Tis foolish men,
Who remain deprived.
Which see good or evil,
as black or white.
Not grey shades.
Chapter 7- Grey Undertones
I was suddenly in a yard; the air was stifling, intense, thick, and heavy. I could see heat waves lingering around. I gasped, shock making me claw for air- however I was the only one- as the man next to me instantly began pacing. Glancing nervously around himself,“We need to get out of here, quickly.” he muttered.
He turned towards me, looking at me but not really seeing me. “This is mutant territory isn’t it?” he thought aloud, “I must of messed up. Damn it. Then why aren’t they attacking?” He again looked left and right but seemed to be puzzled, yet when his eyes met mine a mischievous smile came over him. Like a little kid finishing his first puzzle. “I didn’t realise you had control even in these territories Mex, but I should have known, so that’s why they aren’t attacking” His grin became even wider as he looked at me.
“Who are you?” I asked apologetically, “I feel as if I’ve known you for a very long time, I feel like we are best friends, it’s like an answer’s at the very tip of my tongue yet I can’t recall anything?” The boys smile became dimmer, and there was this dark, bitter look in his eyes, “Well I’m not surprised.” He murmured, not really talking to me but more likely himself, “With what happened back there its lucky you’re alive, or maybe not lucky since you’re not one that easily dies.” His smile reformed, and brighter than ever. He grabbed my shoulders. “But you were expecting it, weren’t you Mex? If I recall you said ‘the day this ends, I will remember.’ Or something like that I think. Man, you are one sly fox.”
“And you’ve even lost your memory like you said you would.”
“I said what?”
“And you’re so confused, it’s just adorable.”
“Personally I didn’t think you had the guts to wipe your own mind, but you sure proved me wrong.”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about, if you know something then explain!!!!!!!!!!!!” I exhaled loudly, “Man you’re one stressful guy.”
His grin grew wider
“What’s your name anyway?” I asked.
“Cal” he said, “Cal Hyder”
“That’s one awesome name.” I complimented “I’m Mex, Mex Cillian.”
His grin grew again- impossibly big, “I know.” Cal laughed
“What the hell was that?” I shouted above the sound of creaking timber, gaining the attention of one of the bewildered subordinates. As I began rebooting systems an attractive young man with stunning green gold eyes, came up to me, shuffling on his feet like an embarrassed puppy. I instantly thought wimp!
“State your name.” I commanded in my normal superior tone, I liked making these men know who was boss.
“Ashley Barnett sir, I mean ma’am. I just transferred to section B server team ma’am.” I rolled my eyes, great, poor Timothy, getting a fresh newbie wuss who was probably going to die soon.
“So you’re one of Timothy’s subordinates then.” I drawled, feeling suddenly bored, “What do you want?”
“Miss, I just transferred from headquarters, and I have some vital information about the man who just infiltrated our base and the one that rescued him.” Ashley was suddenly standing straighter, alert, a clever gleam playing in his eyes – making me rethink my original opinion on him.
“When I was first assigned to the Syndicate I was working as an information broker in service of the capital.” He explained. “One of the subjects I came across during one of my investigations was that man.”
I smiled at him- finally something concrete- and he smiled handsomely in return, eager to be useful.
“Tell me more Mr Barnett.” I purred.
A smarmy smirk came over his face- which ticked me off, “I’m sorry, Lady Kyoya, however this is confidential information, I can’t just tell you right off the bat, not without clearance from headquarters first. I mean you could contact the High Command, with your status you’d surely get the information, after some time.”
That little punk was bargaining with me. But he was easy to read, just another pawn of the Capital, terrified of getting kicked out. He wanted a recommendation.
I leaned in closer to him, and murmured in his ear, “I’ll surely let the higher ups know about your astounding capability and efficiency in the next report Mr Barnett” In front of him I took out my tablet and found Ashley’s profile on the server and began adjusting his ratings. “With this I’m sure you’ll become a Lieutenant in no time.” Like a dog getting a bone, he looked happy enough to wag his tail- obviously he didn’t- but he stared up at me with a strange expression of respect. Pathetic.
He cleared his throat as he watched me put my tablet away and began “The creature who broke through the wall was a member of Abyss, quite a high ranking one at that, his name is Cal Hyder. The Capital has been trying to track him down for a while. He is quite the terrorist.” This raised my eyebrows,“What is this creature’s connection with the one he rescued?”
This just made Ashley smile wider,“Oh that one.”
“Yes the one with white hair, he said his name was Mex Cillian”.
“Oh he’s something else entirely.”
“What do you mean?”
“We have records of him, at least going back a few hundreds of years.”
“What!” I exclaimed drawing in unneeded attention.
Out of the corner of my eyes I could see Timothy re-establishing our shields. Good, things were getting more stable again, if that gaping hole had stayed open any longer who knows what monstrosity would of been lying in wait, readying itself for an attack. The computer system I was working on began rechecking the links on our support units and outputs, the lights re-flickered on. ” CIM restored” echoed the cybernetic voice through the chamber” many of the workers cheered and patted each other on the back.
While everyone was distracted I grabbed Ashley by the shoulder and dragged him out of the chamber and into the long grey corridor beyond it. The pathway everyone nicknamed the path of reckoning.
“He’s an immortal!” I exclaimed.
“Yes and no ordinary one at that, he’s a leader, Cal Hyder is his subordinate.”
“Is he the only immortal we have to deal with?”
Ashley grimaced,“Sadly we have three immortals to contend with, Mex is just the leader.”
“What” I breathed, I felt the blood rush to my head and suddenly I was very lightheaded. “How come no one was informed about this?” I asked quietly.
“Because.” Ashley whispered, “We already have enough trouble as it is, High Command thought people knowing that the immortals were more than just a myth would cause unnecessary uproar.” he sighed. “It hadn’t really mattered before as the immortals kept to themselves and hardly ever intervened in conflicts. Mex is the only immortal the Syndicate has some knowledge of but, we barely know anything about them.”
I glared at him,“So tell me what we do know.”
Ashley coughed, “Well, that’s a hard task.”
I looked around to see that my sister was no longer beside me, Liz had disappeared as soon as that monster escaped. While I was controlling the situation Tia had also ditched me. One minute she was there the next she wasn’t- typical- she’d abandoned me to do all the work.
Ten or more minutes later the official technician came, my old mate Matt,“Thanks for finally making it, could you not go faster or something.”
He gave me an annoyed look,”I’m sorry O-great-Timothy, should I go back and attempt to come even faster for you.”
“No it’s fine.” I hurriedly replied, for a second we looked at each other seriously but then a second later we were laughing.
“Man.” Matt whistled,” When I got called I wasn’t expecting this.” He began expertly readjusting the systems then analysing the damage on the gates.
“Yikes!!” he exclaimed, “You’re lucky that the shields came back on, or anything could have come in here, and don’t get me started on the radiation.” he looked at me seriously.
“Honestly, your systems are screwed over, it’s like the thing that broke this down used an EMP bomb. You’re going to have clear out the entire side of this building while I get my team to conduct repairs.”
I nodded “Understood, how long?”
“48, going on 72 hours.”
I groaned “That’s going to be a big job.”
“It is.” Matt sighed. “And I’ve already got my hands filled with the corridor in sector five, the crew and I are still conducting repairs, we were held back because they needed to clear all the bodies.” Matt made a face, “All those bodies were just gruesome, seriously what were you guys fighting?”
This time it was me that gave Matt a face, he sighed. “I know, I know, it’s out of my damn jurisdiction. But, for once I wish you would give me answers, that way I could sleep at night easier.” I again I felt sad, all this fear and hate because of those damn creatures, I hate them, every day people suffer because of the world they ruined. I looked up at Matt and asked, “Is there anything I could do for you?” Matt thought about it for a while,
“Ummm, you could go to the flick generator.” I gave him a puzzled look “It’s the big transformer in the basement of the complex, all I need you to do is flip the switch on the side. It will make all residual and unnecessary power strengthen the shields while I’m working. Usually I’d get some other grunt to do it, but going to the basement is also out of my damn jurisdiction, so since you’re offering.”
“Ok.” I laughed, giving a mock salute, as I walked away Matt yelled at my back.
“Make sure you go to generator RF5, it’s the one for this side of the building.”
I waved to him to as I walked.
“Don’t forget.” he shouted.
“Whatever.” I yelled back.
“First of all I am going to tell you some serious revolutionary info here.” he stated “I want you to forget everything you’ve ever thought, or thought that you knew.” Ashley commanded. “Because all of that is wrong, nobody really knows what is going on. Even you Miss high ranking officer.” His eyes smiled, he was mocking me again.
“So tell me then, Mr. Barnett, what is this revolutionary info that you apparently know?”
“You could also say this is obvious information. Even you know it, you just don’t want to admit it. Yet everything is obvious when you look in-between the lines.”
I frowned at him, “What is that supposed to mean?”
“It means, that everything is a lie, the Capital is a lie, and the 11/03/2389 catastrophe was also a lie. Everything that this Syndicate is aiming towards is a lie. You’re just a soldier, a chess piece in their game. You found out that the Creatures of Abyss were your enemies and you accepted it as fact, you hate their guts because you have no one else to blame. But the truth is a lot scarier Miss Kyoya! I wonder; do you even have the guts to know the truth?” His voice was cold, barely any expression, yet his eyes had the glint of madness.
But what he was saying didn’t make sense, nothing he said answered my questions about that Cal Hyder or Mex Cillian. All he had spouted so far was just random conspiracy. Conspiracy theories that could have me killed for treason against the Capital if we were overheard. I gave Ashley a baleful stare, I raised my hand to reprimand him, but just as I was going to tell him what I thought he started laughing. A slight chuckle that raised his chest and made his mesmerising eyes sparkle, “You are such an idiot.” He said, “Let me show you something, okay” he grabbed my hands. And for a second- just a second- a second that felt like a millennia; the world around me was warped from everything I knew.
It was at that point when I felt panic, he was also a Creature of Abyss, shit!
Here is the start of Part 2, where the story starts to pick up. In this segment we’ll learn about the plot: The war between the Humans and Creatures of Abyss, the dystopian modern world, the disruptive ecosystem, the relationship between the characters, and the various conspiracies.
Stay tuned!!! 🙂