Earth 2049 is a Science Fiction Comedy series set in the year ….. well…2049 in an alternate timeline . It will be written from the perspective of an omniscient Narrator as well as from the perspective of multiple characters. (Obviously if you haven’t read Episode 1 please do so before proceeding because it wont make a lick of sense)
Trent Davis won the election in a landslide. Trent believed it was because of his hard work, tenacity, and ability to connect with the everyman. His wife Shauna believed it was because of his devilish good looks, his charm, and his crooked little grin. The more likely reason however is that his only opponent had been zapped to death by a space laser 8 hours before the polls opened. So it goes.
Trent wasn’t focused on how he’d gotten elected, he was more focused on the gravity of the situation and was feeling anxious about the journey he was now on. As Shauna packed away her antique Rae Dunn pottery, wrapping each one carefully in old newspaper, she began reading some of the articles quietly to herself and wondering what yesteryear must have been like: “Future Hall of Fame Sports Player Tests Positive for New Flu Like Disease Even Though There Was a Vaccine He Could Have Taken But His Buddy Who Specializes In Sport Where People Get Kicked In Brain For Living And Is Not at All a Doctor Told Him Not to Get It” Shauna looked a little confused “Wow… headlines sure were long back then!”
Trent paced the floor of their *space trailer and wiped the flop sweat off of his forehead. How could he be so cocky as to think he could represent an entire sector? How did he let that mysterious man he met at that bar one time talk him in to running? Was the government mansion gonna have a dart board reckon? All of these questions and more plagued him but then he remembered something his daddy said when he was real little “Now Trent, you listen here, when the world tries to f*ck your butt, you f*ck the world’s butt first.. then see what happens!” Trent smiled knowing his daddy was right. “Hey Shauna!” he said with that crooked grin “Leave all this stupid shit here… we can buy even stupider shit when we get there!” Shauna shed a single tear. This was her soulmate
Arriving to the government mansion the first thing Trent and Shauna noticed was that everyone was dressed head to toe in red velvet. Its not at all how they were dressed when they made their appearances at the senate meetings on the **Holovision but they sure looked comfy and this excited them both as they were long time fans of sweatsuits. “I love the casual vibe here but you know Red doesn’t really go with my complexion and sort of makes me look broke out. Im more of a cool colors type person really. God forbid they have anything in the dress code thats yellow cause you know how sickly that can make me look. Oh god honey….honey I don't know about all this let’s just turn around and go back to the space trailer I felt safe there!” Shauna laughed “Oh Trent you are being so dramatic, just hush now baby everything is going to be ok!” Trent huffed “IM GOING TO LOOK LIKE A BIG OLE PIECE OF CAKE!”
As they approached the front of the building the ground opened up below them and smoke rose up and filled the air. There were lots of very cool futuristic space sounds like what you hear on Star Trek and other shows and movies like that whenever like, a ship is opening or some shit. Yall know what sounds I mean, I can’t describe them….. a woosh? There was a bunch of wooshing sounds.
“Welcome to paradise!” a voice said through the fog. “You two sure are a sight for sore eyes!”. The smoke lifted and Trent and Shauna were face to face with Senator Obadiah Williams of sector 4 (Sector 4 had what used to be California in it so it is considered the most important… times haven’t changed that much)
Shauna was startled. This was the first time she’d ever met a celebrity, and Obadiah Williams certainly was a celebrity. Having represented Sector 4 throughout the last semi-galactic war had put him on everyones radar as a top contender for Supreme Chancellor. He had the looks to go with it too; a thick head of slicked back salt and pepper hair, tailored suits all shiny and pressed, and a jaw line you could ride a skateboard up. Obadiah was one of those men that in private you joked was an evil man who laid waste to his political enemies by any means necessary but once you heard him speak… well once you heard him speak all of that seemed to melt away. This man was good and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t make you believe.
“Now honey be cool” Shauna whispered to Trent “You know your momma always said this man could fart on a toothbrush and sell it to a dentist” Trent’s mother was known for her folksy expressions. That and her alcoholism. Obadiah cleared his throat to grab the attention of the star struck couple. “Well, shall we begin the tour, Mr. Congressman?”
Obadiah snapped his fingers and just like that a hoverboard big enough to fit all three of them zipped up beside him “Hop on, we don’t like to walk here unless we have to!” The three darted off across the huge and pristine campus as Trent and Shauna stared at all the new sights with their mouths wide open all stupid like as was custom in Tennessee.
Obadiah gestured out at the campus with his hand “All of this is yours. It is ours. Every resource imaginable at your fingertips. Personal chefs, check. A yoga studio for the Mrs., check. A nursery for the young ones, check. Speaking of which you will be having children, yes?” This took Shauna back “Umm, actually we had talked about it and we dont know if….” Obadiah cut her off “Oh no my dear, you must have children” Something sparkled in his eyes when he said that. Shauna felt like a trance had come over her. Her and Trent had talked many time s about how they weren’t going to try any more to bring a child into this cruel and ever changing world… especially after what all they had gone through trying the first time. But something in Obadiah’s eyes struck her. A calm came over her like nothing she’d ever felt before. It was true what they said, Obadiah Williams was indeed a charmer. “Yes” said Shauna “Yes we will have children right away”
“Good” Obadiah smiled “It is important that we here in the New Order understand each other…. now please, follow me.”
As they passed through a corridor decorated with murals of past leaders and heroic battle depictions, Shauna held tight to Trent’s hand. “Thank God we are on a hoverboard” she thought… because she couldn’t take her eyes off her man. She had always believed in Trent but what their life had just become was beyond anyone from a podunk town’s wildest dreams. As she looked at Trent he was still the same ole boy who proposed to her while field dressing a wild pig… but there was something a little different in the eyes. Maybe it was hope.. maybe it was confidence.. maybe it was the feeling that he finally belonged somewhere that mattered. Trent always had what many people believed to be delusions of granduer. He was always a head-in-the-clouds-dreamer from the day she met him… but he had been right all along. He was destined for something great. He was meant to be a part of something bigger than himself. Shauna had to hold back tears of joy so as not to embarrass herself or Trent in front of Senator Obadiah Williams. Just then the hoverboard came to a stop.
Obadiah turned back to the two lovebirds and cleared his throat “We are here my children”
Shauna quickly snapped out of her romance hazed daydream when a door slammed shut behind them and the room went dark. She felt for Trent’s hand as he offered encouragement “It’s ok baby…it’s…. hey the power must have just gone out. We need to be switching to all solar power anyways for god’s sake its the f*cking future! Matter of fact i’m gonna bring that up at our first house meeting. Write that down for me baby. Oh and also write on there that I should make sure and look up what solar power actually is first. Probably a good idea.”
“SILENCE!!!!!” a loud and booming voice screamed as the lights blasted back on to reveal a room filled with shadowy figures in dark burgundy cloaks seated in the auditorium. Shauna and Trent were dead center as if they were being bid on in a cattle auction.
As they gathered themselves, one of the cloaked individuals started moving towards a podium. A deafening silence fell over the crowd. The shadowy cloaked figure tapped The microphone as it gave a little feedback and then began top speak with a voice unlike any they had heard before… it sounded almost like their Meemaw talking into that box they gave her after the cigarettes attacked her throat ….
“We are gathered here today in our most sacred of chambers to bare witness to the swearing in of a new Knight of The Brotherhood, and to accept his oath of fealty. Before I carry on are there any objections to what is about to transpire? Speak now or be silent henceforth."
No one stood up. No one uttered a word. No one moved an Inch. The cloaked man continued.
“Good. I hate it when someone objects. We just end up shooting them and its like, well come on dont you remember when we shot the last guy? This isn’t gonna go how you think. And now we gotta stop and clean up a dead guy before we move on. Ughh.. so annoying… really messes up the whole flow! Anyways where was I? Oh right! Today we welcome a new member to The Brotherhood. Trent… please come forward!”
A spotlight shined brightly on the couple. “Trent baby what is this??” Shauna said with a trembling voice. Trent grabbed her hand as he tried to blink away the brightness in his eyes “I….I dont know baby but it’s going to be ok…. just stay right here” Trent approached the podium.
“Ummm hey y’all… uh.. My name is Trent Davis good to see ya.” Trent laughed nervously “ Sure is ominous in here”
A loud and bellowing voice that surrounded the room began to speak. “Trent Davis do you know why you are here today?”
Trent looked around trying to pin point exactly who who was speaking to “Um, yes, because I won an election fair and square and will therefore represent Sector 0 in Congress!”
The room filled with laughter as the loud voice continued “Trent that is so adorable…. an “Election” that you “won” muwhahahahahahahaha (thats how evil laughter is spelled I think) Trent you won alright… but not an Election. Trent you may not realize it now but you belong here more than anyone else. This is your birthright Trent. That voice in your head your whole life telling you that you were destined for greatness? You’ve heard it haven’t you? Oh sure your friends made fun of you. Your family even talked sh*t about you behind your back.. but you were right and they were wrong, Trent. Because it’s all true. That voice in your head… that was us. The Brotherhood has had a very close eye on you Trent Davis. You didnt know it then but you were always going to be a member of the Global United Parliament”
Trent screamed out “Thats GUP!!! Baby thats GUP” he smiled at Shauna and she smiled back nodding her head.
“Yes” The loud voice continued “Yes, GUP… which is a totally not stupid sounding acronym for Global United Parliament which is a clever and very original name for a sci fi government do we all agree??”
The chorus of cloaked men stamp their feet simultaneously in approval
“Good.Great. Glad we still agree on that… as I was saying, you were always going to be a member of Global United Parliament because.. well, Trent… you aren’t exactly who you think you are and it’s time you found out the truth. Please come forward”
Trent trembled. Sweat began to accumulate on his forehead. He looked to Shauna for reassurance “It’s ok baby” she said “This is just how really rich people have meetings. They are probably related to the Bush family”
Trent walked towards the front his every step echoing through the chamber. He could see no faces just glowing red dots where human eyes were supposed to be. As he approached the podium the loud voice bellowed once more
“Kneel, Trent Davis of Sector 0.”
Trent took a knee, and gazed up at the shadowy figure
“Trent, you kneel before me today as a mortal man not yet understanding your potential, NAY, your destiny… but you shall arise knowing the full breadtth of your responsibility. For today, Trent, you remember who you truly are”
The deep voiced man stepped forward and removed his hood. Shauna shrieked from the back of the room. It was Senator Obadiah Williams.
“Wow…. I woulda never guessed that was you” Trent said “You got some sort of voice changer filter thingy or something? Hot damn thats the ticket right there! Do I get one of them now that Im a big time politician? I could use it when im crank calling all my buddies back home!”
“Silence, Trent” said Obadiah “You dont even know the half of it”
Obadiah grabbed the back of his head with both hands and began to pull. It was a horrific scene. The skin on his face began to wrinkle as you could hear the sound of flesh tearing from his skull. Trent puked and was wiping the sick off of his shirt when he looked up to see that Obadiah Williams had shed his skin completely revealing he had not been what he appeared all along. Shauna screamed and passed out as Trent’s eyes grew wider and he finally got the nerve to speak…..
“Yes. Welcome home, son!”
Has Trent’s dad been alive this whole time? Is he some sort of shape shifting alien? Will Shauna be bad that Trent puked on the shirt she made him? Stay tuned for Episode 3!
*they weren’t actually in space thats just what trailers are called in the future cause…. well, its the future
** thats like, Holgram/tv type shit ya know? hell whatever