Quantum physics is the study of nature at the very small. Mathematics is one language used to formalise or describe quantum phenomena.
Avery tied her long black hair in a swift motion, as she readied himself, steeling herself for the impact. The sun shined on her, the harsh wasteland’s cold wind cutting into her. She pressed the button, waiting. It took exactly 3 seconds as she calculated. The powerful explosion’s immense sound split everything around into pieces, including Avery herself, when-
“What the hell are you doing?” a stern voice echoed through the room as the lights flickered on in the laboratory, revealing a short, ginger man. Avery dramatically rolled her eyes, removing her stimulation glasses to take in her real surroundings once again.
“Professor Erreur, did you have to come to bother me again?” She grumbled, “But it doesn’t matter. I figured out what you wanted. I finalized the blueprint and ran the stimulation for the sound explosives.”
“Good job Avery,” He said heartily, “I’m sure your invention would bring us closer to victory in this God damned war.” Avery beamed with the unusual compliment, as Erreur continued to pace around the room. “Well. On another note, I saw how he’s been doing.” Avery’s blue eyes seemed to darken.
“Do you mean Insanis? I… I think you should see for yourself.” Avery muttered, grimacing as she began to press a colorful array of buttons on the table in front of her. Immediately, the tiles under Erreur and Avery began to float into the air, as a hatch opened on the wall to her left, exposing a bottomless hallway. The two began to descend into the abyss, as motion-sensored lights began to flicker on, casting a green glow. They soon arrived in front of a plain white door, which slid open soundlessly. Avery paused in the doorway. “Professor… I’m going to be honest with you…” she cautioned, “I don’t think what he is doing is the right thing.”
“We will see.” He mumbled grimly.
Past the white door was what appeared to be a simple experiment room, with clean shelves. Yet, despite the obvious normalcy of the room, one odd thing stood out. A dead body lay on one of the tables, and a tall white-haired man stood over it. His haunting black eyes turned to them, his face contorted into laughter.
“I… I did it.” He croaked, “I finally did it!” He broke off into a high-pitched laughter. Avery flinched, yet Erreur looked at the man gravely.
“Are you sure about this?” Erreur coaxed.
“The fool’s been on an impossible task to bring back the dead.” She said bitterly. “I’m not sure what faith you have in him, but I think that this will only bring trouble.
Insanis paused, as he turned to them, large tears spilling out of his dead black eyes. “And you, you are an ignorant child who will never understand,” he said angrily, “You will never understand the feeling of creation, the feeling of having control in this world. But it doesn't even matter now.” He spun around laughing. “Don’t you see? I have manipulated this world… I can do as I will now!” He grabbed a small device “I just proved Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle wrong with this tiny device. I can now measure and control the properties of quantum!”
“Are you actually insane?” Avery yelled, “Even in the advanced world we live in now, nobody can manipulate quantums… I don’t think there is anyone that actually truly understands what quantum physics is!”
Insanis scoffed. “Who said it was easy? Nobody said this was going to be easy…” He stepped closer to Avery, as she flinched, stepping away from him. “Let me show you the ingenuity of this entire thing. You do know Schrödinger’s cat analogy, don’t you? How is the cat considered to be both alive and dead? Well…. If the cat is dead, there will be another live cat in another universe. The universe splits when it is faced with quantum choices! All I need to do is harness the alternate version of him…” He looked at the body. “This could let us win the entire war. All we need to do is to make it work.” He pressed the button of the remote he was holding and aimed it at the corpse.
“No…” Avery gasped as her face whitened. She could feel the presence of an invisible force, as something appeared to inhale the body. She leaped at him, trying to get him to stop. “You can’t do this Insanis, there are some things that you should never do!” To her surprise, someone held her back. She turned to look. Erreur looked back at her with an amused smile on his face.
“Let him be, Avery, what he is doing now could help us win the war.” He said gently. “Think about it, if we all outlive the enemy by restoring our past troops, that would ensure that we would get a victory no matter what!”
“War? Is that what you can only think of?” Avery’s voice trembled. “That’s not your biggest problem right now…” She strained against Erreur. The two watched the unfolding events in front of them, eyes wide, as the truth began to fall upon them.
“There are some things that should never be tampered with.” she declared softly, tears slowly falling down her face.
And then nothing more could be heard from the void of darkness.
Avery snatched the machine out of Insanis’s hand, and switched it off, slamming it into pieces onto the floor.
“Avery!” cried both Erreur and Insanis. “What have you done?” Breathing heavily, Avery glared at the two of them flexing her arms.
“Did you not see what was happening? I know you two are blind to power, but something like that will lead to the destruction of everybody. I just know it.” She picked up the pieces and began walking away. “Maybe this would have killed us all in another dimension, but not here. I’m going to live my life.” Turning away, she disappeared into the dark.