A little quicky for you. This takes place sometime before the story.
A white void devoid of life except one. A young woman, not stunning but attractive in her own modest way, was floating off an undetermined height off the ground. This is Matilda Honey, head of Research and Development, and overall pretty dang smart. On other Earths that are of a Marvelous disposition she'd be classified as a mutant but here she just another fantastical thing about Wonka's factory.
She was dreaming and very much aware of it, these days it the barrier between reality and dream were nonexistent to her, unfortunately this meant that she was very board. "What to do? What to do?" She clapped her hand, blowing the white void away to reveal the Earth in all its glory. " Maybe I could listen again." She looked around for an unknown intruder. "If I'm careful then he won't notice."
She reached out wither her mind and took in all of the conversations. So much information, what would break a man in a fraction of a millisecond is to her only the cause of a minor headache that slowly fades over time.
"Oh dear, he's crashed another car." - Rat
"Not to worry, sir. Jeperson and Vanessa are standing by." - Bill Tanner
"P-Please Number One, I've learned my lesson. Tell Lord Dra - wha- What are you doing? No, I've suffered enough. I'VE SUFFERED ENOUGH!" - Opal Koboi
"That's weird," Matilda thought to herself, "Wasn't that deranged pixie imprisoned by her own people?" Shrugging, she turned her attentions outside of her country.
"It's just a small freckle" - Fregley Wilson
"Do I miss my old Earth? (chuckling) F*** NO!" - Mr. Nancy
"Was it like Rabbit? Death you know." - Brother Bear
I WISH THEY WOULDN'T SAY THAT. ALL THOSE PEOPLE, I WASN'T EVEN NEAR MOST OF THEM. That last one sounded close. I AM CLOSE.
Matilda Turned to the left. It was just as she feared. There he was all fancy dark robes and big scythe complete with glowing blue eyes. Mr. big capital D himself.
"H-Hey Death." Matilda greeted respectfully. Death payed no mind to all the voices coming from the round world. Matilda then stopped the voices from coming in. HAVEN'T I TOLD YOU HOW RUDE IT IS TO SPY ON OTHER PEOPLE.
"Sorry, it was just- hey what happen to your big, white-" Matilda felt a nudge on her back. She turned around and there was Death's horse. "There you are Binky." Binky trotted back to his master. IF YOU WHAT SOMETHING TO DO WHY NOT LOOK FORWARD?
"Look forward." Matilda twiddled her thumbs unsure of herself. "I don't know, I went too far last time."
YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH INVADING PEOPLE'S PRIVACY AND YET YOU FELT SHAME FOR SPOILING YOUR FRIEND'S SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY. Matilda looked down in embarrassment while Death mounted his steed. I HAVE TO GO NOW. SOMEONE FROM ANOTHER REALITY IS HAS JUST DIED ON THIS ROUNDWORLD.
"Really? What does that involve?" Matilda asked. PAPERWORK, LOTS OF IT. Death answered with annoyance in his speech. STAY AWAY FROM THE TRICKSTER SPIDER'S MIND. HE KNEW YOU WERE LISTENING. Death then rode off into the world to collect a lost soul.
Matilda thought it over. Looking forward maybe just a small peak won't hurt. She closed her eyes and took in as much information about the whole universe as possible. With effort and sweat Matilda opened her eyes to see that her planet was gone and in its place was a glowing yellow gemstone. Before Matilda could could comment at it's beauty, the stone started to crack and shattered into a million tiny pieces. Her vision then changed, colors familiar and completely alien wized pass her mind. Universes of all natures and laws being affected by the actions of the Mad Titian and then suddenly it all stopped.
She was in the deep dark ocean, she could see nothing but the pitch black darkness of the freezing water. No, she realized this was was not just and ocean. This was the Pacific Ocean, the Mariana Trench to be exact. "Why do you think he's having watch this?" A voiced asked, Matilda herd it all around her. "All I know is," A second voice answered the first with a bit cartoonish gravel, "whatever is down there gives the boss the heebegeebees."
Matilda blinked and then she found herself standing in the middle of a field surrounded by a sorts of people of various genders, ages, and races. Then their flesh started to shift, hair and smooth skin was replaced with bright green flesh, bumpy chins and pointed ears. Then the sky became violent and black with storms, the field became covered in black smoke and one by one the creatures dropped to the ground, convulsing. They shrieked in agony and started dying, Matilda shut her eyes not wanting to look at this horrible sight. "You can have the multiverse," A voice filled with evil and hate, spoke and chilled Matilda to her very core, "but this world is MINE."
Portals opened up above the corpses of the dead aliens and smaller but still green aliens with ant like antenna stepped out, barring arms. They all started laughing as Matilda look up to see the the Massive's mocking holographic face looming over her. She screamed as the ship fired the biggest laser know to the cosmos and incinerated her and her world.
In her private apartment, Matilda woke up with a small burst of telekinetic energy, shaking the room and knocking over her belongings. She needed to tell someone as soon as possible about this strange new dream. As she got prepared she thought back to her conversation with Death. "Did you know?"
Hey, this wasn't what I intended to wright but this scene popped in my head and I had to get it out. I'm sorry I don't update as much as the other Infinity Crisis writers, admittedly I write slow and my life is my life so I can't update as often as I'd like. Just thought I'd put this together to assure you people that no matter how long it takes between chapters I have not abandoned this story.
If you were confused by the dream then let me break it down. Earth-1898 was on the list for the Skrulls' invasion but whenever they arrived something kept finding and killing them violently, letting the Time Masters find the remains as a warning. Whatever the thing is it has sights on Earth-1898 and is not at all interested in working with the Skrulls. Even then something else is buried at the bottom of the ocean that is worse than the thing that keeps the Skrulls out.
Rat is from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Jeperson is Richard Jeperson the Diogenes Club series of short stories by Kim Newman.
Opal Koboi is from Artemis Fowl by Eolin Colfer. If your wondering, its Opal Koboi of the past from The Time Paradox hence Matilda's confusion. If the events of The Last Guardian happen here, the universe might not survive.
Fregley Wilson is Fregley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney
Mr. Nancy is from American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. He comes from the Earth of the STARZ version of American Gods which was recently destroyed. In the future a variation of the events of Anansi Boys will happen.
Brother Bear is from Coonskin based on the Br'er Rabbit Stories of African American folklore. I know at first glance it looks questionable but watch the movie and do some research, you might be surprised.
Death is from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. (No, the person that died is not Mr. Nancy. I'll let another writer answer that.)
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