just another door

Jules Ander, a scientist of some renown, tittered with delight as he completed the prototype for the invention he’d striven his whole life to create.  He held it aloft and marveled at the simple design to harness and balance the intricate mechanical structures and elemental fuels.  It was life and machine together, the first device of its kind, and a leap forward in humanities ability to distort the rules of physics.

Loathe to set aside the Second Bookmark, a simple name that barely hinted at the creations capabilities, Jules carefully returned the item to his workbench so that he could prepare for his journey all the same.  He considered locking it away, but decided there was no need as only he and his assistant and any knowledge of its existence, and he would only be gone for a few minutes.   Without a second glance he left the lab to grab what he needed from his private chambers down the hall.

When he returned, his assistant, Amber Rettin, was studying the new bookmark.   She didn’t bother to look up as she asked, “You finished it?”

“Yes, it is ready for testing.”

“What are you going to use as the test subject?”


His calm and confident response caused Amber to look up from the device and study her mentor.  She was surprised to see he was not wearing his normal lab attire, but had switched to boots, jeans, a long-sleeved flannel shirt, and, taken aback, she pointed at the scientist’s hip.  “What is that?  What are you doing?”

Jules let his right hand casually fall to the butt of the Ruger Vaquero he had holstered just below his waist.  He smiled broadly and jostled the revolver in the gun belt, easing the leather’s grip on the smooth metal.  “I certainly can’t go unprepared.”

“Go?  You are seriously going to test the device on yourself?”

“I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Jules stepped to the workbench and began to activate the device.  A series of flashing lights spiraled down the smooth surface indicating that everything was working properly.  With a curt nod and a satisfied smile he reached across to the adjacent bookshelf and withdrew the first volume of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.

“This is madness, Jules.  You can’t test the device on yourself!  What if something goes wrong?  All your knowledge on how the bookmark works will be lost.  Please, please, stop this foolishness.”  Amber reached out to grab him but her hands passed through empty space.

Jules had already placed the Second Bookmark on the first line of the book and he’d been pulled in straight away.  The device worked.  It was a success unparallelled in all the great moments of scientific discovery.  And, no one would ever know about it.

“Go then, there are other worlds than these.”  Amber looked down at the desk, unaware of what she had just said and unsure of why she was standing in the laboratory when she normally would be at lunch at that time of day.  Seeing a book titled “The Gunslingers,” the first in a seven book series, she picked it up and turned to the first page.  Perhaps she had come to the lab to find something to read while she ate.

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslingers followed.”

Intrigued, she tucked the book under her arm and left the room, flicking off the light as she passed into the hallway.  She would return to her work studying the radiation levels of sun bursts after losing herself for a few chapters.  She hoped the book was good as her mind had been plagued with several issues recently and she needed a good escape.


My sincere apology to Stephen King, and my thanks to Stephanie from Be Kind Rewrite for always supplying such fun prompts to inspire my writing.  Yep, this is another response to this week’s Inspiration Monday writing challenge.  I couldn’t help myself: Second Bookmark.  It called to me, just as the Tower calls to all who will protect it.  With all the potential universes spinning around the tower, all the possibilities, all the worlds, truths and untruths, why wouldn’t Roland have help from the beginning of the tale in at least one of them.  All things are possible…

You know you want to play along.  This is the first time I’ve broken “the rules” by going over the word count limit.  Whoops!


The Rules

There are none. Read the prompts, get inspired, write something. No word count minimum or maximum. You don’t have to include the exact prompt in your piece, and you can interpret the prompt(s) any way you like.


No really; I need rules!

Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.

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30 thoughts on “just another door

    • Hooray!
      I’ve never really done “fan fiction” before because I don’t think I could do the worlds the real authors created justice. But, I couldn’t help myself with this prompt, so i was a bit worried that it wouldn’t come off well enough… that people who enjoyed the series would lambast me for writing anything linked to it. In other words, I’m relieved that you enjoyed it.

  1. 1. How do you post this, and your revis and matticus posts, all on on the same day?
    2. Do I have to go back and read every revis and matticus post? I think so.
    3. How do you have time to answer every challenge, and so beautifully?
    4. when do you sleep?
    5. These prompts are so random – am I missing something? nuns with knives, calliopes?
    6. You are such a visually evocative writer, but also have a great ear for dialogue.
    7. That’s all.

    • 1. The R&M Save the Kingdom posts get written back and forth as we have time, so they go up whenever we get to the end of a chapter.
      2. Yes. To get the full story, and all the fun references and blogger call outs. You probably should.
      3. There are lots of challenges I don’t answer… Thank you for the compliment. Sometimes the words just come to me.
      4. I don’t. I’m up every day at 5 (that’s when the alarm goes off, but usually I’m up before then because the Little Prince isn’t sleeping well right now), and I don’t get to sleep until midnight or later most nights.
      5. I’m not really sure where Stephanie comes up with her prompt words. And, yes, they are completely random.
      6. Thank you! 😀
      7. It was above and beyond.

      • Who’s we? Do you write with a partner?
        How old is Little Prince?
        My Little Dude is 10. He thinks you are the coolest, by the way. He knows the name of certain bloggers, and of course, now yours, because of the link you sent.

      • The Revis and Matticus posts are written by myself and … Reivs (http://revisedgewater.wordpress.com/). The whole thing was his brilliant idea. And honestly, most of the best funny bits come from him.
        The Little Prince is just over 8 months old.
        That link wasn’t the one I was looking for, but it was close enough to make the point. At some time, I watched a video with 3 guys, one record, and one turntable each, and they made music … like a 3 piece band. It was amazing!

  2. Oh wow…wow…Stephen King…bookmarks that act as portals into the world of stories…wow…
    that’s just so awesomely amazing…really. How does one come up with stuff like that?! Ok…you know I’ve always wanted to have coffee with Stephen King’s mind…now I’d like to add your mind to the list too 😀

    • My mind is always available for a coffee session. 😉
      This one was kind of easy. I’ve wanted to step into the world or Roland and his ka-tet since I first read the series. It’s a hard world, but there are still good people, and there is magic, and there is this great purpose to save the beams and same the worlds, all of them. It’s a quest I could get behind. So, seeing the prompt “Second Bookmark” immediately made me think about what a second bookmark would be for, and if the first bookmark marks the page you are on, then the second one would mark a specific word or sentence, and from there I leapt into the story itself. Having read the Jane Eyre Affair probably put that idea into my head… And now you know. 😀

      • Ooo..thank you! I’ve never read the Dark Tower series!! Isn’t that weird?? I should seriously think of doing so! Neither have I read Jane Eyre’s Affair…

        Love the way you said that it was kinda easy 😛

      • I definitely recommend the Dark Tower series… I know some people have a hard time getting into them, but they are great examples of character development, world building, and overall first-class writing. Plus, Roland is a bad ass… so, there’s that.

        The Jane Eyre Affair is a quick fun read. Sort of futuristic, while still grounded, it involves a world where the technology has been developed to step into books… and therefore a police force has been created to ensure that while people visits books, they don’t do anything to alter the content. I’m sure you’d enjoy it.

      • Oooo….I sure would enjoy that Jane Eyre book!! And yes…I should invest on the series as well…but first thing on the agenda is to try to get that Jane Eyre book… Thank you!!

  3. I got so excited when I realized what it was. I want one of those! I’d have to take a book set in the modern world with me, though, so I could get back.

    • I’m not sure he planned on coming back… But, yes, that would be super smart. A newspaper from the day you left, or a Newsweek Magazine, or something where you could pinpoint a certain date/time to return to. Yep, that’s what I would do too.

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