“So what you’re saying is: I fell through a TV screen, into another universe?” I asked with a hint of sarcasm. “Precisely,”
But suddenly, I just stopped falling. Peeking my eye open, I saw that I was hovering just above the ground. For a moment, I stayed like this, staring at the ground, my heartbeat racing. Then I was dropped by whatever invisible force was holding me and fell with a thud, knocking the wind out of me.
I stood up on shaky legs and looked around. I was standing in a bright red hallway with no windows. Ahead of me, I saw light at the end of the hallway. Turning around, I was met with a wall.
"Fantastic. I guess I'll go that way, then…" I murmured to myself, sarcastically.
I took a deep breath and walked towards the light. It grew brighter and clearer as I got closer, until I was standing in the doorway.
I blinked as my eyes adjusted to the new light. Looking out, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. The place that lay ahead of me was like a page out of a children’s book.
It was what looked like a caricature of California, with huge, colorful houses scattered around the area to my left. In front of me was numerous, curiously shaped, hills. On my right was an open pasture of grass that was far too green to be real. A river ran through the too-green-grass that was filled with the gooey green slime that was flowing out of the television before I fell in. I took a small step out of the doorway and into the strange, new land.
I followed the green river with my eyes and it led to the strange-looking merry-go-round that I had previously seen. It was only a stone’s throw away. Gasping, I noticed the four men from before (the weirdly dressed ones) were still standing on the merry-go-round.
Looking right at me.
"You're new," a deep voice said from beside me, making me jump. I turned and saw a guy with black hair who looked surprisingly familiar. He was wearing a gold mesh shirt with a black shining cape over it. His mouth was covered in a makeup that made him look like he was always smiling. It would've freaked me out, if he wasn't so good-looking. I mean, he was really cute. He was intoxicating, yet slightly disturbing. I opened my mouth to respond to him, but I was too scared/intimidated to make words.
"Sandman, don't scare the girl," another voice said, walking over from the merry-go-round, leaving a guitar behind. “You must be the voice we just heard,”
“You…you heard me?”
“Why, of course we heard you! You yelled right at us,” he said, laughing.
“But- how…” I began to sputter, absolutely bewildered.
"Allow me to introduce myself,” he said, cutting me off. “My name is Mr. Horse Shoe Crab, but everyone calls me Crab,” he took my hand from my side and shook it enthusiastically. “And that is the great Mr. Sandman," he said, letting my hand go to point at the man with the painted-on smile. He did a pseudo-sarcastic bow.
I looked back at Mr. Horse Shoe Crab, noticing his outfit. He was wearing what looked like a pair of red pajamas and a very tiny red hat was placed over a monstrous amount of brown hair. He had one of those funny looking mustaches and big blue eyes.
"And that there is Donnie," Mr. Sandman said gesturing towards the man making his way to us. 'Donnie' was dressed in equally strange attire. He was wearing an all-green suit and bow-tie that looked like it came off of a cartoon, underneath which he was shirtless, showing his colorful array of tattoos. Like H. Shoe Crab, he was wearing a funny green hat. Donnie smirked, looking moderately amused.
"Who do I have the pleasure of meeting?" the last man asked as he walked over.
"Allie. My name's Allie," I managed to force out, still entirely bewildered.
"My name is Mr. Benzedrine, but my friends call me Ben," he said, taking my hand and kissing it. I blushed. He was dressed in a completely yellow suit. It was gaudy, but somehow fit him. On his head he was wearing a big yellow hat with a feather on it. He was wearing makeup that made him look like a doll, but somehow it looked sort of…adorable on him.
"It’s really nice to meet you and all but…where exactly am I?" I asked, still taking in the colorful world around me. My voice was a mixture of fear and curiosity.
"Wait…you're not a suiteheart?" Mr. Benzedrine asked.
"A what…?" I asked, confused.
"A normal-worlder!" Crab said, incredulously, more to himself than to me.
"But that's impossible, isn't it?" Donnie piped in. "We haven't seen a normal-worlder in 15 years,"
"Did you see the red door? That’s how they used to arrive here,” Ben said to Donnie. “It’s highly probable,”
“Allie, how did you get here?" Crab asked, warily.
"I might sound crazy," I started. "But, I sort of got sucked through a TV screen," I still in shock.
"Where did you…come from?" Ben asked, calmly, though I could tell he was internally freaking out.
"You mean, where do I live?" I asked. Ben nodded. "California… why?"
Their eyes went wide and they all gawked at me like I was a rare animal.
"You really are a normal-worlder…" Sandman said, eyeing me like I was something wonderfully exotic.
"What do you mean?" I asked, so very confused.
"You see there are two universes. One is your universe; what we call the normal world. The second is this universe; what we call Hollywood," Benzedrine gestured to the sign that sat atop a very high hill behind him.
"So what you're saying is: I fell through a TV screen, into another universe?" I asked with a hint of sarcasm.
"Precisely," he responded. I pinched the bridge of my nose.
"I'm going insane, aren't I?" I murmured.
"On the contrary, you're perfectly sound,"
"Okay…so if I got in through the TV, how do I get back?" I asked. All eyes turned to Ben.
"Don't look at me!" He said putting his hands up.
I turned around to look at the door I had just entered through and saw that it was closed off by metal doors. I tried to pry them open, wanting to get out of this trippy nightmare as soon as possible. But, the doors didn't budge.
"Crap," I whispered, turning back around. I felt like Alice in Wonderland; I was having an entirely normal day, when I just plummeted into a world that made me feel like I just dropped acid.
"There has to be another way back to her world," Crab said, looking to Ben. "Ben, you travel to the normal world every day, how do you get there?"
"I was born with the ability," he said, thinking. "Perhaps if I make a device, I could harness that power and use it to get you home,"
"Do you really think that will work?" Sandman asked, not taking his eyes off of me.
"It's probable. But then again, anything is probable…" he said with a sigh. "I can try,"
"Thank you," I said. He smiled a very cute smile.
"We'll have to go to my lab, then," he said.
"Alright," Crab said, and we began walking.
"Wait!" Sandman cried, stopping us. We turned around.
"Yes…?" Ben asked, quizzically.
"She can't walk around looking like that," he said, pointing at my clothing.
"What I meant was, she'll stand out like a sore thumb dressed like that," he said, bluntly.
"I guess you're right," Ben responded. "No offense! I’m sure that’s perfectly fashionable in your world!" he added, quickly. I shrugged.
"Well, where are we supposed to get her clothes?" Donnie added. "I mean, she can't borrow any of ours,"
"He has a point," Crab agreed. Sandman smiled, looking mischievous.
"We better visit Kaleidoscope Eyes,"