Cipher II

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic


This is another school project I did. This one was done during January of 2017 I believe. Our assignment was to depict a "bridge to another world" and we were given twenty minutes to do so. This is
a scene I've had in my head for several years and this is just a short and sweet version of it. This is intended to be a preview for a book I plan on writing in the future.



In this scene, we see a team of soldiers sent to investigate a space ship infested with some kind of organic growth. It's not a plant, but something far more grotesque. Enjoy.

Submitted: April 12, 2018

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Cipher II 

All around us was the familiar grey metal of inner ship interiors. We were standing on the edge of a large ramp in front of a giant door. There were crates, pallet jacks, and beams piled up sloppily in front of the door as if someone had done it in a hurry. The door was nearly twenty feet wide and and pile of nonsense against it had to have stretched almost ten feet out. There was a lot of blood smeared on the metal floor in front of that heap; three distinct trail leading in different directions. To our surprise, there were no corpses or smell of rot. What happened here? It was eerily quiet in the room despite the large number of us: ten in all. It was almost frightening being here; the lot of us talking at this point solely to chase off the unbearable silence. 
We were an elite search and rescue squad from the moon "Io". The U.M. (United Military) had heard distress signals from a research vessel somewhere near our part of the solar system and requested we looked into it. Apparently the vessel was a research station leading in the development of human healthcare like drugs and plant based remedies for regenerating tissue and healing scars. There were other things mentioned, but I don't remember what they were. We were however told that a similar ship like this had been reported missing several months ago called the Cipher II; meaning this could be that very ship. Now I won't mention the conversations during our journey inside the ship but I will tell you only what I saw. I'll tell you only what's important.  
After we had moved that giant pile out of the way, we found the door was not only locked, but welded shut on all of its seams. Had three guys light up some plasma torches and cut the door right out of its frame, and I tell you what, when that door came down, we were appalled at what we walked into. 
Reluctantly, all ten of us peered in and covered our faces as some putrid gut wrenching odder swept into the room. It was like inhaling death itself. The scent clawed at my lungs and pulled at my stomach, nearly forcing me to double over and throw up everything my body had. It was so overpowering that it made my eyes water. The room on the other side was black with darkness, the lack of light only confusing me and adding to our fear. We walked in, coughing and choking on the nastiness that filled the air. What in the hell happened in here? As we moved in, it became so black that we had to switch on our flashlights. There was nothing in this known universe that could prepare us for what we saw next. 
In front of us, glinting in the light of our gazing beams, were wet, pale flesh colored walls. They had blueish veins like people do and some of them were even moving. There were several pillars in the room for supporting the ceiling, but they weren't grey steel like you'd imagine. No, they were veiny flesh-like columns reaching into the darkness; gross, stringy pieces reaching from the ground to about five feet high on the shafts. Continuing on with our mouths agape, each step we took made a spine chilling squish as tiny puddles of blood came from the floor. Our steps were marked with blood, making it easy to remember where we'd been, but the tracks only lasted for a few seconds. There was something very, very wrong with this place. It was like the ship was- alive; like it was some thinking, breathing abomination. No living creature could do something like this. No. There is NOTHING, in the history of recorded existence, that looks or acts like this. Is this even real? Maybe it's some sick illusion or some twisted nightmare. But why would I have a nightmare like this? I've never experienced anything like this before. 
Moving forward more, I remember hearing a sound; a terrifying, mind numbing hiss that made every hair on my body stand on end. We all started frantically talking to one another, panicking over the noise. I myself was wildly searching around myself, and when the hiss happened again it was ragged and drawn out this time. I neared one of the bleeding columns next to me and looking up, I saw a gaping red maw filled with rows of five inch fangs ready to greet me. Was this hell? Or was this some experiment gone vastly wrong?  



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