It was another typical night for Pike. He had completed six deliveries so far and received less than five dollars in tips. The thought of having to figure out how to pay for college soon just sent a shudder down his spine. This current delivery was much further away from the restaurant than he normally ventured. The boss told him to make sure to only deliver the pizza, not to snoop around or make small talk. The Doctor who ordered it was a bit eccentric and it would be best to just get in and get out as quick as possible.
The residence was surrounded by a fence but the gate had been left open. He pulled through and up the drive, stopping at the front of the old dilapidated house. He had expected a huge mansion with gardens protected by gargoyles and a limousine sitting out front. Instead he found himself wondering how anyone could live in this old overgrown home. He got out and made his way through the growth and up onto the porch. He knocked on the door watching as it slowly creaked open.
There was no sign of life, only a faint light at the other end of the entrance hall. Pike stood there debating for a while trying to decide whether he should enter or not. He didn’t want to return to the restaurant without payment for the pizza so he finally decided to go on a search for the home’s inhabitants. He entered and headed toward the light, hoping he didn’t spook anyone. He rounded the corner and was stunned to meet face to face with a monkey in a diaper. The monkey grabbed his keys and took off through an open door and down into the basement.
Pike ran after him and down the stairs into what appeared to be a large laboratory. He stopped when he noticed a man at one of the tables working away on a laptop. The man looked up from his keyboard and Pike was unsettled by what he saw. The man had bright white hair that was going everywhere, the thickest glasses he had ever seen and a face only his mother could love, maybe. The odd looking man yelled across the room.
“Who are you and why are you down here? I’ll call the police, I got the phone right here!”
“No, I’ve got a pizza for you. I deliver for Frank’s Pizzeria.” Pike replied.
“Oh, well why didn’t you say so. I’m starving. I’ll get your money, hang on a second.” The man said as he turned, digging inside the desk drawer behind him.
“Sir, also your monkey, well, it stole my keys.” Pike said, trying to sound as calm as possible.
“My monkey? What are you talking.. Oh, you mean Simon. Sorry, I forget sometimes he’s actually a monkey. He has been my lab partner for many years now but he still enjoys a game of hide and seek, especially when he meets new people. Simon, get out here and give this man back his keys!” The odd man hollered as Simon came slowly out of the corner, handing the keys over and then slinking away.
Pike received his payment along with a ten dollar tip then headed back out the door. He noticed the monkey was following so he turned to see Simon holding his arms out.
“Sir” he announced to get the man’s attention.
“Oh, he must like you. He wants a hug. He doesn’t hug many people.” The white haired man responded.
Pike leaned down and let Simon hug away. It was a bit strange yet kind of nice. He left the house with a smile and an extra ten dollars. Not too bad for his final delivery of the night he thought to himself. He drove back to the restaurant and dropped off the payment, then headed home. It had been a long day so he decided to hit the sack early and instantly fell asleep.
He woke the next morning with Polly standing over him.
“You awake? Hey Pike, you getting up? What’s this thing?” she said with the childish excitement she always exhibited.
“Yeah, I’m up. What thing are you talking about little sis?” He replied.
“This button thingy remote or whatever.” she said, holding up a metallic device with a LCD screen and several buttons. “I found it in your jacket pocket.”
“My jacket? What are you doing messing in my pockets?” He said but was more interested in the strange looking device. He reached out and took it from her. It wasn’t a phone or a remote and was unlike anything he had ever seen. On the screen the words charging, ready and earth1 were displayed. “It must belong to that Doctor from last night. I guess Simon hid it in my jacket.”
“Let me have it. I found it so I get to keep it.” Polly screamed, grabbing the remote and yanking it from his grasp. She pressed down on several of the buttons as she tore it away from him. Almost instantly a large cloud began forming inside his bedroom. The cloud surrounded them and began to open in the middle. Suddenly they were sucked into the blackness, into nothingness. It wasn’t long before they were thrust from it just as suddenly into the night air.
He grabbed Polly to try to protect her from the hard landing, cradling her in his arms. They landed with a thud and rolled down a small hill, coming to a stop at the edge of what looked to be a city park.
“What happened Pike? Where are we?” Polly asked still in a bit of a haze.
“I don’t know Polly, but I’m pretty sure we’re a long way from home.” Pike replied, looking out into the night at the walking lizards in designer clothes pushing a baby stroller.
This is the first in my new series that will follow the adventures of Pike and Polly as they hop universes. The destinations will follow along the same path as the Multiverse Fiction Challenge.
These challenges are open to everyone. Go ahead and hop universes with us and maybe we’ll even run into each other somewhere along the way.