Portal to Another World

 

OptiMiss prepares to explore the dimension most recently indicated to hold the key to the tau gate... she steps through the portal in full orange jumpsuit and visor... gasping as she emerges on the other side in only white cotton undies and leather accessories... all her inorganic clothes and electronics gone... she feels almost naked...

No way of contacting home base... you consider going back for a moment... but the key is the most important thing... you find yourself standing on a large rock shelf... a strange alien jungle stretching out below you... filled with all manner of strange animals and plants...

OptiMiss checks her holster... drawing her pistol... it appears in good working order... perhaps the leather holster provided shielding... she returns it to its holster and sets off in the direction of an unnatural rock pillar rising from the jungle... a sheen of sweat quickly forming... the environ warm and humid...

The air sticky... the insects making strange chirruping noises... your ears picking up all kind of strange wildlife... no way of telling what's harmless... and what isn't... you get the strange feeling you're being watched... as something rustles in the bushes... coming closer...

OptiMiss turns quickly... but sees nothing more than rustling fronds... and a brightly colored bird... squawking as it flies away... turning back toward the pillar... sweat pooling inside her leather gloves and boots... sitting on a log to remove them...

The log flexing underneath you... twisting... the body of a massive reptilian creature... like a huge snake... with a humanoid torso at one end... the creature holding a spear... venom dripping from its fangs as it fixes a pair of red eyes on you...

OptiMiss stumbles away... dropping her gloves and boots... reaching for her pistol... bringing it up... prepared to fire at the first sign the creature is going to throw the spear... "I mean you no harm..."

The snake-man weaving back and forth... keeping its eyes on you... holding the spear close... suddenly flicking the other end of its tail at your back... attempting to send you flying across the clearing... hissing...

OptiMiss yelps as she struck as if by a swinging tree trunk... flailing as she flies across the clearing... but retaining the grip on her weapon... even as she crashes into the undergrowth... which actually breaks her fall... getting to hands and knees... looking back through the vegetation...

The snake-man joined by another... a snake woman... both looking through the undergrowth at you... the man raising his spear... and hurling it... his accuracy phenomenal as the sharp spear hurtles towards you...

OptiMiss feels the head of the spear graze her shoulder as she rolls to one side... coming up to her feet firing... hoping the non-lethal plastic ammo will discourage the creature... as she breaks into a run... dashing headlong through the undergrowth... barefeet splattering mud... as they pick their way past roots and vines...

The ammo hitting the snake in the head... dropping him... unconscious... the female hissing in fury as she chases you... no spear... but getting up a considerable speed... and knowing the territory... as you jump and dodge between the strange alien plants...

OptiMiss looks back over her shoulder to see the odd creature gaining on her... as low-hanging branches snap at her sweaty flesh... raising the pistol to fire again... squeezing off a couple of shots... before an ankle catches one of those roots... and sends her sprawling... front first to the damp jungle floor...

The wet alien moss soaking you... even as the roots around you begin to twitch... creeping towards you... as though racing the snakewoman to see which will get to you first... the snake creature attempting to wrap her tail around you... as the roots attempt to do the same...

OptiMiss rolls over to her back... firing at the head of the snakewoman... with the gun in her right hand... even as her left reaches to the knife strapped to her ankle... drawing it... frantically hacking at the seething roots... her brown eyes wide in terror...

The snake-woman faster than her partner... the bullet whipping through her hair... but missing her head... as the tail relaxes so she can dodge... the knife having more of an effect on the roots... keeping them from closing around you...

OptiMiss rolling over and over through the grass... sheathing her knife and pistol... climbing up a hanging vine as the snakewoman pursues... her white cotton undies soaked completely through... dripping from the seat as she climbs... covered with splashes of mud...

The snakewoman too heavy to be supported by the vine... heading for the nearest treetrunk and coiling her way up that... the roots desperate to do the same thing... and light enough to creep up the vine after you... the vine itself thankfully not as sentient...

OptiMiss grunting and straining as she climbs some forty feet into the first canopy... a nice display of athleticism... unsheathing her knife and cutting the vine loose... thwarting the living roots... before drawing her pistol... and running along the massive tree branch... like a pathway...

The huge tree branches indeed like pathways... dividing and joining... small scuttling creatures running along the branches... making you wonder if there is anything else that shares this forest skyway with you... something larger and meaner...

OptiMiss keeping an eye out for the snake creature... but apparently having outdistanced it... or it decided she wasn't worth the effort... moving ever onward towards the rock pillar... keeping pistol in hand... her mud-smeared skin actually helping her blend in... her barefeet making little sound...

The tree-trunk shaking underneath you... just the wind, perhaps... or something else... the snake-woman suddenly slithering up from underneath... apparently able to cling to the underside of the massive branches...

OptiMiss grabbing a vine in her left hand to catch her balance... raising her gun and firing at point blank range... "Don't you ever give up..." firing again... knuckles tightening about the vine in her left... as the branch beneath her feet shudders...

The bullets smacking into the creature's belly... and arm... the monster protecting her face... before lunging at you... aiming to grab you in her sinewy arms and wrap her tail around you... the branch cracking slightly under the combined weight...

OptiMiss dances away and swings out into space on the vine... as the branch below finally gives way... as much an explosion as anything as it collapses under the weight of the snakewoman... and the slight human woman climbs up to the next level...

The vines up here like a woven carpet... inter-grown and thick enough to walk on... as you find yourself surrounded by gigantic cocoons... large as a person... the pillar ahead of you as you creep forward... careful not to disturb the cocoons...

OptiMiss walks right up the pillar... rising above the tops of the trees... she looks up... a difficult rock wall climb... several hundred feet... nearly straight up... she takes a deep breath and begins... pulling herself up... hugging the rock... muscles straining until burning as she climbs...

You hear a cracking sound behind you... as you climb hurriedly... hoping nothing too horrible is coming out of the cocoons... as you haul yourself up the grueling rock... twin suns burning down on you...

OptiMiss tasting the sweat that pours from her body as it trickles over her lips... salty and good on her tongue... fingers always searching for the next grip... feet becoming bruised... but finally nearing the summit... pulling herself up... lifting one leg... as she looks over the edge...

A nest at the centre of the pillar... complete with a number of eggs... and a large ovoid jewel... the key you've been searching for... you look around for a bird... seeing a pair of winged men... armed with crossbows... circling around, patrolling for intruders... and spotting you...

OptiMiss snatches up the jewel and places it in a compartment of her belt... crouching in the nest for cover... raising her gun... taking aim... squeezing the trigger as one of the circling men raises his crossbow...

The plastic bullet impaled on the tip of the crossbow bolt... knocking it off course... the other man swooping low... attempting to slam the butt of his bow into the back of your head... as the first one reloads...

OptiMiss ducks low as a diving shadow darkens the nest... avoiding the blow aimed at her head... rolling to her back... firing again over her head as the shadow flies past... losing track of the other winged man... as she scrambles back to her knees...

The plastic bullet smacking into the second man's forehead... making him crash to earth... a crossbow bolt whipping towards you... grazing your thigh... but missing... as he curses in an alien tongue and dive bombs you...

OptiMiss squeals as the bolt glances off her leather belt and then her thigh... spinning to fire at the second man... but her supply of bullets apparently gone... throwing the gun at him as he closes...

The winged man growling... trying to grab hold of you... aiming a fist at your ribs... punching hard... squawking like a bird... and evidently aiming to treat you like a mouse... trying to lift you off the rock for an impossible fall into the jungle below...

OptiMiss grappling with this winged foe... glancing back at the long drop... hundreds of feet into the green sea below... kicking at the outside of his knee as he lifts her... trying to collapse it and roll to her back... throwing him over he edge instead...

The birdman tumbling... reaching out with a wild snap of his arm to grab your wrist... aiming to drag you down over the edge with him... as his wings flutter madly... squawking and screeching like a wounded eagle...

OptiMiss jerks her hand away from the clawing hand... kicking wildly at the fluttering mass... realizing even if he goes over the edge he can fly... reaching back to the nest... clutching a piece of branch... swinging it like a club...

The club smacking hard into his ribs... making him screech... attacking with kicking feet... like a falcon trained to rake with its claws... feet trying to slam into your belly... and drive the air out of you...

OptiMiss loses the club as her midsection is pummeled... eyes widening as she gasps... half paralyzed by the blows to her flat tummy... her mind reeling... heart pounding in her ears... as the fluttering wings pound the air all about her... like the kicking feet pound her flesh... her arms fall back... slumping...

The eagle-man reaching down... lifting you high up over the forest canopy... hundreds of feet... screeching as he lets go... and you fall... the whipping wind bringing you out of it as your eyes widen... surely doomed unless a miracle happens... spying a flash of color below you even as you plummet towards the green...

OptiMiss extends her arms as if to control her flight like a skydiver... but knowing the chances of surviving a fall from this height are small... and even if she does by some chance... she'll likely have serious injuries... still there is no other option but to try... air rushing past jiggling breasts... and whipping brown hair...

Strong muscular arms suddenly holding you... a trio of butterfly men... no doubt the huge insects in the cocoons... all very beautiful... and quite naked... smiling at you as they flutter around you...

OptiMiss gapes at their nakedness... swallowing hard... her lips curling into a quivering smile... "Hello there..." arms wrapped about her chest... hands grasping there... and between her legs... the touch tingling through the wet cotton... "You saved my life..."

The butterfly men smiling... speaking in trilling tones... musical... as they carry you back to the interweaved vine canopy... surrounded by the cocoons... more hatching... and more beautiful butterfly men stepping out... all of them seeming very pleased to see you... as caressing hands tease over you... tugging enquiringly at the cotton...

OptiMiss nibbles at her lip... becoming concerned as the creature become more an more curious... pointing toward the rock shelf in the distance... then pointing to herself... "You... fly me there..." pointing to one of the men... and to the shelf... trying not to look at his dangling butterflyhood...

One of the men smiling... and fluttering away with you... a couple of others swarming after him... seeming like an uncompetitive species... but obviously waiting their turn with you... the butterfly man setting you down next to the portal... hands roaming over you... obviously expecting a reward...

OptiMiss trembles at his touch... knowing how Barb must have felt in that movie... brushing the hair from his face... leaning close to kiss his cheek... preparing to stand and enter the portal... "Thank you... you are beautiful..."

The butterfly man taking a firm hold of you... for a firmer kiss... hands roaming over you... gripping and squeezing... before you wrestle free and step back through the portal... wondering what the butterfly women must be like...

OptiMiss briefly returning the kiss on the lips... fighting the urge to linger in the embrace... smiling as she backs away... "Goodbye..."

The portal closing... the butterfly men looking sad... before moving to the forest to find their natural mates... leaving you with quite a story to tell the scientific world...

(March 2007)