Chapter 28: Embers of Pain

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter 28: Embers of Pain

 

EX0LA feebly stirs to consciousness, the sound of a fireplace burns warmly in the background. He silently reflects on the betrayal, EX0L8, and his father.

 

"So, are you awake? Are you feeling alright?" A voice echoes from the darkness.

 

"...If you could give words to my pain, it would be like horse dung." He replies in a mellow voice. An uncomfortable silence follows.

 

"...Who are you, where did you come from?" The man's voice asks, trying to break the silence.

 

"I could ask the same of  you. I am called EX0LA. As for normal names like yours, I have none to call my own. I lived in a great big building with... with father."

 

"EX0LA, great big building... who is this father of yours?"

 

"He was once referred to as Issac. I know little else of his name. Except he does not like being called that."

 

"... I see. Well, EX0LA... I have to tell you, I may know your real name, and more still. That man you call your father... is not your real one."

 

"...You lie." EX0LA half snarls, even as he self doubts himself.

 

"Your name was Daniel, you were kidnapped at age five by Director Issac of ReconTech. He killed your mother and father and has been using you for research for the military's purposes. He was only using you."

 

"No, no, you're lying. How would you know anything anyway?"

 

"Because I'm with the FBI." EX0LA gives him a plain look of 'huh?' and he sighs.

 

"Federal Bureau of Investigation. If I was lying, then why did I find you out in the cold, left for dead?"

 

EX0LA says nothing, but the words pain him greatly, his teeth clench together.

 

"Listen. You may not beleive, or choose to believe, but Director Issac has kidnapped, tortured, and experimented on people like you, and you're one of the only ones who can help stop him. I need you to tell me what he did to you, and what he's still doing."

 

After a moment EX0LA responds.

 

"...The only thign I ever was let outside was to stop EX0L8 from escaping the facility, and then later to retreive her... and that's where..." He clenches his fist, bitter anger threatening to consume him.

 

"I was abandoned, after my eyes were taken by her acursed bullets..."

 

"Hey. Let it go, the one you should be mad at is Director Issac, and for what he's taken from you. All of you. When the weather clears, I'll get you out of here and to a hospital, where we can get your eyes repaired."

 

EX0LA does not respond, and the agent sighs.

 

"Listen, I promise I'll do everything I can to help you. You can trust me."

 

EX0LA silently listens to the burning fire.

 

"...Can I?" He says softly, questioning the man's words.

 

"It's up to you."

 

EX0LA clenches his fists.

 

"...Yes. Yes it is."

 

The Director rides silently in the black limo, streetlight flashing on his silent face.

 

From the reports he's gotten, he has very little time to stop EX0L8 from escape. He needs to reach Texas before they do.

 

The question is, who would he catch on that train?

 

 


Submitted: March 13, 2013

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