The Advancement of Leona Matic (2018)

This is the story of two young women who are beholden to the control of a mysterious group of people known only as the powers that be. Leona must work with her friends to overcome obstacles, and perform to the PTBs expectations, while maintaining some level of independence and free choice for the way they live their lives. This is the table of contents for volume 4. If you have not already, please read volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3.

August 15, 2161
Things were always a little different every time Leona and Serif returned to the timestream after having missed an entire interim year. Children looked much older, spring cleaning led to rearranged households, and small shops were torn down to make room for something newer...

August 16, 2162
“Wait,” Leona said, “start over. Why is the new Savior on Durus?”
“And what’s Durus again?” Serif asked.
“Durus is a rogue planet,” Xearea began...

August 17, 2163
Leona and Serif jumped out of bed and opened the door. Lights were blinking, along with the alarms, but in a recognizable pattern. Paige’s voice was echoing through the passageways, “please proceed to the atterberry pods...

August 18, 2164
Late in the morning of 2164, Dar’cy came into Leona and Serif’s room and gently woke them up. “We let you sleep a little, but we need you. Serif, specifically you...

August 19, 2165
Leona was standing in front of the water filtration system, massaging her chin, puzzled look on her face. “This is just a standard three-stage water filtration system...

August 20, 2166
Last year, Missy explained that she was near death when Dar’cy suddenly appeared from the future, and brought her here to be healed by Serif. Leona argued that she had no recollection of this...

August 21, 2167
The crew was in a depressive funk when the two of them returned to the timestream a year after Nerakali’s death. None of them particularly liked her—though Dar’cy did a little, because she didn’t have any history of hostility with her—but they were apparently right about the necessity of her virtual worlds...

[Temporal Dimension Conversion Error]
“What time is it?” Leona asked when she woke up.
“Late o’clock,” Serif responded unenthusiastically...

August 23, 2169
As predicted the temporal dimension closed up when Leona and Serif reached their next scheduled date of August 22, 2368...

August 24, 2170
Things were really intense when Leona and Serif woke up on the day of arrival. Brooke and Paige were stationed in the cockpit, working and reworking calculations, formulating contingencies, and running diagnostics. Missy was zipping around the whole ship, checking all other systems, over and over again...

August 25, 2171
What Leona and Serif learned during their research was that this world was first visited by a boy named Escher Bradley in 1990. Over the years, others arrived, until it all came to a head in 2016, when an entire town was sucked into a portal...

August 26, 2172
It took the crew of The Warren that remained in the timestream days to convince Saga to leave the safety of her pocket dimension...

August 27, 2173
The two year-skippers were happy to learn that the whole hostage situation was resolved within the week. The violent-leaning members of the rogue group that terrorized them were excluded from all negotiations, but most of the rest were accepted as passengers of The Warren...

August 28, 2174
The entire crew of The Warren was still in the ship proper when Annora Ubiña died, which acted to seal off all access to her pocket dimensions...

August 29, 2175
Paige agreed to let the two of them reenter the pocket dimensions, searching for Annora’s killer. Her only condition was that they start with pocket four, so they could check on Étude, and her parents. They were wanting to do that anyway, so it all worked out...

August 30, 2176
Leona wasn’t upset about losing Serif back in pocket three, because she had already resolved to go back at the end of the day...

Fall of 2176
Not long after Leona would have returned to the timeline in 2076, a man appeared in the ship proper, using the former’s emergency teleporter...

September 1, 2178
Leona returned to the timeline with Dubravka on August 31, 2177, which was even better than the end of the day in 2176. Hanging there in the closet was the emergency teleporter...

September 2, 2179
Vitalie was waiting for Leona when she arrived in pocket five in 2179. “This area has been cleared, madam,” she said like a law enforcement subordinate...

September 3, 2180
Once again, Vitalie was already there when Leona returned to the timeline in pocket six, on September 3, 2180. She was still not an adult, even by Durune standards, which meant she was still going against her father’s wishes...

September 4, 2181
Vito was right when he claimed he could make anything invisible. Not only could he do it with other people, but he could protect an entire compound. All the survivors were living together in the original housing, save for a couple loyal to the Maramon population, which had grown to massive proportions...

September 5, 2182
Serif and Adamina were running up the hill, almost at the exit, but the crowd of Maramon chasing after them was also nearly upon them. She pushed the girl through the exit, and ordered the woman to break the universe apart now...

September 6, 2183
True to her word, Paige was waiting for Leona on the surface of Earth when she returned to the timeline on September 6, 2183. With her were Brooke and Ecrin. Camden had jumped himself back to 1982, hoping to find some way of reconnecting with his old team that he left back in 2002...

September 7, 2184
 In the 20th century, scientists began researching global climate change, partially in order to understand mankind’s impact on their environment...

September 8, 2185
Ulinthra wasn’t lying when she said she could meet her friends back on the beach. What she failed to say, however, was that this would not happen until the next day...

September 9, 2186
Doctor Mallory Hammer showed up when called using her special pager number. Ecrin shook her hand like they were friendly acquaintances, though Mallory obviously had never met her...

September 10, 2187
When Leona Matic first started helplessly jumping through time, one of her first thoughts was of her loved ones. If she couldn’t stop what was happening to her, she would lose them all in a matter of months, from her perspective...

September 11, 2188
Vitalie was hyperventilating as midnight central approached. Ecrin was doing better, but appeared to be keeping her anxiety bundled inside. They had both traveled through time before, but always by their own will...

September 12, 2189
Paranoid about being caught with the plans for the teleporter gun from Harrison’s hand, the gang decided they would sit on it for at least a couple days...

September 13, 2190
Vitalie admitted with no shame that she chose to print the teleporter gun in 2188, against the group’s wishes, almost as soon as they had downloaded the plans for it...

September 14, 2191
As Leona and her friends were frozen in place, watching the screen that was just playing the disappearance of entire arcology hanging tower, four other people stepped up beside them...

September 15, 2192
As instructed, they didn’t approach any of the people giving each other butterfly signals in 2191. First of all, they didn’t know what it meant. It seemed shady, but it could also be some strange new form of greeting that they weren’t privy to...

September 16, 2193
Darrow looked the four of them over, like a man with new money on the hunt for the most stylish motorcycle he can find, with no plans to ever ride the thing...

September 17, 2194
When Leona, Ecrin, and Vitalie returned to the timestream, Ulinthra was there, waiting for them. She commended them for their attempt on her life, but claimed that it wasn’t necessary. “The first time this day happened,” she said, “the five of us had a lovely day on the beach. Well, I had a lovely time...

September 18, 2195
Breakfast the next year was quiet. Not even Vitalie was going off about what ancient film she watched, or serial she binged. Ulinthra had done a lot to them over the last two weeks, but this was the first time they felt completely powerless...

September 19, 2196
The world, and the way people lived in it, had changed dramatically since Leona’s original time in the early 21st century. The millions of cities, smaller towns, and rural countrysides were reduced to several hundred central locations...

September 20, 2197
Though Ulinthra herself could not be caught, because she left the timeline as soon as Leona did, all of her loyalists directly responsible for Brooke’s senseless death were apprehended by the Kansas City Police Authority...

September 21, 2198
In one of the other timelines, a bad Horace Reaver formulated a plan to capture Mateo Matic, whom he considered to be his archrival, once and for all...

September 22, 2199
The first thing that Leona Matic could remember was being killed by one of the mercenaries that she had commissioned to break Ulinthra out of her prison cube...

September 23, 2200
For centuries, civilized humans struggled for their rights and livelihoods. Life was a long and violent land rush that only ever ended in death...

Installment 41
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