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The Valkyrie Chronicles

By Michael Mulhollon

Action / Scifi

Chapter 1

A transmission from another time and space traveled to a distant planet which is in ruins and suffering from an invasion of a species more dangerous than anything else in the universe, machines. These machines, under the control of Cervello (main computer), spread from their home planet and destroyed their creators trying to create a self operating system for police control and planetary defense which backfired and Cervello decided to exterminate all life in the known universe and began spreading like a virus. This transmission was meant for one particular machine as it was on patrol finding and exterminating lifeforms on the ruined planet. As it was walking around scanning the surface a Code 999 flashed in its vision reading “Negate further orders from Cervello. Proceed to coordinates 1123-4261, protect lifeforms and escape planet however possible. Destroy any machines that hinder your orders. Remember.” , all of a sudden flashes of his memory from his past were displayed in his sight and he fell on his knees in shock till it passed and the machine changed from being emotionless to self aware and had a look of shock as it stood, looked around and at himself. The machine then read the order again and grabbed its rifle from the ground before proceeding to the coordinates.

The M-800 proceeded to the coordinates not raising any suspicion and found two girls that looked like twins with one of them scared and huddled in a corner in a bombed out building. Another appeared out of the rubble in front of him with her rifle drawn and fired a few shots at him and he raised his robotic arm to block as the energy bullets bounced off, girl, “If you are going to kill them you have to get through me!” , before he could answer another machine appeared and says, “Lifeforms, exterminate.” , he hesitates only for a few seconds knowing if he does this there is no going back and he will have to make another life with them. The defiant girl looks at him and he looks at her and she knew he is different. He turns and in one move twists the M-800 s head and it fell to the ground. M-800, “Who are you?” , the girl was first astounded but overcame her surprise, girl, “Chloe. These are my sisters Carrie and Carolyn.” , as she pointed them out and he saw that all three of them look alike. Chloe, “I guess your name is more like a number so…”, M-800, “Valkyrie. Michael Valkyrie.”, Chloe (shocked), “How can you have a name?” , Michael, “It’s hard to explain but right now we have to get off this planet. On my way here I found a ship that is capable of space travel and it is our only chance.” , they followed him outside after he makes sure there are no machines in their way and they found a ship that looks like a Terminator Transporter with one M-500 patrolling the outside.

Once they hid amongst a pile of debris he tells them he will be back and moves out as if he is still one of them. He approached the machine he grabbed the main power cord in its neck and tore it out and it fell disabled. He took the machine s other plasma rifle and beckoned the girls to come and they did and they all went up the ramp in the back. Once inside another M-800 appeared from the ladder down the cockpit and it and Michael quick draw and Michael shot it point blank in the chest and it flew back on the floor disabled. Michael closes the ramp and goes to the engine room and makes changes so their will be air and enough engine power to escape the planet and travel through space. Once he made the necessary changes he goes to the pilot seat and sees the girls already strapped in and ready and he starts up the engines. The transporter flies from the surface and straight into space at full speed before Cervello or the other machines had any idea of their escape.

Michael put the ship on auto-pilot and went to look around to see what they can use onboard. During their search around the transport they found three more machines, a M-700, a M-500A and a M-400C. The M-400C looks frightening by the built in horns on its head and its immense height and width. Before activating them Michael installed Code 999 into their programming so when they are activated the machines won t try to kill them. Once they were activated they first looked confused till they saw Michael and asked what are their new orders, Michael, “Each of you will have names and you can think for yourselves. Even though you can make your own decisions we still have to work together if we are going to stay alive.” , M-700, “But we are machines not biological lifeforms.” , Michael, “I know but I am giving you the option to have your own identity and know what it is like having a mind on your own.” , they stood still with their heads down as they scanned the library in their heads for their proper names. The M-400C called itself Krome, the M-700 called itself Crow and the M-500A (that looks like the robot warrior in Judge Dredd) Arsenal. Since they had nothing else to do at that time Michael talked about his past.

When Michael was young he lived on a planet with his mother (Methusa) and, father (Galactor), brother (Gabriel) and sister (Ryok). As he was growing up his parents hated his sister for the fact she is a girl and not a boy so they can have a bigger family under their name. When he heard they plan on banishing her from their peaceful world he and his brother helped to hide her from them. When they confronted his brother he broke his promise and told them and when they found her she was banished from their world and when Cervello reached their planet they sold him to the machines along with other children that were denied from their families on the condition to leave their planet alone. Since he was with the machines as a little boy he was experimented on and torn apart where the end result was he looked like a machine but is unsure what else he is capable of from all Cervello’s experiments for the last 20 so earth years and almost lost his identity. When he was taken by Cervello he vowed to find and save his sister, and find his parents and traitorous brother and get revenge. Before he does this he told them that he will make sure that Chloe and her sisters are taken care of and they all have a home.

On their journey Crow ultimately became their own doctor based on most of his memory is all medical journals and documents and he and Michael where able to create and have human tissue but the other two machines are unable to have any because of their size and features (Krome and Arsenal). They also developed relationships during their journey as with Michael and Chloe fell in love do to her courage and willingness to follow him to find his sister. She even told him that she was treated like a guinea pig by her parents by having her cloned twice and due to this the side effects are very slow aging and their offspring will look exactly like her. Crow (now Dr. Crow) fell in love with Carol due to his fascination with her dark demeanor and found out that she has the ability to transform to a werewolf due to her father s experimentation and Dr. Crow began doing all that he could to find a way to treat her and keep her werewolf side tamed. Arsenal ends up taking really good care of Carrie because she is somewhat shy like he is but she feels a deep attraction to him while he on the other rarely speaks. Krome ends up being the loner and to his belief is because of his looks but keeps his comments to himself.

Arsenal and the other knew that Carrie has the power of telekinesis when one night the whole ship shook when she was having a nightmare and told the others so they won t have anything to fear especially when Chloe s father also did it to her like he experimented on Carol. During their journey Chloe gave birth to a girl and named her Abby. The ship s computer went off and when the others went up to the bridge they found that the computer found a planet that is suitable for life in the Milky Way Galaxy they were approaching, Krome, “Do you honestly think we are far enough from Cervello even though they are bound to conquer the known universe?” , Michael, “Yes. The ship has been going on full burn through the Plasma Drive ever since we left the planet. Also the drive is almost dead so we have no choice. And stop with the negativity we been on this ship for about four months and the food is lousy so we need a change in scenery and lifestyle badly.”, the ship went through the atmosphere and found a flat piece of land and landed. Michael went down the ladder, Michael,“Stay here. I will check the condition of the surface. ”, Chloe, “Be careful!”, Michael (as he looked back), “I will. ”, and the hatch closed.


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