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“Star Labs,” Barry says, “Then through the breach to my Star Labs.” He says this like it’s perfectly normal.
“Say what now?” I explain, giving a look that’s supposed to say, are you crazy?
“We’ll explain later, right now we just need to get there.” He steps forward, wrapping one arm around my waist, then the other around Jesse’s. Then we’re off.
We’re there so fast that it takes my mind a minute to adjust. I stumble a bit as Barry lets go of me to get the others. The ground seems to shift beneath me. Then I realize that I’m lying on the ground. Now when did I get here? I push myself back to my feet.
“Well that’s discombobulating,” I smile at Jesse, who looks both concerned and like she’s trying not to laugh.
“You know, this whole superspeeding thing is pretty cool when you’re not terrified.”
“I’ve got to agree with you there, Kat,” she smiles back at me as the others get back.
“Well!” Cisco says, “Are we ready to go?”
“Wait,” Jesse looks at him, confusion written on her face, “We just got here. Why are we leaving?”
“Jesse,” Dr. Wells steps forward, placing a hand on her shoulder, “It’s not safe here anymore, for any one us. We are going to another Earth, the one where they come from. It will be safer.”
“B-but,” she stammers, pulling away, “This is my home. Y-you just w-want me to leave? Leave my school, my friends, when I just got back?”
“It’s not safe here anymore.”
“I’m sorry, Jess. I truly am, but we can’t stop here.”
“You can’t do this to me! I can’t just leave!”
I step up behind her, placing my own hand on her shoulder, “Jesse, you can do this, you just have to hang on.”
“But Kat,” she turns to face me, red and tear-stained, “I’m losing everything I have grown up with. What is there to hold onto?”
“We have each other now,” I repeat what she said to me when I was breaking down, losing hope. “Look Jess, I might not know exactly how you feel right now, but I think I have a pretty **** good idea. My life has been turned upside down so many times that I’m not sure it even has an upside anymore.
“I was kidnapped by an evil speedster that wanted that wanted to bend me to his will. I was scared out of my mind and felt beaten down. I literally launched Zoom across the lair with my bare hands. Then I was dropped off a cliff and somehow teleported myself to the ground. Now I’ve found out that I’ve been on a different Earth for the past four days.
“This,” I gesture at everything around me, “This is all new to me, and terrifying, but this doesn’t mean I’m going to give up. You can’t give up, either. We are in this together. We’ll get through, one way or another. I know we can do it, you’ve just got to believe, Jess.”
Jesse looks at me for a moment, and then smiles, “You’re right. If we’re going to do this, let’s do it.”
“Atta, girl!” I smile back.
“You know,” Dr. Wells studies me for a moment, “You should be a writer,” he starts to lead us forward.
“I get that a lot,” I reply as I follow.
We all go into a different room. I’m trying to figure out what to expect, since we will be traveling to another Earth. A spaceship that travels at the speed of light? A huge computer set up that controls the gateway between worlds? A TARDIS? My mind runs through many possibilities, but all of them disappears as I see what it is. I feel a little cheated.
The breach, as Barry calls it, looks like a pool of crystal-blue water floating in the air. Then I realize that the more I look, the more it seems like the air around it is warping.
“Is that it?” I look at Barry in confusion.
“That’s it,” He says, then smiles at me, “Don’t look so disappointed,we haven’t even gone through yet.”
“Wait, we have to go through that?” I stare at it, “Isn’t that dangerous?”
“Yeah, but we haven’t lost anybody yet,” he laughs, “Besides, you don’t have to do anything.”
“Oh gods. More speeding?”
“Just a little more.”
“I don’t do well with it.”
“Well we could leave you here…”
“Oh, no! Fine,” I sigh as Barry picks me up once again.
He starts running, straight into the breach. I want to close my eyes as a wave of dizziness washes over me, but I find that I can’t. I can see, I don’t know, but I see so many things. It’s like someone put on several movies at once. It goes on like this for eternity and only a few seconds at the same time, and the next thing I know, we’re through.
In the time it takes Barry to go back and get the Cisco and Dr. Wells through, I manage to reorient myself enough to look around. It looks the same as the place we just came from, only…darker. What…
“No place like Star Labs, huh?” I say with a smile.
“Right,” Jesse looks at me, “Are you okay? You’re looking very pale.”
“I’m sure I’ll be fine in a minute, just a little dizzy. Hey, look! There are other people here. Didn’t see them before.”
I don’t have much time to think about this, though. My body decides that it is no longer up to the task of handling anything anymore. With a moan, I stagger, my vision going spotty. I feel someone, I think it is Barry, catching me as I fall, then everything fades into darkness. I welcome it’s embrace.
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