The Quantumly Unstable Man

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Zlodeyskiy’s Dragons 25-31 Aug

"If I don’t kill him first," the Sharkwoman said before jumping into battle.

"You always attract the sweetest girls, Frank," Tilly said.

"Maqesh!" the Sharkwoman screamed. "Get away from Lu!"

Maqesh rotated in the air until he was looking right at her. “Gruesser?’ he laughed. “Aw, how sweet, you came after your love? Well, that was awfully dumb of you.” Maqesh’s hands lit up with magical energy.

I had to move quick or he’d fry the Sharkwoman alive. She didn’t have enough experience with legs to be able to escape him. I ran out the other side. “Maqesh!” I yelled, waving my arms.

"And the human," Maqesh said with glee. "You’re all here, ready to die together."

"We’re not going to be the ones dying."

Maqesh broke out in laughter. “You are just too much, human! Too much! Perhaps, I should keep you alive to amuse me when I’m feeling bored.”

"You’re not going to win, Maqesh."

"And who’s going to stop me? You?"

"No," General Zlodeyskiy said, stepping out of his palace. "I will."

"And who is this?" Maqesh asked. "Another of your friends?"

"I am the ruler of this land!" Zlodeyskiy yelled. "I will defend it from all foreign powers! None will take my power from me!"

"And what power do you have, little human? I have defeated your soldiers, slain your monsters, destroyed your flying machines. What else do you have?"

"I have Dragons!" The gates behind him opened and a pair of dragons came running out. One was short and fat and had tiny wings and breathing problem. The other was incredibly long and moved like a snake, swinging its body back and forth. It also seemed to have difficulty lifting its head.

"These are your dragons?" Maqesh asked.

"I also have one more." He pointed up and we all looked just in time to see the creature fly in. The first thing I noticed was its huge bat wings. Each one was the size of a bus. With each flap, it was like being caught in a hurricane. It roared, letting out a loud screech. The other two dragons answered in their own  way. Even after all I had seen in that other dimension, I was floored. THIS was a DRAGON. A real live dragon!

"That’s a little better," Maqesh said. "But is he more than just a pretty face?"

"Dragons!" Zlodeyskiy shouted. "Crush!"

Fire flew from the dragons mouth. Maqesh raised his hands to stop it, but the flames got past his defenses consuming him completely.

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Tilly Gets Caught Up 18-24 Aug

"Wu!" the Sharkwoman screamed and began to run toward his unconscious body. I grabbed her and she became unbalanced and fell to the ground.

"Are you crazy?" I said. "If you go in there, you’ll be killed!"

"I have to save him!" she growled back.

"We will." I helped her to her feet. "But how about we find a way that involves neither of you dying?"

"You’d better think of it quickly. Because it looks like your warriors won’t last much longer."

I could see the truth in her words. Zlodeyskiy was running out of men. The beasts were dead. The helicopters and planes were all grounded. The sharkwoman sniffed the air. “Someone…”

And that’s when I felt a hand come down on my shoulder. I spun around expecting the worst, but I wasn’t prepared for who I saw. The Sharkwoman pounced before either of us could speak.

"Get off of her!" I said, grabbing the Sharkwoman. "She’s a friend."

The Sharkwoman sneered. “Are you sure?”

"I’m positive."

Reluctantly, the Sharkwoman stood up. “Good thing you got her off me,” the girl said from the ground. “Or I would’ve had to do it myself.”

"Tilly," I warned, as I helped her to her feet. "Don’t start."

"She started it," Mathilda replied. "I was just going to end it."

"Go ahead and try it, meat!" the sharkwoman said, baring her still very pointy teeth.

"All right, ladies. Let’s calm down. We’ve got a real problem to deal."

"Like where the hell have you been?" Tilly asked. "I kept waiting to be caught up in your explosion. How have you managed to hold it together?" Tilly checked her scanner. "Only 32%. How is that possible? You’ve been gone for 4 days!"

"Four days?" I had lost track of time in that strange world, but there was no way I had spent four days there."I was in another dimension. Time must not flow at the same speed there."

"You went to another dimension without me?" Tilly pouted."I’ve been stuck here by myself, pretending to be sweet and innocent, bored out of my mind."

"Being bored isn’t so bad," I assured her.

Tilly looked over my shoulder at the carnage. “Yeah. I can see that. What the hell is going on, Frank?”

"That is Maqesh and he is evil."

Tilly nodded. “I got that.”

"He stole a magic horn and a magic pendant and came here to conquer the Earth."

"Magic?"

"Just think of them as power sources," I told her. "We need to get them away from him."

"And we need to save Lu Wu," the sharkwoman added.

"The Chinese Ambassador?" Tilly asked.

"The great sorcerer!"

"Sorcerer?"

I nodded. “It’s a long story.”

"Ok, so we need to save the great sorcerer from the Evil Maqesh by taking away his magic horn and pendant?"

"That about sums it up."

"Sure. Why not?" Tilly said. "How about this, you provide a distraction while I sneak up from behind and snatch ‘em away?"

I looked at Maqesh at the bodies laid about him. There were only a few Dracs left standing. “Sure,” I said. “I think we can do that.”

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Maqesh Vs Ramstov 11-17 Aug

In an instant, we were somewhere new. Bodies lay strewn about us. I recognized them before I recognized where we were. They were the Dracs. There was no question about it. That meant we were back in Ramstov, which meant we were back on Earth! I had returned back to the room Lu had taken me from! I was back where it all began, but now I had to deal with Maqesh.

The Sharkwoman looked at the scattered bodies. “These are not human, but there is a human taste to their blood. Did Maqesh do this?”

"I think Maqesh killed them, but he didn’t create them. The owner of this house did."

She nodded. “And where are they?”

I looked up. There was a hole in the ceiling leading all the way to the surface. “He went up there.”

The Sharkwoman grabbed me. “Then let’s go!” The Sharkwoman started waving her arms and wiggling her hips. It took me a second to realize she was trying to swim up the hole.

"You can’t do that in this world," I told her.

The Sharkwoman glared at me, then glared up at the hole. “Then how are we going to get up?”

There was a hole in the wall where the door used to be. “I guess we’re going to have to use the elevator.”

"The What?"

We walked into the next room . The cages were all empty. I wondered what had happened to those poor monstrosities.I started to run, but the Sharkwoman fell, trying to keep up. “Legs are just dumb.”

I nodded. “Maybe you should just stay down here.”

The Sharkwoman growled at me. “I came here to fight, human!”

"Then you better get used to using those dumb legs quickly."

I led her down the pathway to the elevator. She was agitated to be stuck in such a small room, apparently doing nothing. She was then shocked to find out that we had been “magically” transported to a new floor. We could hear explosions off in the distance. I didn’t know the way to go, so we followed the sounds of fighting. We could tell we were getting closer because of all the screaming.

As I opened the door to the courtyard, I was aghast at what I saw. There were body parts strewn about everywhere! This was where all those poor creatures from the sub basements had gone and most of them were dead now. They were piled atop all the dead humans and Dracs. There was carnage everywhere. If it wasn’t covered in blood, it was on fire.

And in the center was Maqesh with a fallen Wu at his feet, laughing triumphantly.

The Ramstovians fought with everything they could. Tanks and planes, bombs and guns, Dracs and mutated beasts, but it was nothing to him. Maqesh burned them and froze them, tossed them and squished them, crushed them and ripped them apart. It seemed like he couldn’t be stopped.

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The Sharkwoman Steps Up 4-10 Aug

"Nooooo!" the Sharkwoman screamed.

"Where did they go?" I asked.

"I’m sorry," the Wizard said, turning away from me.

"Sorry?" I asked. "Why? Where did they go?"

"They have left this plane of existence."

"Left this plane…? You don’t mean…?"

"Yes. Maqesh has entered your world and with the Horn and the Seal, I don’t know if there’s anything humanity can do to stop him."

"We have to go after him!"

"I cannot. Your world is not a realm that I can survive in."

I didn’t like that answer, but there wasn’t much I could do about it. I didn’t know if he was telling the truth or not. “Then just send me.”

"You will not defeat him on your own."

"What choice do I have?"

The Sharkwoman swam over. “I will go, too.”

"You don’t know what you’re asking, Gruesser," the Wizard said. "The human world was not made for people like you and I."

"I do not care. My love is in trouble. I will go anywhere, do anything to save him."

"The air will not support you there. You will not be able to swim upon it."


"So what?" She began to change. Her shark form began to shrink as she turned to her mermaid-like form. She had shrunk to her smallest most human form.

"That is not good enough," the Wizard said.

The Sharkwoman growled at him. “I can do better.” She grunted and groaned and gritted her teeth, then slowly but surely her tail began to change. The singular tail began to split into two. The bottom of her tail began to flatten and the tip started to separate into toes. Suddenly, she fell from the air, collapsing on the ground. Her tail was now gone, replaced by legs, by feet, by toes. She was breathing hard and covered in sweat.

"Are you all right?" I asked her.

She started to glare at me, but she didn’t have the energy. “I’m fine,” she said, as she struggled to her feet.

"I see I cannot persuade you to stay," the Wizard said.

"No. You cannot. I’m going."

"Fine." The Wizard pulled an outfit from nowhere. "Then you should take this. It will give you some protection. You will need it. I wish I could give you more," the Wizard continued, as the Sharkwoman got dressed. "But I have little power over the happenings of your world."

"That’s fine," I told him, "but we need to get over there now. Who knows what havoc Maqesh is up to. If you can get us there…"

"I can do that. If you’re ready."

"Ready," the Sharkwoman said.

"Good luck. " The Wizard clapped his tentacles and then we were gone.

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The Rise of Maqesh 28 Jul-3 Aug

And then the Chamber blew up.

The entire side of the castle was gone and everything in it. Even Maqesh and the Wizard had been knocked to the ground. I survived only by one of Lu’s enchantments and the very effort made him pass out again.

It looked like the Chamber’s enchantment had also been broken. Lu’s sorcerer’s visage was gone and I had returned to being a woman. Maqesh, too, had changed. His mouth had shrunk and hit teeth were much less prominent. He had no horns on his head or thorns on his tail. He was no more a twisted, cartoonish demon. Now, he was just a 4-armed, hairless beast of a man. The Wizard looked the same. Maybe a little smaller.

"Getting better," the Wizard said with a hint of admiration as he looked at the rubble that had once been his chamber.

Maqesh had no patience for a witty retort. Instead, he began firing off enchantments left and right, but the Wizard batted each one away. All I could do was to try to carry the once again unconscious Lu to safety.

And then the Wizard began to fire back. Maqesh was able to deflect his attacks, but it was clear it was much harder for him than it had been for the Wizard. Maqesh was on the ropes, but he hadn’t given up. “You won’t defeat me so easily, Dakkoe!” He held his glowing fist high in the air. Then a giant mouth clamped down hard on his arm.

The Sharkwoman had returned! She bit down hard and Maqesh screamed in pain. She thrashed about, tearing at his skin. I thought she was going to tear his arm right off, but instead Maqesh grabbed her with two of his remaining free hands and held her tight. With his last hand, he grabbed her necklace and pulled it free. He tossed her away as if she were nothing and he began to laugh.

"No!" the Wizard screamed, firing a massive enchantment at the villain. "You will not…!"

Maqesh caught it in his hand. “Oh, yes, I will.” He fired it back, catching the Wizard in a crystalline explosion.

And then Maqesh was suddenly standing over Lu Wu. I tried to fight him, but Maqesh let out a breath and I was blown a dozen feet away. Maqesh bent down and picked up Lu. “It is time to open that gate.”

"You will do no such thing!" the Wizard yelled trying to pick himself off the ground.

"Just try to stop me, Dakkoe." Maqesh made a motion as if he were opening a door, using Lu’s body as a key. "Goodbye forever, Wizard. Today I make myself a god!"

And then with a poof, Maqesh and Lu Wu were gone.

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Maqesh the Unsouled 21-27 Jul

"Maqesh. the Unsouled," the Wizard said.

The creature formerly known as Tug smiled. “You’ve heard of me? I feel so honored.”

"We have all heard of you, Maqesh," Lu said. "We know of your great evil. It will go on no longer. This I promise you."

"Big promises, little sorcerer." He picked up the Horn of Tarrgair that lay by the fallen Werz. "Let’s see who exactly will go on no longer.

"That belongs to me," the Wizard said, reaching for the horn.

"No," Maqesh replied and let loose a great wind.

I was thrown off my feet, as was Lu a second later, but the Wizard remained unmoved. “You’re going to have to do better than that, Maqesh.”

"All right," Maqesh replied and the wind collapsed around the Wizard, freezing him solid. "How was that?" he laughed. He walked toward the frozen Wizard and raised his fist…

…when he was hit by a table across his back. The villain fell to the ground and Werz stood over him with the remains of the table in his hand. “Still not good enough.”

Maqesh laughed. “Nice try, Shadoweater, but perhaps it’s time the shadows found out what it was like to eat you?” The pool of shadows suddenly came alive! It attacked Werz, grabbing him, tugging at him, covering him! It wasn’t just the shadows that had been expelled from him, but all the shadows in the room! They all attacked him, every single one!His body was covered in shadow. It enveloped him. Not even his screams could escape.

"You will suffer for what you have done here," Lu Wu said, rising to his feet.

Maqesh was suddenly standing over him, holding Lu by his neck “I think not, sorcerer. I think instead I will use you as a key to rip open the gate between worlds and remake your world in my own image.”

"Never!" Lu Wu raised his hands in the air and they began to glow. Maquesh dropped him. "I will never let you step a foot onto my world!" Maqesh laughed and flicked his hand toward Lu. The sorcerer went flying into the wall and collapsed to the ground.

And then it was just me, standing in the way of this monster. I had no idea what I could do to stop him. But suddenly we were both hit with a warm burst of wind. I turned to see what had caused it and saw that the Wizard had freed himself. “Would you like to give that another try, Maquesh?”

"I will kill you, Dakkoe," the villain replied.

They both began to glow as I rushed to Lu Wu to try to help him. His eyes opened, slowly at first, then they sprung wide with fear. “Look out!” he groaned as the energies of the two enchanters crashed toward each.

Then all there was was a all-encompassing brightness.

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True Faces Revealed 14-20 Jul

"You want to meet me so bad, little creature?" the Wizard asked.

"That’s what I was promised," Tug replied.

"You may be a deceiver, little monster," the Wizard said. "But I am not. A horn for my appearance, that was the bargain. Then I shall reveal myself." The room filled with dark smoke and then when the smoke disappeared the Wizard stood before us.

I admit it. I was expecting a human. I was expecting an old man with a long white beard in fancy robes and a pointy hat. What we got was not a man at all. There were no robes or hat. And there was no beard. What appeared before most resembled a seahorse, but it had tentacles like an octopus. “Now, monster, it is your turn to reveal yourself.”

I turned to Tug. “What is he talking about?”

But it was the Wizard who responded, “Do you really think I cannot sense the Orb of Lies?”

Tug tore off his armor revealing a crystal hang around his neck, that seemed to be constantly changing its shape and color. “You mean this?”

"The Guardians from the Wall must be very angry at you for taking it from them," the Wizard said. "I’m sure they’ll want their revenge."

"Is that why you took us to the Wall?" I demanded of him. "You almost got us killed so you could steal that?"

Tug laughed. “Yes, human. You are a fool. You have been used and now I have everything I wanted right before me, laid out like a picnic.”

"You went through all of this just to ambush the Wizard?"

Tug laughed again. “Like that wouldn’t be reason enough? But there were other fruits, like the Seal of M’lthak, that was what first attracted me to you. Such yummy power. And then I found out you were human. A key to the otherworld. Who wouldn’t want that?”

"I would never allow you that, monster," Lu Wu said. "The passages to my home are closed."

"Except for to you," Tug replied, "Is that it?"

"I am the gatekeeper," Lu said.

"And I shall kick open the gates."

"Enough!" the Wizard said. "It is time you revealed yourself!"

Tug ripped the chain from his neck. “It is well past time, Wizard.” And then the little furry creature began to grow. His jaw began to stretch. His teeth got bigger. His hair disappeared. His hands sprouted claws that grew into massive daggers. A second pair of arms appeared from out of his shoulder blades. Horns bloomed from his head. A thorn covered tail lashed out from behind. Tug, the furry little creature, was no longer furry or little. In his place was a vicious looking monster with a malevolent looking grin.

He no longer resembled a teddy bear at all.

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The Sharkwoman’s Broken Heart 7-13 Jul

"Explain what things?" I asked, unable to hide my irritation.

"Like why you walked so awkwardly in heels," Lu replied."Why you held yourself so much like a man. Why you were so focused on Zlodeyskiygrad. Why it took you so long to return my flirtations."

"I didn’t return your flirtations," I told him.

He smiled at me and winked. “Ok.”

The Sharkwoman stepped forward and pushed Lu hard causing him to stumble. “You were flirting with him? What about me? Did you forget me?”

"Shayu…" Lu began.

"No! You really weren’t looking for me, were you?" She started to change. I could see her teeth turning sharp. Her eyes turned black and her skin started to turn grey and she started to grow. I took a few steps back. Did she somehow figure out how to change within the Chamber or was this her secret soul morphing? Was what I was seeing was the Sharkwoman’s heart breaking?

"No, Shayu," Lu admitted. "I was on a mission. I was hurt. I was eaten by a Derlov. No, I was not thinking about you. I’m sorry."

The Sharkwoman, now in the form of a massive shark, swam away. Lu Wu started toward her, but Tug stepped in front of him. “Well, that was fun,” Tug said. “Now, perhaps we should get on with things.”

"Yes," came the Wizard’s voice. "Perhaps we should."

"Dakkoe?"

"The Great Lu Wu," the voice replied. "Once again you come when you are not invited."

"I invited him," I said. "He was the one that brought me here."

"Of course, he did. How else?" the voice laughed. "Did you bring the horn?"

The shadoweater held the horn up. “We brought it.”

"You slayed the Tarrgair?"

"Maybe," Lu said.

"Or maybe it still yet lives.""A problem for another day," the Wizard said.

"Yes," Werz replied. "Now we should deal with today’s problem’s. Give us what we were promised."

"The Shadoweater, so quick to be free of his shadows. Very well." The walking table emerged with a green fruit on its top. "Eat this."

Werz picked up the fruit and began eating. Three bites in, he began to scream as pools of darkness began to drip off of him. Lu and I stepped back as the ground became covered in liquid shadow. Then it suddenly all ignited like it was all made of flash paper. Then it was gone and Werz dropped to the ground. “Now, who is next,” the voice said. “Perhaps it is time we send the humans home?”

"No," Tug said stepping forward. "It’s my turn, Wizard. It’s time you revealed yourself. It’s time we met face to face."

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Return to the Chamber of the Secret Soul 30 Jun-6 Jul

And with a snap from Tug, we were standing outside the Wizard’s cave. Lu Wu was taken aback. “That was quite a feat. Sending all of us here, so close, so soon after fighting a gigantic monster.”

"It was nothing," Tug said. "It is just what I do."

I looked up at the Wizard’s castle, out across the chasm, down at the rickety bridge. It felt like a while since we had been here. “After you,” Tug said to Lu.

Lu Wu glared back. There seemed to be some animosity between them. I tried to break the tension. “How’d you find us, Lu?” I asked. “It’s not like you could’ve asked for directions or anything. How’d you even know where to look?”

"I just followed the Seal of M’lthak. That’s why I gave it to you before I fell because I knew I could locate it no matter where it was. I’m just sorry it took so long to find you," he paused and turned to the Sharkwoman who was still pouting, "and you, as well, Shayu. But you all seemed to bounce around quite a bit. One second you’re here, the next you’re somewhere else."

"You can thank Tug for that."

Lu Wu turned to the little furry creature. “Yes, he does seem quite hard to pin down.”

Tug smiled. “We mustn’t keep the Wizard waiting.”

"No, we shouldn’t," Werz said, stepping past the rest of us to the rickety bridge. I followed after him. I didn’t know about the rest of them, but I for one wanted to go home about as much I gathered as Werz wanted to be cured of his condition.

Lu Wu followed after me then the Sharkwoman and finally Tug, entering the castle in the same order ready to finish our deal with the Wizard. As we walked through the cave-like passageway, I noticed Lu Wu began to change. His tattered clothes began to mend and grow. Suddenly, he was skinnier and taller. He even looked wiser. He was dressed in a long cape and a red blousy shirt with rings on his fingers. He was very much the image of a great sorcerer.

Then it made sense to me. We had reentered the Chamber of the Secret Soul. I looked at Werz and he had returned to his more noble, less shadow-corrupted appearance. I looked at the Sharkwoman and was surprised that she had not taken on her full shark form as she had last time. Instead, she looked like a beautiful, fully human Asian woman. Tug, as last time somehow, remained unchanged. And what about me? Was I back to my original body?

"What happened to you?" Lu Wu exclaimed.

"This is the Chamber of the Secret Soul," I explained. "It shows us who we are in our deepest part of our soul."

"And in the deepest part of your soul you are a man?"

I sighed. I guessed my cover was blown. “I’m actually Frank Clay. I was working undercover for the US government when you brought us here.”

"You’re that man whose body changes every couple of days?" Lu asked.

"Yes. I hope you will keep my secret."

"I thought you were propaganda made up by your government."

I shook my head. “No. I’m very real.”

"Well," Lu said with a smile, "that explains some things."

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Lu Wu Regurgitated 23-29 Jun

The Sharkwoman gasped. “Wu?” She instantly began changing into her most human form. She swam to him before she was done changing, trying to hug him with hands that had yet to take shape. She almost knocked him over, not caring one bit that he was covered in whale slime.

"Lu Wu?" I said. "Is that really you?"

"Fran," he said, trying to dislodge himself from the Sharkwoman. "I’m so glad to see you’re alive."

"YOU’re glad?" I laughed. "Last time I saw you, you were being eaten by…well that thing." I gestured to the whale. "How are you even alive?"

"I told you," the Sharkwoman said still holding tight to Lu. "He is a powerful magician."

"It was not difficult," Wu said. "I simply hid in a healing cocoon within the whale’s stomach. It was nothing. If anything, I was worried about you."

"About HER?" the Sharkwoman snarled, pushing away from Wu. "What about ME?"

"Shayu!" he called after her. "Don’t be that way! I could not have worried about you, I did not know you were involved!"

The Sharkwoman had grown regaining some of her shark features. “You could have come for me.”

"I didn’t have time. I was eaten by a whale."

"I don’t think she needs to hear any of your excuses," Tug said stepping inbetween them.

Lu Wu glared at him, angrily. “Who are you?”

"I am someone who has been looking after her while you were off looking for another woman. Come on, Gruesser. We don’t need him."

Lu Wu reached down to grab Tug’s arm. “I don’t know who you think you are, but I’ve been trapped in a stomach for who knows how long.”

"And we have been chased by monsters," Tug rebutted. "And we still have a quest to finish."

"Yes," the Sharkwoman said. "Our quest."

"What quest?" Lu asked.

"To get the horn of the Tarrgair Beast," I said.

Lu was stunned. “What? Why would you do that? That’s insane!”

"Because that was the Wizard’s payment to get me home."

"You don’t need to pay the Wizard anything. I can get us home." Then Lu added, "With a little recuperation."

"He’s already healed me," the Sharkwoman said.

"And we don’t want to renege on the Wizard," Tug said. "That can be dangerous.’

"That is true. We don’t want to anger the Wizard," Lu reluctantly admitted. "Fine, then, let’s go retrieve the horn."

"You mean, this?" Werz held an object in his hand the approximate size and shape of a banana.

"You should give that to me," Tug said, reaching for the horn. "It can be dangerous in the wrong hands."

Werz stepped back. “That’s why I’ll be holding on to it.”

Tug sneered, angrily. “If that’s what you want, shadoweater. Hold it. What do I care? I guess we better on our way then, shouldn’t we?”

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