Chapter 1 Awakening Alexs POV
I knew nothing, felt nothing, and saw nothing for 677,000 years, and even then it was nothing but a flick of light, or a warm sensation, then deep cold and darkness again. Then on November 15, 680,000, in human date keeping, I opened my eyes. At first my eyes and my mind were a blur that kept me unfocused then after what felt like ages my mind and my sight cleared. I looked around me only to find a room that looked like an atmo cruiser medical isolation room, but there were several differences.
There where no holo-panels on any of the devices, they were all screens. The walls were different they did not possess the texture look that all the materials containing Chriseium had; instead they looked like the ancient materials only found in museums. The lights were gas-containing bulbs instead of solid-state omnipresent emitters that broadcast the light evenly without bulbs.
I was lying on a hospital bed. I stared groggily at the foot of the bed for a minute.
AI this is Alex Walker. What is the time, date, and location? there was no response. I tried French, AI c'est Alex Walker. Quelle est l'heure, la date et le lieu? still no answer, could the AI be offline? Or perhaps their wasnt one for this place, but surely there was, even the smallest ships and cities had AIs. German? AI ist Alex Walker. Was ist es an der Zeit, Datum und Ort? no answer finally I took notice of the man sitting on the opposite end of the room. He sat perfectly still on a stool like the kind doctors sat on he wore a lab coat. He didnt look like a doctor; he was too young more like an 18 or 19 year old.
I spoke, Hello. Um. Where am I? he looked at me before speaking.
Hello, your in a medical isolation room. there was something strange about the way his lips moved and the way the voice sounded.
Well duh. But what ship or city? And what the heck is up with your AI I didnt even get a beep out of it? And who are you?
Once again when he spoke there was something wrong with the way his lips moved, and the way he sat perfectly still. Ur. Our AI is currently experiencing computing problems, so its kind-a out of commission, and my name is Case. I looked at him, there was something wrong I knew it I looked at the Zeus attached to my arm the Atlantis icon still rotated on the screen.
The Zeus is an advanced computer attached to my arm through skin and titanium that secured it to the bones in my arm. It is irremovable. I tapped the screen. Welcome Alex. The Zeus automatically scanned my DNA every time I touched it. If it wasnt my DNA or someone with DNA that overrode the lockout command they couldnt access it. There have been 5,879 unauthorized attempts to access this unit since your last login. Now I knew something was up. I tapped one of my favorite icons, a snarling wolf. The icon activated a program that scanned the surrounding area for any kind a threat or deceptive device, then jammed it.
Primitive holo device detected. Device type: holo-shroud. Jamming. Complete. I looked at the man. He was no longer a man. What sat on the stool was an anthro looking person. He had gray fur, purple hair, purple eyes, and looked to be wolf in origin. And still appeared to be male.
Interesting. the man looked at me.
Really, What is interesting?
I grinned, you youre a wolf, I do like the purple hair though. he furrowed his brow and looked at me. Then turned his view to a stainless steal cabinet to my right, his left.
Oh Crap! he said. The large metal door to my left slid open just enough for the man to slide out, before it shut again. I didnt catch sight of anything out side of it though. It stripped the wires leading to my body from the machines off. There was a pair of clothes on a table to my right. I removed the hospital gown and put them on. They had a formal air to them. They where a charcoal gray all over even the boots. They resembled my clothes that I had worn in the escape from Atlantis, except that they were different in color. As I put them on I queried my Zeus.
Zeus, what is the time?
12:46 in the afternoon.
Where am I?
Unknown the location beacons are not responding to any of my requests at triangulation.
Ok then I might as well settle for this. What is the Date?
November 15, 680,000 AD.
I laughed. Zeus run a self diagnostic on yourself you might have been damaged in the crash. I looked at the box next to the door. It looked as if it required a key card to open. I bent my neck to the side to get a better look at it, when I felt an object on my neck. I reached up to touch it.
It was round and slightly tapered on the edges. Warning foreign device detected. Disarming. Done safe to remove device.
Oh nice of you to get around to telling me. I said removing it from my neck. Now what is it?
remote explosive charge.
Well then ok if these people or whatever they are want to play tough then I can play tough to.
I disassembled the thing and removed the cover from the locking mechanism. And soon with a little ingenuity I had made my own little surge bomb. I planted it in the mechanism. It should cause a surge in their lock systems and melt a hole in the door big enough for me to force it open, with a little help. Zeus administer performance enhancer 64. that was another nice thing about the Zeus it was run on Chriseium so it had enough power to create matter or in this case a military drug. I felt it surge through my system. I closed the contacts on the detonator I had built of wire from the medical machines. The bomb exploded. And the lights dimmed slightly. Red klaxon's and a siren went off the hall outside was bathed in red light. I grabbed the hole in the door and forced it open in protest to its fused motors.
The hall was lined with windows. The window directly in front of me was shattered and the rest that lined the hall were cracked. I peered out the broken window and what I saw shocked me. The Last Hope sat about 30 stories below me, its main body in mostly 2 large pieces laying as if they had been set out to be put back together. The engine pods sat out to the side and hundreds of miner pieces of the hull sat every where. The bridge was setting out to the side, it looked as if it had been set aside for study then I noticed the tents propped up everywhere; the heavy power cables leading in to the hull and other parts of the ship from what looked like portable fusion generators. Then my eyes flicked to the powerful cranes that supported more fragile pieces of the ship.
I had been on that ship many times. Its home port was Atlantis. It carried passengers and supplies to and from Atlantis to other parts of the planet. Clearly the Zeus had not been damaged. The Last Hope had clearly experienced the last 677,000 years roughly buried under snow, ice, rock, dirt and anything else it had been covered in.
Then I fell onto the window seal, I knew what had happened. Me and my uncle Ivan had discussed it once. What if humans died out and a new species evolved on the planet? What if humans were gone forever? My thoughts flicked to our cities and ships left all over the planet. Then to their AIs. I realized I was crying maybe I wasnt alone. An AIs core cartridge was built of Chriseium. The AIs would still work. I herd voices behind me and off to both sides.
I flipped myself over and pressed my back up against the wall under the window. Another wolf stood behind me. This wolf was clearly a female. She had red fur like a fox and red hair like a person. She stood strait. She smiled.
Its ok. Im Dr. Solare. You can call me Sahra. She got down on her knees. Im sorry we had to treat you this way but the explosive was merely a precaution. I told the Director there was no need for it but, he didnt listen, thats bosss for ya. She laughed. I realized I was still crying. I reached up and wiped away some tears with my sleeve. I tried to smile. She looked at me. Can I look at the cut on your chest? I looked down and realized I had cut myself on the broken window. I nodded. She peeled back the cut shirt and looked at the cut. Well thats not too bad but I would like to take you to the infirmary and get antiseptic and a bandage on it. Is that ok. I nodded, and she helped me up. Its ok, she said to me quietly, Ill explain everything.
I sat on another bed but this one was more like the kind you found when you went into the doctors office for a checkup. Dr. Solare had removed my shirt and was putting antiseptic on the cut. She spoke.
You probably already know this but you had a deadly cancer when we found you frozen in the ice. she continued to apply the antiseptic to the cut.
Yeah I knew. Its incurable. It altered my cellular make up.
Dr. Solare stopped putting antiseptic on and walked over to a cart containing misalliances medical stuff. It was incurable. she opened a package of bandage wraps.
What do you mean was incurable, I asked.
I mean we found a way of stabilizing the mutations in your genes. We ourselves have many in our race that possess genetic mutations similar to the mutations in your own cells. Ours is nothing deadly, its more like an anomaly. Anyway we found some one with similar genetic mutations and were able to stabilize yours with a simple blood transfusion.
I blinked a minute in disbelief. Could you raise your arms? I raised my arms and Dr. Solare began to wrap the bandages around my chest.
Who? I asked.
I believe you met him earlier. Case. Hes my research assistant here on an outreach program from a school. Hes also my son. she tied off the bandages. So I saw you react pretty intensely to the site of that old ship we dug up. Do you know anything about her?
I stood up and walked to the window it was large just like the ones in the hall. I looked out at Last Hope. Yeah I was on it when it was destroyed. Last Hope was Atlantiss largest ship stationed there. It was equipped with a simple fusion reaction core, not as powerful as Chriseium but good enough for a simple cruiser, but we might have escaped the ice it she had had a Chriseium core.
Hmmp. I laughed lightly, she didnt even have a shield, but then again not many ships her size did. I glanced at the doctor now leaning up against the window looking at Last Hope, the great ship that my uncle had taken me to play on as a child. She was offered on once but she was so stubborn and believed that Atlantis would never fall. oh she was so stubborn. When I was little and I played on the boardwalk she would pop up on the nearest holo display and get on to me for being so rowdy but it was always in fun. I smiled, Oh Seit was always more fun than
. I trailed off and I realized that Seit was still down there on the bridge. I turned to Dr. Solare, I need to get down there to Last Hope, I have to get to her bridge as quick as possible shes still there.