The Implicit Denial of Infinity

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Chapter 8: Nevada

The creature was incredibly gentle in unbuckling her from her seat, though her hands were left bound as she was led from the craft. She found herself walking barefoot on what appeared to be a runway meant for planes, the alien beside her. She found it strange that the alien did not bother to hold her in any way, only walking beside her. The creature had neglected to take off any of the coverings covering its body, leaving its appearance to be imagined. It was seven feet tall and human shaped, but that was the extent of its visible appearance. Kai found herself looking straight up at it to look into its eyes, or rather goggles. The creature seemed to sense her gaze, pausing and looking down at her.

“Hello there.” The voice was distinctly feminine and human, though it was tinged with an unfamiliar accent.

Kai, highly taken aback by this, stared at it, or rather her, for a long moment, “Hi.”

“Did you have a question?” Her tone was patient, kind almost, it reminded Kai of the librarian who had worked at her school, minus the accent.

“Where am I?”

The creature paused, thinking, “Nevada, United States.” Another pause, “Near the Groom Lake Base. The runways were useful.”

Kai slowly nodded, “Where are you taking me?”

“To a facility, you will be kept in comfort until your test and after that.”

“Right.”

“You sound uncertain.”

She shook her head, “What’s your name?”

“I chose Maria for myself when we arrived.”

“Oh.” Kai hadn’t considered the names of the creatures being human, and Maria seemed a name far too mundane for such a monster.

“What is yours?”

“I don’t want to tell you.”

“That is fine. We have facial recognition software that will do that for you, come along now.”

This time Maria gently took hold of her bicep, leading her toward what appeared to be a vehicle hovering about the ground. It was shaped like a bullet cut in half, and made of shiny metal that reflected the sun back off of it and into Kai’s eyes. It had no visible windows, and the door barely stood out, with no obvious handle

Definitely aliens.

Maria stepped up to the vehicle and pressed the back of her gloved hand against the door, which slid downward, seeming to fold into the bottom of the vehicle through a slim hatch with a quiet hiss. The interior of the ship reminded Kai of a party bus she’d been in once, in her old life. The seats, pristine white,with three on each side and two on the back end of the “bullet”, were arranged around the edges of the vehicle, leaving an open space in the center. A console with symbols in a language Kai did not understand sat in the angled space of the bullet’s nose. Much to Kai’s relief, the seats lacked any obvious form of restraints, and looked quite comfortable. The vehicle ceiling was low enough that Maria was unable to stand upright, though Kai could with ease. Kai elected against standing, however, and moved to sit on the far end of the vehicle, laying across the two seats in the back. Maria seemed unbothered by this, untucking a stool from beneath the console and beginning to type. She flicked a hand lazily at the door, causing it to spring back from its sheath and close once more. Once the door closed, the vehicle was plunged into darkness, save for the light coming from the console.

“One moment.”

Blue lights flicked to life along the ceiling, bathing the interior in a harsh light. Kai closed her eyes, pulling her bound hands up to her chest. She wasn’t tired, but rather did not want to speak further with Maria. The creature seemed so human and so alien at the same time, and that to Kai, was as disturbing as the use of human technology by these creatures. It seemed that beyond the desire for humans themselves, these monsters desired humanity’s inventions, ranging from planes to names. Kai lifted her head, slipped off her glasses, set them beside her head, then dropped her head back. She didn’t bother closing her eyes, instead preferring to watch Maria, work. The beast, though tall, was rather slim, at least in the legs. The jacket she wore was very loose around the torso, hiding all shape. Kai couldn’t help but wonder if it was hiding some strange body part, like a tail or second set of arms. The jacket’s hood seemed to be tightly molded to the back of her head, in addition to the mask she wore, which Kai could only assume had a hole for her eyes, which were covered by goggles.

“Our trip is estimated to be fifteen minutes long.”

Kai didn’t reply, only allowing her eyes to flick shut.

“I know you are awake, I can hear your heart.”

Not like that’s creepy.

Kai found it best not to reply, rather just rolling onto her other side, back to Maria. The fear she’d largely forgotten about was creeping back, though the simple coziness of the transport made the fear seem more imagined. The seats on which she lay were similar in feeling to a memory foam bed she’d once laid on in a mattress store, and pleasantly cool. The air inside the vehicle was warm, which made the seats all the more comfortable. Kai hadn’t previously realized just how sore she was, but now, for the first time in perhaps years, she was comfortable.


A gentle swaying motion roused Kai from her rest, and the realization she was being carried brought her back to full consciousness. Kai opened her eyes as slowly as she could, finding herself in the arms of one of the creatures. Her glasses had been replaced on her face.

“Maria?”

“You are mistaken.” The voice was most definitely male, “I am not Maria.”

Kai nodded, “Please put me down.”

“No.”

Kai found herself unsure how to respond to this, and elected to stay silent, taking the time to look at her surroundings. She was indoors, and perhaps underground, based on the chill and lack of windows in the space. The hallway down which she was carried was clean and well-lit, with white floors and ceilings and gray walls. The doors in this area were similar to the one of the ship: only visible as mere outlines in the wall. The male pressed his elbow to one, which retracted into the floor. He waited for the door to hiss shut again before depositing her on the floor. Kai quickly stood, taking in her surroundings. The room was quite long, and appeared to have multiple chambers, each cut off with a retracted door. Her view of the room was cut off quite quickly as the male pressed a button, causing all of the doors to slam shut at the same time. The sound caused Kai to startle, yelping. The male seemed unbothered.

“You will be decontaminated. Follow the instructions in each room. What language do you speak best?”

Kai found this question odd, as he’d been conversing with her in English, “English.”

“You will be met on the other side to be escorted to your holding chamber, then to your evaluation.”

Kai nodded once again, as one door restracted. She didn’t bother to look back at the male, stepping through the opening. It closed behind her with a loud slam, and a hiss, seeming to seal. For a second, the chamber was dark. Then, one wall sprung to life as a screen, text flashing.

‘PLEASE REMOVE ALL GARMENTS AND PLACE THEM ON THE FLOOR, PLACE ANY EYEGLASSES OR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT INTO HATCH.’

As if on cue, a small hatch opened in the center of the screen.

Kai sighed, contemplating the repercussions of disobedience, then stripped. She stood for a moment, then slipped off her glasses, setting them inside the hatch.

‘PROCEED’

Another door hissed open, revealing another small chamber that was kept dark. Heaving a sigh, Kai stepped through. The door shut behind her, and she paused for a moment, back against it. Heat flared from the other side, it seemed an incineration had taken place.

It was fitting, considering the circumstances.

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