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The Parallel

By M3rcy All Rights Reserved ©

Romance / Scifi

Chapter 1

“Don't do it...”

Tick, tick, tick...

Time was going fast. Sydney stood at the tracks. The wind was pushing furiously around the sixteen year old girl as she stood alone in the windy country side. It had just become night, and she had tears welling in her eyes. She could hear the train coming. Her home was just a little distance away, but she had chosen tonight to take her life.

All because of one girl.

Kylie.

She swallowed as she shut her eyes and stepped out onto the tracks, the sound of chugging in the distance as a giant train came slamming down the rails to where she hoped to get hit.

Get killed.

She stood there, hearing the nose of the chugs and screeching coming closer and closer, and just as it was about to hit her she was shoved off the metal tracks to the grass. The train zoomed by, and she lay there paralysed in shock for a second before an angry voice shouted at her.

“DON'T YOU EVEN DARE!”

Sydney choked in tears as she turned around and saw a girl there that looked just like her, the girl panting and raging there above Sydney, and her twin self said angrily.

“You are not doing this.”

“W-what...” Sydney said in horror as she looked at this blue haired identical twin, and she continued, taking a breath, “Y-you're me!”

“Yeah, I am...” the girl just said back and lifted her hand before Sydney as she offered her help up. Sydney looked at the pale hand frightened but reached timidly for it, “And you need to hide me.”

The young sixteen year old girl stood unsteadily on her legs as she looked at her clone and uttered, “What...?”

“You are actually handling this quite well.” the blue haired girl said back with a grin, and Sydney just swallowed as she nodded.

“Well... I might be dead... so...”

The blue haired girl just laughed and replied, “No, you are still very much alive.”

“I was going to dye my hair blue in a week...” Sydney muttered wiping her teary eyes, and her twin just smiled.

“I started doing it months ago.”

“It looks good on you...” Sydney said with warm but sad eyes, and the two stood in the dark for a few minutes before the blue haired girl said.

“Call me Sid.”

“Boy, that'll get confusing...” Sydney just chuckled weakly, and Sid just smirked before saying.

“Sydney, I need a place to hide... and you're the only one that can hide me.”

“I'm still thinking this is a dream...” Sydney said with a weak laugh, and Sid glared at her angrily.

“Well it isn't.”

“Then who are you?”

“I'm you, just... from another universe.”
“Right, sure.”

“Come on.” Sid said angrily and grabbed Sydney's arm pulling her back in the direction of the young teen's home, but Sydney held back reluctantly as she said.

“No! I want to die! I don't want to go back! I don't want to pretend anymore that I have a future when I don't!”

“Sydney.” Sid said angrily and burned her eyes in the direction of her alternate self, “You are coming, and I'm hiding in your tool shed!”

“N-no!” Sydney just cried and tried to run away, but the blue haired girl just brought out a small zapper and pressed it in her side. Sydney got stunned, and after a split second darkness entered.


When she woke again she was just outside her home's door. The sun was only then rising over the vivid green country side, the cement beneath her warm from the summer heat even in the dawn.

She rubbed her eyes tiredly and began to get up on her feet. She heard the door open behind her and out came her mother Laura.

“Sydney...” the woman said quietly and hugged her, Sydney weakly reaching her hands around Laura as she hugged her nervously back.

“I couldn't see you in your bed. what are you doing out here?”

“Just...” Sydney said quietly and could hear the sound of a train in the distance chugging down the tracks a mile away, “Just wanted to look at the stars.”

“Come inside.”

“In a second...” Sydney said with barely a voice, and Laura looked at her worriedly but weakly nodded her head. The woman came back inside to the home.

Sydney stood outside in the dim morning light and remembered the person she had seen when she had tried to take her life.

Herself.

She swallowed as she remembered those words- in your tool shed-

Should she check...? see if her imagined event was actually a reality?

She took a few weak steps to behind the home and went to the shed at the back of the field. She creaked the metal door open barely and peered inside but froze when she saw that blue haired girl. Computer dials, holographs and machines were all set up in the tiny space.

She closed the door quickly when the girl's eyes glanced over at her, and Sydney stood in a panic on the other side as she uttered.

“It's just my imagination... just my imagination...”

She stumbled forward suddenly when she felt the door open and her doppelgänger said to her in a hiss.

“Get in here, quick!”

Sid grabbed Sydney's arm and pulled her into the small shed, Sydney struggling all along, before Sid locked the door at the latch and looked at the weaker version of herself.

“What do you want!?” Sydney cried as she pressed against the wall before falling in a cradle at her knees, Sid just grunting at this but Sydney had to know, “How are you real?! How do you exist here- Another me!”

“I'm you from another universe, Sydney.” the girl responded bluntly, and Sydney shook her head, not believing. “I came to your world to escape persecution from mine.”

“Why mine? Why here? Why now!”

“Because you are the only version of me that I know won't turn me in. And the only version that knows about alternate universes.”

Sydney just shook her head in denial but felt Sid crouch down beside her and continue.

“And because I know you have nothing left to lose.”

Sydney looked at her alternate self and saw Sid give a serious gaze at her. Sydney just swallowed and nodded her head weakly in response.

“I k-know...” she muttered and wiped her eyes from the tears that had started to form. Sid just stared at her for a few more seconds before patting Sydney on the back and helped the pale brunette up onto her shaky legs. Sydney just gulped in nervousness as she watched Sid go back to her technology, and she asked the blue haired girl after a few minutes.

“Why are you on the run?”

“I'm on the run because I know how to influence other realities... all fifty million of them.”

“Fifty m-million?” Sydney said in disbelief. Sid just looked back at her from her screen, replying with one word.

“Yes.”

“I don't get it.”

“I can step foot into any universe because I can see through the illusion.” Sid just said back quietly, barely interested in elaborating. “Some people want me because they want to use my ability to take control of worlds upon worlds.”

Sydney swallowed as she heard this, only standing still in fear, and the blue haired girl looked back at her as she said.

“And unlike you, Sydney... I don't want to die.”

“I don't understand.”
Sid growled as her hand ran down her face stretching the skin and replied, “I just told you. That's everything. They want me dead so they can use my brain to discover how to take one step here and end up instantly there.”

“But why?”

“For power. All they want is control.”

“This can't be real...” Sydney just cried falling back down to her knees, and in tears, she curled herself into a closed off ball. “This can't be happening to me.”
“Well it is.”

“Just leave me... go away.”

“I can't.”
“WHY!”

“I told you why! I DON'T WANT TO DIE!”

“Why didn't you just take my place, then?” Sydney cried back and Sid just sighed in response, “Why didn't you just come here, let me die and pretend to be me!”

“Because.”
“Why!”

“Because you are the only version of me left that's good!”

Sydney gasped in hearing this and Sid just closed her eyes in pain as she muttered, “Yep...”

Sydney wrapped her arms tighter around her legs as she held herself and wept. Sid just worked at her dials for a few more minutes before she uttered to her brown haired alternate self.

“You better get going. Your mum will be looking for you.”

“I don't want to.”

“Go, SYDNEY.” she just yelled at her and Sydney shook back at those words before getting on trembling legs back to her feet and leaving the tool shed.

Sid breathed out slowly as she tried to calm herself and looked back at her dials and holograms to see if the police had come or not. She took a breath out in relief when she saw no indication of anyone else entering this universe. She stood up from her stool and looked out through the small stained window to the green lush countryside that had come more into view as the dawn reached six thirty a.m, and sunlight had lit the land in sparse spots with shadows still predominant.

“Sydney... why you gotta be so stupid.” she uttered to herself about the other her, and took another deep breath out as she got an old damp blanket from a shelf, covering it around her. She leant on the back metal wall, trying to fall asleep.

Sleep a luxury now that her very existence... was in danger.


Sydney didn't want to re-enter her home. She wanted to just go back to that train track and end it all. But there was no point in doing it now. She could wait till Sunday night... today only donning the start of Saturday, and she headed back into her house, going to her room and laying on her bed.

She wrapped her heavy blankets around her as she lay there in the warmth, just curling tightly into the quilts.

There was no point in fighting it... no point in trying to fight for her life now that she didn't have Kylie, and she would do as what was planned.

She didn't want to pretend anymore that things would be okay.

She knew now that they would never.

Away in the tool shed Sid could feel the thoughts and feelings that went through her other self and bit her lip worried.

She needed Sydney to stay alive... stay alive just long enough till she could figure something out. But her other self seemed to have already given up, and Sid hated this so much.

She leant on the wall at the back of the shed, just trying to sleep but all the feelings of Sydney could be felt right in her core and Sid hated this.

For the other her that wanted death so much all Sid wanted was to live. Live till a hundred or more and live without having fear of her life being taken all because she had questioned things and broke apart from the illusion.

Now all she had was time till she had to leave this world as well... once they came they would not stop till she was theirs.

And she would never be theirs.

She would never.

Both girls fell asleep as the sun shone its rays all across the land. The dials on the holograms and computers spun round and round. A small bleep was detected in the radar studying quantum particles. Sid just stirred in her sleep as she uttered to herself in a needful voice.

“Just one more day...”

The dials always spinning as she begged with eyes closed tightly.

“Just give me one more day...”

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