On Earth, the case of the mystery commander had reached Daniel and Hayden’s desk. The pair had been helping the cause against the Soul breakers in their own way such as working on weakness points and working on plans to block them at certain towns and cities and keeping them back. They were at an underground base, just of a few left from the war. Daniel was in the room with his friends Hayden, Jack, Doug his former boss from NASA and his oldest friend Sonia. Doug was a man in his fifth’s overweight and dressed in a casual shirt and pants as he looked at the security camera footage of the commander rooming the streets of the City of Demons. Sonia was dressed in a black tight outfit where she pointed on the screen when noticed something.
“He’s looking for someone you can tell that. The footage shows that he has time traveled twice to this period. Do we know why he had a blue glow about him?” she asked everyone.
“He’s not a ghost or a spirit because he transported the space ship. Ghosts can’t do that.” Hayden the expect in Paranormal spirits replied.
“He’s not alien too. He’s a true blue human here,” Daniel the expert in UFO’s and aliens replied as well.
Doug turned around at Daniel thinking about the commander, “You spoke to a man called Cody Cyber right? He’s back in LegoLand at the moment fighting with his family. Now you chatted to him about a story about he time traveled between his home and the one where this City of Demons is. He talked about a space station he came to. Do you think it’s a person that he might have known?”
“That’s a great theory Doug. We should contact them via the network system here. It’s actually a good thing that the planets are in the same universe because I don’t think we would be able to do it. Hayden and Jack contact Percy Cyber and his son now,” Daniel asked them.
The right mega screen started to contact the Cybers and soon enough both Percy and Cody appeared on the screen, “Phoenix and Norman, what a surprise to get a call from you. How is the war going from your end? We are our struggles here and the old Legomen are not as fit as they used to be,” Percy said giving a small wave at the start.
“We have a case to solve and we think your son can help. Sending footage of what we trying to solve. Do you know this man?” Daniel asked.
Both the Cyber family members viewed the commander in the Hyper Camp talking to myself, Wizard, Mr. Umezu when Cody looked somewhat worried.
“Yes, he was a commander that worked for what I believed was a Space commission. I have no idea of what the name of it was but I had to break in to their time travel section at the heart of their commission headquarters in order to continue my journeys. The world itself was very nice but for some reason I felt I couldn’t stay for long.” Cody explained.
“Hayden here, Sonia is hacking through all the log entries of all the computer networks with the Time Cruisers and the database of Scienceworks to find out more about this universe. I hope you don’t mind.”
“No problem, we’ll open up our entire database too, our time machines keeps files of where we traveled to in the past and we do log entries on where we have traveled. Even time period we have been to have information on other universes that we haven’t been to. It’s very useful in these cases.”
Dough stepped forward to the right screen while looking at the footage at the left screen, “Do you know the blue glow that outlines the commander? Has he time travelled to get to the City of Demons to drop off the space ship?”
Percy studied the footage of the commander signaling the space ship to appear in the time period of the City of Demons and nodded, “Yes he has time travelled twice by what I can see but there is something worryingly about the blue glow. It’s very rare to see and what we have not suffered from it from our travels despite a couple times when we had our own clashes with Vulture and Zare. They were our troublemakers so to speak.”
Sonia was busy looking through the files of the commander’s world while Jack rubbed his chin, “Was the commander in trouble?” he asked confused.
“Well yes he is, the blue glow in time travel means the time line is breaking heavily. His own time line that is. In the report you were given did Chris know who the commander was?” Percy asked.
Daniel quickly looked at the files with Doug and Dough turned to him shaking his head no, “No he never knew the person at all.”
“My strong suggestion is this person is a future character of Chris’s. This means a story he has yet to write about that takes place in the future. Most likely after the war that he wrote about,” Percy explained.
“Bingo! Got the information about the commander’s world,” Sonia called out from another computer in the busy underground base.
“Transfer the information to the big screen and to the Cybers please,” Dough asked her.
Sonia moved and transferred the information to the screen and started to read the details in fine print, “The name of the commander I couldn’t find but where he works is called the International Matrix Commission. It was named after a man with a surname called Matrix who created the first fleet of space ships and created the Commission to protect humans from galaxy harm as what the file says. The ship that we were given was a Maris Mk II a standard ship with limited firepower used to carry people across short distances. Now here I cracked the case file on Cody Cyber, he I wanted for questioning and using their top secret time travel system that are portal beamed technology. Does anyone what that is?”
“We use machines to travel in time and that allows to hide easier when we travel too and we can carry people. Their technology is based upon beaming people into wormholes and they magically appear on the side. Part of the problem as this commander discovered was that he appeared in in a middle of a major war without knowing and could have been killed. I expect he is highly trained?”
“Yes, very highly trained in war by the looks of his files but still no name. I guess it doesn’t matter now.”
Percy moved around in his seat next to Cody trying to think more about the case, “I’m a wanted a criminal. I knew I did the wrong thing but I hope maybe I can fix this one later on, if we ever have the chance.” Cody sighted.
“Why do you think the commander and this Matrix commission helped us out?” Percy asked.
“If this is a future character of Chris’s than they must have researched the war the first time the commander visited the City of Demons. They must have found out that if the war is lost than their own existence never happened. They decided to time travel to a point of the war when they could help out in order to save themselves,” Daniel explained.
“This is interesting, according to the Matrix Commission, time travel is a top secret program that the public doesn’t know about and that it has only been used three times before. It’s against their law for even high ends officials to use it. After a meeting of discussions they decided that time travel was the only way to send help as they put it to the war. They were also mindful that they didn’t want to say too much to Chris and others and that they didn’t want their technology to be used by profit,” Sonia read.
“They must have looked into Scienceworks and Mr. Umezu on that line of thought,” Hayden noted.
Daniel nodded and keyed in some notes into the computer, “Here’s the first text that commander says ‘I’m a Commander and I’m a friend. To you I know you but one day you will know more about me than myself at times. I’m here to help but I’m running out of time here’ See how he states his time line is running out. Has his time line been spent?
“No, not yet but there must been grave concerns about their future and the war too. Their power would drained due to the time line disappearing and that maybe only a single space ship can be sent in. It was a dangerous mission that this commander went through,” Percy replied.
“Here’s the second text read here. It’s important that we know what they were thinking during this time ‘I rebooted the power systems here so you can contact the friends that you know. There is a gift from the commission, the people that I used to work from. It is important that you get to it before the other author in the war finds it. Remember to find the gift that the commission gave to you. It has been left in the area called Centrax Building, the place where Censilo was defeated. The author should know the location and Mr. Umezu here’ – he has looked into their files much the same way as we have”
“That’s true. It wouldn’t be so hard for them. It is likely their technology is either different or more advanced seeming they have mastered space travel,” Percy nodded looking at the notes on his end.
“Here’s the final text that he said to the three of them, ‘This is one of our standard ships I able to bring to you from the commission’s fleet. In the systems there are documents to transform regular full body time machines into travelers into space too. This will help the war in your efforts to travel easier. You must make sure that your team stays strong and to be quick. Time for all is running out and your worlds will disappear if you fail. Think of this as a kind gift from people who know you well now. Goodbye’ – any thoughts on that?” Hayden said sending it through to Percy.
“His world is feeling the pressure was likely time was running out on him. If the time line is too weak than the line is snapped meaning he would have died in time travel. He needed to go in, get his job and get out quickly. “
“Thanks for all your help Percy and Cody. We have work to do here,” Daniel said to the Cybers.
“Glad to be of help to you and stay strong like the commander said,” Percy answered signing off from the big screen.
Daniel turned to the others in the underground base and clapped his hands, “Well I think this means we have a future character that is depending on us to win the war for their own sake. It’s quite truly amazing that this has happened. If we wasn’t for Cody traveling there by chance and breaking their law, this wouldn’t have happened and Valentine might have trapped everyone on the planets with no way of contact. His plan backfired,” said Daniel explaining the case results.
“For a first time Valentine was outgunned by something that happened in the future. By what I have read that he has studied all of us from Chris but not characters he has yet to write in the future,” Doug replied.
“That’s right. We can send the report findings to Chris who is currently in the Maris Mk II ship,” Daniel agreed nodding.
“If we tell Chris about a future character that he writes couldn’t that damage the future in the way he writes this character?” Jacked asked the group.
“I doubt it. We know very little about the universe and he will too. He’s going to write about space one day if the war is won,” Daniel explained.
“How is there a future of his writings? I mean that must mean we do win this war in the end,” Jack argued with Daniel.
“Look, this Valentine person has been alive for a long time and for some reason that has decided that this time period was the one he would use to start the war. I mean he created this powerful book that he masters. It is likelt there is a future time line to everyone here and that time itself is like that. I believe you have to believe it?” said Doug trying to answer the question.
“I never thought you would wander into the lack of fact thinking. You’re been hanging around Daniel too much,” Hayden joked.
“Maybe I have been,” laughed Doug to himself.
Daniel and Hayden sent off the report finding to the Maris Mk II ship and the pair turned around to face the others, “We make a pretty good team don’t we?” Hayden grinned at Daniel.
“Everyone here makes a great team member. How do you think Chris and the others will be in the land of Evermore. It’s just a world of swords and castle there. You think Valentine will be there?” Daniel wondered.
“No clue. Besides we need to work on pushing back the soul breakers. There’s no time to site back now,” Hayden replied. The team went back to aiding the world.
The journey of the Maris Mark II ship from the City of Demons to the Land of Evermore via space was a comfortable ride. Chisoutsa elected to fly it and was impressive with her skills and picking up things quickly, obviously having learnt those skills from her father, Professor Walken. Roger directed Chisoutsa to land at a local inn a few miles away from the Kingdom of Evermore. We received the report back from Daniel Phoenix about the mystery of the commander and that Roger’s good friends Walter, Levi, and Duncan was at the inn waiting for their leader to return. The ship safetly landed in a desert area near the inn and the doors opened up, Roger walked out first followed by Chisoutsa and myself.
“Will this Maris Mark II whatever it is be safe here?” Chisoutsa asked me.
“It’ll be safe. No one here would know what it is and how to fly it. I don’t think Valentine or the soul breakers would be interested in it.” I replied.
The winter chill came upon us as Roger held out his broadsword and glared across his land with a strong and concerned face, “War has torn the land apart and I have been away from here for too long”
Wizard came out of the ship and heard Roger’s sorrow, “We are here now and we here to make sure this is stopped. Have faith in your band too you know. They have kept the flag of Evermore flying in your missing time”
“They need me now. Come with me and we will find the inn together,” Roger told the group.
It took a hour’s walk to the inn where we were to meet the rest of the band. When we arrived it was muddy tracks all around the small town where the inn was. The public watched us past them with people pointing at me and talking about me.
“It’s the author, it’s him. The man who doubts his life.” One voice I could hear in the small crowd.
I kept my head down while Wizard watched me when Roger pointed at the front door to the inn and we all entered inside. There were crowds of people drinking and murmuring to each other. The eyes watched me at first and then they noticed that Roger the Barbarian had returned. The one who saved them once before with his band – the wizard, elf, and dwarf.
Walter, Levi, Duncan saw us and they came up to greet. Levi shook Roger’s hand and smiled towards his old friend.
“It is so good to see you again Roger. We’ll have missed you greatly,” Levi said.
“About time you showed up, the kingdom is nearly buried alive by this devil woman?”
“You mean the bitch called Sarge?” Chisoutsa asked.
“Yeah she’s been turning people to what they call vampires. She’s stormed the castle and has blocked us out now,” Duncan said.
Roger was concerned and turned to his deputy Walter, “Why hasn’t the people come to your aid? They should know that the power is in the people and not in the hands of one person.”
“There is no faith because of the process of the war. They don’t want to fight because of the author’s doubts in himself. How can they fight for someone who thinks we are going to lose in the end? Someone whose mind is clouded in his depression,” Walter explained.
Wizard turned to me and pulled me aside, “Walter is on your side but the people aren’t. Many people are going to die if we don’t get them on our side. I’ve known you since you were a child and I know the hard road you have taken. Maybe if you told the people what you been through it might help understand and it might help you too.”
I bite my lip thinking about what Wizard said to me. I didn’t really want to go out in front of strangers and tell my life story but I knew I had to do something. I turned back to Roger, “Roger, how important is it to have the people of the Kingdom fight for us?” I asked him.
“We’ll never get into castle and even with both Walter and Wizard’s magic we would just make the castle drawbridge before we die. We have to have the people help fight for us. We only have swords and shields here. We are not like Chisoutsa’s world. We don’t want a world of bombs and guns. Evermore is a land of peace and learning from the past, the nuclear past we had. You understand don’t you?” Roger asked me.
“I do. I’ll go outside and talk to the people,” I answered him nodding nervously.
“Be rave and strong and help show the people,” Roger replied patting me on the shoulder.
The group came outside of the inn where the people of the town and the Kingdom of Evermore was carrying their horses around the place, talking outside their homes and looking after the animals. I looked around and saw a barrel and decided to climb on top of it as I felt the hinting drops of rain come upon me. I said to myself that I really hated the rain, especially the heavy rain that you get caught in but I knew that I was caught in something was it wasn’t rain. It was far worse than that.
“Attention all,” boomed Walter waving his staff that spark a glow of light where some of the people turned around and listened.
“Listen now!” yelled Roger which made Wizard jumped back in a fright and I nearly fell off the barrel which would have been funny to watch but not to me.
With the angry barbarian’s face everyone in the town turned around with crowds coming up. There looked to be nearly three hundred people lining up to see me and maybe more. I was very nervous and I wasn’t sure what I was doing was right. I just knew I had to do something now to help Roger and the band. The crowd became silent and Roger and Wizard turned to me with the others in our group watching on. The rain was falling down on my face as I looked at my wet shoes thinking of what to say and I looked up to everyone.
“I’m not good about talking about my deepest feelings so let me tell you a story because that is what I am truly am in my heart. Some call me an author, some call me a writer but I’m really just a storyteller that lives a life outside of the struggles of my reality. I lived a life inside a box you can say with my mother and in that box I created fantasies and tale to live out. I journeyed with this group called the Legomen fighting battles against their villain called Zare. I sailed on pirate ships, rode on horses across the plains with knights and raced in time machines with the Cyber family when I was little. They played the role of the family I never had.
In this what is called The Author’s War. This other writer called Valentine he is a man who crossed into the darkness of his pain and anger in his life. He accepted his own depression and his own destruction and so he created this book of amazing powers that is beyond the understanding of us all. To feed his own sick soulless mind he doesn’t want me to die by force. He wants to take everything that I have created away from my reality and let me watch it burn. He wants me to be buried so deep in my pain and depression that his ultimate goal is for me to kill myself, the same path that my mother took. That is the true goal of a soul breaker, is not kill them by a sword or a gun or a bomb. But to build the doubts in my mind and my soul, to make myself question the point of my life and to see me take my own life so he can control you all in the end.
I will be honest with all you. I have questioned my own life. I have wandered far and width inside my mind asked myself what is the point in my life and yet I don’t have the answers for that. Why is it when people say they are there for me but all I feel is loneliness and despair? Why is it when I try to fit with society but yet it has never worked out for me? How do I find the strength in myself to carry on when I feel there is more years of pain and suffering and hardship ahead for me? Valentine is the symbol of all mental illness and of all the questions that we ask ourselves daily.
I stand here with no answers to my life at this point and I know that following someone who doubts himself is hard to understand. This is the battle for Evermore, think of your families, think of the future and everything you have fought for to get this far. Remember the times when the great barbarian, wizard, elf, and dwarf single handedly defeated the powerful and fearful Graford the dark wizard. By going out and helping in this war you are also helping me understand my own life and pushing me towards that answer to what I’m searching for. How am I going to defeat my depression and how can I defeat Valentine. My journey is much like the Kingdom of Evermore it is a struggle and a fight and you don’t know what will happen in the future but one day the light will come and that peace will come to you all. This is my story to you all. We must try at least in The Author’s War to win this and search for the answers we are looking for.”
The rain was coming down hard in the small town. The mud was terrible and the pathway was a mess to see. The crowd was silent and so was the band with Wizard and Chisoutsa. It seemed my words didn’t work and I lowered my head feeling half broken .A elderly man came up to the front of the crowd and put a small sword down in front of me where I was standing on the barrel.
“I’ll fight for Evermore. Got nothing else to lose for myself,” he told me.
A second younger women came up with a long dagger and placed it down next to the sword and stood next to the old man, “I’ll join Roger. I’ll fight for Evermore”
I turned up my head to see dozens of people coming up and putting down their weapons in front wanting to fight for their land. Wizard turned to Roger with a friendly smile while Roger nodding with a firm face. He had his people behind him and he knew it was time for him to lead them to take back what was theirs. It was time to fight for Evermore.