Jago: The Millennium Galaxy Race

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Chapter 37 (v.4) - Love

Submitted: August 12, 2017

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Chapter 37: Love

 

I had finally made it back to the planet Tammy was on.

I ran through the building, hoping not to run into any more resistance, but it was a pointless dream. All kinds of droids, machines, and Mechanites were now swarming after me.

I ran, dodged, evaded, and slashed my way through the swarms. I was extremely thankful for the S.E.E.S. because there was no way I could’ve gotten this far without it, and I was still having trouble battling through.

“Sarth!”

My heart raced at the sound of her voice.

“Kiko!” I smiled.

She was tearing through everything in her path with ease.

“Wow, what’s with the getup?” she asked, noticing the S.E.E.S. “Your sword’s cool though. Rei’s on her way right now.” She kicked a smaller droid forward which knocked over the many droids in front of us. “Get back to Tammy. We’ll hold them off for you.”

She continued to clear a path for me.

“Thanks. I’ll see you there.”

I took off again and heard Kiko destroying anything following after me. I ran as fast as I could past the city and back into the vast desolate area towards the safe house.

I kept praying to make it in time. I was almost there when I saw a ship leaving in the distance. The S.E.E.S. enhanced the image for me. It was the same one I’d seen earlier when I was in the Jago’s blaster room. Was it possible that was Balt’s ship? It could’ve been. I wondered if he was able to save his crewmate, because I was for sure going to save mine.

I picked up my pace, imagining myself getting to Tammy, giving her the antivirus, and having things the way it’d always been on the Jago. Happy thoughts—that’s what I kept making myself think during my hour and a half run.

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When I made it to the top of the hill, I could see the small house below. Something was off though; the door was wide open.

I shot down the hill to the house. Once I passed through the doorway the S.E.E.S. broke off from me and compacted itself on the floor.

My heart sank as I saw the bodies of the old lady and man sprawled out on the floor, their silver and red blood pooling together in a pink puddle.

I immediately ran to the room where I had left Tammy. Thankfully, it looked like whoever had attacked didn’t know about the secret room because the regular room was still showing. How did the woman change it again? She put Tammy’s hand on the wall, so I placed my left hand on the spot where Tammy’s had been. The door shut itself and turned purple like last time.

It reopened, and I had never felt so relieved in my life. Tammy was still unconscious on the bed. I ran to her and carefully grazed her cheek. It was blisteringly hot and her hair only had a slight glow at the ends of her braids now.

Somehow I knew what to do. I kneeled beside her and held one of her braids in my left hand with the data strand hair glowing red on my pinky. The red hair spread its glow to Tammy’s hair and it slowly made its way throughout her hair. It stayed like this for a moment before morphing back to her normal glowing hair color.

I held my breath, waiting for her to respond. I wasn’t sure if that’s what it was supposed to do or not. Every part of me willed her to wake up. She had to.

“Tammy, please wake up,” I begged her. “Please.”

I held her hand close to my chest and gently squeezed her hair with the other. Tears hazed my vision, and the thought of losing her wrecked me as she remained motionless. “Tammy …”

Her hand moved when I whispered her name, and her eyes slowly opened. They searched around before finding me next to her.

“Sarth,” she uttered.

My heart fluttered.

“Yeah, it’s me, I’m right here.”

She gave me a weak smile. “You came back.”

I wiped away a tear that had made its way down my dirty cheek and smiled. “Of course I did!”

She gave me a bigger smile, and I helped her sit up on the bed. Before I knew it, she lunged at me, giving me the biggest hug she’d probably ever given anyone. She held me tight, and I embraced her gladly. Having her back with me, alive and in my arms, was one of the happiest moments of my life.

“Sarth … there’s something I’ve been wanting to tell you,” she whispered in my ear, still holding me close.

She slowly let go of me so we were face-to-face with each other. She looked almost human with her rosy red cheeks and light brown eyes. I realized just how cute she was as our eyes locked together, trying to communicate. She glanced down at the ground with an embarrassed smile.

“I just wanted to say,” she said, continuing to smile to the ground, “that I—”

Her hair flashed abruptly, and her eyes averted to something behind me. She pushed me back, out of the way of something that came flying toward us. I glanced out of the room and saw a shadowy figure standing at the doorway of the house.

I looked back at Tammy, and my heart stopped. The object that they’d thrown was a purple crystal, and half of it was protruding from her chest.

“No. This can’t be happening.”

She began to fall. I dove forward and caught her in my arms. I pulled the sparkling crystal out and put my hand over the wound, but the damage had already been done. Her silver blood was spilling out from the puncture wound.

The figure was about to enter the house when something made them hesitate and then run away.

“Tammy … no. Please stay with me,” I choked out, trying to swallow tears that were quickly building up in my throat.

Her eyes began to gloss over as she kept them fixed on me.

I didn’t know what to do. I looked around for anything or anyone that could help, but I knew there was nothing I could do to help her, except be there with her, tears now pouring down my face.

“Why?” I cried, choking on each word. “Why did you do that?”

Her eyes filled with tears— something I had never seen before, and never thought possible. It only made me cry harder. She weakly pressed something in my hand and gave me a faint smile as the tears rolled down her cheeks.

“Love,” she whispered.

At the same time the life waned from her light brown eyes. My hand gently swept the side of her face, and my fingers curled around her soft hair. I willed myself to contain the fading pulse, but her hair flickered one last time around my fingers before completely dying out.

“No … Tammy.”

The tingling vanished.

I died at that moment, crying the hardest I ever had. All I felt was the pain in my heart. I’d lost the person who was closest to me, who understood me the best. I was gone. Suddenly nothing else in the galaxy mattered.

This couldn’t be right—I had saved her. She was alive and well in my arms a few moments ago, and now … she was gone. The sudden shift of emotions tortured my heart.

I didn’t notice Kiko standing at the doorway staring, watching me agonize over the loss of my best friend, or Rei who was sobbing on the ground next to her or the rain that was now pouring outside. None of it mattered.

I held Tammy close, my forehead pressed gently against hers, for hours. I couldn’t part with her. I had failed her. I had failed her.

Rei came up next to me at some point and held Tammy’s hand.

“We have to burn her body.” She tried her best to cover the underlying tremble in her voice.

I shook my head slightly. No expression or emotion on my face, just like a Mechanite.

“We can’t let the Mechanites have her body. The best way to avoid that is to cremate her.”

I stared at Tammy in my arms.

“She would want that,” Rei said.

I didn’t want the Mechs to have her, especially the one that spoke to me in the jumper. Why did they want her so badly? What did Malachy call her? The last Livindev. Was that why? And what did that even mean? It didn’t matter. I was going to make sure she didn’t fall into their hands.

“I’ll build the fire.” My voice cracked.

“We’ll wait until it stops raining.”

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I finally set Tammy’s body aside, but I still found myself staring into nothing in her direction as I sat on the floor against the wall. Rei had covered the two bodies that were in the other room, and Kiko was still missing. She vanished soon after seeing Tammy dead.

I sat there like that all night, covered in Tammy’s silvery blood, the silver-tinted purple crystal on the floor next to her body. PC was dead on the floor next to me; it must’ve died when she did. Rei stayed with me. I could tell she was concerned about my well-being and, I was sure, Kiko’s as well because she had been missing since yesterday now.

The rain finally stopped, and I pulled myself away from Tammy to build the fire. Rei had already collected some brush and stone, and I helped her finish it off.

I carried the two bodies to our pit and placed them gingerly inside. I was grateful to them for not selling out Tammy’s location. Then I brought out Tammy’s body. Knowing that I’d never get to hold her in my arms again only brought back more tears.

I placed her next to the other two and then caressed the two lifeless braids resting on her chest one last time before kissing her hand goodbye.

I couldn’t bring myself to watch her burn away into nothing and leave me. I let Rei light the fire and then turned to go back inside. I was almost to the house when I saw someone approach us from atop the hill.

It was Kiko walking back to us, down the hill. She seemed to glisten in the light, and when she came closer I saw why. She was covered almost entirely in Mechanite blood, and her cold, piercing eyes were no longer gray.


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