Alternate Universe Pt 1:
“Run, if you want to survive, just run as
fast as you can. Watching behind you is
a loss of time, watching behind you is giving an opportunity to those running
after you to catch you. Run like you’ve
never run before, remember your training, remember what you desire, never loose
your freedom.” For more then 15 years, she had been
running, always on the edge. She knew
who was after her. And to save herself,
the night was her biggest ally; she had to reach the frontier before it was too
late. The nearest country with no
extradition treaty was near. Meridiana
was a borderline city, an important point for the German government.
She was seeing
it, the walls and the towers placed near it.
The lights watching for anyone trying to escape. The city that was once called “the paradise
of America” now was a very important strategic point. German forces, mostly the 2nd army of Fixed Idea, had taken it 4
years ago. The Global Government wasn’t
expecting the technos infiltrating the banks and police forces. They had been caught off guard, the citizens
were not backing them anymore. When the
Nazi forces came to Meridiana, lead by Von Reichter, the population was already
waiting for him, ready to support him.
issued from the control camp B2, was now fleeing the territory. The Gestapo didn’t know why she kept coming
back to Meridiana: they knew she needed sustenance, and she could find some on
the black market, or she could do a quick strike on a lonely soldier. She had
used that trick often. But here she was
again, but this time, the Fixed Ideas were not losing her: she had been spotted
by two of the tower guards. Soon she
would be in range, only a few hundred meters. She was soon to be… “What ?!?!”
She had just
“Where the hell
did she go?” The officer was screaming.
The Fixed Idea had no clue.
“Sir, we lost
her, we think she got through our defense line.”
“Of course she
did you idiots! Go investigate RIGHT NOW!”
The Fixed Idea
was running to the scene. One second
she was there, but then, she had simply vanished. What was all this? Where was she?
She had gone
through the line. But was she tired…?
Hopefully, the night had been successful. Three vials with the Swastika marked
on them. A weird thought came in her
mind… “Sustenance, the official drink of Hitler’s newest generation.”. It was kind of funny, but in another way, so
pathetic. Those vials could be useful.
She was so tired even sleep would be good. She would take a vial the next morning, For now, all that mattered
She remembered her youth. When she was created in the Brazil-2 camp,
along with 4999 brothers and sisters, Von Reichter’s doings were still
secret. He would only answer to the
Fürer or a few selected general among the Wehrmacht’s forces. Always in the
speakers “For the third Reich”, always.
But then came the day when Von Reichter
decided the Cyber series had too many flaws and needed to be replaced. Replaced of course, meant to be killed and
made dumber. But she had made a friend, a slave, who had saved her at the last
moment, running deep in the jungle. It
had been such a long journey. It was then that he had told her the running
stance. “Run, if you want to survive,
just run as fast as you can. Watching
behind you is a loss of time, watching behind you is giving an opportunity to
those running after you to catch you.“.
She also remembered when she had to flee
without him. He had been killed: he
wasn’t running fast enough. And the day
she had arrived in Meridiana. There she
had found a life and an education. With
the Great War still in doing, no one had questioned her identity. Adrian
Seidelman. A very common name. She had taken the papers off a corpse in a
town which had been destroyed by raids.
As a little boy, she wasn’t suspected by Von Reichter’s men. She worked as a delivery boy, buying some
food, but mostly buying sustenance from the black market. It was expensive, but she could live all
All those years until Germany’s Plan was
extended to the entire planet. An army
of genetically modified soldiers invaded South America. She was forced to flee
from Meridiana. Living in one of the
new “Global Government” countries. The
last free countries of the world had made an alliance against the Nazis. The government was formed by a
representative of each industrial country: America, Australia, Canada, England,
France (saved from the German terror in 1982) and Russia, who had broken their
seal of Alliance with Germany a very short time after South America’s invasion
Still, Meridiana remained important to
Cybersix. She would go there to steal
sustenance vials, and try to help what she believed to be the right thing to do
by bringing some information on Germany’s troops to the GG.
And one day, she found a underground
newspaper, the “Independante”. And
heard for the first time about Lucas Amato, who once was a biology teacher…
The scene changes.
In the middle of the Brazilian’s jungle, a castle, a huge castle. A little man speaks to an old man. One of them looks pissed off.
But father, now
that we have good control over South America, why do we have to stay here?
Enough José! Shut
up and prove you are the worthy son of mine.
Yes father… Then,
could you tell me why we are still in this old base.
I’m sorry José,
but I don’t feel like wasting my time on teaching you the principles of logic
Go away, now.
needed to relax. Maybe he would be able
to play a chess game against the Bobby Fisher clone, but he had big
doubts. Something was troubling his
mind. The project Cyber. If it had been
successful, his nation’s goals would already have been completed. That crazy Global Government would have
never existed and the Arians would now be ruling over the world.
Now his work had
been shown to the entire planet. His
success was undeniable. Lord Hitler had
even asked him for a new body and a clone.
No one had tried to kill him in 13 years, but he wanted to be ready when
the time would come.
On the other
hand, José was mad. What his father had done to him was clearly
unacceptable. Such an act, to him, his
son, his clone! “I hate you father. You
think that by creating me, you have total control over my life, but I might
surprise you one day”. He often said
that to himself, but deep inside, he never had the guts to say it to Von
Reichter. He knew his father's wrath
was terrible. Last week, he had boiled two fixed ideas who had not
followed orders. He was under
tremendous pressure from the Axis and he knew his father would be
ruthless. So José went to his room, as
usual, mumbling insults to all of the other creations made by his father. But when he arrived, he found a document on
his desk, lLeft for him by his father: A mission, for him, in Meridiana!!
“Seems like father wants me to take
care of the Cyber case.”
For the first
time in years, his father was giving
him a goal. He would prove to that old
bastard that he could handle things.
He’ll get the Cyber, series number 6, in no time and Von Reichter will
be proud of him.
Today is my 25th
birthday. Happy birthday Cybersix!
Adrian, on his side, will turn 23 in two months, poor guy. This new job in this new city isn’t for
him. Teaching can be nice, but he
preferred translating Pessoa much more. It’s strange…
Last night I went to see
Lucas again, bringing some information to his newspaper. I don’t think that was my real intention
though. I feel good when I’m with
him. His eyes are like magic. He looks at me like I’m a woman, not some
kind of advanced toaster. Of course, I
still haven’t told him what I am… An artificial being, created by his worst
enemy. What would he think if I told him?
Would he be repulsed by my artificial soul? Maybe he would still like me.
He was a scientist before, a biologist, and must have some knowledge about what I’m made of. I don’t know...
Tonight, I’ll go see him
again, and speak the truth about me. I
don’t know what will happen, but I know it’s for the better.
The book closed.
It felt good to write her thoughts in this old book. It contained all of her memories, good and bad. And recently, Cybersix had been in a great
dilemma: she deeply wanted to see Lucas again, but the army seemed to be more
interested in her recently. She could
barely escape last night, and tonight would be even harder. Harder if she went as Cybersix. But maybe she could go as Adrian? If her usual path was not guarded, she could
go as Adrian, and coming back would be a thousand times easier.
that was a good plan. Adrian Seidelman
was heading back to Meridiana.
How could he miss
her so much? It was unbelievable. He had been seeing her for… what, two
months? Yet he could never stop
thinking about her. Tall, athletic, beautiful, she had all those
qualities. Most of all, he had great
pleasure speaking with her, trying to figure out who she really was.
Of course, he had
figured out a long time ago that she wasn’t completely human, or
different. He still had his doubts
about her origins. Von Reichter’s
creatures were known to be completely obedient. Maybe he could figure out one day, or best of all, she would tell
him everything. Watching her eyes, it
was obvious she was always trying to hide something. But he didn’t care, he just wanted to see Cyb again.
“ Oh, well, guess I end up smoking a
cigarette alone again.”
But at this
moment, someone knocked on the door. He
prayed it would be his newly found love, but he knew too well Cyb never came by
the door. So it had to be someone
else. And anyone else not expected
meant be careful. Maybe the gestapo had “finally” traced the
editor of the Independante, but he doubted it.
“Hello, can I
help you?” Lucas was suspicious answering that man.
“Hi Lu…Mr. Amato. I present myself Adrian Seidelman”
Adrian. Why do you know my name?”
To Cybersix, he
seemed to be getting bigger. She had
the impression he was coming near to her, as if to analyze her or to be ready
for anything that could happen. His
eyes were getting smaller.
“H..Hi again, I’m
a friend of Cyb. I came here to speak
with you about her.”
Cyb?” He had backed off a bit. “Please
enter Adrian, we’ll be more comfortable inside.”
“Only Lucas please,
I’ve never liked over politeness.”
was the same as it was the last time. A
small salon, dark colors: could have been in an old jazz club. The computer was on, and lots of program
seemed to be running. She saw the word
“Arpanet” the Global Government network of information. It was known to be impossible to hack, so
how could he have gotten in? Or maybe
he was working with the GG.
something to eat?” asked Lucas. He now
seemed pretty happy.
“Uh.. no thanks,
a coffee will be fine for me.”
coffee for you.”
Cybersix took a
look outside the apartment. Soldiers
were in the streets, marching, screaming.
Meridiana now looked like the city of the damned. Haunted by creatures raised from the evil
mind of Von Reichter. On the main road
appeared something quite unusual for a city in this status. A black car, all the windows tinted, was
coming to town. Guarded by some Fixed
Ideas. Quite strange…
“Lucas, can I ask
you a question?”
“Why, sure you
can.” The voice was distant, he still
was in the kitchen. Making some kind of meal she couldn’t dare watching at.
“Well… Why didn’t
you leave the city when it was attacked?
You could have written the Independante from outside the city. What made you stay?”
“Ah… A thoughtful
question. I have a feeling I can be
more useful staying here. You see,
being in the city, I’m more aware of the situation of the citizens. I also like the stress” He had just came back with a coffee and some
kind of black Doritos with pickles.
“Ah, I see, this
explains the strange food.”
The rest of the
day was quite calm, they spoke together. Had a good time. And at 20h, the town was closing down which
meant Cybersix had to leave Lucas. She
had had a good day, but now, before she went past the frontier, she wanted to
check something at the German headquarters.
Like who was in that car, guarded by so many…