The Frylight Zone - Episode 7: Of Legends and Psychos
By The Frylight Staff
The legend of the
dimensional traveler has been passed down through the ages. As with
all legends, the truth has been weeded out over time. It is now
little more than a delightful bedtime story. It has been somewhat
expected because humans prefer to remain oblivious of the constant
threats of oblivion that surround them. This is why only one person
is chosen to save the Universe. The ancient prophecy, thought lost
for centuries, is recorded here:
"It is said
that in the 30th century, an evil force shall awaken and
seek the destruction of the dimensional barrier. There exists a
Chosen One. It is not known the form the Chosen One will take, but
this unnamed evil and the Chosen One are connected. It is known the
Guardian of the Barrier shall choose the dimensional traveler, thus
resulting in the unnamed evil's form. The Chosen One shall have
a companion that will serve as his/her protector. The Guardian of the
Barrier is a position passed down through the ages. The current
Guardian shall help the Chosen One overcome this great evil. In the
end, the Chosen One will be alone in his final fight with the unnamed
evil. Future uncertain…"
The prophecy was
regarded as vague and silly. I can assure that it is not silly at
least. Ever since the First Guardian spoke the name of the traveler
when he retired from the position, the Guardians have been ever
watchful, waiting for their appearance. Guardians are long lived.
There are five before me. My time is almost up and the unnamed evil
knows this. If I can't locate the sixth Guardian, the Barrier
will be left unprotected and the obliteration will begin. Chaos will
rein as every dimension is crammed into one and personalities merged
into one body.
I can only hope…
Somewhere across space and time…
A blue doorway opened
and ejected its three passengers by force. They struggled to their
feet, a bit dazed and confused. This last landing had been a bit more
rough. Perhaps it had something to do with escaping the bomb they set
to blow up the building. In order to free an enslaved world from a
maniacal Bender, they'd blown up his base. Unfortunately, the
door made its appearance in the final seconds before the bomb was due
to explode, thus resulting in a mad dash for it. The force of the
explosion propelled them through the doorway and resulted in the hard
Fry got up and dusted
himself off. "Let's not do that again, ok guys?"
Amy chuckled as she
pushed herself up, but the laughter died in her throat when she got a
good look at her friend. "Fry," she whispered hoarsely.
She ran up to him, a look of concern splashed across her features.
Fry was confused.
"What's wrong?" He grimaced as Amy gingerly touched
his face. "Oh that. It's just a scratch, no need to
fuss." Amy pulled her hands back and showed them to Fry. Blood
was smeared on them, his blood. Leela had already gotten up and
joined them. She held up a mirror so Fry could see his 'scratch.'
His right eye was crying blood from a cut just under it. His face was
riddled with scratches. The pavement had not been kind to any of
them, but he looked the worse.
came from the pavement, but the cut came from Bender's fist
didn't it?" Fry dumbly nodded. He received a punch in the
stomach for his trouble. "Damn it Fry! You swore you were fine!
That eye could get infected. Do you want to be blind!?" Leela
held Amy back, not that she could restrain the Martian if she wanted
"Easy Amy! Fry
has enough damage already."
tell you because we were out of time. I was afraid you'd react
like this," Fry quietly said. He held his stomach in slight
pain. "Could you please be more careful? You're stronger
than all of us now, you know." Amy's angry expression
relented as she shrugged off Leela and ran to embrace Fry.
"Oh my god. I'm
sorry, Fry. I definitely forgot my own strength for a moment there."
She looked him straight in the eyes. "Want me to kiss it and
make it all better?" a suggestive tone laced her voice. Fry
gently eased out of her embrace.
"Uh, sorry Amy.
That sounds great, but I really have to decline." Amy pouted,
almost succeeding in driving Fry back to her arms, but fear held him
back. No, I can't. I'm a monster. They don't
know it. Best they don't, or I'd find myself one lonely
guy. Amy sensed something was wrong, but decided to let it go for
"I wonder when
the Professor will pop in with his usual cryptic message regarding
our mission?" Amy asked. The others shrugged.
us. He always does," Fry muttered. They began to walk off in
search of clues to ascertain their location. None of them were aware
they were being watched.
Darkness was her
reward. It was all she could see, feel, and taste. She groggily
opened her eye. Pain now touched her body and made her wish she were
still unconscious. A voice faintly called her to awareness. "Leela?"
37 worlds and not a sign. "Leela?" Defeat felt heavy.
"LEELA!" She snapped to full attention, taking in the
full view of the Professor's hologram. "Are you alright?"
it asked. Leela attempted to stand but failed. "Easy you
suicidal woman!" Her hand groped for the diamond tether to find
it severed. The Professor nodded slowly. "Bad news Leela. The
tether isn't as unbreakable as we thought."
"You mean I'm
stuck here?" Turanga Leela almost screamed.
There's a slim chance our lost companions will happen onto this
world and take you with them. Until then…I don't know."
Leela picked up a rock and threw it at the Professor's image.
"Ow! You're mean. I'm going to find Fry and the
others. The image vanished and Leela groaned in dismay.
"Might as well
make the best of it. Where the hell am I?" She walked off to
explore, unaware that she, too, is being watched.
Closer than you might think…
Leela Fry felt somewhat
scared. They'd been walking for what seemed like an hour and
the streets were empty, devoid of life. They hadn't heard from
the Professor either. What was taking so long? A newspaper fluttered
by and Leela made a grab for it. She stopped when she caught sight of
the date: February 9, 3005. Her legs grew rubbery. Five years?
Hadn't it been only a few months? The others noticed that
she had stopped and came back to see what the commotion was. They too
were shocked at this date. It couldn't have been more than one
or two years since the Professor's machine sent them on this
panic," Amy said. "Maybe years are shorter here. That
said though, I think it never hit how long we've been gone."
"Look at the top
headline!" Fry exclaimed. "This might explain why
nobody's out here." The title read: Unthawed Menace
Still At Large!
right. It says here the mayor instituted an early curfew to keep the
citizens safe from the killer. Oh great! As if we didn't have
enough problems." Amy sighed and yelled "WHAT NEXT, HUH?"
to no one in particular. As if to answer her question, several police
cruisers enveloped the small group. The police got out and pointed
lasers at them. One of them raised a megaphone to their mouth.
"Philip J. Fry,
A.K.A. The Unthawed Menace! You're hereby under arrest! Release
you hostage!" Amy and Fry looked at each other then behind
them. The newspaper had fluttered to the ground. Leela was gone. The
cops encircled Fry, placing his hands in cuffs. Some of the others
led a protesting Amy away. All she could do was watch hopelessly as
he was shoved into the backseat of a police cruiser and driven
downtown. Among the questions running through her mind. She briefly
Where did Leela go?
Leela awoke suddenly.
Her head hurt and she silently wished for aspirin. Her vision was
blurry at first, but it cleared up quickly. She screamed. She saw
herself in a cryo-tube, similar to the one she came to the future in.
There was only one problem: she was dead! A voice behind her
whispered, "Lee-la?" The voice spoke her name haltingly,
as if it had not spoken that name in quite sometime. "No, not
Lee-la. Different. She just looks like her. What are you?" The
voice was demanding now.
Leela turned around and
gasped at the sight of her kidnapper. It was Fry. He was disheveled.
He stunk to high heaven as if he'd never been bathed in his
life. His clothing was torn. In short, she could have mistaken him
for a hobo. "What do you mean? My name is Leela." She
said this with uncertainty, not knowing how he'd react.
not her of course. I'm a Leela from a different dimension."
not from anywhere!"
"What do you
mean? Of course I'm from somewhere. I told you, I'm
This world's Fry
cut her off. "The smells. Everyone has one. Me, Lee-la, the old
guy. Everybody. I should know. Being frozen…olfactory senses
heightened somehow. I can't stand it! Only one way to stop the
smells. Gotta kill…gotta freeze. Frozen stuff doesn't
Leela stared at him
surprised. Obviously this Fry hadn't taken to freezing too well
and become crazy. "Sure, everybody smells."
Fry shook his head.
"Not you. Five years. Everything smells. Not you. Leela
lost any expressions after that revelation. She silently prayed for
rescue. Fry smiled an impish grin. "My blood." He laughed
amusedly and began chanting, "No blood, no smell!" over
and over again. Leela just plugged her ears and tried to dwell on
ridiculous! Fry couldn't hurt a fly!" Amy shouted to the
he's killed several flies. Not to mention people. You don't
realize how lucky you were. That cryogenics counselor and the staff
of Planet Express weren't. All dead. All frozen. He's
made the Applied Cryogenics building his hideout."
"If you know
where he is, why haven't you captured him already?"
for us in there. Taking the building is like walking into one giant
death trap. We've lost several officers. Robot and human
causalities abound. The only hope of capturing him is when he leaves
the building. Which we just did." The officer grins proudly.
Amy balled her fist tightly, meaning to slug the officer. The
appearance of the Professor's hologram stopped her.
"Hello girl with my blood type! Where are the others?" Amy made silent motions
that she knew the Professor wouldn't understand, but it was better than being
thought crazy. "Amy, this is no time for charades! Just tell the others: One must
leave, one must stay behind and protect the savior! To leave this world, you must
catch a murderer. Oh and our Leela has been looking for you." The hologram vanished,
his time up. Amy sat in silence memorizing the message before she spoke again.
"May I please see
Fry? I, uh, want to tell him how much I, um, hate him for kidnapping
me." The officer nodded, leading her to Fry's holding
cell where he graciously left them alone for a few minutes. Fry
looked worn out, almost defeated in a way. He lifted his face to look
at Amy, sadness shining his eyes.
"Amy! No, go away
Amy. I'm a monster. Just leave me here."
not a monster. They have you confused with this world's Fry."
difference? I'm afraid, Amy. This guy can kill without a second
thought, and the Ferror IS me – MY dark thoughts; MY evil
tendencies. I don't want to hurt you, Leela, or anybody else."
Amy, unable to bear
seeing Fry in this pain, bent the bars and ran to embrace him. She
held him tightly enough to prevent him from squirming out of her
grasp. He turned his head away in shame and fear. Amy brought it back
to face her. "Fry, look at me." He closed his eyes
tightly. "Look at me!" she commanded. Fry opened his eyes
slowly. "What you said just now, about not wanting to hurt us?
That's the difference. The Fry of this world is very sick.
Something went wrong when he was frozen. He's crazy. The
Ferror? It doesn't have morals, it doesn't care about
anyone but itself. You care, you love, and when the chips are down
you know right from wrong. You're not a monster, you're
not anything like them. You're Philip J. Fry and you call no
man mister." Fry broke into a grin that made Amy fall in love
with him all over again. She leaned into kiss him. Fry offered no
resistance. The door burst open.
there!" an officer commanded. He leaned into the walkie-talkie
to report a potential breakout in progress. As he did so, he heard
the sound of stone wall breaking. When he looked up, there were two
missing people and a giant hole in the wall. "Holy cow!"
Turanga Leela stumbled
across an abandoned version of her old workplace. "Applied
Cryogenics. Well, at least it'll help me pass the time." She
entered the building and began to climb the stairs. She heard a faint
voice singing what seemed to be a couple of short words over and over
again. As she got closer to the source, the words became clearer.
"'No blood. No smell'. What the hell?" She
made her way to the source carefully and found it coming from one of
the cryo-tube rooms. She peered inside and observed a messed up Fry
singing the words over and over. He appeared to be dancing around a
huddled lifeform. Suddenly, he stopped. He sniffed the air, and
before Turanga Leela could react, he was in front of her.
"Lee-la! So nice
to see you again! You smell just as awful as before, but don't
worry, I'll soon fix that." He ushered her into the room.
"Wow Fry, you've
really let yourself go. Where's Amy?"
"You mean rich
snob? She's over there in 42." Leela turned to observe a
horrible sight. Amy had been mutilated. She could hardly recognize
"You killed Amy?
she smelled, or so he thought. Don't worry Leela, that's
not Fry. It's just this world's version of him," a
familiar voice explained.
"Shut up, thing!"
Fry kicked Leela Fry's huddled body and she cried out in pain.
"You think she's
real and not me. Why?"
"No blood, no
"I have blood!"
she cried. She grabbed a shard of broken glass and cut her right arm,
causing blood to spill out. She showed this to him. "See?!"
Fry simply shrugged and
said, "MY blood." He turned to look at Turanga Leela.
"Are you saying
I'm your daughter?" Leela Fry asked in a shocked voice.
Fry just shook his head.
Suddenly a loud
feminine voice filled the room. "He doesn't understand
well enough to tell you what you are. You were made. At long
last, the sixth Guardian has been found!"
The room was filled
with blank stares. "Huh?"
Amy was just slightly
pissed her romantic moment had been ruined by ignorant cops. When
she'd tried again to kiss him, Fry resisted. The moment was
gone, but Amy knew there was something more. He still longed for
Leela. She growled softly in her mind. "The police said the
killer hides out in the Applied Cryogenics building. That'd
probably be a good place to start looking."
Fry nodded and snuggled
into Amy's embrace to get comfortable. Amy smiled at this and
flew in the direction of the Applied Cryogenics.
"The unnamed evil
captured you and bound you in a body of flesh. The only thing that
can hold a Guardian or potential Guardian is the blood of The Chosen
one. Knowing this, the evil one created your body with Fry's
blood and Leela's genes. By doing this, he erased your memories
and created Leela Fry. The evil one then picked a world to put you
on, giving you Fry's past. It dropped in from time to time to
make sure you stayed weak and afraid in the guise of Philip Turanga.
"Let me see if
I've got this straight. A disembodied voice is telling me that
Leela Fry is a lie and I'm supposed to be this all-powerful
Guardian of the Dimensional Barrier?"
were you before you lost your body?"
"I never had one.
Before you were captured, you didn't have one either."
Leela Fry said, twirling her finger around her ear.
"I saw that!"
as this is. If she's really the Guardian, how do we prove it?"
Turanga Leela asked.
"It's up to
her. Only she can uncover the truth. I'm just preparing her for
when realization hits." Suddenly, two other people burst
through the door. Everybody stared at everyone else. The psycho Fry
seemed stunned to see another him. Turanga Leela broke the silence
"Fry, is it
really you?" She ran forward to embrace him, only to be stopped
the questions if you don't mind. As you can see we have a dead
Leela and two others walking about. Which one are you?"
Leela looked offended.
"Amy, it's me. Turanga Leela. I came to find you guys."
Fry shook his head.
"I'm afraid she's right. We've run into a
bunch of Turanga Leelas. How do we know you're our Leela?"
Leela nodded. "I
figured this might happen. I brought this as proof." She dug
into her pockets until she produced a golf ball and tossed it to Amy.
Fry and Amy stared at
it. "Bender's golf ball," they said in unison.
Their seemingly endless journey could not make them forget the
accursed object that sent them on it in the first place.
"Does this mean
the machine's fixed? We can go home?" Fry asked
Leela shakes her head.
"The Professor made this Pandimensional Portal, but there was
no way of retrieving people. In short, the door is one way. We were
using the diamond tether to pull me back if I couldn't find
you. It didn't survive this time."
must not have calculated the wear and tear of dimensional crossing on
a diamond tether."
While the three were
arguing, the psycho Fry has taken advantage of the situation to grab
his trusty knife. "The smells! Must stop the smells!"
Within seconds, he leaped on to Leela and wrestled her to the ground.
"You're the smelliest one! You go first! He put the knife
to her throat. Amy pulled him off before he could slash her throat.
Fry shoved the hilt of the knife handle back into Amy, causing her to
drop him. He crawled up Leela's body and prepared to slash
Leela's throat once more. Leela was amazed at how strong the
psycho Fry is. She wasn't used to being at a man's mercy,
and was terrified.
Fry lunged for his evil
self, only to be knocked backwards by an effortless backhand. He flew
backwards and smacked against the wall. Amy ran to his side to check
his vitals. Leela Fry watched in terror as her friends fail to stop
the psychotic Fry. Then, Turanga did something alien to her nature:
She screamed for help. If there was anything Leela Fry understood, it
was fear. She didn't know Turanga Leela personally, but her
friends thought the world of her and for one second she wanted to be
something other than a quivering mass of fear.
She pushed aside her
fear and tackled the psycho Fry. Her plan worked. Fry couldn't
smell her and defend against her. The two rolled around fighting for
top position. The friends stared in amazement at this feat of
bravery. Psycho Fry lost his grip on the knife and it skidded across
the room. Unfortunately, he picked up a glass shard during the
tumble. He gained top position and plunged the shard into Leela Fry's
heart. A furious Amy grabbed the vicious Fry and flung him toward an
open tube. The door slammed shut and set for a thousand years. "Oh
God! I'm so sorry I didn't do that sooner!" Amy
Leela Fry hacked up
blood and spoke haltingly. "It's ok. He couldn't
smell me and he was abnormally strong.
Fry ran to her side as
well. "Don't die, Leela! You just found your courage; you
She reached up and
caressed her dear brother's face. "I only knew you for a
while, but you were the best brother I could have ever asked for."
approached her counterpart slowly. "This is hard to say, but
I'm gonna swallow my pride because you deserve to hear it.
Thanks for saving my life."
Leela Fry's eye
shone brightly. "Praise from Turanga Leela? It was a great
honor to save the life of someone that means so much to my friend and
brother." She coughed up more blood and her eye slowly closed.
Fry and Amy sobbed. A good friend was gone. They'd had their
share of loss on this journey, but they'd never lost a
"I hate to
interrupt this painful, emotional moment, but I have good news,"
the disembodied voice spoke.
Fry glared around the
room. "You! Why don't you shut up for once?" Amy
stared at Fry questionably. "It's not the first time I've
heard her. I first heard her when we met the Ferror as Philip
Turanga. I think they were arguing over me."
widened. "One must leave, one must stay behind and protect the
savior," she whispered as she repeated the Professor's
the disembodied voice confirmed. "Leela Fry, as you call her,
isn't dead. The form she was trapped in is gone, and had she
remained a coward, she could have been killed. That changed when she
saved Turanga Leela's life. By doing so, she became a Guardian
again and the psychotic Fry released her from her prison by killing
Leela Fry's voice
filled the room. "Well, what do you know? I AM the sixth
Guardian! Hi guys! Sorry I can't come with you anymore, but now
you have the real Leela to keep you company."
Turanga Leela absorbed
all this and said, "Wow, it's not just speculation
anymore. Fry's the Dimensional Traveler!"
"Long story, I'll
tell you later!"
Amy looked bummed. "I
guess that means I'm just a body guard after all."
"Well, if you
are, there's no one better for the job," Fry said
"Of course not,
you idiot. I was designed to be a body guard, remember?"
"Uh, well, you
may be genetically altered but you're still a good friend and
you've gotten me through rough times."
Amy smiled at Fry's
attempts to cheer her up. "Thanks Fry." Just then, the
Fry said. Both Leela and Amy said their good-byes to Leela Fry before
going through the doorway. Fry watched as Leela became a solid light
version of her old body.
let you leave without a hug from my brother, she said. They embraced
for a few seconds, and she shoved Fry into the door as she became a
disembodied voice once more. The room stayed lit until the doorway
disappeared. Then all was dark and silent.
Except for an odd beeping sound coming from the psychotic Fry's tube. 'Malfunction'
flashed in red letters for a few seconds while the door swung open. A familiar
pink mist invaded the room and took a hold of the wayward Fry. His eyes now flashed
red and his face had a malicious grin on it. "Hmm, an interesting body and an
insane minion. What more could one ask for?" Evil laughter pervaded the room as
the Ferror and his newly acquired body/minion vanished.
Stay tuned for part 8.