The Implicit Denial of Infinity

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Chapter 7: Transport

The descending craft looked like something straight from a terrible science fiction movie, and yet, it struck fear into Kai’s heart. The craft itself was sleek, metal and about the size of a two stacked minivans. It was rather thick, with square windows on the lower half and a windshield-esque window on what seemed to be the front. Her stomach turned as she realized that the bottom of the ship was likely where she’d be riding. Kai closed her eyes, bowing her head and taking a shaky breath.

A hand touched her shoulder, tapping it.

“Your shoes, Kai.” The voice belonged to James, and it had lost all traces of kindness, now as hard and cold as stone.

She slipped them off, keeping her eyes shut, opening them felt wrong. She forced herself to focus on the texture of the grass beneath her feet, to redirect her mind from the terrifying reality it struggled to comprehend. A powerful gust of wind blew into her face, coupled with a loud whirring noise as the craft landed. Kai cracked an eye open, lifting a hand to shield her face. The craft was somehow more intimidating up close, like a large dark bird of prey, waiting to consume it’s next vulnerable meal. The tinted windows on the cockpit were eyes to Kai, staring her down as if to intimidate her. She slowly lifted her gaze to those window-eyes. She doubted anyone was inside the cockpit, a final act of defiance felt necessary. A hiss, followed quickly by a mechanical groan indicated the opening of the ship’s belly, which was kept dark inside.

A tall figure stood at the top of the ramp, covered head to toe in a dark gray garb. The sex of the individual was unclear, as they wore both a loose jacket over their torso and a mask over their face, but they were distinctly humanoid. The creature halted at the edge of the ramp, then took a hesitant step onto the grass, paused, then seemed to gain confidence, stepping closer to the trio.

James gave Kai a light shove toward it, which caused her to stagger awkwardly forwards. The creature cocked its head, and then slowly extended a gloved hand toward her, as if wanting her to take it. Kai stared at the hand, then looked back to James.

His face was blank and offered no comfort, as emotionless as a brick wall. It was then that Kai fully realized that his kindness was a facade, the most simple way for him to keep his prey from mistrusting him. She wondered if he and Henry intended for James to come off kind and Henry cruel, if it was all an act.

She supposed, in the end, it didn’t matter.

Slowly, with all the timidness of a frightened rabbit, Kai set her hand in the creature’s.

Once aboard the ship, Kai was made to sit against the wall, and then buckled in like a child by the creature, her hands quickly bound. ThThe binding was soft, made of an unfamiliar material that seemed impossible to injure one’s wrists with. Regardless of this, Kai twisted her hands as much as she could, wanting to have some reason to hate her captors. The fabric seemed to twist with her, continuing to keep her from causing any damage to her wrists. She huffed, straining forward against the straps as much as she was physically able. The seatbelts too, were made of the strange fabric, and seemed to soften as she strained. Defeated, Kai slumped back, closing her eyes, listening to the ship. Even though it had ascended quite steeply and rapidly, it was silent, with no sounds from the engine or otherwise. The windows had slid shut as the ship had ascended, leaving Kai to wonder if they were in space. All aspects of her confinement had seemed designed to keep her calm, and to prevent a human from realizing they’d indeed left their planet seemed logical, following that path of reasoning. This ship had to be a fusion of Earth technology and alien technology, which was somehow more frightening than being completely alien. The use of Earth objects as tools to harm humanity was an added evil, on top of the kidnappings.

The craft began to angle downwards, which was unexpected to Kai. She’s always assumed there was a “mothership” hovering in the clouds.

She lifted her hands to grip the straps of her seatbelt, closing her eyes as the ship began to descend more rapidly and at a more severe angle. She felt nauseous, her stomach clenching as she curled her legs up to her chest, biting her lip.

Suddenly, the ship leveled out, and Kai’s eyes jolted open. The window-shades slowly sliding back up to reveal a morning sky.

She sighed softly, allowing herself to relax ever so slightly. The seatbelt noticeably loosened, and the new brightness of the cabin gave Kai the ability to see it. It was light pink in color, almost the same shade as cooked salmon, though slightly paler. She wondered what it was made of, internally hoping it was not organic. Quickly she was jolted from her wonderings by the harsh thud of the craft impacting the ground and beginning to taxi to a halt. It was then that Kai spotted a second harness, halfway retracted into the wall, directly across from her, and a third against the back wall. For a moment, Kai could picture Jess and Oldy sitting in those harnesses, smiling and reassuring her through their own excitement.

Tears pricked Kai’s eyes as she closed them, willing away the images of the few people she trusted. Undoubtedly, they too had spent time in crafts like these. Kai sighed and turned her head back to the windows. It was very bright outside now, and they appeared to be in the middle of the desert. This, at least, was better than a tundra or a spaceship, in her opinion, but it made escape a suicide mission. Despite her luck surviving in an area with lootable convenience stores, she knew that a desert was a whole other animal. She looked up to the level above as footsteps became audible, and the lights of the cabin began to flick on. She sighed softly, closed her eyes, and exhaled.

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