I still sharpen my knife. I am still worried I'll fail everyone down.
Suddenly I hear Ethan ask, "You guys ready?"
I put away my knife and jump off the box.
I smile, "Finally. Let's get going!" When in reality, I'm quite terrified.
Ethan tells us, "Well, everyone get inside," I tell them.
We all step inside the machine and Mr. Stark starts up the machine. There was a loud noise at it booted up. Then everything went white.
I wake up seeing Grim stuck in a tree, Josh is on a stoop, Ethan's in the middle of the air, And I'm just in the middle, seeing everything.
I ask, "Where are we?"
Josh confirms, "This is not New York."
I think, "Or at least not our worlds New York."
I run to Ethan, trying to wake him up.
I yell, "Ethan! Ethan! Ethan, wake up!"
Just yelling isn't working. I'll shake him. No, that's not working. A slap. That always wakes up men.
I slap Ethan and he jumps up and yells, "I'm up! I'm up!"
I breathe a sigh of relief. Ethan's awake. I would've laughed if we weren't in danger. Ethan blinks and looks around while I check my belt for my tools. I got them all.
Ethan asks, "Did we just teleport?" sitting up.
Everyone shakes their head. I answer, "No. Everything was white and when it cleared, Grim was in a tree, Josh was sitting on a stoop, you appeared a foot in mid-air over what seems like a park and dropped, and I was placed standing up in the center of it all. Josh looked around for a little bit and he confirmed that this isn't New York."
Ethan takes a deep breath and checks his bag. Suddenly a red streak zooms past. Followed by a yellow-ish-orange streak.
I can't be seeing things.
"Did you see that?" Ethan whispers.
"They were... people," Josh says.
Great! Another world with Supers.
Ethan agrees with my thoughts. "The people here have powers, too, huh? This better not be a regular occurance."
Grim suggests, "Let's go after them. They might know where Carson is. Or if not, they might help us search for her. They could cover a lot of square mileage going at the speeds they do,"
"Or," Josh says, "They could be criminals that beat us before we know what hit us."
"That's why I brought a change of clothes, Josh!" Ethan calls back, not stopping or slowing. Grim starts leading while I walk quietly behind Ethan and Grim. Then Josh sighs and runs to bring up the caboose. I at least know to keep an eye out for creepy people. I hear something strange to my right, but I don't make it look like I'm looking. I look around like a tourist to keep off suspicion. I can't see anything at all, so I keep walking. But my hair on the back of my neck keeps standing up.
"I hope people here can't smell fear."