Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Camping Ch 11


"Yes?" Crackle. 

"How close are we to...uh... Quadrant 2?"

"Well," she said, speaking to someone on her end at the same time, "you're getting close. The lift will get you to A24 and from there you can walk into 2. You're almost there!" Mallory seemed rather upbeat. 

"What's the plan when we get there?" Maia asked. "Stella said I was unessential. Will they shoot me?"

"No," Joon replied. "They're not going to shoot you!" 

She gave him a skeptical glance. 

"Honestly, I don't know," Joon continued. "No, I don't mean they'll do THAT," he added hastily after her sharp look. "But they may send you back to your team. I'll try and keep you in Command as long as I can."

She squeezed his arm and he stopped, turning towards her. 

"You know, we could just... leave all this. Find one of those dimensional gateways and just... find our own world. Just you and me."

She smiled. "You'd never make it though."

He laughed. 

"We could raid the kitchen and just... not be found."

"Are you serious?" she asked, half seriously. 

"Well, no," he sighed, "but it sounds good, doesn't it?"

"It does," she replied, and stepped closer. She touched his face, and for a moment the horrors of the past few hours- or had it been days?- faded. It had been a while since they had been together with any real quality time, and for a moment they just clung together, in a hallway with no one around for who knew how far. Joon wanted to never let go, but then the communit broke the moment. 

"This is Stella. Report."

Joon sighed. 

"Joon here. We're at the lift." He hoped. 

"The lift? I assume that means something to Mallory. At any rate I'm told the ops center is tentatively back in our hands. There are still squatches running around, though. So be careful." 

"Lovely," he muttered. "How did the call with the president go?"

"That didn't happen. The Directorate put the kibosh on that. We are on our own." 

Joon wasn't surprised. 

"Things are a little better. Energy readings from the Gate are still off the charts though- we're worried about... other things coming through." 

Joon didn't have a reply to that. 

"Anyway, you'll get a full update when you arrive." 


Stella clicked off so Joon glanced over at Maia, shrugging. They kept walking until, around a corner, they found the hoped for lift. Hastening to it, Joon hit the call button. It opened quickly, but they were taken aback by the sight within. There was blood on the walls, and a dead technician slumped inside. 


  1. Increasing suspense and tension as the story progresses

  2. I love that you are doing this! It looks like they might be in some trouble.

  3. Uy que tensión. Me gusta mucho tu historia. Te mando un beso.

  4. I like the addition of the whole "loss of the knowledge of time" in there. It adds to the whole horror of the journey. Great chapter, Greg! :D

  5. Cue the ominous music! (And don't get in the lift.) ;D

  6. Oh..that sweet moment..umm...I LIKED IT..and then..back to reality! Go going stranger...(✿◡‿◡)

    1. P.s...I'm thinking of the cast. Joon: Let's go with William Chan even if he is Chinese. Mia: Jung So Min. Stella: Katy O'Brien. Mallery: Evageline Lilly.

    2. GOOD going Stranger (✿◡‿◡)

  7. I was confused as there was no camping ch 2 post as I am reading this all at once but I found it in a Sunday post.

    Totally surprised by the tentacle creatures but they make for interesting actions.

    If they have inter-dimension travel capability, shouldn't there be machines to take them from one area of the trailer to another? I guess it wouldn't work since everything's been compromised.

    I hope this isn't a horror story, more of a monster story right?

    I'm enjoying this story.

    Have a lovely day.

  8. Nice story, i like it :)
    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend..