Tune Novel

TUNE - Epilogue

TUNE - Epilogue
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EPILOGUE

         Andy's facebook account was exploding with messages. So many friends wondering where he was. Asking if he was okay. It was overwhelming.

         Roger and Tony had created a missing person page for him on facebook as well, desperate for any information about his whereabouts. Over the past month, the page had expanded into a stream of photos and moving tributes from all corners of his life. Friends, close and distant, classmates, old and new, all came out of the woodwork to voice their concern for his disappearance. Family members he hadn't seen in years, cousins, aunts, uncles, sang his praises and shared childhood memories. Even those whom Andy thought hated him or even bullied him in his youth had nice thing to say. His parents didn't know the first thing about facebook, of course, so Roger and Tony transcribed their words into a long post anchored at the top of the page. It was an emotional plea for his return. They told Andy how much they loved him and how regretful they were of their strained relationship at the time of his disappearance.

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TUNE - Chapter 25

TUNE - Chapter 25
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CHAPTER 25

         If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to have all your senses simultaneously ravaged, Andy would suggest taking a whirl in the tuner. If you want to simulate the experience, look directly into the sun, press your ears to a jet engine, then spin until your organs try to escape your body through your back from the centrifugal force. Oh, and that metallic taste on your tongue? That's the taste of terror and hysteria from the most primal depths of your lizard brain as all your bearings abandon you. You don't know whether to scream, cry, laugh, vomit or shit your pants. If the human body was capable of doing all those things at once, it probably would.

         Andy made a mental note to himself: If you survive this, email a sternly worded complaint to the tuner designer.

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TUNE - Chapter 24

TUNE - Chapter 24
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CHAPTER 24

         In the center of a black, featureless void, the Praxians saw a middle-aged human male in a nicely pressed powder blue button-up shirt tucked into a pair of well-worn jeans. His face was framed by a magnificent brown afro that formed a perfect puffy sphere around his head. The afro dovetailed into a neatly trimmed beard surrounding a smile of perfect sanguinity. He stood before a canvas and easel with a brush in one hand and a wooden palette dabbed with vibrant colors in the other. He spoke in a soft, deer-like voice which immediately lulled any viewer into a trance of hypnotic serenity.

         "Now just dab some of that ol' Titanium White onto your brush and very lightly lay in some snow," he purred, barely above a whisper.

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TUNE - Chapter 23

TUNE - Chapter 23
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Chapter 23

         "We know it's you, B101," D86 muttered gravely, pointing his rifle. "So turn off the hologuiser and drop the gun!" He pinned Dash with a withering look. She crumpled like an empty paper box. Then he called out to Mo. "And you! We have five flame throwers trained on you, so don't even think about transforming. Big or small, you're going to be fried."

         "Okay, okay," Andy cried. "Don't shoot!"

         They dropped their guns, and Dash deactivated her hologuiser. Mo took off his sword belt, but unbeknown to anyone, he pressed one of the gems studded into the buckle as he dropped it to the floor. Then he stepped forward with his hands raised.

         "Fellas. Relax," he said in a breezy voice. "I'm on your team. I was bringing them to you."

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TUNE - Chapter 22

TUNE - Chapter 22
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Chapter 22

         An hour later, Yumi, Mo and Andy were back on the zoo grounds. Yumi and Andy were shoved out of D86's hovervan which was parked just inside the front gate. D86 nudged them forward with the barrel of his blaster rifle. Mo was draped over his shoulder like a dead fish, still out of it. Their bags and Andy's sword hung from D86's other shoulder.

         "Move it!" he barked. Andy and Yumi tumbled out of the rear hatch of the van, the chains of their handcuffs rattling behind their backs. Andy's lips were caked with blood. He felt lucky to have kept all his teeth.

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TUNE - Chapter 21

TUNE - Chapter 21
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CHAPTER 21

         Fifteen minutes later, Dash pushed one last button on the control desk and they were done.

         "There, that should do it," she said.

         Andy held out his fist. "Excellent! Pound it!"

         Dash stared curiously back and forth between Andy's face and his outstretched fist. Then she shrugged and bumped it. A second later, Andy found himself on the other side of the room, the back of his chair plastered against the wall. That's what happens when you're in a rolling office chair and Dash "taps" your fist. During his excitement, Andy had forgotten just how strong she was.

         "A little lighter next time," he whimpered, shaking out his hand. "Ow..."

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TUNE - Chapter 20

TUNE - Chapter 20
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CHAPTER 20

         "Are you sure this is a good idea?" Andy asked, verging on panic. "What if Mo is on his way back to the riverbank right now and we miss him?"

         "I don't really see how we have any other option at the moment," replied Yumi, hands clasped on the steering wheel. "While we wait for Mo, D86 could be taking Dash in."

         "But..."

         "Do you want to save her or not? If you do, we can't risk sitting around while D86 makes his way over to the Feed station. Besides, if our positions were reversed, Mo wouldn't give a second thought about leaving us behind. Heck, if he had the tuner key, he would've grabbed Dash and been out of this world a long time ago without so much as a wave. All he cares about is himself. Don't get me wrong, I honor my deals and Mo's no exception to that, but if untenable circumstances prevent him from coming with us, well, excuse me if I don't sob over my hope chest about it."

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TUNE - Chapter 19

TUNE - Chapter 19
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CHAPTER 19

         Once inside the car, Mo began laying out their course of action.

         "Okay, here's the plan," Mo said from the driver seat. "While you guys wait in here for the cops to settle down a bit, I'm going to change into a bird and go find out exactly where Dash works in the Feed station. If we just circle the building aimlessly in a police hovercar looking for Dash, people will certainly spot us and get suspicious.

         "Once I locate her, I'll come back and we'll go pick her up. That way we can pull up directly to her window and it'll be a quick in and out operation. Hopefully she works in an office with a window... And let's hope D86 hasn't gotten to her yet."

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TUNE - Chapter 18

TUNE - Chapter 18
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CHAPTER 18

         "Hold tight!" Andy heard Mo cry out.

         Suddenly he felt himself tilting backward so he clasped onto Yumi's torso like a barnacle. Soon the sounds of blaster fire grew faint and Andy felt the night wind push harder against his face. The whole world grew quiet.

         "Oh, my God!" he heard Yumi belt out excitedly into the air.

         Andy finally cracked his eyes open and found himself surrounded by stars. He looked behind him and saw more of the same. Then he spotted the C.I.S. Zoo far below them, growing smaller with every second. And just in front of his dangling legs, giant white wings flapped powerfully on either side of Mo's torso. Mo had taken the form of a Pegasus, soaring up through the air!

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TUNE - Chapter 17

TUNE - Chapter 17
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CHAPTER 17

         Yumi shot Andy an impatient glance over her shoulder and waved him forward.

         "Come on! Hurry up, Andy!" she hissed. "D86 won't forget us for long. He'll probably be racing back to hunt us down any minute now!"

         "Okay, okay!" Andy whispered back. "I just want to make sure no one else is following us!"

         After taking one last look behind him, Andy scuttled forward and caught up to Yumi at the intersection. The corridor they were currently scurrying through came to a halt against a larger, perpendicular hallway. They could hear noises of a scuffle somewhere close by, and they guessed it was around this corner. They had been sneaking around in the corridors for a few minutes and thus far gone undetected. But although Andy was finally out of his cage, he didn't feel any sense of freedom. They could still run into a Praxian at any moment and be tossed right back into their habitat. Luckily for them, all the Praxians seemed to have been diverted to the Kyderons wrecking havoc inside the zoo at the moment. The hallways were deserted, and so were the various rooms and offices they had crept by. Andy assumed Mo was still running free from the sounds of all the pandemonium around them. The intruder alarm continued to blare.

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