Gnomenasher, the Giant Magic-Tracking Gerbil

I looked inside and saw something unexpected. It was a gerbil. A giant gerbil, the size of a Doberman, but it was definitely a gerbil. “That’s your magic tracker?” I asked.

“Best tracker in 13 shires!” the sheriff proclaimed proudly.

I looked at the gerbil again. It was staring blankly at a wall. “That thing?”

The troll glowered. “Don’t believe me, do you?”

He picked up the gerbil and whispered into its ear, “Ok, Gnomenasher. Ready to get work?” The poor thing didn’t respond in any way. “All right, Gnomenasher, go find the magic! Go find the magic, boy! Go get it!” The sheriff put the gerbil down. It didn’t move.

“Impressive,” I said. The troll sheriff glared down at me. I smiled apologetically up at him out of fear.

“Just you watch,” he said and knelt down next to the giant gerbil. “All right, Gnomenasher, be a good boy. Find that magic. Go ahead, boy. Find it! Come on, nasher. Go find the magic, boy!” The gerbil looked up at him like it had no idea what he was talking about.

“Are you s…?” I began to ask, but then the gerbil jumped to life. I had to leap out of the way to keep from being run over by it. It rocketed out of the room like a bolt of lightning, slamming right through the door.

“Follow him!” the Sheriff yelled.

He pushed through the door and ran across the sheriff station to the outside, followed closely by his deputies. I chased after them, doing my best to keep up with them. As we ran outside after Gnomenasher, the other trolls who had been waiting to find out my fare quickly joined in, or at least the ones who hadn’t been bowled over by the gerbil did. We all ran down the streets after the gerbil as he raced after the scent. Suddenly, he turned and went plowing into a building.

The sheriff chased after him inside and I followed him and everyone else followed me. We found the gerbil sitting patiently in the middle of the room as if he had been there all day. I recognized the room instantly. Not that that was any great feet, I had only been in two places in this village and we had just left the other. We were back in the tavern, right where I had come in. “That’s one special gerbil you’ve got there,” I said. “I never could’ve brought us here.”

“I don’t appreciate your snide words, Gnomenasher did his job. He found the portal that sent you here. Could you have done that?”

“Brought us to where I had just been? Yeah, I’m pretty sure I could have done that.”

“Oh yea, smart guy? Could you have brought us to the exact spot that you had first appeared?”

“The exact spot?” I chuckled, not buying a thing this troll was saying. “How could you possibly tell that this was the exact spot I first came in? You weren’t even here when I did?”

The Sheriff didn’t say a word, he just moved his hand until it was hovering over the gerbil’s snout. It shimmered.

I blinked vapidly. “Ok, so it’s the exact spot. So what does that mean?” I asked, as trolls began to fill in behind me.

“That means we can open it back up.”

“Open it up? How do you plan on doing that? Don’t you hate wizards? Wouldn’t one of you knowing magic be somewhat hypocritical?”

“Yes, we do hate wizards. And no I’m not going to open it up with magic. I’m going to use a crowbar. Toleuk?” A large female troll in a deputy uniform walked over carrying a large crowbar. And by that, I mean it was large to me, nearly half my size, but to the trolls it seemed about the appropriate size.

The Sheriff took the crowbar and smacked it into his palm. “This’ll do,” he decided and then thrusted it into the invisible point that remained of the portal. Its tip began to shimmer. And then he began to push against, the tip of the crowbar remained unmoved as he struggled against it.

For the longest time, nothing happened. All there was was the sound of the Sheriff grunting. The Sheriff stepped back and took a deep breath. He slammed the crowbar in angrily and let out a loud growl as he threw his weight behind it. The air around the crowbar began to crack. The Sheriff let out a satisfied laugh. “Now we’re getting somewhere.”

He gave another pull before handing it off to one of his larger deputies. Then after a couple more takes that troll handed it off to another deputy. After half a dozen deputies had given it a shot, the hole in space and time was nearly big enough for me to fit through. “Give it one more go,” the Sheriff said.

The deputy nodded and gave it another pull. There was a loud cracking sound and the crowbar was sucked right out of the troll’s hands.

“Uh-oh.”

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Book Two Character List

Frank Clay – “The Quantum Unstable Man” He was conducting an experiment with his friend and mentor, David Lovell, when something went wrong. David was injured, but Frank’s body was transformed on a quantum level. The instability in his body grows and the only way to release it is by using the Quantum Stability Chamber, also known as “The Box”. When the stability is released, Frank’s body changes seemingly at random. There seems to be no limit on race, gender, age, or body type that he can transform into, though its true nature is not yet fully understood. There had been an early device called the Stabilizer that had been used, but its use resulted in the accident that took David’s life. Frank continues to be guilty to feel guilty about this. The Xian had implanted a chip into his head so that he could understand their language as well as most alien species.

Jamal Sampson – Frank’s Best Friend. After an accident, his brain was transferred into the body of an orangutan. When trying to save his daughter, Tilly who was kidnapped by her mother in the future, he and the rest of the gang were sent into the past. There Jamal was attacked by a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Jennifer was forced to transfer his brain into the body of a raptor to save his life. A future version of his daughter, while rescuing them from the past, then injected him with nanites that altered the physical structure of the raptor body, such as giving his hands more flexibility and his mouth the ability to form the english language.

Mathilda Sampson – “Tilly” Jamal’s 16-year old daughter. She is a surprisingly skilled fighter. She is also Freyja’s daughter and heir to a millennia-long empire. She hates being called “Matti” because it is what her mother calls her. She was kidnapped by her mother and trapped in the future for 4 years. During that time, she learned many things. Her mother also gave her many bio-modifications, like the ability to travel through time, crumble walls, create a personal shield, override surveillance equipment, and phase through solid objects. She was also injected with nanites that have rendered her immune to everything the next several thousand years could throw at her.

ALAN – Frank’s robotic assistant. His main program is housed in a cybernetic brain this able to be installed in various robotic forms. He is currently in a robotic body from the future much scaled down over the course of their adventures.

Jennifer Lovell – “Doc” Jennifer is the daughter of Frank’s mentor, David Lovell. She created the Quantum Stability Chamber and saved Frank’s life.

Peterson Samuel – an agent with the CIA. He wears an eyepatch.

Ramstov – a small eastern European nation that is ruled by General Zlodeyskiy. Its capital is Zlodeyskiygrad, which is where the General’s palace is located.

General Imre Zlodeyskiy – the ruler of Ramstov. He has a 16 year old son. he usually dresses in the Ramstovian military uniform of deep purple.

Hera – General Zlodeyskiy’s liaison.

Mayhew Zlodeyskiy – the General’s son.

Lu Wu – China’s ambassador to Ramstov. He has two young children.

Dinozens – A race of creatures who appeared to have evolved from the dinosaurs. They are a monarchy, ruled by a king. In the middle of their village is a statue that looks very similar to the Crimson Figure. Members of their race include Tyrannex, the Dinozen’s Master of War and the Princess, who Jamal has had intimate relations with.

Book One Character List

Frank Clay – “The Quantum Unstable Man” He was conducting an experiment with his friend and mentor, David Lovell, when something went wrong. David was injured, but Frank’s body was transformed on a quantum level. The instability in his body grows and the only way to release it is by using the Quantum Stability Chamber, also known as “The Box”. There had been an early device called the Stabilizer that had been used, but its use resulted in the accident that took David’s life. Frank continues to be guilty to feel guilty about this.

Jamal Sampson – Frank’s Best Friend. After an accident, his brain was transferred into the body of an orangutan.

Mathilda Sampson – “Tilly” Jamal’s 12-year old daughter. She is a surprisingly skilled fighter. She is also Freyja’s daughter and heir to a millennia-long empire. She hates being called “Matti” because it is what her mother calls her.

ALAN – Frank’s robotic assistant. His main program is housed in a cybernetic brain this able to be installed in various robotic forms.

Jennifer Lovell – “Doc” Jennifer is the daughter of Frank’s mentor, David Lovell. She created the Quantum Stability Chamber and saved Frank’s life.

Freyja Reina del Tiempo – The Queen of Time. She is Mathilda’s mother and rules 3000 years of time. She mostly uses robots as her army including the Valkyrie, the Jotun, and the Surtr, the world destroyer.

Kink – Time Pirate. Kink is from the far future where biomodification (such as changing skin color, adding extra limbs, wings) is as common as tattoos and piercings are in the early 21st century. Over their many interactions, Kink has developed a flirtatious relationship with Frank that he does not reciprocate.

The Time Police – an organization devoted to protecting the integrity of the time stream. The are in a constant cold war with Freyja.

The Crimson Figure – Lived in the time of the dinosaurs beneath the earth, using rock creatures as its minions. It’s skin was a metallic crimson that had the appearance of being a liquid. It wears a grey harness across its shoulders with tubing and elaborate ornamentation.

The Ninja King – Akuhei, the master of the ninja clan. He hates Frank.

Retched Refuse – They are a band of freedom fighters who fight against Freyja’s oppressive rule. They lived in one of the Freetowns in the caves below the cities of the Earth. They fly around in a battle-ready garbage truck. Among their number is the pink mohawked Filth and Sludge, a large man whose long hair changed color as he moved.

Xian – An alien race that looked like a cross between a squid and a tiger. They fought and defeated the Zhessessenese. They implanted a translation chip into Frank’s head.

Zhessessenese – A race of aliens who fought and were defeated by the Xian.

Dinozens- A race of creatures who appeared to have evolved from the dinosaurs. In the middle of their village is a statue that looks very similar to the Crimson Figure.

Independent Martian Federation – A group of people who oppose Freyja’s rule and wish for a free and independent Mars. Their attempt at revolution does not go well. Among them is Hodge, a man who was tasked to assassinate the Queen, and General Little who is in charge of the Martian Defense Force.


The Upside down creature
– This alien is purple and green. It speaks with its seven hands by making clapping and snapping sounds. It gets around by swinging along rungs on the ceiling, where it keeps all its stuff. It does not like the Xian.

Introduction

This blog is about the ongoing adventures of Frank Clay, the Quantum Unstable Man, and his team. This is the next draft of the story that was told a daily basis at https://twitter.com/QuantumUnstable then collected weekly at http://thequantumlyunstableman.tumblr.com/. Any questions or comments are appreciated.

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