncomfortably and leaned my head against the tree and closed my eyes.

“Please be a dream.” I said to myself, softly.

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