As they walked along a corridor that seemed to go around something, they spotted a door, and beside it was a young lady. Her hair was tied back in a neat ponytail and her face was stern, it was obvious that she was waiting for the group to arrive.
“Howdy Meg! Waited long for these batch of squirms? They were slow as hell!” Shiva raised her hand to greet the lady. The lady raised her hand to return the greeting but her face didn’t show any change in expression. ” You are late, we must do this quickly, there’s not much time till the lab closes.”
She turned to the door and pressed her thumb to the scanner. It opened just like the one before and behind it revealed a huge white dome. The launchers had only realized now that they had lost track of time. It was evening when they left, so they could only assume that it was night time now. But that didn’t seem all that important. On the walls of the dome were chilled cupboards filled with all kinds of chemicals. Along the sides were tables that protruded out of the walls and people and long white coats and goggles, pouring one liquid into another. Something the launchers did not understand. The launchers ignored them as they were led into a small room by the side. In it an elderly man with a white stubble and hair that was combed to the back was waiting patiently.
“Hello Launchers, I assume you don’t know much about whats going on, but I’ll fill you in soon enough.” He said with a smile. He signaled to the two women by the door, and they left the room. Beside him was a metal tray, and on it were about 20 glass cases, each encasing a small metal plate, they were round and reminded the launchers of the buttons back on the ship. Beside the cases lay a metal tube. The launchers examined the things with curiosity. The old man chuckled, ” These are In-Hand Climbing Systems, that we have just invented and you guys are the first to try it out.” A few of the guys brightened up immediately at the mention of the word ” first”. Many others started to mumble to themselves, most of them anxious and frightened about the unknown that was to come. ” Without further ado, lets get this ball rollin’, we ain’t got all day.”
At first there was alot of hesitation as the launchers all shuffled behind one another. ” I’ll do it.” The Leo Ru Hui saw before stood up and walked towards the man bravely. A line unconsciously formed behind him. Soon enough, all the launchers had the metal buttons implanted on the back of their wrists. Injected straight into the bone by the metal tube, it had hurt terribly, but quickly reduced to an aching throb after they were given some kind of liquid to drink. They were sent back out where they met up with Shiva and the other lady, who was slightly shorter. The two women led them back out and started to make their way back to the dorms. The shorter lady heard some whispering behind her back and decided to introduce herself. ” Toon Leader Megan.” She said.
” ANOTHER GIRL?! SERIOUSLY?!” That guy from before said loudly. Megan, angered by the comment, was going to turn around and chastise him but decided to swallow her anger instead.
When they got back to the dorms, the launchers noticed that the room got noticeably dimmer. ” Curfew, probably.” They thought.
” Settle yourselves, busy day tomorrow.” Megan said coldly.
” Yeap, Orientation for you squirm-faced fresh meat!” Shiva said in a sing-song voice before walking after Megan back down the slope.