Sleapers, Part 3
A manifestation of Alternate Universe Week
As we left our heroes, they were in the clutches of the nefarious Sheriff Dean, trapped in a world where interdimensional travel is a crime. Without electricity to power their device, escape seems impossible -- could this be the end of the "Sleapers"?|
Marc: There's really no need to be so overly dramatic, Kira.
Kira: (sulking) Zeke got to narrate.
Dean: I said, what do you think you're doing?
Kira: Nothing. We're figments of your imagination -- ignore us and we'll go away.
Zeke: For the last time, Kira, you can't do Jedi Mind Tricks.
Dean: Guards! Fetch the Baron!
IJD: If we think quickly, we can probably outwit these guys. They don't seem too swift.
Dean: I'm standing right here.
IJD: Okay, if we think quickly and talk quieter....
Marc: I'll only need another minute to get this battery hooked up to our device.
Zeke: What? Another minute? Give me that.
Marc: Okay, but what....
Zeke: (lobs the battery at the Sheriff)
Kira: Holy crow! How did you know that battery would knock him out?
Zeke: Simple -- it's not an Energizer. Otherwise he would have just kept going and going and going....
IJD: (to Marc and Kira) Sound like anyone we know?
Zeke: (glare) I don't recall seeing any of you knock out the Sheriff.
Marc: Actually, we take turns knocking out the law enforcement every time you manage to get us arrested. You stole Kira's turn.
Kira: I'll take a raincheck. So if it was my turn to knock out the guard, whose turn is it to break us out of prison?
IJD: Mine, and I've already got a plan. (Cracks his knuckles and waves his arms around) Open sesame!
Marc: You call that a plan?
IJD: I don't remember you complaining on the wizard world.
Marc: You had turned me into a ferret.
IJD: Oh yeah. Okay, next plan. Anyone?
Zeke: (reaches forward and opens the cell door) Yeah -- check first to see if this world uses locks.
IJD: Hey! First you steal Kira's turn and now this?
Zeke: Ah, the sweet smell of freedom.
Kira: Is it just me, or does it smell more like "we're still really really screwed"?
Zeke: It's just you.
Marc: Actually, she's right -- we still need a way to activate the device to get off this world.
Kira: Exactly. Anything is better than this.
IJD: What about that world where sandwiches eat people?
Kira: Okay, almost anything.
(Several guards round the corner, guns drawn, followed by the Baron and a large dog)
Marc: Oh spluck.
Zeke: Great, now everybody is stealing my words!
IJD: I think we've got bigger problems.
Zeke: Name one.
Kira: Those guards charging us with what looks like intent to kill. And that dog looks hungry.
(The dog growls toothily)
Marc: Quick, grab the Sheriff -- we can use him as a hostage!
(IJD grabs the unconscious Sheriff's gun and points it at him)
IJD: Let's shoot him!
Kira: What are you on, speed?
Guard 1: Freeze, scumbags!
Guard 2: (to Guard 1) I keep telling you, insulting the prisoners doesn't make them surrender. Did that self-actualization seminar teach you nothing?
IJD: Touch us, and Sheriff Dean gets it!
Guard 1: You're going to shoot the Sheriff?
Guard 2: Please don't shoot the deputies.
Baron: Quiet, you two. Sheriff Dean is dispensible. Couldn't even catch that robbin' hood who kept swiping our picnic baskets. Guard 1, I hereby promote you to Sheriff.
Sheriff Guard 1: Woo h-- hey, don't I get a name now?
Kira: "We can use him as a hostage," huh? Good one, Marc.
Marc: It seemed like a good idea at the time. Now keep stalling them while I fix our device.
Zeke: Ahem. We'll return your Sheriff, Baron....
Sheriff Guard 1: Aw.
Guard 2: Soon? What is this word, "soon"?
Kira: Well, since you asked....
Baron: (to the dog) Bernie, eat them!
Marc: Got it.
(A portal opens)
Baron: Ha! Opening an interdimensional portal will get you yet another life senten...
(The sleapers vanish through the portal)
(The sleapers emerge from the portal in the middle of a large park)
Marc: I think that was our closest call yet.
IJD: You're forgetting that medieval world where Kira almost got burned at the stake for being a witch.
Kira: It wouldn't have been a close call if the three of you had stopped laughing long enough to rescue me sooner.
Marc: We couldn't help it after you misheard the charge as "being a bi--
Zeke: Hey, wait a minute -- what's he doing here?
(Zeke, Marc and Kira stare at IJD, who is still holding the unconscious Sheriff Dean by the arm)
IJD: Oh, as if I was going to leave our hostage behind.
TO BE CONTINUED....
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DISCLAIMER: Yes, we're still breaking a few copyrights. Coincidentally, we're still insane. Now go fetch me my hunting rifle, it's cabbage season.
All material © 2003, Carolyn Paterson.