Pls read this before Chapters 19-21
The Adventures of O (Chapters 1-3) (Chapters 4-6) (Chapters 7-9) (Chapters 10-12)(Chapters 13-15)(Chapters 16-18)
Coming of the Armageddon
“I won’t let you do it, P” I was shouting. She was two feet away from me and I couldn’t strike her down. She had already given me commands.
“The Ship will reach Earth in a few minutes, O, don’t struggle, and I’ll give you elixir, just let go of your love… Don’t make it hard on me, please…”
I couldn’t do anything. I was helpless. What could I do? VIRUS! I couldn’t talk to her, without letting P know. And VIRUS is not good enough to stop P…
I was a loser. I was pathetic. I can’t even stop an old woman masquerading as a 16 year old girl.
“P, I can’t do anything. There is one thing that I have learnt- not to sweat over things that are not under my control…”
“If you can’t beat them, join them! So I want to join you, I want that elixir…”
“O, be sure about one thing, if you play games with me, Humans will die even more miserably…”
“What game can I possibly play and win, against you?”
“I hope you do mean that… ”
While she went to get me elixir, I whispered to VIRUS, “Super-Sweet-S-Style! Kill everything dear VIRUS, nothing should work after you’re done with this ship…” That S had to have such a big code-word to unleash VIRUS in attack mode! VIRUS silently entered the ship’s computer…
“Here’s your elixir, O”
I started drinking it. Yuck, it tasted like Milk
“I’m glad you are seeing the bigger picture… We have to cross the barrier because…”
“Warning!!! Total malfunction of LifePod177. Losing fuel in 3seconds, 2 seconds, 1 seconds… Unable to engage Back up fuel mechanism. Losing all power…”
“You piece of…”
“Cow dung?” I interrupted her, “We’re stranded here. Forever. You cannot signal anybody. No SOS, no, nothing. We’ll lose oxygen in few days and we’ll die, even if we have drunk elixir, without oxygen nothing can live, not even you, right? It’s an end truly Super-Sweet-S-Style!”
“Oh that VIRUS!”
“You are a really good programmer, I have to agree, few minutes with VIRUS’ code and you wrote the code that’d kill yourself, which nobody was able to do in millions of years!”
“You know, this is what makes me attracted to you… You are one dangerous dude”
She came near me. I thought she was gonna kick me, but she gave me a really amazing kiss.
“You are becoming a good kisser!” I said.
“I’m learning from the best!”
“Oh, You! Sorry P, but looks like we are going to die together… you wanna die being the world’s biggest assshole or being the world’s best kisser? I can teach you more…”
“You really are sweet, O. But I’m not going die anytime soon. I haven’t survived millions of years just like that…”
“What do you mean? The Oxygen Converter is out, there’s no power! VIRUS totally wiped out all power!”
“Even the Computer system is down- no navigation system, no shield is up to protect us from the sedo-beams, no nothing, everything’s down!”
“I know honey, I’m gonna bring everything up in 2 seconds…”
“Oh I’ve been transmitting power to all the systems in this ship for a while now. Each system has an antenna that can use this Over-The-Air power that I’m transmitting and each system will start running in full working mode…”
“You are kidding me! I won’t let you…”
I ran towards and hugged her, in an attempt to block all the power she was radiating. I was an idiot as I had not considered the outcome. Huge amount of power just went through my body and I was paralyzed for a good amount of time. If it wasn’t for elixir, I would have died, then and there…
“Oh I haven’t activated all the safety commands on you, yet? Guess I should, and as a reward for your bravery, I will cut off your hands…”
“The massive power knocked off your hearing or what? I said, I’ll reward your bravery by cutting off your hands, O”
She was totally serious. With her beautiful eyes, she was looking into my eyes, smiling, as she held two huge swords of lightning which came out of nowhere, and winked at me. Some kind of green fire or vapor was emanating from her entire body. She looked like she was death incarnate and I was about to die…
“I am going to enjoy this, O. You look so beautiful now. I really love your eyes when you are scared. You know what? I’ll keep this as your memory, whenever I miss you, I will remember you and see these eyes of yours and your scream… You have not yet screamed, O. Why have you not screamed? Do you not want me to enjoy this? Do you not want to end our first meeting with fun? Do you not want me to have a memorable experience of your scared eyes and your screams filled with horror? I said, Scream, O”
She lifted her swords. The terror she had invoked in me was so great that I couldn’t even scream. I was speechless and numb, my heart was pumping like there was no tomorrow and yet, there was not enough blood in me, I couldn’t see any red-color on my skin, or my palms, as I looked at my hands… probably for the last time…
“I said, Scream, O, beg for mercy, I won’t forgive you though, but beg me anyhow!”
Ship was whizzing through space towards Earth. I could see it from the window. Tears formed so quickly as soon as I saw that Blue-Green planet. This monster was going to kill them all and I won’t be able to do anything…
Was I worried about my hands?
“Don’t kill them, P, you are no monster, don’t kill them, take my hands if you want, but don’t kill them”
“Well I’ll consider this as begging without the commands, now, with the commands, Scream, O”
I started screaming…
She cut off both my hands from their sockets in a single clean swing. The lightning blades were enough to kill but because of elixir, I survived this too. Now I knew why she gave me the elixir, I was the one who had committed the biggest crime on Earth, so I should suffer the most. She gave me the elixir to go through all this unbearable pain and still live to suffer her sadistic torture…
I heard her laughter, that innocent laughter, the way I used to laugh, when I was a kid. It was beautiful; I wanted to hear it again.
“P, laugh again…”
She looked at me. The Spaceship had landed.
“I’m going out; I’ll destroy your satellites, all the defense labs and I’m going to give out commands. The commands will make every man a murderer and every woman and child, a victim. Each man will kill at least two victims and survive the horror, without eating any food, or water, or going for cloning or saving anybody else, they’ll just sit around, see the world filled with only men, no woman or child to be seen anywhere, and just wait to die…This is your punishment O, you can close your eyes and remember me or be a man, and see the effect of what you have caused. I will go from here once I send out the commands. You can keep this LifePod177 and your hands will grow back, as you have drunk elixir… Use the LifePod177, and you can do anything you want. Maybe you can plan to go across the barrier and find my dad and bring him back. You know this feeling of love for your dad and going to extremes to find him, right, that’s another thing that’s common between us. Or you could become powerful, I don’t know how, but you have to become powerful enough, to find me and kill me… O, can you do that?”
I was passing out…
I was no man, certainly not the man. I wasn’t even man enough to see the destruction I had caused…
I was in love with her and I wanted to die hearing her beautiful laughter. I started remembering her and I heard her laughter. And now I wanted to die.
But I just couldn’t…
E! E! I wanted to fight back. I had promised her…
“O! Wake up, O, wake up!”
It was E’s voice.
“I’m so glad to see you E!” Tears filled my heart. I had failed her; I had failed the whole world…
“What happened to you… Your hands…”
“Don’t worry about it… it’s a souvenir of my betrayal…”
“We were looking for you all these days and when we saw some unusual movement in space, we tracked that, it was a space-ship, it landed here and you were in there, I brought you out… But your hands…”
“I have to stop her; she’s going to kill everybody… Tell S to clear out the labs, and launch our back up Satellites from the moon for the commands…”
“Do it, E, we don’t have time…”
E ran off with her phone. I hope I was not too late… I had to get up…
“Queen… You bitch!” I yelled in pain.
“I know, that bitch Queen is one hell of a psycho, she destroyed our satellites a few seconds ago…” This was a strange voice, actually there was no voice at all, and it was as if it was coming from within my brain, this was just a thought, which was not mine.
“Who are you?”
“Dude, it’s me, M!”
M had blocked the blood loss from my shoulder joints and covered my wound with his body.. His cloudlike body, suddenly felt like they were my two hands, only that their ends joined at point.
“How can I hear you?”
“I have connected to your neural network dude, and the elixir? Sweet!”
“You got the elixir too?”
“Yeah, is there a problem?”
“No. Yes, there is! The Queen’s going to kill everybody on Earth! And we don’t have much time!”
“She cut off my hands with her lightning swords and she’s going to kill us all as punishment…”
“So that explains how I can connect to your neural network- because of the cut from the lightning blades, your shoulder joint has become a zone of high green energy… Your shoulder is glowing green man! You have a bit of a Queen in you; you are kinda powerful now…”
“I don’t feel powerful at all…”
“It’s because you are trying to control me like your hand…”
“Just give KO Commands, or just tell me what to do, dude, don’t send your hand motor signals to me…”
“Try, you can do it… we have been talking using these commands only, you can also move around me with same commands…”
I waved my right arm, I mean M.
He started moving. He was huge… I tried to find the end of my right M, I just couldn’t see it. I tried moving my left M. He too moved around. It felt great. I suddenly felt I was powerful…
“We should take on Queen, now, before she sends out the commands… Hey are these the commands being sent by Queen?” I could feel the commands being sent…
“It’s just like she said! Only she has sent me the command to stay awake and not pass out! That bitch! She really wanted to make me see all of it… She wanted to really torture me… We have to stop her…”
“I don’t know…At least we must ensure E’s safety… ”
“The rockets from moon…”
“Have they launched?”
“They have jammed… I just read some responses from the rocket…”
“Even the rockets?”
“No I’m guessing some device was aboard those rockets which was capable of receiving the KO Commands…”
“I’m sensing her… She just left Earth…”
“What? She left?”
“That over confident bitch… we can win this after all… You can transmit KO Commands right?”
“Of low power and range, yes”
“Once she sends the commands, then we can give new commands…”
“Can you stretch into thin threads or small balls?”
“I can… what do you have in mind?”
“Turn yourself into infinite amounts of balls, or stretched thin threads, covering every bit of Earth and transmit these KO Commands that I have given… can you do it?”
“I think I can…”
And for those few seconds, when the world was about to plunge itself into darkness, when humanity had become a slave, out to destroy itself, and in the most chilling way possible, the whole of Earth was covered with snow-like cloudy balls, bringing with them the song of life. It was a beautiful sight; I don’t think if the Earth looked more beautiful than it was looking now, through my eyes. We had saved the planet, one more time from ourselves, the blue-green planet- called our home…
“How does it feel now that your hands have grown back?” asked E.
“Are you still depressed?”
“What kind of a question is that E?”
“Hey, sorry! It’s just that I care about you because I love you…”
“Do you always have to use the love card, E? You make me feel guilty…”
“You’re the one who cheated, so you should suffer a little, don’t you agree?” she was smiling.
Yes I had cheated on her. And yet, here she was, with me, trying to make me feel better. But I really didn’t understand her way of making me feel better. But at least I am lucky, lucky because she understood that I had made a mistake… and I had almost paid a huge price for it.
“Stop thinking about it, damn it!” she yelled at me.
“How did I completely forget you when I was with her, just for a few seconds? How could I have sidelined the whole world? I had so many chances to do some serious harm to her, but I didn’t! Was I so madly in love with her?”
“Oh my God! O! It was not love, OK? Love is supposed to uplift you, make you feel better; it makes you a better person… make you do something great.”
“Well when I was with her, I felt uplifted, I felt really better, so that’s 2 out of 3.”
“It did not make you a better person than you already are?”
“No, it did not. In fact while I was with her, when she cut off my arms, I actually gave up… I didn’t want to save the world anymore… I just wanted to die…”
“O!” She hugged me. She was fighting her tears.
“All I want to do is think about her all the time and here her laughter…”
“You are just obsessed about her… She really was a strong woman, I mean she’s really old… Don’t you dare say that you still love her…”
“I think I love her”
“I wanna kick you in the jewels”
“I’m sorry E, but that’s just how I feel…”
“You are obsessed over her, she obviously has given you some commands, and with time you’ll get over it… I know that. You are my boy friend!”
“E, don’t you think I could tell the difference between a command and myself?”
“They’re commands that she gave you, end of discussion. You don’t always have to be this honest with me, O” I could sense she was about to cry.
I hugged her, “You are my girl friend, E. In time I’ll become my old self, I know. I just don’t know how to lie to you and tell you that I was faithful to you on that ship…”
“Then let’s not talk about this ever… OK?”
“To be fair, until I heard your voice, telling me to wake up, I had given up totally. You uplift me to do great things, E and she cuts off my arms and leaves me to watch the whole world die, I think I’m smart enough to know the difference between what you are to me and what she is…”
“Thank you, O. I love you…”
I still couldn’t say to her that I loved her. But in that ship, with P, love came in my words so easily. Should love always make a man better than he already is? I didn’t know. I didn’t want to think about it anymore. I wanted to love E and wanted to forget P. I remembered P, and heard her laughter, to see if I enjoyed her laughter. I was still charmed by her laughter and I was kinda happy again.
It was my guilty pleasure during the following days.
Was I in love with two women?