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So from what Skye was gathering, they had two options. The first was to accompany a whole bunch of strangers (and Sue) on a dangerous expedition to uncharted dimensional territory. The second was to stay in an alternate world he knew nothing about.
While option B sounded much safer, it was clear this group wasn't accepting it. So option A it was.
"Ah, what the hell, I'm in," Skye said, shrugging. "Worst case scenario, whatever we use for transport breaks down and strands us in dimensional space forever."
When Lucy ruffled his hair, his face turned bright red and he looked down st his shoes. Not your Lucy. Not your Lucy. "E-er," he squeaked out, barely able to speak coherently.
Gita was still somewhere in the process of waking up fully, but they felt like they were getting the gist of what was going on. "You know I'm in for a life-changing field trip. I think a chance like this to let loose has been long overdue."
They looked over to the two other teammates of their's present, "Cole, Iona, what'cha guys think?"
Edited by Akkun_K on Feb 21st 2021 at 8:55:11 AM
And so with an excited glee behind it, Mason rounded up his cavalcade of soon to be interdimensional idiots and took them to where most destinies were made!
Mason quickly jogged up to the massive tarp that was held down by bricks and rocks with a massive sign painted on the side, loudly proclaiming, "TOUCH AND I DESTROY YOU."
The Dark Mason shockingly didn't paint that.
"Ladies and gentlemen, may I be the first one to introduce you to the most revolutionary means of traveling across the dimensions ever created! No longer do you have to stand there as you wait for a machine to boot up and then fling you across the cosmos. Why do that when you can sit back and enjoy the comfort of..." And he grabbed the Tarp, his excitement growing. "A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE?"
With a hard yank he pulled it off to show the hidden pride and joy underneath. It looked like an IKON by Renegade but decked out to the 9's. Bright blue and black with glowing, pulsating tron lines going over the entire length of it and making it seem more advanced, with a massive, glowing power orb rested right in the front of the grill, which hummed quietly but powerfully.
"Meet the ARRV, or the Alternate Reality Recreational Vehicle, the true way to travel dimensions! Fitted with a brand new tested Dimensional Power Cell, horse power the likes of which most humans can't even fathom and getting 88 miles to the gallon (You'd be SHOCKED how difficult that part was to fit in, weirdly enough), this baby puts comfort into your travels!" he paused. "Also it's got 4K HD tvs, home theater system, stainless steel appliances, touch controls for the driver and full circulation AC!"
"All packed inside of an RV in which has its own (slightly experimental) Dimensional Core allowing for the inside of the RV to far surpass the interior by a possible 126%!"
Remembering who he was talking to, he cleared his throat and gestured.
"By which I mean the inside is double the size of the outside is shown to be able to hold. Multiple bedrooms for everyone who wants to come by."
“Jesus Christ...” Lucy whispered as the tarp was pulled off, taking in the sight of the RV with clear awe on her face as she only partially listened to what Mason was rattling on about. He reminded her a little of David in that regard, but...
“...Okay. I'm impressed...” she finally admitted, a small smile gracing her features as she looked over the vehicle. “It's... it's gorgeous...”
From an aesthetic viewpoint, moreso. Who knew? Maybe it handled like absolute crap. Its apparent owner seemed happy enough about it, though...
“I'm not gonna even try and question anything...” she preemptively said, moving to approach it cautiously as if she was afraid it'd blow up the moment she set foot inside it. “Things... usually go smoother that way...!”
"Yeah, hence why I'm going too. I think I'm...overdue to de-stress. If it's not my brother being...really, just the worst, it's the worst people on and off the internet." Cole stretched and then observed what his most assuredly not a cult leader best friend was up to with all of this. Somehow he had brought people from across dimensions here, and all for...a vacation.
Well, not like it'd be the weirdest way I ended up hopping dimensions.
Then Mason went ahead and tore off the tarp to reveal the method by which they would be traveling the worlds...and it was a freaking RV? Cole was not so hopeless he didn't recognize it. He remembered staying in one of those before. "Ohh wow, Mason, really? You cracked dimension travel and the mechanism's in the form of an RV...man..."
Cole then heard Lucy basically indicate the usual approach to Mason's gizmos - just don't question it, it goes faster that way. I swear, he is the dumbest smart guy I have ever met and I kind of love it.
"Lemme give it a scan over just to be sure..." Cole closed his eyes for a moment and used a brief psychic scan, which confirmed what Mason said, "...Well. Believe it or not, but it's absolutely gonna work. We're gonna be traveling the cosmos...in a fucking RV!"
Cole again had to keep himself from laughing.
"Wow, cool!" Sue hopped up on the RV, leading down and looking through the windows as she rambled in awe." Does it have a bunch of laser beams or blow torches or maybe a super duper water bed with literal water that sucks you into another dimension cuz we're supposed to be goin' to other dimensions right like maybe I'm being' stupid but that sounds better than nothin' and if this is a cult then when are we gonna shut up and drink the kool-aid?"
"I don't think Mason would actually make us drink poison." Akari replied, rolling her eyes at Sue's antics. "Well, not intentionally, anyway."
She paced around the vehicle, giving it a once-over. "Don't RVs usually have like, one bed? Even if it's double-sized, that's still really cramped."
Akari flicked her gaze over to Sue for a moment. "Not that I mind sharing, but if we're gonna be in it for the long haul, I figure it should be as comfy as possible."
"I mean, I kinda sorta put Skye in the hospital a few months back after givin' him a banana shake? Like, sure the bananas were kinda smelly and maybe a bit mouldy, but hey! No pain, no gain!"
She jumped down off the van, catching the hot ratgirl's glance as she moved towards the door and sent it straight back. Maybe she wasn't a genius, but she wasn't stupid. Or at least not that stupid.
...did ratgirls like stupid?
"But ya got a point. I mean, I don't mind sharin' either, but we could maybe use some space to stretch our legs, ya know? Like, maybe me and the hot ratgirl don't care, but we try and shove everyone into that big little thingy and it's gonna get real stuffy. We try and play twister or somethin', we're all gonna be one big fleshy-weshy ball and it'd be hella fun, but most of us probably wouldn't think it's fun, yeah?"
An overdecorated RV.
That was what they were using to travel the cosmos.
"...well," Skye said, breaking his long silence. "It's...certainly an RV. Let's hope we don't run out of gas."
He walked up to the RV to get a closer look, frowning a little. "Don't suppose it also comes with a GPS? Would get us back home a lot faster."
Gita - The Park
Now sufficiently caffeinated after their early awakening hours before, Gita's eyes practically lit up in excitement as soon as the tarp was thrown off. "Duuude, we get to travel the multiverse AND do so in an RV? This just keeps getting better! Love the color scheme you went with, by the way, and the glowy bits?" They prefaced the next word with a kiss to their fingertips, "Immaculate."
They then looked over to Sue and Akari and piped in, "I'm pretty sure it's meant as a rough guesstimate, like a 'give-or-take' situation. Hopefully much more 'give', that way I don't feel so stupid for bringing all of these." Gee motioned to the pile of luggage behind them, consisting of two suitcases, an instrument case, and a duffel bag on top.
“Ah but this is the magic of science: if you can think of it, you can come up with it, if you have enough inspiration and I have inspiration for DAYS!”
“Taking into account I didn’t know how many people were going to be, ahem, showing up, so I needed to only really go bare bones basic. So with that said, we have...” and he silently counted each head making the trip with them and he nodded quietly. “Eight people. So all I need to do...” walking over to the side of the Rv, he just bluntly hit the side of it with his fist and watched as a blue screen appeared in the middle of the air a solid two feet off the RV. His fingers danced over the hard light construct moving screens and readings away until finally
“THERE you are.” He mumbled and changed the number under OCCUPANT ACCOMMODATIONS from two to eight.
And then the sound of an intense power sources from inside RV started to roar to life, the massive travel vehicle rocked back and forth, the lines began to brighter to the point everything around the RV seemed darker...
And then it stopped. Mason grinned.
“Science.” Was all he said with a chuckle, cracked his knuckles and walked up to the RV. “Now it’s properly accommodating for eight travelers. Easy peasy.” He leaned against the RV, then helped and quickly jumped off to show his now smoking shoulder and blackened lab coat.
“That’s normal.” He said quickly. “That’ll-that’ll go away.”
"...huh." Skye couldn't help but be impressed at the ease with which Mason expanded the RV, a small smile tugging at the corners of his lips. "Never seen that sort of thing before." Then again, his world didn't really have access to dimension-traversing tech.
...though when he saw Mason's smoking shoulder and burnt lab coat, the smile was quick to slide off his face. "Is that thing flammable?" he asked, narrowing his eyes a little.
“Eh, everything’s flammable if you try hard enough.” Mason added unhelpfully before he grabbed the handle and swung it open. “Alright no more question, we got dimensions to slip through and we’re burning daylight, and we’re not in the dimension with two suns!...yet. So let’s go, go, go!”
And with that, he herded everyone into the ARRV, where they would find living conditions akin to a high scale hotel room, with a communal room connecting all the rooms together with a massive sofa, large wall mounted TV, and two fridges in tbe decently sized kitchen attachment with all the necessities like stove and sink.
“Damn, not bad.” He mumbled to himself, his ego rising. “I am a damn genius.” And he clapped his hands. “I’ll let you guys get situated but we’re leaving in fifteen! I’m just gonna go make sure the steering wheel is still attached.”
With that ominous sentence he slipped to the drivers seat, flipping switches and sighing when he saw the glue holding the steering wheel was still holding.
"Significantly nicer than I expected," Skye muttered, looking over the ARRV. "Then again, my expectations tend to be low in general..."
Mason's casual comment about needing to make sure the steering wheel was still attached gave him pause, staring at the scientist with a look between confusion and worry. Then, he facepalmed. "Did you do...any quality control before you started building this thing? Literally any at all?"
“Not sure he even knows how, Skye. Mason's the ‘run before walking’ type~” Lucy grinned as she hopped inside the ARRV, glancing around at its interior and whistling appreciatively. “Wow... I could get used to this...”
She didn't waste time in testing out the couch, reclining on it and barely remembering to draw up her legs so the others could sit down. For a moment she'd very quickly forgotten there were people even around.
I think I need this break. Been getting too lonely...
“...wait. Hold up. If this place is... bigger on the inside, does that mean if we hide in an extra space we'd be safe from a crash?” she suddenly wondered. “Or... hide in the middle? S-Sorry, just... occurred to me...”
Aided by a year or so of weight training, Gita lifted their (what would usually be considered) ludicrous pile of luggage up the stairs of the ARRV. Upon briefly collapsing on top of the pile to rest, they looked back up and grinned as their hopes were confirmed that it wasn't so ludicrous after all.
"Whoa, Mace certainly didn't skimp on the amenities, did he? Full rooms..That means I get an actual studio on wheels! Will wonders ever cease!"
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