The DS Tangent by Anthony Metiz

Updated on September 11, 2018
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Anthony is an IT Systems Specialist for a government agency. He is also a fitness enthusiast, sci-fi nerd, and hobby collector.

Time's Almost Up


3 days.

I have 3 days.

That is when the void will open. I have to be ready in 3 days.

I have tried to put off the transition for as long as possible but now I am out of time.

This timeline is collapsing and I have to get back.

The DS (dimensional space) will soon be open and I have to be ready. The transition nearly killed me last time and it very well could this time.

4th Wall Break

I’m glad you are here; at least I have someone to talk to now. You most likely have questions already.

I guess it’s a good a time as any to give you a little background on myself.

My name is not important, but for the sake of introductions, you can call me Xero.

I have seen many lifetimes to this point so it’s really hard to dial in on my origin, but here goes.

Introduction to The Shift

I was born in the 22nd century, at the peak of human technology. The world government created a device to allow for us to “retrieve” or borrow information and data from other dimensional planes. Basically if we did not have the answer to a question in our place, we could put the question into a quantum computer and it spit out answer. The problem was there was no way to know where the answer was coming from, or when. That is when the problem started. We borrowed every answer from what is the meaning of life to how do we solve world hunger. We took too much. Eventually our dimensional plane became intertwined with others. This caused major environmental shifts that changed the face of the planet. The northern hemisphere slipped into a new ice age while the southern hemisphere became inhabitable due to catastrophic storms and seismic activity. We had no choice but to leave Earth.

At this point in history we had mining bases on every major planet and moons in our galaxy. There were still many casualties on Earth from The Shift, as it became known. Luckily my family was already stationed on Jupiter’s moon Metis. My parents and I were stationed there to study anti-gravity effects at the surface. This moon was supposed to eventually be pulled into the planet due to its orbital distance from Jupiter. However, due to our scientific breakthroughs, we were able to set the entire moon on a steady orbit at a slower speed to improve its longevity and allow for colonization. Our research came from studying the intra-dimensional planes and how they interact with one another. We had to use quantum computers to calculate our equations, further adding to The Shift. We soon realized, the more information we took the more the planets in our galaxy changed drastically.

The Choice

A meeting of the Galactic Council was called to put together a plan of action for stopping The Shift or even reversing it. Since our research on Metis was so much of a breakthrough, we were called to the council meeting. We were tasked with figuring out a way to reverse the shift using our anti-gravity and intra-dimensional formulas. We created countless diagrams and models to try to understand The Shift and it’s properties. It took an accident to finally understand.

I made a mistake.

The Mistake

I miscalculated and tried to over-correct.

I put in an equation into the anti-gravity stabilizer we had created. It uses the push and pull of the planetary object to create a new gravity field. Instead of creating a new gravity field, the equation I inputted made the machine fold into space time and collapse on itself.

I was inside the building when it happened.

I can still hear my parents calling for me while they looked for me in the rubble. The entire lab was pulled into the rift in the gravitational field. There was nothing left but pieces of the roof and the crumbled foundation. What happened next is extremely hard to describe so I will keep it as simple as possible.

The Void

I was moving so fast I felt as though I would throw up or explode from the inside out. I could feel multiple levels of gravity all around me. I saw my body and extremities pulsing, decreasing and growing in size rapidly. There were so many colors and shapes flying past me I couldn’t focus on anything specifically. The only thing that I was able to focus on was a large shadow looming towards me. It almost looked like the night sky but there were no stars, just a dark space of nothing. Eventually the darkness was all I could see, no more bright colors, no more shapes, just nothing.

I am dead. That was the only way I could convey to myself what was happening.

This is death; there is nothing, no afterlife, no nothing. I am done.

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