Chromium - Chapter 1 | Penana

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Chapter 1
Aug 12, 2018
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Dia slowly opened her eyes, blinded by the sudden light. She was dazed, groggy like she was waking up by a very long and very bad dream.copyright protection4PENANADRnVG67hzf

She tried to focus, but the only thing she could see was white, white everywhere. But there seemed to be a scheme inside that formless white expense, a geometrical pattern.copyright protection4PENANAOD6dQxVbaX

Tiles? Do I see a floor?copyright protection4PENANABWcj6hzAO1

She was lying on...something, she couldn't tell. She couldn't see anything except that white floor, three maybe four feet below her.copyright protection4PENANALrT8nzfvQO

But that wasn't the problem; the problem was she couldn't move. At all.copyright protection4PENANAKEsRRioNtz

She couldn't feel her body, and when she attempted to speak, she realized she couldn't even do that. Tears began to pile up at the corner of her eyes as she became aware of how utterly helpless she was.copyright protection4PENANAL5vXoBfXc3

That's when she heard it. A sound, low but regular. An electronic beep. She went deeper, trying to focus on her hearing. There was something else aside from that beep, something human.copyright protection4PENANAZXuS6Sslni

Voices.copyright protection4PENANAa8XCZOUoCo

She got nothing at the start, except an overlapping chatter, bothersome as much as it was painful. But then she tried to pinpoint the single voices.copyright protection4PENANAYnttlR4APh

"....I'm telling you, these guys of the cybernetic department have to stop pissing on us." It was a male voice, shrill and annoying like a stab in her brain.copyright protection4PENANADPf8Hl0aHo

"They have made this mess, they fix it. Why should I care?"copyright protection4PENANAsSwpuwepVR

"I hear you, man." Another male voice, younger and calmer than the first one. "I don't like them either. But you know special projects are our specialty."copyright protection4PENANANTfgmA8rbX

"Specialty my ass. If you want to stay, it's your business, but I am outta here. I have more lucrative ways to spend my Friday."copyright protection4PENANAIPMXXujYE1

"Playing dices isn't lucrative" The second man muttered.copyright protection4PENANAm7TTxoqLNl

"What you said?"copyright protection4PENANADBfSRCt03F

The second man cleared his throat.copyright protection4PENANAXMuKKrf4qT

"I said you should check her medical chart, you may regret it otherwise."copyright protection4PENANA5M1YGyn6ka

Her, meaning me. Dia tried to talk, but apparently, her vocal cords were still out of commission.copyright protection4PENANAsXLHQDjjEn

"Why? Who is she? The daughter of some spice lord?" The first man sniggered like he found it very amusing, but the laugh died in his throat.copyright protection4PENANAYB9tmUVBYl

"She isn't, right?" He asked, sounding alarmed.copyright protection4PENANAv38w2O4pVo

"Just check the chart."copyright protection4PENANAAnmm4c0owE

They stayed quiet for one long minute, the waiting made all the more painful by the fact she had no idea of what they were doing.copyright protection4PENANALvgUYCPTdN

Then the first man whistled.copyright protection4PENANAeIRnfUbjk7

"Titanium spine, modified Inconel limbs and a core made of super chromium twenty-eight." He laughed. "Looking at her you wouldn't tell this little girl is a deadly cyborg."copyright protection4PENANAIUu5gzhhXO

His words failed to register at the start, but when they did set in, there was only despair.copyright protection4PENANAVIjbDiNsc1

What..what did they do to me?copyright protection4PENANAgrK7O01Zjl

"I have to admit the cybernetic department guys did a great work with this one." The second man said. "Look at her skin, perfect and spotless. It looks completely real. Semi-organic, a perfect complement to her modified limbs."copyright protection4PENANA62gB7xapO8

"Yeah, yeah they did a great job and all that" The sarcasm in his voice like a sharp blade. "until they forgot we had to do ours and closed up her skull. Now we have to reopen."copyright protection4PENANAeJQyVuQJW2

She didn't like where this was going. Not a bit. She tried to move, feel something, anything.copyright protection4PENANALctvkhvmhP

But nothing, she was still insensitive.copyright protection4PENANAIoSY00wbqk

"But I still don't see why I should stay."copyright protection4PENANAjE49cZD3IA

"Look at the name on the chart, under the payer."copyright protection4PENANA5tNzZ8Rvu9

Dia heard a sharp intake of breath.copyright protection4PENANAldyecyeIJF

"I don't know the girl belonged to him, of all people." The first man's voice sounded scared.copyright protection4PENANA32j7cw7QzP

But what interested her more was the part she belonged to someone.copyright protection4PENANArFjefjn6OR

I am no one's property. She could hardly wait to meet this payer, but first, she had to get the hell out of here.copyright protection4PENANAga4OohnDZ6

"Do you understand now?"copyright protection4PENANAj29Cam9hcJ

"Yes, of course." The first man hesitated. "What do we have to put inside?" He said it like her head was a freaking toolbox.copyright protection4PENANA7DoqSDJfKy

"The complete package. IPS, remote control and our crown jewel: the kill switch."copyright protection4PENANA70JcP8tcLs

The IPS---interplanetary direction System---was bad enough, but the last two downright terrified her.copyright protection4PENANAj4vtHFPRW2

If they put that thing inside her head, she would be no different from a puppet. She had to move. Now.copyright protection4PENANAA3GZuyCeOn

I can beat it. Whatever they pumped in my veins, I can beat it.copyright protection4PENANAMVow8dEBqq

She repeated inside her mind like a mantra, and strangely it worked. It wasn't much, just the tips of her fingers, but she could feel them.copyright protection4PENANA4Kvzede34a

"All right, let's move. I want this to be over before dinner." The first man said.copyright protection4PENANA6FeMEIlhW9

"So you can go play dices?" The second man didn't pull his punches this time.copyright protection4PENANAFJ53fdhUOI

"Everyone of us has a hobby, Hendricks. Like you with that horror gun."copyright protection4PENANAlSsQsG4GK9

"You knew?" Hendricks asked, evidently surprised.copyright protection4PENANARQO5DtNYKK

"It's right here!" He exclaimed. "I am not blind, you know, I can see it. It's that big piece of antiquated technology hanging on the wall."copyright protection4PENANA7ptdtJqKDf

"Plasma is not antiquated, Rowling" Hendricks replied, but he sounded like a pouty child.copyright protection4PENANAsY8VPACThm

"Come on Hendricks, laser beats plasma in every way that counts."copyright protection4PENANA38dReQl1O5

"Not on firepower." Hendrick objected.copyright protection4PENANALWvfaYYBJC

"Sure, if you want to wait ten minutes for your gun to recharge. Plasma overheats too easily. But I don't want to discuss this with you. Let's hurry. You put the song, I take the drill."copyright protection4PENANAQcBZ8qzKkR

Drill. The word sounded like a nightmare come true.copyright protection4PENANA7nZlfdbAf0

"The Chromium coating around her skull is highly resistant to heat. The laser could take a while." Hendricks warned. "Better do it the old-fashioned way."copyright protection4PENANAG1Xcg7bfJV

"Damn cybernetic guys" Rowling mumbled under his breath. "Fine. The rotating drill it is then."copyright protection4PENANARz7szfT90e

She heard the notes of Bach's Golden variations, and right after what she was afraid most afraid.copyright protection4PENANA08BZtRdEss

That high-pitched whir grew closer and closer until she could hear the noise just behind her head, at the back of her skull.copyright protection4PENANAF9uDlLLw0u

Move. Move. Move.copyright protection4PENANArS4zlDPfMP

But she was way too slow.copyright protection4PENANAtNX5MqW05o

Even worse, the fact she was regaining sensitivity had one undesired side effect.copyright protection4PENANAsLyXoTI9qJ

She could feel it, that sharp, metal tip digging a hole inside her brain.copyright protection4PENANAERBIrXmgc9

But there was only so much pain Dia---or every living being for that matter---could take.copyright protection4PENANA6FW3KIuGIA

When she was way over her breaking point, she didn't just want the pain to stop. Not anymore.copyright protection4PENANA5blD9KxRUX

She wanted them to die in the most truculent and bloody way possible.copyright protection4PENANAAyPbhg8Dwk

When the pain became anger, and the anger became hatred, her feelings took the shape of a single incoherent scream.copyright protection4PENANAMC0IGKrbra

Then two sounds, high pitched and electrical, resounded in the room one after the other, followed by the noise of something flopping on the ground.copyright protection4PENANALxm7avRImL

Then the drill stopped, and Dia saw something running on the floor's white tiles.copyright protection4PENANAFWkv8BLhei

A smoking green mush.copyright protection4PENANAC0VCJBnaMO

But there was something inside that formless blob. Something red.copyright protection4PENANAkylGFwbxey

It was blood.copyright protection4PENANAiUuDpDebVs

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