[I will crush your sister's head like a pimple. Is that what you want?] "Empty threat, Saga. I'm in here now, and she's holding the door open. If you wanted me trapped and dead in here, killing her would be your best option." [I said GET OUT! GET OUT! GET OUT!] She screamed inside my … Continue reading 71. 2251, Present Day. North American exclusion zone. Athan.
"Why is he here," Lia whispered. "How did he find us?" She'd been inconsolable for hours. AEGIS and I had tried everything, from convincing her that there was no way it was Brick's cigarette, to threatening to rip his head off if he ever showed it. I was even serious about it. While by no … Continue reading 70. 2251, Present Day. North American exclusion zone. Athan.
As thanks, Lia was teaching me to ride her crawler. "Might come in handy someday, too." She said. I had to agree, things just got too crazy sometimes that it would never come up. The crawler was similar to a snowmobile but longer. 'Similar' in that it was still a machine you wrapped yourself over … Continue reading 69. 2251, Present Day. North American exclusion zone. Athan.
Karu had bid us all a bittersweet goodbye and left to collect her gear and fly away. Lia had been considerate enough to move it all inside The Bunker so it wasn't sitting out in the snow, but said it had taken her three trips. I had to marvel at what kind of superwoman Karu … Continue reading 68. 2251, Present Day. North American exclusion zone. Athan.
AEGIS was growing right up. I couldn't be more proud. Base security wasn't too keen on the idea of handing her the keys to the whole facility, so she was managing small, unimportant parts of the base, while they judged her performance and 'steered her' towards being a proper AI. So AEGIS had a dayjob, … Continue reading 67. 2141, 110 years ago. XPCA Research and Containment Facility. Laura.
One day. That was how long I'd had my brother back before he disappeared on me again. One day. He'd saved me from a bear, we drank and laughed together, ran into Karu, who seemed quiet but nice, and then Luminary attacked and she whisked him away to save his life. Two days they were … Continue reading 66. 2251, Present Day. North American exclusion zone. Lia.
Working myself up to the point where I was willing to fight and kill and actually being able to do it were two completely different things. As I closed in on her, the Exhuman's attacks became more and more dangerous, changing from dodging individual flying rocks to waves of earth flowing forward like a tsunami. … Continue reading 65. 2251, Present Day. Newbruck. Athan.
Karu and I left the clinic to a scene of pure chaos. Sirens cacophonously echoed off of the mountains and buildings, making the air buzz with panic. People poured from every home and the dozens of brick two-story stores which seemed to make up the downtown area of this little suburb, flooding the streets in … Continue reading 64. 2251, Present Day. Newbruck. Athan.
Karu's description of being in a regenerator was pretty much spot-on. I went from blacking out on the battlefield to tiny flashes of cognizance of being in the air, strapped with my face in Karu's chest with my arms and legs bound to her while hers hung and swung like a macabre marionette. And then … Continue reading 63. 2251, Present Day. Newbruck. Athan.
I did not approve of Ashton's indolence, and certainly had no expectation to partake in it, yet when faced with the harsh reality of his reasoning, I could do nothing but relent. What else would I prefer to do? Such a simple question but a devastating one. Because I had scheduled today around spending the … Continue reading 62. 2251, Present Day. North American exclusion zone. Karu.