-Ryan Styles stared at the walls of his cell.  He no longer could remember how long he had been Colin's prisoner.  Day after day he had been interrogated in hopes that he might reveal some weakness of the Draconians.  Truthfully, he would have revealed every weakness of the Draconians . . . .if he knew any.  Anything to escape this.  Ryan heard the familiar sound of the cell force field being shut down.  He never even looked up.  He knew who it was and what it was about.  "I'll get you someday Colin," Ryan thought to himself as he felt  the pain begin.

What if you found a portal to a parallel universe? What if you could slide into a thousand different dimensions.  Where it's the same year and you're the same person, but everything else is different? What if that portal took everything you've ever held dear? And what if the nightmare never ends?


Jerry O'Connell as Quinn Mallory
Sabrina Lloyd as Wade Mallory
Cleavant Derricks as Rembrandt Brown
John Rhys-Davies as Maximillian Arturo
Jason Gaffney as Conrad Bennish Jr.
Una Damon as Mary
Katie Holmes as Autumn Mallory
"Prelude To A Gathering"

-Nimbus Da'Trall paced aboard the Traveller unit DALIUS.  The time was growing near.  He would have to make a decision or all would be lost.  {Nimbus.  Are your thoughts troubled?}  The voice of the sentient device known as DALIUS jarred Nimbus from his thoughts.  "Sorry, DALIUS.  What did you say?"  {Are your thoughts troubled, Nimbus.  You seem very distraught.}  "I am fine DALIUS.  Do not worry about me.  Instead focus your attention on Andrew, for I fear what I am about to do will have a very adverse effect upon his state of mind."  {I warn you Nimbus, do not do anything you might regret.}  "It is too late . . . .I only hope he can forgive me for hiding it from him.  DALIUS, I need you to recall the quantum signatures I was tracking a few months ago on designate Theta-7-Alpha."   {Working}  "Then run a multiversal scan on the signatures.  I need to pinpoint the location of those sliders."   {I will endeavor to please, Nimbus.}    "Thank you DALIUS.  And please do not speak of this to  Andrew . . .yet."

-A reddish-orange vortex opened and deposited two figures.  Evan Arturo rose from the ground and spoke, "I love that!"  He grabbed Logan  St. Claire and pulled her close.  He kissed her and spoke, "Oh yeah . . . can't decide what's better.  Sliding from universe to universe or me and you . . .you know."  Evan cracked a smile.  Logan replied, "My God!  Is that all you ever think about?"  "I'm a guy right?"  Logan  threw her arms up and began to walk away.  Evan grabbed her and kissed her again.  "Damn it!" Logan thought to herself, "How can I keep lying to him?  I mean . . .I think . . .I love him . . .Oh geez Logan, what are you thinking.  You can't  get lost in this guy, you've only been sliding together a few months."  Logan looked into Evan's eyes . . . . it was too late.  Logan had only one option . . . she had to kill him. . . .no she couldn't do that.  Besides, the Draconians needed Evan, he fit into their plans against Quinn . . . but what are those plans.  They never informed her of them and they've made no attempt to contact her since she found Evan.  Logan's mind began working . . .something was wrong . . . very wrong.

-Evan Arturo could only smile.  She was falling  right into his hands . . .this was almost too easy . . . besides, he was enjoying himself . . . after all Logan was an attractive woman.  It's just for a genius, she was pretty dense.  She couldn't see  the forest for the trees . . . .  Evan looked at the timer and spoke, "Fifty something worlds and we still haven't run across Quinn.  If I didn't know better, I'd think you had no idea how to find him."  Logan raised an eyebrow and spoke, "It is odd.  This timer is suppose to track Quinn's  quantum signature . . . so why haven't we found him yet?"  Evan shrugged his shoulders and spoke, "You're the genius here."  "Of course."  Something was definitely wrong . . . had the Draconians played Logan from the start or was something more sinister happening?

-The pain subsided for a moment as Ryan felt himself dropped back on the hard floor of his cell.  He heard the condescending voice of Colin Mallory, "Enjoy your rest, Styles . . . see you again tomorrow."  Colin left the cell and Ryan sat up.  He looked around to see if their were any guards nearby.  Only one.  He lifted his hand to the base of his neck and tapped a small bump three times.  He smiled for the first time in months.  "Soon Colin, very soon . . . . ."

-Andrew Summers walked onto the "deck" of his Traveller unit DALIUS.  "DALIUS, where is Nimbus?"  {Nimbus has departed for designate Delta-567-Sigma.}  "Why?"  {I have been asked not to reveal that information to you.}  "What?  DALIUS, override.  Authorization:  Meggan. "  {He knew you would try this, Andrew.  Calm down.  He will return soon.  needless to say, your search for Quinn Mallory Prime is almost at an end.}  Andrew's thoughts were troubled.  Why would Nimbus want to hide that information from him?  It didn't make sense.

-Nimbus Da'Trall saw the four figures walking towards the Dominion hotel.  Quinn Mallory still seemed to have that air of sadness about him.  If only Nimbus had acted sooner, but he was too worried about Andrew.  Andrew had lost everything a few years ago. His family, the woman he loved and his entire world.  Did he have the right to bring another Meggan double into his life?  He wished he didn't have to, but he had no choice. Quinn was crucial to his plan for defeating the Empire.  Nimbus watched as the four walked into the hotel.  He sighed heavily, "Here goes everything."

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