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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

The room was as chilly as it was dark. The damp of its walls as prominent in odour as it was in colour. Paperwork was stacked highly on untidy steel desks, lining the walls to the rear of the room. In the centre, eighty-four chambers laid side by side. This place; this was the ARC.

Kal Danem eventually came around from the blow, and attempted to open his eyes, fruitlessly. Covering them was a translucent gel which prevented him from doing so. Kal strained in an effort to lift his right arm, but it, along with the other limbs, were restrained in the substance, and the grasp of the chamber. Through the nebulous cloud of fluid, Kal could scantily make out the carbon mask that covered his mouth and nose, barely allowing him to breathe. He began to panic. Kal let out a scream, but it was muffled by the confines of the chamber. Around him, the shapes of men and women, dressed in white coats went about their day. A couple of them checked the chambers of the other in-mates, whilst more of them laughed and joked as they drank coffee and ate their biscuits.

Kal was approached by one of the women, of about medium height. Kal couldn’t make out any more than this. On approaching him, the woman immediately grabbed a lamp above his head and pointed it directly into his eyes. She picked up the palmtop from the panel just inches from Kal’s head and began skimming it. Lazily, she read aloud.

“Prisoner; Danem. Juncture; Ten. Level; Three.”

Kal struggled in the chamber, locked in its restraints. He made every effort to free himself, but it was futile.

“MHHHHHHHHHHHH”

Kal screamed again through the mask; quickly clamping his eyes closed as the gel began to sting his retina. Another approached him, this time male; his hair as white as his coat. He stood over Kal and calmly said;

”Mr Danem. I am the Doctor responsible for your well-being in the ARC. In a moment, you’ll be connected to the chamber. Your mind will enter a state similar to its most vivid dream… or nightmare”. He sniggered to himself.

Again, Kal struggled; only to remember that it was as tiring as it was useless. Fear filled him again.

“A warning, Mr Danem,” the Doctor said; this time with a little more command. “May I suggest that you utilise that killer instinct of yours. I wouldn’t want the hassle of disposing of your corpse.”

The woman had now taken on the role of nurse. She flipped a switch to the left of Kal’s head. Kal felt his pulse increase as the chamber audibly came to life.

“I’m going to have to ask you to count backwards from ten” the Doctor said. “Blink if you understand me.”

Kal blinked once, now trembling with terror.

Kal winced as the pair of metallic pincers pressed against the soft-tissue at the rear of his neck, entering his head.

Ten……..nine……eight

Kal began to count backwards from ten, as the device appeared to clamp at something inside his head. He tried to think of anything other than this very moment. Selena Kalahari.

Seven…..six…….five

Kal blinked, slowly. His eyes began to roll, and he counted;

Four……three….

There were no two or one.

Chapter 5

Coming soon…

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