Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
N. G. Mendez would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Electric Souls

By N. G. Mendez All Rights Reserved ©

Action / Scifi

Prologue

I knocked on the office door hearing the usual command from the geneticist. Edgar, one of her most trusted assistants entered the room as I followed behind him. I had told him I needed to speak to Hudson. He had asked me if there was something wrong with the baby and I nodded. It was the only way they could let me out of that horrible room.

She was taking notes about something before she lifted her head towards me. "What is it?"

"I need to speak to you," I glanced at Edgar. "Alone."

I waited for Hudson to tell him to go away, but she didn't. Instead, she prompted me to continue. At that moment I felt scared they could feel my discomfort. God knows what they would do to me, but it was too late to go back now.

"I'm going to keep her," I declared, the statement almost echoing on the walls.

"And you will," she agreed. "Until she turns ten. By that time, I'm hoping you can teacher her how to control her abilities."

I was afraid this was going to happen. She knew what I really meant, but shrugged it off with the hopes I would give up that idea.

"No, Hudson. I have decided to raise her myself.”

She laughed, probably waiting for me to tell her I was only joking. I kept silent. She got up from her seat and walked towards me with caution so as not to scare me away. Every step she took made me flinch, but I wasn't about to run. When I first met Hudson in the military basement, she looked very professional and calm but in truth we couldn't have been in worse hands than hers. There were rumors around the lab about her going mad after her sister’s death. I didn’t know what had happened and I didn’t dare ask. Not anymore.

"You signed a contract. A contract that cannot be broken," she reminded me calmly.

I kept my stance firm. "Which is incomplete. You never mentioned you were going to change her, or that you were going to give her to the military."

"I was willing to ignore you spying my conversations, but now that you brought it up I have a problem with that.”

How did she…? The cameras.

“I would have stopped if my child’s fate wasn’t at risk.”

The moment I came here she had revealed to me she had injected herself for quite a while with the hopes she could develop the same abilities Jordan and I had. However, she still hadn't made it. I didn’t think too much about it, and that was my mistake. This kind of behavior couldn’t be from a rational person. She even had to ally with the military to find people like us. We were told there were many that weren't better than circus performers, but there were a few special ones. Their genes could be combined, changed, enhanced.

"Change of plans," she said nonchalantly.

I've heard that each geneticist had its own goals to make this work. Some were doing it to help people. Others, like Hudson, seemed to be doing it to prove something to her colleagues.

"No," I shook my head, walking slowly towards the door. "She's my daughter and I'm quitting."

I extended my arms to reach the knob, but Edgar was now in my way.  Realization dawned on me. They wouldn't let us go. I had to do something. I grabbed Edgar’s arm using my abilities as he screamed, I tried to run while he was still in pain but he was stronger and faster than me. One second I thought I had touched the knob and the next I was on the floor not knowing what had happened. I could barely see because the throbbing on my cheek was overcoming all my other senses.

“Watch out for the baby,” Hudson scowled at Edgar.

He picked me up by my arms as I shook my bad vision away. I tried to twist away from his hold, but I was too weak to match his strength. Hudson went to her desk as my shouts increased. She would always carry sedatives with her, and now that I have revealed my intentions she would probably keep me sedated before getting Susan and killing me. I wasn't different now from her experiments. I had just become another, and if needed, I would be treated just like one until Hudson had what she wanted.

"No, please, don't change her," I begged.

"Stop with the perfect mother act," she spat.

Edgar grabbed me by the arms. "Help! Someone help me, please!"

"What are you doing? No!" I screamed with all my might when she pinched me.

"Take her back to her room and make sure no one visits her without my permission first. Tell the team from the control room to watch her at all times over the cameras," she ordered.

“What about Jordan?” Edgar asked.

“Tell him to start equipping his new home with electric insulators. His new family will be with him soon enough.”

What was she planning now? I didn’t know about this either. I wanted to ask, but my words came out slurred as my vision blurred once again. I needed to tell Jordan that he had to take Susan away from here. I couldn’t let them change and sell her.

Edgar nodded, lifting my body with ease. My protests were starting to recede as I was being carried away from Hudson’s office, the cold liquid traveling through my bloodstream.


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Leah Brown: This was an amazing read! I was hooked from the very first chapter, holding my breadth to see what would happen next. The characters are rich and vibrant, and the world Danielle has created is fascinating. If you love YA, you MUST read this book. Such a smart, brilliant debut novel. I loved it!

Karl12: This is a very unusual sci-fi mystery. I enjoyed the suspense which was present throughout the story. I loved how I never knew what to expect from the characters. This made the story thrilling and made me suspicious of everything and everyone. You have a great style of writing – one which captiva...

Jean Tryon: As a beta, I found this story outstanding!! Plot, grammar, phraseology, etc Rachel gives us it all. She takes the story into the future from where due South ends. She is an exacting and thoughtful author.

John Smith: This is what Sci Fi is all about. Reads like early Heinlein. In the style of Space Cadets. No esoteric problems..but good ol blaster and space action with a host of relatable characters

ga1984: I really enjoyed it! Characters were deep and plot was pretty complex. A bit on the violent side but it doesnt detract from the story. Very dark but situations make sense. Ends kinda abruptly and later chapters will need some editing work. I'm assuming there's more in the works?

taosgw74: If this is the authors first attempt at writing, I'm floored. I was engrossed in the plot from the get go.

Tiffany Thomson: This story is not something I would normally pick up and read but I'm so glad I did, I wasn't able to put it down and my husband was yelling at me at 3am to put it down and go to bed (just waited for him to doze back off before picking it back up) I really hope Natalie brings out another book eit...

Meri Amber: The plot is creative, fun and addictive! The writing is superb and the characters are really well put together. Definitely highly recommeded!

263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...

More Recommendations

Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...

Dina Husseini: It was a great hook. I do not like reading scifi because they end up being like all the rest but this one kept me wanting more.

themyronus: Vanessa has made 'amazing' the norme. I didn't want to read this as I am waiting for the finished and polished book to come out. But then I decided to read one chapter for kicks...well hours later I finished what was posted. Fortunately, my memory is not to good and I hope I will read the book wi...