On Friday, January 16, 2015, four members of Cub Scout Pack 632 from Orlando Florida, were in route to Patriot’s Point, to meet up with a larger group of parents and Scouts for a holiday weekend camping trip. The Cub Scout excursion was planned to commemorate the sacrifices in the name of freedom made by those who served aboard the ships and services represented at Patriot’s Point, while also teaching our Scouts about the Civil Rights movement, which we all came together to celebrate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 19th, 2015.
Patriot’s Point is across the beautiful Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, which lies over the Cooper River just outside of both downtown Charlotte and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. This Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the Scouts of Pack 632 would together pay homage to both Doctor King’s memory, sacrifices and accomplishments, right alongside with the memory, sacrifice and accomplishments of the service men and woman we pay respect to and remember at Patriot’s Point.
Patriot’s Point is the proud home of three very special floating US military ships, the USS Clamagore submarine, the USS Laffey Destroyer and the majestic USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, which serve as living monuments and floating museums, to the memory of all those who served aboard these proud and mighty ships, which gallantly protected and carried the torch of American freedom during some of the darkest times in our nation’s history.
Ironically, it is only because of the profound sacrifices of American blood and lives willingly given in all American conflicts, that allowed the struggles of the Civil Rights movement, which we celebrate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to even take place. If not for the American marines and sailors of the USS Yorktown and Laffey, who died during World War II defending American freedom, Martin Luther King Jr., would not have been able to likewise fight, lead others and ultimately sacrifice his own life in America’s Civil Rights movement for equal rights.
So it is in this spirit that the Scouts of Pack 632 traveled to South Carolina on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, as Patriot’s Point is a favorite place for visitors and Boy Scouts from around the country to spend a weekend camping out on board the mighty and majestic World War II era aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown.
While traveling from Orlando to Patriot’s Point, two Scouting dads, Angel Delgado and Tye Bourdony, along with their Cub Scout sons, Danny Delgado and Ryan Bourdony, were driving along Interstate 95 outside of Kingsland, Georgia, when a collapsing temporal vortex inadvertently opened in front of their vehicle, swallowing the group and the Chevy Highlander they were driving in, away into thin air.
One moment Angel Delgado was driving along I-95, talking to fellow Geek dad and sci fi aficionado Tye Bourdony, with Bruno Mars ‘Uptown Funk’ playing on the radio, and both cubs asleep in the back, when the next moment a flash of intense and physically pounding blueish white light appeared directly in front of the group’s vehicle. There was simply no time to stop, turn, or even react as reality turned upside down for the scouts and their dads. Both Angel and Tye could see the world around them in wildly vibrant colors which flashed all around them as they themselves in essence rode a tunnel of light backwards, and extremely fast with ‘Uptown Funk’ playing in a perpetual symphony of funk through a rip backwards in time.
All the while as Bruno Mars played around them, their other senses were bombarded with light, motion, and a short bit of American history as it was unfolding around them. They could not move, or talk, but they could see the world around them moving backwards in time at a speed almost beyond comprehension. They could each see exactly what had happened around their vehicle as it was indeed happening years at a time before them. The cars all around them danced in a flurried blur of colorful linear lights, with constantly shapes, makes and older car models, along with wave-like motion of physical energy of time moving backwards through a strobe-like effect of night and day as the sun, moon and stars moved alongside time as if in synchronicity.
For what may have been a moment of universal time, reality seemed to expand and collapse from one relative moment to the next as the four inadvertent travelers found themselves awash within the very currents of time. Space and reality seemed to have flowed independently yet intertwined in and around the exact spot their vehicle had inhibited in 2015, on top of interstate 95 in Kingsland Georgia’s Camden County.
The road and geography seemed to change and evolve around them altogether as asphalt mingled with earlier vehicles, of the last few decades, backwards through the 90’s, 80’s and 70’s, with the hypnotic pulse of lights, with the sky and stars seeming to dance to the funky futuristic music still playing on the Highlander’s radio. The light then began to increase in intensity as pressure seemed to become more tangible and the weights of the bodies within the 2012 Chevy Highlander could be felt sinking into their seats, just as another great boom of pulsating light hit the vehicle. Tye could have sworn he had seen a ship traveling in the nearby sky backwards with them as reality all around the Highlander seemed to become more tangible outside of the vehicle, along with the pounding of Angel’s heart beating within his chest as the four travelers seemed to be coming to a stop, unbeknownst to them, in the late 1960’s.
Little by little the senses of the vehicles inhabitants came back to them as the waves of time seemed to stabilize with Bruno Mars having stopped playing what must have been years before, as words could be heard from outside of the car. Behind the swirling remnants of light and dust settling around the car, both Scout Dad’s could see silhouettes of light, smoke, flaming torches and what seemed to be a burning cross along with crowds of people.
There seemed to be several cars surrounding a burning bus which was pulled off to the side of the road, with a group of both young African American and Caucasian looking college students, surrounded by what both Tye and Angel immediately understood to be Ku Klux Klan members dressed in their recognizable white sheets and hoods. Someone was talking as well but Tye couldn’t be sure behind the glass along with the fear he immediately felt grabbing at him, “. . .in the hell did you boys come from?” “. . . as hell looks like more of them freedom riders. . .”
As both men seem to begin to respond to the commotion going on outside and around their vehicle, the Dads instinctively look backwards to check on their children in the back of the vehicle only to see both harmlessly still asleep in their seats, having come through the ordeal with little or no awareness of the physical transgression from the warping of reality they just unwittingly experienced. Looking back at each other in amazement and terror before looking back outside at the unmistakable sight of Civil Rights era protestors and directly into the eyes of discrimination and hatred, neither Scout Dad knew exactly what to do.
The faces of the young black and white scared college students seemed to both scream for help and warn the new comers to flee as fast as they could. As the white hoods of racial bigotry turned their attention on the Highlander and began to approach their vehicle with outstretched hands and extended torches, just as a bright light appeared in the sky above them at that moment.
The light was intense and accompanied by an increasing reactor-like buzzing sound, followed by a series of bursts and energy which both sci fi lovers Angel and Tye instinctively understood to be the sound of some kind of automatic laser fire. The hooded Klu Klux Klan members were overwhelmed in a matter of seconds, with both Tye and Angel as well as the young civil rights activists all breathing a deep sigh of relief, before the young activists could be scene scattering in an attempt to get away as fast as they could. Just then, the light which had just decimated the hooded and immoral hate-mongering K.K.K. members, seemed to turn its attention on the Chevy Highlander and the scouts inside.
The two men looked at each other and as the increasing reactor-like buzzing sound began again and having seen too many science fiction movies between them, both men reacted in that instant to turn around toward their now clearly awake and screaming children. Both fathers grabbed their frightened Cub Scouts from the back of the Delgado family SUV and leapt from the vehicle just in time to see rounds of automatic laser fire shoot out from the light and strike the Highlander squarely throughout the engine block and passenger compartment.
Falling to the ground alongside either side of the now ablaze SUV, both Dad’s thinking only of their boys, tell each other to get the attention of their attackers while telling the boys to run, in order to allow the boys to get to safety. With both boys screaming for their Fathers as they run toward the dark tree line behind Interstate 95, both Angel and Tye scream and curse at the light to follow them, as they wave their arms frantically and run in the opposite direction as their children. As the light seems to shift its focus towards both angry men, the increasing reactor-like buzzing sound can again begin to be heard as the young Cub Scouts are thrown back by a strong gush of wind from yet another approaching light directly in front of them and between the tree line.
As the boys then begin to scream in terror, the two Scout Fathers turn and seeing this new threat seeming to overtake their children; spin in their tracts and begin running toward the boys while screaming their names, just as intense phaser fire commences from the newer set of lights. Both men scream, “Noooooo . . .” as all four time displaced humans are thrown unconscious, by the sheer pressure and proximity of the concussive force of standard Federation phasers on board star ship shuttle crafts, which in turn destroyed the light shrouded enemy vessel, threatening the scouts.
When both pairs of Scout Dads and Cubs awoke, they found themselves aboard the USS Enterprise, recovering in the sick bay with Dr. McCoy attending to both Dads and their Cub Scout sons as well. Likewise, the very beautiful ship’s counselor, Lt. McKennah, was also helping Dr. McCoy treat the displaced members of Pack 632 by helping to ease their temporal displacement, while addressing all of their concerns and questions within the confines of the Prime Directive.
Obviously the details of the Enterprise’s temporal mission to thwart an alien invasion as well as the importance to both the Federation and time itself where these individual Scouts of Pack 632 are concerned could not be disclosed to the time displaced Terran’s. However, the truth of the matter is that a mad alien law enforcement official from the planet Charon named, Commissioner Bele; who is himself both half black and half white, was previously encountered by the Enterprise as he pursued Lokai, a fellow humanoid from Charon, who is exactly half white and half black.
Commissioner Bele was apparently attempting to begin a race war on Earth during a turbulent time in Earth’s racially charged history, as perceived revenge for the destruction of his own planet due to a horrific race ending ethnic conflict. A conflict which he blames on Captain Kirk and the Enterprise, along with the seat of Federation Power, which is the planet Earth. Needless to say however, thanks to the Scouts of Pack 632, along with Captain Kirk and the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise, all is as it should be in the galaxy as Commissioner Bele’s twisted plot for racial war on old Earth was in fact thwarted.
Over the next few days in which the Enterprise completed its mission to Earth’s past, the boys and their fathers became some what of honorary ship’s crew members and visitors aboard the Enterprise. Having been assigned temporary quarters, all four Pack members were more than happy enough to help the ship’s social Earth studies officers with any historical questions posed to them and seemed to be wonderful temporary additions to the ship. But like all good things, the time to return the boys and their fathers to their own place in Earth’s history was upon them as all four found them selves once again being prepared for departure to Earth’s surface in sick bay.
Having taken a liking to the scouts and their inquisitive fathers as well, Cpt. Kirk himself decided to give his guests one last treat via a shuttle ride through Earth’s atmosphere and back just in time for their scheduled weekend aboard the USS Yorktown. The Captain smiled to himself as he entered sick bay and looked on to see his ancestral guests along with a happy ending to the Enterprise’s most recent mission through time; never ceasing to be amazed at the surprises the universe seems to always have in store for him and his crew.
“Well Doctor’s I think our most recent stowaways seem fit enough to be returned to their right time don’t you?” As both McCoy and McKennah agree with the Captain’s assessment, with both scout Dads looking upon Lt. McKennah while the young Scouts look at Dr. McCoy enjoying lollypops, as all four utter their disapproval jointly, “Aaawwww . . .” Everyone laughs heartily, as Tye looks to the Captain and says, “It’s still so hard to imagine that we were thrown back in time and somehow helped to save Earth from an Alien Temporal Invasion.”
“Yes indeed Mr. Bourdony, as my science officer Mr. Spock explained to you earlier, your inadvertent jaunt through the space-time continuum was actually the catalyst that allowed the ship’s sensors to lock in on the alien anomaly and threat. While the Enterprise was on the right track, the waves of time displacement emanating around your vehicle, acted as a sort of beacon if you will. The Earth as well as the Federation, my crew and I would seem to be indebted to you all.”
Kirk looks around at everyone smiling in the sick bay and while messing the hair of both Scouts continues speaking, “As we’ve discussed, we will be traveling back to your time shortly and I can assure you that we will indeed drop you off directly to your intended destination,” and looking over at Angel, “with a seemingly and slightly used yet newish personal vehicle of course.” Both men wink at each other and continuing on, the Captain finishes off with, “And I am equally sorry that you won’t have any recollection of the events of the past two days, but I would like to not only thank you all again for your assistance to both Earth and the Federation, but to also assure you that your service and gallantry will not be forgotten gentlemen.”
Then turning to the two young Cub Scouts, Captain Kirk says out loud, “Attention on Deck.” as the doctor and ships counselor along with the Captain come to attention and give the two Cub Scouts and their Fathers the Scout salute. After the boys and Dad’s return the two fingered scout salute, Captain Kirk proceeds to place an enterprise insignia pin on each of their shirts. Then while kneeling down on one knee and looking directly at the boys says, “I was a Cub Scout when I was about your age as well you know. My only regret was that I never reached Eagle Scout, so I guess I’ll just have to check in on you both in the historical record when I get back to see that you do. Now don’t let me down gentlemen and keep up the good work!”
With that both Scouts agree with the Captain and bid him a farewell as the Enterprise can be seen majestically orbiting Earth, with the Galileo leaving the shuttle bay and flying down to the surface, towards the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point, before heading back in time to continue the Enterprise’ ongoing and continuing missions to boldy go where no one has gone before.
Written By: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, deep space traveler, lead interstellar reporter for the Galactic Enquirer and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Family Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send your thoughts and story/article ideas to [email protected]