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

A man wakes up in a dark hospital room, discovering that he is half metal. Hours later, a balding man enters with two guards, and the balding man questions him. He learns that his name is Cybrex, deciding to follow the man out in hope of learning more about how he became half-robot.


By Ben Steward






Thanks so much for reading!

So here is a short story of a man who wakes up from darkness... and has a robotic left arm, right forearm, and left leg. Half of his head is also robotic.

Some of you might be familiar with the movie Chappie, and I can assure you I didn’t know about Chappie until after I began writing this story!

I hope you enjoy reading, and I can’t wait to hear back from all you Booksie people! Thanks again!




Part One: Doors in Darkness

I woke up to a dark room. The transition from sleepy darkness to awakened darkness was only that my mind became alert. I had no idea where I was, or how old I was, or if I even had a life before then. Well obviously I’d had a life before then, because I was there. And I had knowledge. I knew about things. Things, but not specific dates or events. I was completely disoriented.

I got up, noticing that I had been on a hard bed. The floor was cold, but for some reason I couldn’t feel it with my left foot. Weird.

I took several steps, shuffling quietly. I didn’t know why.

Wall. Ouch. I decided to hold my hands forward from then on. I turned right, keeping my hands raised. I felt the surface of another wall about twenty steps later.

What was I doing? I wanted to see. It was so dark, and I wanted light.

I went right again, hoping I could find a door.

Before long, I realized that I was in a very large room. I’d taken forty paces before I felt a crack. No, a gap in the wall, about an inch wide, running vertically all the way up and down, with obstructions every eighteen inches or so. Hinges. There was a similar gap about three feet over, minus the hinges. A door. Without a handle.

I felt all over the surface, searching for any kind of lever or switch or handle, something. There was no handle.

I pushed, but there was no response. Found the hinge-less crack, and pulled. Ditto in the nothing department.

Why on earth was I locked in a large, dark room?

I traced the rest of the room, but found nothing else. I couldn’t open the door, couldn’t find anything for light, and couldn’t figure out why I was in the room in the first place.

I decided I might as well go back to the bed I’d risen from and wait from something to happen. I figured my way to the first wall, took a few steps over, and waved my hands around, looking for the bed.

Clank! There was a loud noise as my hand struck the hard bed.

It was the sound of metal.




Part Two: Discovery

I was halfway metal. My left arm, right forearm, and left leg were made of metal. Metal. I was half robot.

How did this happen? What happened that caused it? Why?

I was terrified, shocked, and amazed all at the same time. I knew I’d been human, but now...

I needed to know. Was I some kind of experiment? A guinea pig?

Fear filled me. I felt dizzy, nauseous. I sat down on the bed, and lifted my hands to my head.

I felt more metal.




Part Three: Light

I’d passed out. The left side of my head was metal, from the bottom of my cheek up to the left edge of my forehead. My eyes were both human, but there was a hole in place of my left ear. I could hear through it.

I sat up. The cold from the floor soaked through my whole body, making me shiver.

Then I noticed that I was wearing a hospital gown. I still could see nothing, but I felt the soft edges and precise cuts, with a pocket above the left breast. There was something inside. It felt like a card, but I could not see it due to the total blackness.

I must have been hurt. Badly. Maybe a car accident. Or a long fall. If so, I didn’t remember it. My mind was completely blank, as if the injury had knocked my brain loose.

My head hurt. I figured that I’d fallen to the floor when I passed out. I was still trying to wrap around the truth.

But how could I know the truth when I didn’t know anything?


I’d been sitting for hours. Or maybe it just seemed like that. I sat on the hard, cold floor, hugging my knees. I sat and waited.

I was getting hungry. The discovery had shocked me, and I knew I was most likely in a very bad condition.

Too long. My stomach began grumbling. Before long I would pass out again, this time from weakness.

Just as I thought I’d go back to sleep again, the door far down the room opened, and blinding, searing light blasted onto my eyes.

My arm went up automatically. I squinted, waiting to see who or what would come through it.

Several seconds went by before a balding man carrying a clipboard and wearing a lab coat and a nametag entered, followed by two large men, each holding assault weapons.

Why did the balding man need guards? I wasn’t planning on hurting anyone.

The man spoke. I was so disoriented and confused that I didn’t comprehend it.

“What?” I said.

“What is your name, sir?”

“I... I don’t know.”

The balding man raised his clipboard and used a pen to mark off something.

“How old are you?”

I gave no answer. Instead, I stared at the man, trying to make out his face. But the light was shining only from behind him, so I only saw a half-lit silhouette.

The man wrote on the clipboard again.

“Do you know how you got here?” He asked, a tone of bored professionalism in his voice.


“Would you like to know?”

“Why should I trust you?” Something about the man made me hate him. It was some sort of instinct. I knew I couldn’t trust him, but decided quickly that I might as well try to find out why and how I got into this place, and why I had a metal body.

“You will simply have to, if you want answers.”

I thought for another second. My instant decision was to play along and hope I got something out of it.

“What do I do?”

“Follow me. You’ll have your answers soon enough.”

The man turned, and the guards placed themselves one in front and one behind me. I felt like a prisoner.

“Wait. What is my name?”

The balding man hesitated, but gave me the answer.

“Your name is Cybrex. Now come.”

The guards moved forward, and I had no option but to follow them into the brightness, into the place where I hoped to find answers.

And a way out.

Submitted: September 05, 2015

© Copyright 2022 Ben Steward. All rights reserved.

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Ben Steward

Please enjoy the story! I'd be glad to hear your feedback!

Sat, September 5th, 2015 8:36pm

Ben Steward

Quick update: I might do a sequel, but only if several people say they would like to read more about Cybrex. Thanks!

Sat, September 5th, 2015 8:47pm


Really liked it! I wanted to know what came next!! :D
Great job and please do a sequel! :)
Very well written!

Mon, September 7th, 2015 1:17am


Now that there's two people asking for a sequel, I'll have to seriously consider doing it sooner! Thanks for the review, and Happy Writing!

Mon, September 7th, 2015 9:42am


Oh, I want answers alright! This was a really intriguing read and I too would like a sequel to this story.

Mon, September 7th, 2015 1:57am


THREE PEOPLE ASKING FOR A SEQUEL! I'll have to start one... Today! Thanks for the review, and Happy Writing!

Mon, September 7th, 2015 9:42am

Glenn Paul

This is a good start. Hope the writing comes easily since you have an audience waiting. Happy writing to you.

Tue, September 8th, 2015 10:25pm


Thanks! Just to let you know, I published Cybrex 2 yesterday, and my News tab has information regarding more Cybrex stories. Happy Writing!

Tue, September 8th, 2015 3:50pm

Aaron Zhu

Very interesting and cool. PLZ do more!

Sun, September 13th, 2015 4:44pm


Check out Cybrex 2, located on my main page. Also, check my news for updates on the Cybrex stories. Thanks, and Happy Writing!

Sun, September 13th, 2015 7:39pm

Sir AK87

WoW!what can I say this was a really entertaining read!! Please do me the pleasure and checking out some of my work. Like it love it I know you will.

Wed, September 16th, 2015 5:59am


I will be sure to take a look! Thanks for the review, and Happy Writing!

Wed, September 16th, 2015 8:13am

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