The Mad Scientist
Scrumtumbler, finally free of von Wartenburg’s mystical power, turned to call to Kate through the portal. But before he could speak, a rumbling in the ground caused her image to flicker out and be replaced by a dense rainforest, which in turn transformed into a darkened swamp.
“Heads up!” Jack shouted, pointing up at the tyrannosaur that now charged at them. It was still in pursuit of the biplane, but its path carried it right past them. With each of its gargantuan footfalls, the portal shifted to show a new destination.
Scrumtumbler could see that even if the dinosaur didn’t pause its pursuit to eat one of them, it would still trample them all as it ran.
“Through the gate!” Jack shouted.
“But the frequency isn’t stable!” Scrumtumbler shouted back. “If we go through now, there’s no telling where we’ll end up!”
“If we stay here, we’re lizard food!” Jack grabbed Limefellow by the back of his jacket and flung him through the gate and then pushed Scrumtumbler after him.
Scrumtumbler found himself landing on dusky red sand. He turned to look back through the portal to see Jack leaping towards them, with the tyrannosaur bearing down from behind. An instant before Jack could pass through the portal, there was a roar and a crash and the portal winked out of existence.
Scrumtumbler desperately groped at the space where the portal had been only a moment before, but he found only dry, empty air.