I have reached the character limit, so the next chapters will be in mutiple posts now.
Chapter 5: The trauma
Date: Beyond 2126?
Coordinates: Nearby Salveron Industries
“So now that we both now each other a little more, you are a soldier from World War II and I am a space colonist. Technically, I should be the one that teaches because otherwhise you would lose yourself very easily in this world.”
“So, do you know anything about this place?”
“No, I seriously have no idea where we are, but I am 100% sure that we are on an alien world and that you and me have travelled forward in time because I saw people beeing attacked by other monsters. So I guess that we have reached a time where humanity is now able to travel out of the Solar system.”
“Can you describe “out” of the Solar system?”
“Uh yeah, so…you see the Sun? It’s the center of the Solar System and there’s planets orbiting the Sun such as the Earth. When I mean “out” of the system, I mean all that’s not in the Sun’s gravitational field”
“You mentionned Europe II previously. Is Europe II part of the system?”
“Yes it is. It’s a moon orbiting Jupiter and it has the smoothest surface of the system, so we believe that it has ice on its surface and a super deep ocean under it. No one has ever put a foot on it in my time because of its deadly geysers and also because Jupiter has a strong radioactive field.”
Edward stood silent while listening to Sandrine’s teaching, she seem to have an education much more complex than him. Edward however, remembered about his hunger that he did not satisfy enough, so he interupts her talk.
“Aren’t you hungry? Because I haven’t eaten much after having hatched.”
“There’s plenty of animals out there. It’s a dry canyon, but it’s populated by tons of little critters, you should be able to cook some with your fire breath.”
“My fire breath? I can do that?”
“Yup, those monsters of your species have that particularity. You should try now. After all, we’re not humans anymore.”
“Uuuh…ok, then stand back.”
Sandrine, still on her 4 legs, walks backward as she keep an eye on Edward in case he do any mistake while performing his experiment.
Edward takes a deep breath, fills his lungs, readies himself and…growl loud and low like a moaner.
Sandrine watches Edward’s failed attempt with her 4 enlighted eyes as she chuckle.
“Hey, I’m trying at least! Remember that you asked me to learn how to breathe fire.”
“Huhuhuh, sorry, you’re right. But I can do things more impressive than breathing fire.”
“Then try to impress me, so I can be sure that you’re not lying.”
Sandrine stands up on her two legs, raise her right hand to her tentacle mouth and spits out what seems to be a ball with electricity trapped inside. She holds the ball with cautiousness and raises her head.
Edward approaches Sandrine with curiosity, slowly as he watches the ball glooming with blue light in her hand.
The ball is covered with a dark-blue matter and contains arcs of electricity that reminds of a storm.
“It’s fascinating, isn’t it?” She says with a mysterious voice.
“Can I…touch it?” Says Edward while he begin to raise the hand towards the ball.
“NO NO NO NO NO, don’t touch it, it’s dangerous.” Tells she with her arm extended out of Edward’s reach.
And as she extend her arm, the ball she holds in her hand explodes with an ear-piercing sound.
“There, it disappeared now. Happy?”
Edward stood silent, he felt like a child to Sandrine, besides being a former soldier.
“Anyway, no one’s hurt at least, that’s what matters.”
“Since when did you learn to do this?”
“It was after I fought a monster of my own species that I learned how to spit tesla balls, they spit them on the ground and once you step one them, they explode.”
“This is totally like science-fiction…”
“Yeah, I know. Everything is possible in this world. Anyway…”
Sandrine walks towards the spear Edward had left and grabs it.
“Let’s find something to eat, shall we?” she tells with the spear pointed to the sky.
A few minutes later, the two companions wanders in the roads of the canyon, searching for food.
During the walk, Edward ask a question to Sandrine.
“You have fought those “monsters” as you call them, do you think they are like us?”
“No, definitively not. They’re dangerous predators destroying everything in their path, I never heard them talk in any situation except for you, which is kind of a surprise to me.”
“If they don’t kill humans, personally, I would consider the-THERE! One of those running little things!”
She points a herd of cuttlefish creatures in the distance, they are 4 and aren’t aware of the two big hunters’ presence.
“I killed one of those things recently, it shouldn’t be hard.”
“You sure? They’re super fast, don’t expect an easy…”
Edward doesn’t listen, he run towards the tiny creatures, the loud and ground-shaking noise made by his feet alerts the creatures. The cuttlefishes dash away from Edward with incredible speed as he was about to jump on them to end up head first on a rock.
Sandrine reacts suddenly with a loud, low and ugly laugh, but Edward felt the laugh vibrating through his skull, giving him the most horrible headache.
As Edward stands up and turn back, his face was covered with dust, his hearing gave to a tinnitus, his vision was blurred, his eyes burning of anger were turned towards Sandrine who was still losing her breath.
His hands turned into shaking fists, his breath accelerated and was boiling hot.
The pain from the hit was unbearable, but the laugh made it even worse, worse than the bullet that got stuck in his shoulder during the war.
The tinnitus, the blurred vision, the echo, the pain, all those elements reminded him the day he died. He was about to open the door of insanity.
“I’M GONNA TEAR YOU APART!”
As those words were pronounced, it interrupts Sandrine who immediately stop laughing and discover Edward out of control. He was giving his most loudest roar, scaring birds in the distance and forcing her to cover her ears, then a massive stream of fire gets out of his mouth.
Sandrine was under the shock when she saw Edward more infuriated than what a Goliath would be. Suddenly, Edward fall to the ground, inanimate. Sandrine fear the worst and run quicly to him and put her hand on his chest.
The heart is still beating and his lungs are still breathing. He is unconscious, inanimate but still alive. Sandrine relieves herself and put him against the wall.
The time that he wake up, Sandrine goes were the creatures headed. She find one of them a few meters away lying on the ground with a leg moving slowly, it must have fainted as well when Edward roared.
She takes the animal whatsoever and goes back where Edward is. She finds Edward awake and hard breathing.
“Are you alright?” Say Sandrine, still scared for him.
“I think I have never felt so bad in my entire life…”
“You weren’t yourself anymore, you were out of control…and you were even breathing fire.”
“I did…it was like having a…having…I don’t know how to describe it.”
“Can you do it again?”
Edward give a worried look at Sandrine before turning his head and spitting a soft stream of fire.
Sandrine grab Edward and give him a hug with her head on his shoulder.
“I’m really sorry Edward…I shouldn’t have laughed at you.”
It was unusual for Edward to be hugged by a person he barely knows, but he end up hugging her as well.
“I’m sorry as well…”
“No, you don’t have to, it’s me who should be worried.”
Sandrine stands up and give to Edward the cuttlefish still unconscious.
“Here, I brought you this.”
Edward takes the little thing, puts it on the ground and burns it. The cuttlefish is now dead, Edward takes it and begin to taste it.
“It’s way better like this.”
“Right? It’s gonna be a piece of cake with you now. I used to cook food like a caveman, with a flint, a stone and wood. It’s not easy with those claws, they’re more rigid than fingers.”
Edward finishes his dish, gets some energy and stands up.
“I feel better, shall we go now?”
“Yeah, but don’t faint on me like this. You made me panic with your emotional rollercoaster. Anyway, let’s go.”