Metropolis, Atlantic Island 5-5-2006
A man got out of a car; he was wearing a lab coat with the name tag David Lucas. He walked towards a building with the sign Dream Research Facility. He walked through the doors into the lobby.
David walked past the front desk. He walked down a hall to a room with lights on. The room was labeled chemical analysis room.
He walked into the room and saw three scientists already there. Inside the room were things you would expect to find in a lab. Along the walls were vials of various serums. They were lab tables with microscopes. Next to the tables were computers.
"Good morning, David." A man with the name tag Declan Taylor said.
"Morning, Declan" David said back.
"We have results from the test subject." Bryce said.
"Test subject? We have not been cleared for human trials" Kevin Kline said.
"What did you think we did here?" David asked.
"Research." Kevin said.
"I hired you because you showed potential to defy rules for the common good." David said.
"I did not agree to experiment on humans." Kevin said.
"Who said we were experimenting on humans?" Declan asked.
"Well, I assumed by test subject you meant human." Kevin said.
"Declan, show him the subject we have been studying." David said.
Declan got up and walked out of the room. Kevin reluctantly followed him into the hallway. They walked down the hall to an unlabeled door. Declan unlocked it and they walked inside.
The room was dimly lit with only one light in the center. In the middle of the room was a man with IV tubes in various places around his body. Kevin began run over to the man. Declan grabbed his arm and stopped him.
"Don't touch him, he will kill you." Declan said.
"You are experimenting on humans!" Kevin said.
"He is not human; he came from another planet."
"He looks human."
"His DNA isn't; we have been studying him because we fear more may be coming. We need to know how to defend ourselves."
"I don't believe this."
"Let me show you something."
Declan walked over to a light switch and flipped it on. The room lit up; there were subjects lying on gurneys. Curtains lined the exterior of the room. There were a few small animals in a couple cages.
Declan walked over to a mouse cage. He opened the top of the cage and reached inside. He grabbed a mouse and pulled it out. He walked over to the first humanoid.
"Come closer" Declan said.
Kevin walked closer to where Declan was standing. Declan was inches from the alien. He set the mouse in the hands of the alien. The mouse immediately began to disintegrate into ash.
"How?" Kevin asked.
"That's what we have been trying to find out."
"So, you guys are trying to form a defense against an alien race?" Kevin asked.
The door opened with David and Bryce walking into the room. They walked toward Declan and Kevin. David looked at Kevin with a serious face.
"Do you understand now?" David asked.
"Yes, but what makes you think he is an alien?" Kevin asked.
"Declan unveil the ship." David said.
Declan walked over to a corner. He pulled on a rope and the curtain began to move along the edge of the wall revealing a room behind it. The room was dark and it was hard to tell what was inside.
Declan walked into the room and hit a light switch. A bone-white ship became visible. The ship was small, built for one passenger. The front looks like a skull; the windshield was the eyes.
"What kind of alien race were they?" Kevin asked.
"That's what I am afraid of. From this I am going to assume they are a race of warriors without remorse." David said.
Kevin walked closer to the ship. He put his hand on the side and felt the smoothness. Kevin turned around and faced David.
"Is that made of bone?" Kevin asked.
"Yes." Declan said.
"Alright, according to the results this human is now genetically similar to the alien; a metahuman." Bryce said gesturing to a young girl on a bed.
Kevin realized they were experimenting on humans. The girl awoke and saw them staring at her. She became angry, she screamed at the top of her lungs.
She suddenly burst into flames. David smiled because this meant it was successful. Kevin began to take a few steps back. This girl was obviously furious with David.
"Declan, sedate her." David said.
Declan walked over to a wall where a tranquilizer gun was mounted. He grabbed it and aimed it at the girl. He pulled the trigger and a dart hit the girl. The flames around her disappeared and she passed out.
"Ariel is angry because she misses her parents. Her parents were imprisoned and she had nobody to look after her." David said.
"You have treated her well, right?" Kevin asked.
"Of course" David said.
"It seems that this serum only works on young." Declan said.
"How do you know?" David asked.
"Well, that is my assumption, we will have to wait for the results from Nathan and Andrew." Declan said.
"We need to find a way to make it universal." David said.
"Will it work on my daughter?" Kevin asked.
"Yes." David said.
"There are no side effects?" Kevin asked.
"None, besides a superpower. Nothing happened in the adults." David said.
"I want my daughter to help fight against the aliens." Kevin said.
"I want my son to help, but I am going to make sure this is completely safe." David said.
Kevin walked into Dream Research Facility with his daughter, Alexa. He walked through the lobby and into a hall.
"Where are we going?" Alexa asked.
"I am going to give you a shot." Kevin said.
"A shot, what for?" Alexa asked.
"This shot will save the world."
Kevin and Alexa walked into a lab. Kevin saw that David was in the room with his son, Drake. He walked with Alexa over to them.
"Kevin, this is my son, Drake." David said.
"Let's get to it." Kevin said.
David grabbed two syringes. He handed one to Kevin along with a sterile wipe. Kevin walked over to Alexa. He held the syringe firmly. He used the wipe to sterilize a section of Alexa's arm. He then put the needle into her arm. Alexa winced slightly.
A man in a black cloak ran through the halls of Dream Research Facility. David was closely behind flying after him. The man in the cloak stopped running and turned around.
Kevin walked into the hall to start work for the day. He saw the man in the black cloak. David was levitating ten feet from him. Kevin tried to remain calm.
"I will not let you commit genocide!" Cloak-Man said.
"Humanity is weak and needs to ridded." David said.
"What did you say?" Kevin asked.
David turned toward Kevin not realizing he was there. David began to wish he had not said that in front of Kevin. David saw a look of betrayal on Kevin's face.
"Inhumanity is weak and needs to be ridded." David said trying to cover up what he said.
"Liar, you are against humans; despite being one yourself." Cloak-Man said.
Kevin was confused, the man in the cloak seemed to be supporting humanity. David claimed that the aliens planned to attack Earth. What if the aliens sought peace and David simply took him to experiment on him so that he could possess powers?
"Well, one of you is lying." Kevin said.
"If we wanted to attack Earth, we would have done so already. Our army is more than ready to defeat the armies of Earth." Cloak-Man said.
Cloak-Man made a good point. Kevin wondered how long he was on Earth. It made sense to scout the planet before attacking. He needed to be sure who was telling the truth.
"He is only saying that because he is a scout and the aliens are planning carefully." David said.
"How long have you been on this planet?" Kevin asked.
"Ten years," Cloak-Man said.
"Nobody spends ten years scouting." Kevin said.
"He is lying to save his own skin." David said.
"I saved his life when he was fifteen." Cloak-Man said.
Kevin took out his phone and did an internet search. He immediately found it; the headline was man in black cloak saves boy from his father.
"I quit" Kevin said.
Kevin turned around and walked away. He did not want to participate in David's scheme. Kevin did not look back.
Kevin walked into a building labeled Plasma Industries. He walked up to the front desk. The receptionist immediately turned her attention to him.
"I am here for an interview." Kevin said.
"I will let them know you are here."
Kevin walked over and took a seat and waited. It was five minutes before someone came and called him back. It was the CEO himself that escorted him to a conference room.
They walked into the conference room and took a seat at the table. The CEO put a folder onto the table. He reached his hand over to Kevin and he shook it.
"I am Colin Freeman," the CEO said.
"Kevin, as you probably know." Kevin said.
"Yes, now I have looked at your employment history; you have worked at Dream Research Facility. In a capitalist economy they would be our corporate rivals and I would suspect you of industrial espionage." Colin said.
"I prefer our economy since it is not based on profit and everyone gets paid equally."
"Yes the Merits system does work better than the capitalist system. Now I see you have studied biology and physics. Is there other knowledge you may have?"
"I have decent skills in math and computers."
"Good, we need our employees to be able to work with math and computers."
"I have a question; if I were accepted would I have my own desk?" Kevin asked.
"Yes, as well as a locker. I do need more scientists in the labs to work on various serums; so you are hired. Come with me so I can verify your employment into the Merit System."
Kevin and Colin got up then walked out of the conference room then into the hall. Colin lead Kevin into a room with a handprint scanner. Colin put his hand onto the scanner to verify he was authorizing a new employee.
"Place your hand on there." Kevin said.
Kevin placed his hand on the scanner. The screen verified Kevin's identity. It also verified that he had no other job. Colin nodded and gestured for Kevin to follow him.
They walked out of the room. Colin walked to an elevator, he pressed the button to go up. The doors opened a few moments later. Colin and Kevin walked inside.
"Why did you quit Dream Industries?" Colin asked.
"It was not the right job for me." Kevin said.
"Yet you applied for the same job. What is the real reason?"
"I did not agree with what David has planned."
"I know what David is planning, he kidnapped my father." Colin said.
"Why would he kidnap your father?"
"Because he is an alien."
"Who is the alien?" Kevin asked.
"So that means you are an alien too?"
"Yes, and now I am starting to believe you came here to find a serum that would counteract the ones that David made."
"How do you know this?"
"Ever since Death came to this planet I have been tracking him. David took him for experiments."
"You call him Death?"
"Yes, we do not know his real name."
"Will you help me?"
"I would be glad to help."
"Do you have abilities?" Kevin asked.
"I am immortal; that's all you need to know."