It was a peaceful, starry night in Retroville, and Jimmy was down in his lab tinkering with his latest experiment. Moonlight filtered down from the open skylight above and danced over him, splashing his workstation with blue ripples and casting an eerie glow over his face. He was so immersed in his work that he jumped when Goddard leaped up onto the table.
“It’s just you, Goddard,” he said, voice unsteadied. “You scared me a little.”
His companion responded with a whine, and Jimmy paused to wipe the sweat off his forehead. “I know boy, I’m tired too. I’d like to go to bed, but if I don’t finish this invention now, I won’t be able to bring it in for show and tell tomorrow.”
“Grr, bark bark!”
Jimmy knelt down to stroke his pet. “Don’t worry about me; I’ve pulled all-nighters before. Besides, I think I’ve finally got this thing figured out. See?”
Jimmy held out his hand to Goddard and uncurled his fingers, revealing a small red triangle in the palm of his hand. The triangle pulsed with a heartbeat of its own, and an aura of shimmering light danced around its edges like a swarm of tiny fireflies. Goddard sniffed at the item and then whimpered and backed away.
“Isn’t it great? By combining an advanced astroruby microchip, garnet, rose zirconium ore, and just a touch of element 115, I have once again raised the bar and created a new standard in teleportation technology. When combined with a modified GPS, the Triangle can instantaneously transport a person or object to any location that they desire – and, unlike its predecessor the Time Booth, it’s easily portable.”
“Of course I know what I’m doing!” scoffed Jimmy, straightening quickly. “Just think, Goddard. No more taking the bus to school, no more waiting in traffic. The Triangle will give me the ability to go anywhere I want and return before I’m even missed! Think of what I could do? Ha, think what I shouldn’t do, but will do anyway!”
“Eow, grr, bark bark!”
“What do you mean, I’m going to get myself and everyone else killed?! My invention is completely safe!”
Before he even finished his sentence, the triangle began to vibrate. A moment later the light around it surged, giving out a massive pulse that knocked them both over.
Jimmy smiled sheepishly as he picked himself up off the floor. “Oops. Guess I still have a few bugs to work out. Go on, Goddard, you can go to sleep. I’ll see you in the morning. Ugh, stupid unstable chemical bonds…”
Goddard shot one last dejected look at his master before curling up into a ball and powering down. Muttering to himself, Jimmy turned back to his workstation for the remainder of the night.
-> Chapter 1
(Much obliged to Keirin, my awesome Filipino art buddy, for the guest illustration!)