In Dreams of Trees : Ask Me No Questions, I’ll Tell You No Lies

Wordcount: 561
Rating/Warnings: PG
Summary: Blue meets Wendy and Gray. Fun was not had by all.

NOTE: This is a very rough draft with no editing at all (per National Novel Wiriting Month rules) and is presented for amusement value only. Think of it as a periscope into my writing process rather than a coherent story!

There will most likely be spelling and grammatical errors afoot as well as flat out bad writing, info dumps, plot holes, contradictions/retcons, uneven characterization and pacing. These snippits are also posted out of order, so please refer to the Outline to figure out where it’s supposed to fit.


Ask Me No Questions, I’ll Tell You No Lies

Blue didn’t know where Horn was, or Nathan or Sara, or any of the people who’d come with them. He was alone in a room, with no furniture or lights beyond what came through the windows high up the walls. Narrow slits of things that didn’t match the sameness of the city at all.

“Hello?” He asked, hoping someone could hear. People, or the squirrels or the city– he didn’t care which. He needed to get out and find Red. “Hello out there, let me out!”

After a moment the door opened and an older lady walked through followed by a younger woman with grey hair and grey eyes. The older lady looked at him for a moment.

“You’re Blue?” she asked.

“Yes, I need to get out of here.” Said Blue, figuring it couldn’t hurt to ask. “I have to find Red.”

“No you don’t,” said the woman.

“But he’s going to destroy the city!” Blue protested.

“I know.” She gave him a measuring look. “And you’re going to stop him.”

“If you let me out,” Blue promised. “I just have to talk to him, he’ll listen to me.”

“No he won’t.” Said the girl, “You tried that already.”

“Wait, how did you–”

“The city told me.” Said the girl. “She can hear everything you know, see everything, she’s not human.” She said the last bit bitterly and the older woman gave her a sharp look.

“We have another way of stopping him.” Said the older woman. “But you have to help us.”

“I don’t know you.” objected Blue. “And where are my friends?”

“We didn’t need them,” said the woman dismissively. “We only needed you.”

“I’m not going to help you.” protested Blue.

“Yes you will, said the girl, with a hopeless frustration. “You don’t have any choice.”

“Who are you?” Asked Blue. “Why are you doing this?”

“My name is Gray,” she said. “And I’m going to save the world.”

“How?” asked Blue.

“I’m going to kill her and then you’re going to save her.” said Gray.

“But how will that save the world?” asked Blue.

“If she’s dying she’ll take any chance to survive, which is where you come in.” said Wendy. “If you merge with the city it will give her the stability she needs to survive and it will give her the stability she needs to fix the fundamental flaws that were built into her.”

“Wait, what do you mean merge?” asked Blue, suddenly terrified.

“Just what it sounds like.” said Wendy. “You’ve seen the cyborgs, the people who are half biological and half machine? It’s the same sort of thing, only the biological part of you is an afterthought. Something you can keep or discard as you feel fit once the merge has happened.”

“I’m going to die?” asked Blue.

“No, you’re just not going to be human any more. Or alone.” Wendy gave him an almost apologetic look. “You and Atlantis won’t be the same person, but you will be, just like Gray and Tan balance each other.”

“Has anyone done this before?” Blue asked. “How do you know it will work?”

“They have and that’s why we know it has to be you.” Said Wendy. “And that’s why we brought you here, so you can ask him yourself.”

The door behind them opened and Blue watched himself walk through the door.

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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