"Down!!" The whistling sound of a missile flew over head of
them. Then within a few seconds the violent impact took out
the side of a hill behind them. The ground shook in every
way imaginable. The sky was gray and dusty. Clouds were
everywhere. On the ground laid bodies, some dead some
A man looked up checking to see if the area was clear.
On his face was a mask, a bio-chemical mask designed to
protect against gasses. It was transparent. He wore a
camouflaged military uniform. On his right arm he wore a
yellow band. He lifted up his gun and motioned.
"Ok, It's clear."
His officers followed him. There were two other
military types and one scientist. The scientist wore a
black uniform with a white band around his arm. He lifted
up his gun and followed them.
They walked over a few broken trees and logs in the
way. In front of them was a great burnt forest. It looked
like nothing was alive. They walked through the rubble and
mud. The mud stuck to their boots. This made it hard for
them to be able to move about fast. As they crossed two
enemy soldiers spotted them. The enemy wore the same
colored uniform as the general infantry, but wore a red band
around his arm. They had some what stretched out faces.
Once they spotted the small convoy they gave a general yell
over the war songs that were heard about.
"Shit!" The commander scampered, as he noticed they
were spotted. They all started to run fast. Faster than
deer across a pasture. They finally broke loose under light
gun fire. One of the officers dropped back and ripped a
grenade. He launched it out onto the battlefield.
BOOM!!! Went the grenade into the ground. Debrey flew
up everywhere. The soldiers backed off for a second and
tried to see through the screen.
Meanwhile the foursome ran into the open. The
commander led them out to a certain area in the middle of
"Ok, Doc. Key." The commander demanded.
The scientist pulled out his key he had. He handed it
to the commander. The commander cleared off a section of
the grass. A shine came back up. The commander jammed the
key into the ground. Twisted it and pulled the door open.
He stood there noticing there were only 3 of them out in the
open. He looked around.
As the door opened the scientist jumped down onto the
ladder that ranged from the land level to the subterraining
level. Once he got in he offered his hand to the officer
that stood there. She accepted it and grasped onto the
ladder. She looked up to the Commander.
"Sir, Comon!!" She yelled up to him.
He looked back at her and then spoke. "Jansen's dead."
he stated plainly.
The colonel looked up in despair. She yelled up to
"Comon Sir, So Jansen's Dead!!! Save yourself!! Get in
here!!" She yelled back up to him.
He looked back down and then noticed that there was a
tank plowing through the forest. "Sorry Colonel, Save
yourselves." He slammed the hatch down on them. Then with a
slight jolt locked it.
The Colonel looked back up and began to scream
irrationally. "Commander!! Commander!!! NO!!!"
Her scream was barely heard outside of the shelter but
on the inside it was as if a someone just launched a cannon.
The scientist grabbed her leg trying to prevent her
from unlocking the door.
She kicked him in the face once and broke free. She
tried to open the hatch. She positioned herself between the
sides of the tube and ladder. Then she heard it.
A huge bombshell. The vibration shook the whole area.
It couldn't of been more than a few feet off target. But it
was close enough to finish off the remnants of the
Now it was just the 2 of them left.
She looked down and took her mask off. Her feelings
began to take control of her as she began to weep slowly.
The scientist looked up at her with his mask already off.
"Colonel Get DOWN HERE!!!! NOW!!!" He demanded as she
slowly climbed down the ladder. He jumped down off the last
rung onto the cement ground. His hand hit a black control
that switched the lights. With a electrical sound the
lights came on. It gave a dusty dark look through the
tunnels. He walked over to the side of the tunnel waiting
for the colonel to make it down the ladder.
The colonel slowly made it to the bottom. As she took
her last step she felt a renewed feeling of her mission. A
sudden courage came about her. Her head held high again.
"So, Phillips where is this secret device?" She asked
as she started to leed the way through the tunnel. Her gun
was pointed outward just incase there were any enemy
intruders. The scientist got up and followed. He drew his
gun aswell and covered the back.
"It's a while down the tunnels." He took a deep
breath, and then looked further trying to make small talk,
"It's amazing..These bombshelters have been here since the
40s and they still hold up!"
She shook her head as she dug further into the tunnel.
She responded, "I guess so."
They both walked through the long hall. After about
fifteen minutes the colonel became tired. She slowed down.
She opened her canteen. Took a sip of it. She still
felt hot so she took off her jacket. Rolled it up and threw
it on down the tunnel. She slowly dropped to the floor.
The scientist looked at her and dropped his gun to the
floor. He sat looking against her.
"So, Phillips what is this secret weapon that we need
to find down here?" She asked and then paused as she took
another drink of her canteen. "I mean...The United States
Military is done, we are one of the last. What are we
supposed to do, miraculously win the war!! Even if we did,
our country is destroyed. My family is dead. What else is
there to live for? The world has suffered enough."
He looked at her and nodded. He responded to her
question, "You'll find out."
He stood back up and continued down the hall. She
slowly got back up, picked up her gun and followed him. As
they kept walking the scientist noticed the end of the
tunnel. It was dark but you could see the reflection of the
back wall from the light out here. There was a black box on
the side of the tunnel. The scientist walked over to it.
He pulled out his key. Placed it in the keyhole and twisted
it. The door opened. He pushed up the switch and lights
arose inside the room.
It was bright. The room was closed off and it had
large computer in it with a device that had a glass floor
and a glass top. It seemed like a portal of some sort. The
Colonel jumped back in shock.
She bravely led the way. She dropped her gun at the
entrance and looked around in amazement. The scientist
walked in fast and looked at the computer. He entered the
devices controls. He typed a few more things in on the
keyboard to see what the status was. Meanwhile the Colonel
walked over and cought a glimpse of what he was doing. She
read the menu it was under, then the onscreen information.
She stepped back. She stated with a scared feeling,
"No way.."she laughed for a second then started to talk
again, "You got to be kidding me.." again she stopped, shook
her head and screamed to a deafening tone. "You FUCKN'
The scientist stood up and laid his hands upon her
shoulders. He began to explain.."Just listen to me
Michelle!! We needed a way to win the war, we found it."
She retaliated, "You guys are dealing with something no
one has ever tried!! You're playing God!"
She shook her head again..."Oh god this can't be
The scientist began to gain an anger, "LISTEN
MICHELLE!! We've been fighting this war for thirty years!!
We aren't going to loose!!" He stopped to take a breath.
"-Jesus!! I thought those were only in science
fiction!!" she interrupted. She looked over at him with a
The scientist continued on with what he was saying,
"Damnit Michelle SHUTTUP!! You know why you were put on
this mission!! DON'T YOU?" He yelled in her face. Her
sweat was making her secondary shirt begin to act like a
towel. She looked up and shook her head signifying "no".
He continued, "The mission plan was to find this device
and win the war by going back to when it started. The
Commies have chased us away from Vietnam and into our own
soil! We had everyone over seas so we weren't as well
defended. Then Cuba enters the war!! And we already loose
cities to nuclear warfare. And before we know it the whole
world has broken out into thermonuclear war!! Paris,
Madrid, Havana, Moscow, Washington, London ALL BOMBED!!!"
She looked up at him, " Thanks for the history review
Tom but that doesn't describe-"
He cut her off right as she was about to retaliate
again, "We also gained evidence that the Soviets already had
discovered this technology."
She stopped in the middle of her sentence. She stood
up and asked, "When? Where?" She took a breath and
redirected her face at him,"How?"
"Remember in the beginning of the war, the Soviet
rockets were the fastest. Romania to San Jose in less than
a minute. They dominated that era for 20 some years." The
"Well, How do you think they got that technology?"
She listened. Her mouth flew open. She looked up and
then to him. "Oh my God.." she gave a heisterical laugh, a
She slammed her body into the wall remembering the
horros she's seen in her lifetime.
"See the question isn't where or how. It's when. So,
we have been chosen to go back in time and save earth." He
finished as he went back to the computer. He checked
everything out to make sure it was go. A light flashed over
top of the glass object. It was white. It gave out 5
second bursts of light.
The scientist then proceeded to arm the device. A
charging sound came from the device as the glass began to
reflect a blinding whiteness. The colonel put up her arm to
block out the extreme light. The scientist looked down then
looked into the light. He turned and looked at the colonel.
He took a breath then began to speak.
"Michelle, It's time to go back and fix the future." He
She looked at him as she picked up her gun. She asked
curiously, "Tom, aren't you coming?"
She noticed him just sitting there. She walked over
and pulled him up. She slammed him against the wall.
"Tom, you're coming." She stated blandly to him.
He looked down at her trying to think of some excuse.
With a swift motion from his wrist, he broke away from her.
The colonel's body flew back onto the chair.
"See Michelle, what if the Commi's came. They could
get a hold of this and use it just as we would. I'm not
going on this mission. I was only brought along because I'm
the only one who knows how to use it." He told her with
sweat running down his forehead.
She stood back up with a threatening face. She told
him, "Tom, If I say you are, you are. I'm your commanding
officer in a situation like this!! You got me into this,
you're going to get me out!!"
She pulled his body over to the portal and threw him
in. Then right before she left she pulled out a grenade.
Looked at the world she was leaving behind. And ripped the
pin out. Just before it exploded a sudden flash of light
formed as she slashed into the wonderous dimensions of time
Darkness to light, January 30, 1967
Lights flashed with blinding bolts as the two time
travelers had made there way into the past of another
reality hoping to overt the disaster of their own. The man
laid there on the ground in pain, almost as if he couldn't
breath. The colonel looked down at him with worry.
"Tom, you ok?" She asked as she looked around. It was
still dark. She held her gun up high just in case anyone
was to come along waiting for them.
He turned his head and looked up at her with bodiless
eyes. He asked, "What day is it?"
She shrugged without knowing. She walked over, out of
the deserted street to a local window. There were old
fashion TVs in the shop window. She continued to search
then a picture cought her attention.
"Tom!!, Get over here!" She looked in amazement at the
He slowly stood up and hobbled over to the window. He
planted his body on the glass watching.
There was a picture of soldiers firing down upon
buildings. Places in the background lit up on fire.
Gunfire shot out all over the place on the TV.
Michelle turned her face and looked at him. "What day
were we supposed to come back?"
He took a deep breath then slammed his back against the
window. He looked at her with heavy breaths. He responded,
"January 30, 1967, but this is America." He took another
deep breath. "I thought I had calculated it out for Hanoi."
He hit his head back on the window, making a slam sound
against the glass. "Well I guess we lost."
She looked at him. Anger built into her. Then she
calmed down. Michelle asked calmly to the scientist, "What
do you mean? We could get on a flight out to Hanoi right?"
He looked up at the night sky, noticing all the bright
radiant stars he missed for too long. He began to slowly
"Look at the TV." He coughed out hard then continued as
she watched the Television, "You know what that is?"
She shook her head and looked at him.
"No, I don't."
He laughed and again coughed. But this time his coughs
got out of control. "It's...The.." He began to laugh and
cough almost uncontrollably. The Colonel came over and held
him up trying to do what ever she could to stop him from
He took another deep breath, "TET Offensive.." After
saying that he grinned at her with a psychotic look.
She pulled out her gun and grinned back at him.
Totally changing her show attitude.
He leaned there looking at her. His face changed to
the countour of confusion, "Michelle what are you doing?"
She began to laugh at him this time, "Remember what you
said about how they must of been fueled with weapons from
He nodded slowly while becoming more nervous.
"Well, You're right. The 'Commeis' are being fueled.
But unfortunately the law of time is a complex one. And no
matter what you do nature will have it's way."
She raised the gun to his face. He looked at her. He
began to shake.
"It was you!! Damnit!!! It was you all the time!!" He
yelled as he tried to get away from her.
She grinned watching him hobble away. She spoke out
once more, "Tom We've met 6 times, and each time I've won.
See the future is what I make it be."
She laughed once more with a horrific tale behind the
laughter. "Tom Who do you think gave you you're little time
machine?" She asked with a intimidating voice, "Oh that's
right probably those little aliens.." She imitated while
laughing so hard that she became out of control.
She raised the gun into his face again. He kept
walking away, slowly since he couldn't run.
She asked, "Tom? A kiss goodbye?" Her automatic was
still pointed at his face.
He turned around a brief second. He looked with regret
into the flying bullets at his face. The gun went off
violently taking bloody chunks out of his head. The first
bullet penetrated as it pulled a chunk of the brain out to
the side. Oose started to flow but not without the help of
the second bullet. By the time they all reached him his
face had become a bloody head laying on the ground. Oose
and blood and every other bodily function now laid in one
collected mix at what used to be his head.
She walked over and looked down at the lifeless body.
She began to speak in the last words.
"You have been terminated via the Communist World
Order, 2043. Goodday and good try."
Fate is said to be a truthful determination of what you
are destined to be. If this is true, can we ever change our
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