[Planet Earth, on the rim of the Axian galaxy - The present]
Authen Halleck unfolded his beach chair, planted his umbrella like a flag and listened for the sound of the palm trees swaying in the distance. The white furry creature dawned a pair of sunglasses, adjusted his hawaiian cut shirt of loud reds and oranges and then dropped into the chair with a book in had.
"Finally" Halleck sighed.
A single shining star prisided over a cystal blue vista as far as the eye could see to the horizon.
'Radigen has outdone himself this time.' Halleck mused, taking it all in. Excerising his usual knack for the over the top, Brash Radigen the private citizen of the Axian Republic was the proud new owner of one planet Earth. Where Radigen had gotten that much money or gotten past all the obvious cultural and politcal difficulties withh such a purchase, Halleck would never ask, but he couldn't deny the obvious benefits.
A warm tropical breaze brought delightful aromas to his nose. Not a sound was to be heard except for the gentle swaying of palm trees at the islands edge and lapping of water on the beach.
It was perfect, the entire planet to themselves, they'd put in thier leaves and dissapeared before Navy HQ could say anything.
"Bloody Hell" A human cried in the distance.
Halleck lifted his shades and glanced at the silver and blue Navy StarFighter that rested on air a few feet above the sand at the far end of his island.
A slender human in shorts and a blue polo shirt fought the strap on a duffle bag that was wedged in the fighters small cargo compartment.
Halleck chuckled, "You need some help Brash?" He called out to his some-times mortal enemy and friend.
"No, no you bloody snot," Radigen cursed as he applied pressure to the bad from a different angle, "Just sit on your fuzzy arse whilst I kill myself, I wouldn't want to disturb your bloody tranquility, certainly wouldn't want to bloody well do bloody that, I mean..."
The bag came free suddenly and Radigen went flying into the sand, the bag landing deftly on top of him
"Bloody Hell!!!!" He screamed, knocked the bad some distance away.
Halleck fell out of his chair and nearly choked on sand laughing.
Radigen sat upright very tersly, swiped the bag off the sand and marched toward Halleck with military resolve.
Halleck quickly righted himself, brushed sand off his book and acted as though nothing had happened in the first place.
After a moment, Radigen arrived and tossed down a chair and a small cooler. In silence, he openned the cooler, grabbed two bottles of Central's famous soda drink, imported of course, and handed one to Halleck before consenting to sit.
Radigen fumed for a few moments while he brushed sand out of his hair, finally satisfied, he fixed his shirts collar and reached for the infamous bag.
Halleck took a sip of the dark liquid, 'Wow, this stuff has bite...and it doesn't go through fermentation?"
"Nope," Radigen began to rummage in the bag, "It's just carbonation with flavoring."
Halleck nodded and took a bigger swig, "I like it." He said and placed the bottle upright in the sand, "So, what's in the bag?"
Radigen withdrew a single flat and silver remote control with the CyrezxCorp logo on it and appraised it with a critical eye.
Halleck looked puzzled, "What's that?"
Radigen smiled, "You do of course know this planet's history, don't you?"
Halleck gave Radigen a dull look, "Something about nuclear war, origin of the Armeanians, not very interesting."
"Yes, well, anyways," Radigen looked around, "After I bought the rock, I contracted to the CyrezxCorp to fix the planet and restore it to the way it was."
Halleck took his drink from his lips, lifted his shades, and stared at Radigen.
"Fix the planet?"
"Yes, fix the planet. It cost a pretty penny, and used up a favor or two, but they've restored it to the way it was before the disaster 7 millenia ago." Radigen said with a smart little grin.
Halleck looked at the remote with new found anxiety, "So where does that come in?" He ask tentatively.
"Awe yes, this," Radigen started, he pointed it at the sky and pressed a button.
Clouds formed and warm tropical rain immediatly began to fall.
Halleck continued staring at Radigen and Radigen couldn't help but let out an arragont little chuckle as he returned his shocked friends stare.
"No...Way" Halleck managed after a moment.
Radigen again pointed the remote at the sky and the rain stopped quite suddenly, clouds broke up, and the tropical setting again returned to it's former nature.
Radigen smuggly waited for Halleck's reaction.
Halleck took the remote and looked at it like a child.
"It would take a huge command and control center to coordinate all these systems," He began theorizing excitedly, " All those complexes climates, how did you..?"
Radigen smiled, "The remote 'dumbs down' the functions of the central command center. I don't have the same level of control, but I do have access to most of functions."
He took it back from Halleck, pressed a few buttons, and then pointed it to the west.
The breeze that had been coming from the east, suddenly turned tail and began blowing in the other direction with just enough force to dry the two and thier belongings from the unsightly rain storm. After a moment, and a flick of the remote, the breeze returned to normal.
"That is the coolest thing I've ever seen" Halleck said in awe.
"I know Halleck, I know."
"So, can you make the waves bigger? I'd love to go surfing."
Radigen smiled a great big smile, and Halleck nearly exploded with excitement. He jumped up out of his chair, "I'll go grab my board, hold on!"
The sky flashed completely black and the sand turned to solid rock, the water dissapeared and a great and endless waste appeared where an ocean had been a moment befoe. Lightning crashed across an empty sky, and the earth trembled. Halleck lost his footing and fell, only to have that momentary image of a ruined world vanish as quickly as it had come and beach sand caught him in his fall.
He swung around to face Radigen, but Radigen looked just as shocked as he did.
"What did you..."
They were both silent as the sounds of the ordinary beach played on with frighting consistency.
The water lapped, and the breeze stirred the palms in an eeire cycle that both Admiral's realized they'd been listening to with nervous anxiety for a few moments.
"For the love of Mike, what was that?" Halleck asked in a shaky voice.
Before Radigen could answer, or even stand up, the sand and the sky vanished again into a terrifying void of rock and lightning. The image lasted a breath longer than it had before, long enough for each Admiral to fill thier lungs with rancid dry air that tasted of something horrifying. Thier bodies rejected it and sent them both coughing as the facade of a blue world returned.
Radigen bolted upright, as Halleck rolled up into a crouch, one thought screaming in both thier minds
Whatever that was...they couldn't breath the air.
Radgien gripped the remote with furry as he and his counterpart raced across the beach to the security of the thier starfighter.
All around them, the land and the sky changed again and again, filling thier eyes and minds with visions of two worlds layed over top one another.
The changing ground was treachous and unstabble, one moment they ran across open sand, the next, they jumped from rock to rock.
The earth shook with might and suddenly the rock beneath them collapsed. Halleck dived over an open field of sand and grabbed the edge of the fighter just as a chasm of fire and smoke appeared beneath him.
Radigen lost his footing on the sand,"Bloody..."
The chasm appeared on cue as thought waiting for him.
"Radigen!" Halleck screamed.
He caught the humans outstreched hand and held on as tight as he could.
"Pull yourself up." Halleck yelled, wincing at his strain. Radigen rithed wildly, feet kicking in the hot open air. He suddenly stared down into the firey gorge that awaited him, and his eyes grew wide.
With determination, he set his jaw and grabbed the fighter's solid edge.
With grunts and curses, the human was pulled up onto the smooth surface of the round fighters top half.
Without a moments pause, Halleck dived into the pilots seat and Radigen crawled, coughing, into the passenger seat behind his furry counterpart.
The cockpit hissed closed, and her duel gravity spheres burned bright blue as gravity contorted around the fighter and it shot up into the burning skies like a bullet. In only a few scant moments, the small fighter achieved orbit over the dark world, and only then did Halleck and Radigen look back.
Red viens of open magma could be seen from space, and lightning storms raged across the broken ionosphere. What had been a blue and white jewel as they had arrived that morning was now a ruin.
"Bloody hell..." Radigen said rather flatly as he looked from his ruined rock to the remote and back again.
Only then did Halleck gaze down at the holo-real text the fighter seemed so persistent on telling it's pilot.
[WARNING: Temporal Error Detected, Exercise Caution]
"Oh for the love of mike!!"