This is the fourth book of the Time Jump series, the future of the characters, and the end of the Dominant reign on earth in the past and in the 22nd century. But a new threat looms and a comeback of two former adversaries threatens the team.
Serene City (Philadelphia enclave) 2170: It’s now the year 2170 in the 22nd century. The former Stone Heart teleportation lab was shut down by the order of SCPA (Serene City Protective Agency) as they called law enforcement in that time. The sky was slowly turned back to blue from dark red from the Dominants altering the sky color. With the Conquest ship transported into space forever, the Appalachian States are safe.
At the apartment of Brian Streak, everyone gathered for the meeting for the new look of VICES and RICKS which Wiseman has been working on in his lair below the vacant lab. “Where Wiseman is at?” Brian asked. “Don’t worry Brian. Wiseman said it was top secret. All will be revealed” Farah said. “Besides, all the bad guys are in the high security prison in Old Philly” Paul said.
“Our suits are merged in our bodies, plus our bodies were upgraded” Amanda said. “Look everyone, they’re here” Heather said, as Wiseman came with VICES and Ricks in the hover craft on the rooftop of the 60 story high-rise, coming the 24th floor, where they are. An automated message announced their arrival and opened the door. “Hello everyone, meet the upgraded Ricks and Vices” Wiseman said, and they walked in their android bodies.
“Hello everyone” Vices said. “All android functions operational” Ricks said. “Nice robotic bodies” Brian said. “Thanks” they both replied. Wiseman said that Vices and Ricks wanted to have bodies to move in, feel more human. “So Heather, you like the future?” Meghan asked her, holding her mini robot dog with artificial fur on its body. “Not bad. I have extended life to 100 years, and still look like 27” Heather replied. Serene City is populous metropolis of 11 million in the former eastern U.S. seaboard.
Nanobots helped rebuild the skyscrapers in a week in extreme humidity. “I heard the space colonies are best to travel this time of year” Paul said. Just then, a beep happened. “Activating the virtual holographic communication link” Vices said, and a virtual image of the Chief Paul Watson appeared on the wall. “Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. An intergalactic visitor from the planet Venus is coming to Earth in the next eight hours, a Glorian named Sort.” Watson described.
“I heard those aliens are golden yellow color, symbolizing joy and peace” Farah described. “Actually alien mutant or muta-alien. On Venus, miners went mining for gold there when one scientist’s capsule with mutant genes dropped on gold pebbles, forming together a mutant with red eyes. But it was harmless.” Ricks said. “That’s good thing, isn’t it?” Brian said. All nodded yes to the question. “Now can we go so I can cover this one?” Heather requested. Vices summoned the automated Huber Flying Vehicle (HFV) to pick us up. All of them, with the exception of Ricks who chose to stay behind to tend the apartment.
They went downstairs to ride the HFV in a form of jet plane to the downtown area. We flew to the downtown launch window where the space shuttle will land. “Nice to see all of you” said the chief. The mayor was present as well. “I’m Mayor Derek Radcliffe” he introduced. “The temperature of Venus is over 200 degrees Celsius, the astronauts need a cooling system in the space suits to withstand such heat that high” Vices said. “That’s true” Farah replied. In the sky came a mini spaceship up to three occupants came down.
The ship landed safely in the launch window. The muta-alien came out of ship with the two scientists. “Here is Sort, the muta-alien” introduced one scientist named Mort. The alien walked slowly to the podium to speak. “Greetings earth people” said Sort. “I was created by the lava rocks and gold pebbles on Venus” it said. “So Sort?” Heather asked puzzlingly, “What brings you to our planet Earth?” she asked.
“I’ve come to Earth because I heard your planet is overpopulated, I have technology to double your food and purify the water” Sort said. But Vices knew there was more to Sort by scanning the alien’s body secretly. She discovered that alien used to be human. “So you’re telling us that the alien Sort used to be human?” Amanda said. “Trans human to be specific, they avoid modern technologies like the Amish people of the past centuries” Vices said.
But this one used to be named George have embraced it, with ability to live beyond 100 years, with bionic legs and arms. He was the one holding the mutant genes while going into the mine on Venus and the capsule broke due extreme heat in the mine. That’s when the gold pebbles he was standing near melted and merged with him, turning his skin to gold and eyes red. “That’s how he became that golden Trans human” Streak said. An expected visitor came to scene. “Hello everyone” Starr Hope said.
She teleported from the 23rd century (2225 to be exact). She had on her silver suit with an orb shaped time device. “What’s the meaning of your visit?” Paul said. “I come to tell you to keep eye on this Sort, because of his intentions may be bad” she warned us. The interview with Sort had ended. “Thank you all for your hospitality, USA (United States of Appalachia)” Sort said, and went off the podium. We were puzzled by Star’s warning about the Trans human Sort.
Then she disappeared. “Who were you five talking to?” Heather asked. All of five must now keep their guards up over our visitor. At the lair of Sort, underneath a high rise building, he was preparing his Sun Troopers, soldiers for control of Serene. Sort uploaded his telepath mind to the soldiers, giving them personality. The golden colored Trans human soldiers have the obedience to follow only him. About twenty of them were functional.
“Let’s get the two scientists who did this to me” Sort commanded, and they proceeded to find the scientists. Meanwhile, at the apartment, the team was pondering on what Starr said to them. “Why would Starr come out of the blue saying about Sort’s bad intentions?” Brian said. “She was warning us about the negative effect in her time” Ricks said. Everyone went back to their separate apartments to reenergize and think of their next move.
The Sun Troops had captured the two scientists that accompanied Sort back to Earth from Venus and at the meeting this afternoon. “Welcome Morton and Galileo, my former astronauts” Sort said. “What’s going on here, Jack? Have a malfunction?” Mort said. “I go by Sort now and no, I don’t have a malfunction, just want to take this city and Earth, perfecting it” Sort said. His goal is to take out the inferior life forms like normal people and those who refuse science and technology.
Sort used the power of heat to produce flames to shoot out his two hands frying the two scientists to death. “So much for them” Sort said. “The Nanobots completed the weapon producing process” one of the troops said. “Excellent, Dung. We have enough weaponry in our arsenal to make our move, but not yet” said Sort. He was looking over a creation in a large test tube, a deformed humanoid with bat like wings and fangs.
“What should I name you? Death bite?” suggested Sort. The creation nodded yes. “So it shall be Death bite, because of the poison venom in your fingertips” Sort said. “Another couple of hours and you awake to do my bidding” he replied. In the skies, the team was doing their air patrols in their hover vehicle for the protective agency. “Damn Watson for wanting us to do air patrol” Brian said. “Well Brian, we can’t turn this assignment down, we’re employed to do this” Farah said.
“She’s has a point, Brian. You should be happy we’re home in the 22nd than in the past tracking down fugitives” Vices said. “So how do you and Ricks handling your android bodies?” Cardinal said. “Excellent Amanda or Cardinal because being on duty” Ricks said in the aircraft. “So you six see anything unusual?” Watson said on the virtual com. “No sir” said Paul the Enforcer. “Then all of you return to station” commanded Watson. That’s when Vices sensed something. “Go to your left, towards the high-rise tower where old our old enemy Stone heart died in the past, getting negative vibrations” Vices said. The team went flying towards the tower.
An overhead drone camouflage in the sky appeared, taking a picture of the hover craft. “A hover craft vehicle. Zoom in” commanded Sort and the drone did that, showing him the occupants of the vehicle. “So it’s that guy Streak and his team in here” Sort said. He ordered Dung and the troopers to take the hover down. “Look at that, a surveillance air drone” Amanda said. “The high rise tower isn’t really there” Ricks said, and showed them the real building which is three floors high. “So it’s shorter than advertised” Brian joked. Then the Sun troopers came out of the building, looking up.
“This is SCPA. We want to know what’s going on in your building” Brian said on the intercom. “What are those guys in golden color?” Farah asked. Then one of the troopers had a missile launcher and shot at the back of the hover craft. “We’ve been hit!” Paul said. Knowing this, everyone bailed out the hover. With all having jet packs on them, they jet down safely to the ground. Farah’s holographic angel wings came out the back of her white suit as she glided down on.
“You guys know how to greet people” Paul said. “We are the Sun
Troopers powered by the Suns of Venus” Dung said, which he leads. “I
notice he’s telling the truth, but you don’t want to know underneath the
helmet” Vices said. “You’re a wise android, miss. Let me show you
under the helmet” Dung said, and took off his helmet, showing the
scarred face brown, with saliva coming from his mouth.