I sat on my flat, steel bed, imagining what it must feel like to be a normal teenager. Being an average guy meant getting girls. Being average meant having friends, and being average meant having fun. But I’m not average, and I don’t have any of those things.
For as long as I can remember, David’s Laboratory has been both my home and my prison. According to Nelly, it isn’t safe outside the glass; but I know better. Why else would the scientists be so eager to leave the lab at nine o’clock sharp?
“Marcus,” Nelly calls, “it’s time for your examination.”
I answer her with a grunt; I hate this part of the day. And she knows it too.
Nelly flicks her long, fire red hair from her amber eyes, giving me a warm smile as she does so.
I glare at her, letting her know she can't charm me. Just because Nelly takes care of me does not mean I’ll let her get the best of me.
Nelly lets out a sigh. “I know you don’t like this. I don’t like it either, but it must be done. You know how David gets.”
Knowing she was right, I follow her outside of my glass chamber. She leads me in to the big room labeled “Subject Zero,” and inside there is a silver platform in the middle of the room. The platform is huge, roughly the size of a football field. Scientists sit in an isolated glass chamber near the high ceiling, watching my every move.
Nelly’s eyes soften, and she whispers a good luck in to my ear. I give her a quick hug and turn to the silver platform.
As soon as I stand on the platform, the room turns stark white and a robotic voice beeps, “Authentic Reality mode, engaged.”
Authentic Reality is a realm created by scientists – mostly everything created within the world is false, but it seems more real than anything.
The steel walls, ...
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... it will destroy everything. The system is designed only to affect property created in Authentic Reality, but it can be programmed to do otherwise. I gave Nelly just enough time to reprogram the system. If my plan succeeds, it will only safeguard the one area it's designed to protect: the audience.
Only Nelly will survive.
Despite my inevitable doom, I feel an everlasting peace bubbling up inside me. The bomb will destroy everything. They won't be able to make any more monsters like me.
I look up at Nelly, smiling. “I love you, Mom.” I barely make out her response before the atom bomb evaporates everything.
“I love you, too, son.”
I expect to dissipate in bright, white light; but I don’t. The bomb doesn’t even touch me. I try to figure out why I’m still alive when it all dawns on to me.
Nelly didn’t program the system to protect her.
She programmed it to protect me.
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