Brought to Life
A group of 9 friends find a device that can transport them into any book, movie, or show ever made. But something goes wrong. They can't control it and they don't know how to get back home. They're only in the worlds for however long the time on the device says but it's always random. It could be 30 seconds or 30 days. And some of the worlds aren't very safe. Will they ever get home? Will they even make it out alive?
Wyatt Declan Scott- If we’d only known…
â€œKliff! Iâ€™m gonna kill your brother.â€ Matt called holding Ty still as he yanked his notebook from out of his hands when heâ€™d tried to steal it.
â€œGo ahead; only reason heâ€™s here is cause Mom made me bring him.â€ Kliff said leading back in the old recliner weâ€™d found in one of the rooms on first floor.
â€œSo what do you think it does?â€ Megan asked, her blue eyes were widened in awe at the device sitting on the small fold up table near the middle of the floor.
We were in an abandoned three story apartment building, we used for a hideout on the second floor. Itâ€™d been boarded up, the only way to get in was a hole leading to the basement. That had been boarded up too but weâ€™d pried it loose, replacing them with a square of heavy plywood that weâ€™d put a padlock on ensuring that no one else would enter. Matt had been having trouble getting in lately, his shoulders kept hitting the sides. I could still see him rubbing the spot on his arm where it tore a piece of his shirt, there was a good sized scrape but thankfully no blood; we knew that in a few months he wouldnâ€™t be able get in at all.
The building was made of solid concrete; there was no way to make the hole bigger, we didnâ€™t even know how it was made in the first place. He tried not to show it but we knew it bothered him; he didnâ€™t want us to have to give up our building just because he was too big. We all told him that we wouldâ€™ve had to find a new place anyway when the rest of us didnâ€™t fit either. I knew I only had a year or two if I was lucky, so why not now; that helped and he stopped arguing about it, allowing us to start looking. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™d been looking at other places, trying to find somewhere we could go that we could all get in to safely. Until then we continued to come here, it was familiar and it was almost like a second home.
We had free reign of the whole building but we liked this one the best. We each had our own apartments here for when we spent the night, they were all right next to each other cause no one wanted to admit it, but it was kinda creepy here after dark. That didnâ€™t stop us from coming here of course, it just meant that we tended not to wander off on our own. Tonight was one of those nights. We had each told our parents that we were going over someone elseâ€™s house.
They wouldnâ€™t check; they never did.
I was brought out of my thoughts by shouts across the room from where I was sprawled out on one of the couches. Looking over I saw that Emen now had the device and was trying to keep it away from Nate who kept saying that she was in charge so therefore should be the one to handle it.
I rolled my eyes. I love Natalie to death, I really do; she was like a big sister to me and she was one of my oldest friends, but sometimes she just drove me crazy. She didnâ€™t seem to get that we didnâ€™t have a leader and her being the oldest at 17 and three months ahead of Amber didnâ€™t mean she was in charge. We were free to do practically whatever we wanted. We had some rules of course, but those everyone decided on and they were mainly common sense stuff anyway so they really didnâ€™t even count as rules.
â€œNo the person that found it is the one that gets to decide what we do with it.â€ Emen said as she ran around the bean bag Jennifer was in.
Amber held out her hand as Nate was closing in on Emen then she took off with it in the opposite direction.
â€œArgh. Fine!â€ Nate stopped chasing them. â€œWho was it that found it?â€ She put her hands on her hips waiting for an answer.
She didnâ€™t have to wait long, all eyes slowly drifted to me.
â€œWyatt! Oh thatâ€™s just great, we might as well hand it over to Ty!â€ She exclaimed throwing up her hands.
â€œOkay!â€ Ty called popping up from behind his brotherâ€™s chair where heâ€™d been about to try and scare him.
â€œI donâ€™t think so runt.â€ Jennifer said. â€œNothing would be worse than handing it to you.â€
â€œSoâ€¦ What are you gonna do with it? Megan asked.
â€œYeah!â€ Amber asked hopping on her heels a little before coming over and handing it to me.
â€œUmâ€¦I donâ€™t know.â€ I said taking it but not liking being put on the spot with everyone staring at me. â€œI havenâ€™t even really looked at it yet.â€
â€œWhy donâ€™t you girls leave him alone, itâ€™s his. He can do what he wants with it.â€ Kliff said as he straightened himself from where heâ€™d been hanging upside down in the chair.
Matt nodded his agreement and Ty seeing that it was a kind of boys vs. girls thing at the moment sided with us.
â€œWhatever.â€ Nate said sitting down and pulling out one of the magazines from the pile we kept here.
Everyone went back to doing their own thing and I was left alone to try and figure out what this thing was. I studied it, looking at it from every angle. It wasnâ€™t anything Iâ€™d ever seen before. It kinda reminded me of a T.V. remote but none of the buttons made sense. Plus there was this weird display, like youâ€™d see on a clock or something but there were no numbers yet, just places for them to go with red glowing dashes to separate them.
I felt part of the couch dip down, looking over I saw Matt sitting there. I handed it to him, seeing if he could figure it out. After about twenty minutes he gave it back shaking his head. I sighed, I wanted to know what it was already but there seemed to only be one way to do it. I looked over at Matt, he shrugged. Taking a deep breath I pointed it away from everyone and pushed the button that looked like it started it.
A light blue kind of see through vortex type thing opened up ten feet in front of me.
â€œWhat is that?â€ Jennifer asked as everybody gathered around to get a better look.
â€œI donâ€™t know! I just pressed a button!â€ I yelled trying to be heard over the noise of the thing, it was like being in a wind tunnel. Some papers and magazines flew in it and disappeared. Matt quickly snatched up his notebook as it started to move towards it.
Suddenly images started appearing.
â€œWait! Isnâ€™t that-?â€ Megan asked before Emen interrupted her.
â€œYeah, yeah it is.â€
We all stared at it, it was one of our favorite shows; weâ€™d know it anywhere. It changed again, it was A Christmas Carol! One of my favorite books, I knew it was from the book because Iâ€™d seen every movie ever made for it and this wasnâ€™t any of them.
I pushed the button again; it shut off. The room was doused in silence; it fell on us like a thick blanket as the shadows crept back in from the fading sun.
â€œDo it again!â€ Ty shouted bouncing up and down.
â€œNo!â€ I yelled even though I actually really wanted to. But first I needed to know what everyone else thought.
â€œYou guys know what this means right?â€ I asked looking from the device in my hand to the others.
â€œNoâ€¦Thatâ€™s kinda one of the things freaking us out right now.â€ Emen said.
â€œWell the things we saw, they were all things that shouldnâ€™t be real, that couldnâ€™t be real. But we recognized them, they were familiar, things weâ€™ve seen or read. But not all of them were doing things we remember. Trust me on this nothing, no book, movie, or miniseries has ever actually shown the little Cratchits taking Tiny Tim in the back to look at the food and wash up. But thatâ€™s what it showed in there. Donâ€™t you get it? Do you realize what this is?â€ I was starting to get really excited just thinking of the possibilities.
â€œHey earth to Wyatt, come in Wyatt. The rest of us still have no idea what youâ€™re talking about.â€ Nate said getting annoyed.
â€œNo, I think I know where heâ€™s going with that, it just doesnâ€™t seem possible.â€ Kliff said.
Megan nodded. â€œSomething like that canâ€™t really happen, can it?â€
â€œHey, mind cluing the rest of us in on your little Sci-fi trip?â€ Jennifer asked.
â€œItâ€™s another universe! Or actually itâ€™s a bunch of other universes. I think this thing,â€ I said holding it up, â€œcreated some kind of portal or wormhole type thing to get to them. Which means if we go through we could go to all of our favorite things. Imagine that. Imagine meeting your favorite character, not the actor that plays them, but the real deal!â€
Everyone started talking all at once.
â€œStart it up.â€
â€œLetâ€™s go now.â€
â€œWhat are we waiting for?â€
â€œWell first we need to get supplies, like extra clothes, food, money, that sort of stuff.â€ I said backing away a little in case they tried to snatch it from my hands.
Half an hour later everyone had everything they wanted to bring with them.
â€œAre we sure we want to do this?â€ I asked one more time.
â€œYes! Now push the button already.â€ Ty said from next to his brother. We werenâ€™t going to let him come but he threaten to go to our parents the second we left if we didnâ€™t take him.
â€œOkay, okay. Just wanted to be sure.â€ I said as I set the time for 12 hours and pushed the button again.
The vortex opened up. We took one last look around and jumped through.
Again it was like being in a wind tunnel; only this time the wind was carrying us, pulling us to an unknown destination. The walls of the vortex thing were a kind of blue and it was winding every which way. It felt like a free fall roller coaster. Suddenly we could see the opening and we shot through it, landing on some grass. We untangled ourselves from each other and stood up, brushing off our clothes of all the dirt and grass.
It was dark. The street looked familiar, it was a nice looking neighborhood and most of the houses were white. There were some Halloween decorations up, which was kind of cool cause it was only summer in our world, and we could hear kids laughing a couple streets over.
â€œWhere are we?â€ Amber asked looking up and down the street.
â€œIâ€™ve seen this place before.â€ Nate said. â€œI know I know that house over there.â€ She pointed across the street from us a couple houses down.
We all turned to look at it. I knew Iâ€™d seen it somewhere too. I started looking over my shoulder, it felt like someone was watching us, whatever this was from wasnâ€™t good. It felt like we were in a horror movie. With that thought I looked back at the house; it hit me.
â€œOh shiit.â€ I said at the same time as a couple of the others.
â€œWhat? Where are we?â€ Jennifer said still looking around.
â€œHalloween.â€ Emen said.
â€œYeah, I can see itâ€™s Halloween but where are we?â€
â€œNo, the movie Halloween, with Michael Myers.â€ Matt said.
Kliff put his arm around Ty, whoâ€™s face had gone white. We all knew heâ€™d stunk into Kliffâ€™s room and watched it last year. Heâ€™d had nightmares for weeks afterwards.
â€œLetâ€™s get out of here.â€ Megan said never taking her eye off the house.
I looked at the device. I didnâ€™t know what to do; we were here for 12 hours and I didnâ€™t know what would happen if I activated it before the timer ran out.
â€œWyatt! Heâ€™s coming!â€ Megan yelled grabbing onto my arm.
â€œBut the time-â€œ
â€œScrew the time! Just do it!â€ Emen shouted.
He was a heading right toward us. I could see the flash of the knife as I activated the vortex again. We jumped in just as he reached our side of the street. The ride was a lot rougher this time around and there were flashes that looked like lightning. When we came flying out of it I sighed in relief, maybe we shouldnâ€™t play around with this thing. Weâ€™d only been thinking about all the worlds we would love to visit, we never gave it much thought that some of the worlds might not be so friendly.
â€œMan, Iâ€™m glad weâ€™re out of there.â€ Amber picked herself off the floor. â€œThe landings could use a little work though.â€ She said rubbing her knee a little.
â€œArgh! Where are we now!?â€ Jennifer cried.
We all looked around.
â€œWhat did you do Wyatt? Why arenâ€™t we home?â€ Megan asked. Everyone turned to me, wanting to know the same thing.
â€œI- I donâ€™t- I donâ€™t know! I donâ€™t know what happened. It didnâ€™t do this last time.â€ What was going on? How was this even possible? We should have gone back to our world.
â€œWhat do you mean last time? This was our first trip.â€ Kliff said looking up at me.
â€œNo. I um tried it. I tried it before we left. I did it while the rest of you were getting ready. I only set it for a couple of minutes and it sent me right back when the time wore out.â€ I told them.
â€œYou what? What if something had happened? What if youâ€™d never come back? We wouldâ€™ve just thought you took off by yourself because you didnâ€™t want to share it. Or you could have been killed. How could you be so irresponsible to do that alone? Whatâ€™s the matter with you?â€ Nate yelled at me.
â€œI didnâ€™t do it alone. Not completely anyway. Matt was there, he stayed behind to tell you guys in case something went wrong. I didnâ€™t want the first time it was tested being with all of us. If something happened I wanted it to be to me, not you guys. Iâ€™m the one that found it so if something went wrong it was all on me. Iâ€™m sorry I didnâ€™t tell you but I knew if I did you wouldnâ€™t have let me go.â€
â€œIt wouldnâ€™t have been all on you. We all wanted to go, we chose to do this.â€ Megan said.
â€œYeah couldâ€™ve fooled me. You were all ready to blame me for us not being home a second ago.â€
â€œOkay so that wasnâ€™t the best thing to do, but seriously, where are we and how do we get home?â€ Emen asked looking around. Once again we were somewhere that looked familiar.
â€œI donâ€™t know. Like I said, this didnâ€™t happen before.â€ I looked down at the timer, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™d decided to call it, the numbers were going crazy. Cursing I put it away and looked at the others. â€œWell looks like weâ€™re stuck where ever this is for now. The timerâ€™s not working and I donâ€™t know if it ever will. Activating it before the time runs out must have done something to it. Thatâ€™s why it didnâ€™t bring us home.â€
Everybody looked horrified.
â€œSo weâ€™re stuck here?â€ Matt asked.
â€œYep; at least until the timer starts working again, if it ever does.â€ I said looking around again. â€œSo, anyone know where we are?â€
No one answered, everyone just continued to look around. All that we knew is that it was some kind of hotel.
â€œHey, whereâ€™s Ty?â€ Kliff asked suddenly.
We all looked at each other, without knowing where this was, anything could happen to him. We started searching everywhere.
â€œLetâ€™s all stick together thereâ€™s no telling what might be in here with us.â€ Nate said.
Being the two biggest, Matt took the lead and I was in the back. We went down hallway after hallway but we couldnâ€™t find him. We were about to give up despite Kliffâ€™s protests, thinking maybe he had found his way back to where weâ€™d come in and was waiting for us.
â€œWait you guys, I-â€œ Kliff started.
â€œNo we canâ€™t keep doing this, this place is huge; we could live here and hardly ever see each other. Our best bet is that heâ€™s waiting back where we started.â€ Jennifer said.
â€œNo, listen. Someoneâ€™s here. It sounds like laughing, maybe itâ€™s Ty.â€ Kliff said taking off in the direction he heard the sounds coming from.
â€œHold up. Weâ€™ll go with you just slow down.â€ Emen called after him as we hurried to catch up.
We rounded the corner. There was Ty, sitting in a tricycle with a smaller boy on the handle bars. He was telling the boy a joke as he pedaled them down the hall.
Just as we were about to call out to him two little girls appeared at the end of the hall. They were twins, both of them were wearing light blue dresses. Ty and the other boy had seen them too. They stopped laughing and just stared at them. Suddenly there were flashes of people dead and bloody all over the hall. The girls were somehow closer after each one and they kept telling Ty and the boy to come play with them. Me and Matt exchanged a glance and ran forward; I grabbed the little boy while he swung Ty over his shoulder and we ran out of there, the others close behind us.
The only thought running through my head was why of all places did it have to be The Shining.