Davy had wandered for a few minutes through the jungle before he found a road. He shrugged and decided to follow it. It could lead him to one of his friends.
Or it could lead him to a member of the Iron League.
Or it could lead him to another potentially dangerous creature like in the research station.
“There’s like, a one in three chance this road will take me somewhere not terrible,” Davy reasoned to himself. Those weren’t really horrible odds, all things considered. Davy decided to continue following the road.
Davy thought about what it was he was supposed to be doing. He had been directed to sneak into the Iron League’s secret base by his mind therapy, but he still didn’t know what he was supposed to be looking for. Was it the next artifact? Was it the key to defeating the Iron League? Were they the same thing? What was their endgame here? Should he have made more of an effort to think this through beforehand?
Davy tried to put these questions out of his head. But what replaced them was the memory of this final words that Davy saw in his mind.
YOU DO IT WRONG
Those words made Davy uncomfortable. “I’d actually rather obsess over those other questions than think about that,” Davy mumbled. He decided to put those words out of his head as well and focus on finding his friends.
Davy ran into an empty jeep stalled in the middle of the road. The headlights were still on, and some of the Windows had been broken open. What really caught Davy’s attention, however was the giant metal fence behind the jeep. It looked to be at least a hundred feet tall, made up of gargantuan cement supports and metal beams. It had also been shorn open; an immense hole, about thirty feet wide stood in the middle of the fence. Sparks shot out of the broken metal beams.
“That can’t be good,” Davy stated. He stood still for a moment. He didn’t hear or see anything that could be dangerous like he had heard in the research station. He cautiously decided to keep moving.
He turned a corner not far from the jeep and saw an outhouse. Davy was normally not one to examine outhouses too closely, but he noticed that not only was the door closed, but he noticed the sign above the door handle currently said “Occupied.”
Someone was in there.
Davy nervously held his head against the door. He could hear someone breathing. Possibly against his better judgment, Davy lightly knocked on the door.
“Hello?” he said softly.
There was no immediate response. After a second, Davy heard a click and knew the door was unlocked. He slowly pushed it open.
He saw Olivia sitting on the floor in front of a toilet.
“There’s a dinosaur out there,” she whispered.
She motioned him inside. “Close the door, buddy,” she continued.
Davy did so. The outhouse was pretty cramped but Davy managed to awkwardly sit down in the remaining free floor space.
He looked at Olivia, who seemed to be pretty on edge. “So when I pulled back the curtain and you all disappeared, did you all get taken to different places?” he asked quietly.
Olivia nodded. “I guess so,” she answered. “One second I was in that curtained room with the rest of you, the next second I was in this jungle.” She lowered her voice. “With a T-Rex…”
Davy figured that was probably what broke through the fence. What he didn’t completely understand was why Olivia was holed up in an outhouse. “Not to put you down or anything,” he said. “But why are you in this outhouse?”
Olivia sighed and gave a nervous grin. “I’ve had bad experiences with dinosaurs.”
“Huh,” Davy grunted, somewhat dumbstruck. “You’ve seen dinosaurs before?”
Olivia thought about how to replay for a second before answering with a simple, “Yes.”
Davy wondered if he should probe further. “How old are you exactly, if you don’t mind me asking?”
Olivia’s grin grew wider as she shrugged. “About sixty-seven million years old, as best I can tell.” She leaned forward to Davy. “But let’s maybe just keep that between you and me.”
“Okay,” Davy said. “But I’ve seen you take down way bigger bad guys than a T-Rex.”
“Oh, I know,” Olivia replied. “I just needed a minute to collect myself. Dinosaurs were not on my list of things I expected to see today.”
Davy felt the ground shake and heard a series of deep rumbling noises. Something huge was walking up to the outhouse and Davy didn’t have to guess what it was. He then heard a loud roar just outside the outhouse that confirmed that Davy’s hunch was completely accurate.
Olivia stood up. “Hang on just one second, buddy,” she told to Davy. “The Night Retcher’s gotta fight off a Tyrannosaurus Rex.”
“Do you need any help?” Davy asked. He thought he could do something a little more useful than sit on the floor next to a toilet.
Olivia grinned. “Don’t worry about it,” she answered. “Just don’t get the pretty face of yours eaten,” she said in a amicably mocking voice.
Davy pushed himself against the wall of the outhouse as Olivia pushed her way to the door. As she stepped out, she turned back to Davy with a manic smile. “I’ll be right back,” she said. “Don’t do anything cool without me.” She laughed to herself. “Who am I kidding. I’m about to fight a dinosaur; you can’t get cooler than that.” She paused. “Unless the dinosaur was in space…”
Olivia realized she had trailed off. “See you in a second,” she said to Davy before she closed the door.
Davy sat on the floor and listened. He could hear the muffled shouts of Olivia through the wall of the outhouse.
“Hello fake dinosaur!” she shouted in her heroic voice. “You shall not cause harm to any innocents on this day! The Bight Retcher will not allow it!”
Davy heard another roar.
“Very well,” he heard Olivia say. “You have made your decision. Prepare yourself for the consequences of your actions!”
Davy heard another roar, only it got cut off partway through. Davy heard some strange thumping noises, a few squishy squelch sounds and finally a thud off in the distance.
After a moment of silence, the door opened again and Olivia stepped in. She closed it behind her and shuffled past Davy and sat back down on the floor where she had been previously.
“Where were we?” she asked calmly.
“I guess the T-Rex is gone?” Davy replied, fairly sure he already knew the answer.
Olivia gave an exaggerated laugh. “Oh, that thing?” she asked markedly casually. “It won’t be bothering us anymore.” She stretched her arms above her head and yawned. “So how did you find me anyway?” she asked Davy.
Davy thought back on how he got here. “I was brought to a different place when I opened the curtain,” he answered. “But I found a door that looked like it didn’t belong where I was. When I went through, I was taken to this jungle.”
Olivia thought this over. “Huh,” she grunted. “So if we find another strange door, it might take us to Steve and/or Connie.”
“That’s what I was thinking,” Davy replied.
The two of them stood up and made their way out of the outhouse. Davy looked down the road he had been following. He could see the roofs of some concrete buildings further on down through the trees. “There’s some buildings down there,” he said. “The next door is probably that way.”
“Nice,” Olivia chirped. “I’m ready to go if you are.”
Davy nodded as the two of the continued down the road.
Olivia looked to Davy. “So where did the curtain take you?” she asked. “Before you got here?”
“I got brought to what looked like an abandoned research base,” Davy answered. “I think it was supposed to be in Antarctica.”
This seemed to strike a chord with Olivia. She looked down at the ground with a grimace.
“What’s wrong?” Davy asked.
“I guess you could also say I’ve had some bad experiences with Antarctica too,” she replied sheepishly.
“Wait, you’ve been to Antarctica?” Davy asked incredulously.
Olivia shrugged with a nervous grin. “In a manner of speaking, yes.” She leaned in closer to Davy.
“But let’s just keep that between you and me, buddy.”