Stellar Movies

“A hockey mask!?” Murphy scoffed. “Because nothing says, ‘scary monster’ like a hockey mask.” A tall man in a jumpsuit and hockey mask slaughtered a couple on the screen.

“Shhhh,” Phoebe nudged him with her elbow. The pair of roommates sat on the couch together for the first of their new weekly scheduled movie nights. “You wanted to watch movies from other universes; this is what you get.”

“But a hockey mask? At least our ‘Jackson’ is scary in his movies,” Murphy said. “He doesn’t need to protect his face like a weakling.”

“His name is Jason in these movies,” Phoebe replied. On the TV, a spaceship landed next to the lake in the middle of the night.

“Oh, you’re right,” Murphy rolled his eyes. “That name makes him way scarier. Well, I hope the alien is cooler.” The two watched in silence for several minutes, then Murphy was hit with a stray thought. 

“Hey, you said there’re infinite universes out there, right?”

“Yeah,” Phoebe nodded without taking her eyes off the screen. The alien hunter and super zombie murderer were both stalking the same victim; it was one of her favorite scenes.

“So… does that mean this could really have happened somewhere? I mean, this movie, these two killers. They probably exist?”

“Yes, and no,” Phoebe replied. “There are records that hint a Unique Soul like Jackson-Jason existed. It’s probably why so many Earths have a version of him; but, aliens don’t exist.”

“Huh? How do you sound so sure?” Murphy asked. His question was punctuated by sudden action music. On-screen the hunter and murderer met and began their clash. The alien was shown struggling to find the killer with his thermal vision. Phoebe sighed, then used her node to pause the movie as the alien reached up to remove his mask.

“Pretend everything,” Phoebe paused, then decided to stress the word. “EVERYTHING, all of existence exists in one house. Every room in that house has locked doors.”

“Okay,” Murphy nodded. “With you so far.”

“When I say, ‘I can travel to infinite universes’, all of those universes I can travel to are in the same room.

“Whooooa,” Murphy’s mind boggled at the fact that there was more than infinity out there.

“Aliens don’t exist in this room; that’s what makes them aliens,” she giggled.

“So, then, they do exist outside this hypothetical room, right? How do we know they haven’t visited?”

“Unique Souls are intended to travel between universes. We do that by,..”Phoebe lifted her hand and wiggled her fingers at the air. “…interacting with the vibrations on each Earth we visit.” A dish-sized black portal opened in the air; then, she dismissed it with a wave.

“But… aliens?” Murphy asked. He wasn’t sure how her explanation was related. Phoebe nodded.

“The explanation starts getting into Mundo territory; boring for me to explain. If an alien touched a Unique Soul, that Unique’s frequency would be forever changed. Not only that, the moment it touched the void, all Uniques that have been through the void would know about the new frequency. It would be like another room in the house opened up to us. We’d be able to visit Earths that have made alien contact.”

“So,… they could still be in our room and just haven’t touched a Unique Soul yet?” Murphy asked. Phoebe shrugged.

“I guess. But with so much to see out there already, it doesn’t matter.  You’d be surprised at how alien some Earths are. Can I start the movie again?” Phoebe asked. Murphy nodded. Phoebe woke her node but accidentally tapped the ‘Forward’ button instead of the ‘Play’ button. The movie jumped forward to her next saved scene.

“Oh no!” She dropped her node in a hurried attempt to rewind it.

Spoilers,” Murphy said with a chuckle. On the screen, the alien hunter was donning his newest prize: a hockey mask.

“Well, the first one isn’t that great anyway. Now we can do the other one!”

“There’s another one?”

“Yeah!” Phoebe chirped. “From a different – different universe.” She finally got her hands on her node and pulled up the next movie. Murphy laughed.

“Freddy vs. Jason vs. Predator vs. Aliens vs. 3 Stooges vs. Dracula? They’re not even trying to give it a movie title.”

“Shhhh, this is the best one. No talking. You need to pay close attention to the plot or you’ll get lost.”

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