Andy climbed out slamming the door behind him. He paced outside the van matching the worried glances the onlookers were giving. News crews like hungry hyenas probed at the constraints raised by the police while Nightprowlers filled the plaza ready to plow inside Globe tower with its spinning red “G” mounted on the roof. Andy abandoned the van surrounded by orange cones and started toward the tower.
wHAt are YOU DOIng?
“What does it look like? I’m going to…help. Somehow.” Andy bit himself for answering the voice.
As he was looking at the skyscraper he thought he saw it split apart and implode, collapsing like a giant on top of the world it threw a shadow across. Then the image was gone, a delusion born and dead in the same instant.
yOU saW THAT, RIGHt?
“Saw what? What are you talking about? I’m just going crazy, that’s all.”
tHAT TOWEr is GOING to COME CRUSHING DOwn LIKE A WEDDING cake. jOAQUIN AND aNNE AND ALL THE REST are goiNG tO DIE.
“How do you know that?” Andy lowered his voice weary of eavesdroppers.
tRUST ME, i’Ve SEEN IT.
“So how do I stop it from toppling down? How do I get them out of there on time?”
yOu cAn’T sTop the COLLAPSE…BuT tHerE mIGHt be A WAY to SaVE thEM.
“Like what, teleport up there and warn them?”
Andy found the phantom face reflecting in the window of a parked red sedane. White, hollow eyes stared right back at him.
“Are you me from the future or something?”
nOT EXACTLY. bUT i CAN GET INSIDE That Tower withOUT Getting CAUGHT AND KILLED. iF YOU ALLOW ME, i CAN WARN THEM. BuT i GotTa FLY SOLO. AnD i cAN’t unTILL yoU SAY YES.
“Say yes? I’m not holding you prisoner, I don’t even know what or who you are.”
Andy grimaced at the silence the phantom gave to his question. Despite his reservations he licked his lips in dry curiosity.