Car Boys finale
As the sedan teetered in the edge of his destiny, Nick’s focus was singular: “Be brave.” As Griffin had told him before, as he now repeated through the car’s radio. “Be brave.”
With one final slam on the gas, the reliable submersible tipped into the vortex, then, several things happened at once; suddenly overwhelmed with the sensation of falling, Nick braced himself against the dashboard, gripping the steering wheel and ceiling mounted handle for all the good it was worth. Light poured through the front windshield like water, shattering it instantly, and Griffin, his voice panicked as ever:
“Don’t be afraid. I’m right here with you. Take my hand.” As though it had always been there, his friends hand materialized from the darkness. His passenger now in a state of being and non-being, Nick struggled to look away, to focus on the road ahead.
“Open your mind Nick.” Spoke a new voice, the voice of a friend out of time. “Don’t resist it, accept the truth.” The light burned Nick’s eyes, and he cried out:
“No!” Shaking his head back and fourth, surely this was a nightmare, surely if he tried hard enough he would wake. He shut his eyes, feeling alone if not for the voice: “Open your mind, don’t resist it, accept the truth.” Over and over again as his remaining hand on the steering wheel was pulled away. He wouldn’t need it, seeing as there would be no steering in this bright void.
“We’re through the event horizon.” Said Griffin, his chipper voice cutting Nick from his daze. His passenger was there now, no quantum state, just along for the ride. As Nick turned to look ahead he noticed now not the light that had blinded him mere moments ago, but a soft green sphere, floating in what reminded him of the ocean, were it not for the stars whipping past them.
“Its… kind of beautiful. Isn’t it?” Nick asked.
“Its the root of all beauty Nick.” Griffin answered.
“Our radiator’s been damaged,” Nick pointed out, noticing a popup on his console. “I don’t think this is good for our car.”
“Nick,” Griffin muttered, “I’m so afraid in this moment. Can I have ball?” The car boys looked at eachother, each welling up, each unable to shead their tears before they were washed away by the lake.
“You want to bring ball into this?” Nick laughed, wiping away some tears with his sleeve. Reluctantly, he summoned ball, and with a crash, he knew something had gone wrong. A quick glance in the rearview revealed three things: a deflated soccer ball and it’s two passengers: The Ovo, and the blob. The moment of peace had passed.
“Nick! What are you doing?” Griffin screamed. Nick tried everything. The Ovo wouldn’t respond, Ball was deflated, all hope of defeating or escaping the blob was lost. All that remained was trapping it.With no idea how they had done it, they left the blob behind. They had become the night sky, gliding above the trees, both alone and together in this space beyond space.