Jaz is a young Unaltered girl, living in a world ruled by rich Modified and controlled by vicious Mechanics. She embarks on a interfallacting journey to raise enough money to undergo the process that will turn her into a Modified, but she ends up in a desperate fight for her life where she finds out more about herself than she'd ever thought possible.


11. Chapter X

Chapter X




The flashing light cause my head to spin, and I am glad for the relief as I burst into the captain’s quarters. 

“Stop! Halt!” A burly Mechanic guard shouts, and I feel fear begin to swim through my veins. I crash into him, but then worm out of his grasp and dart underneath his grabbing arms. 

I know Luek is following me. I can hear his footsteps, feel them pounding in echoes around my head, heavy footsteps without grace. 

“If you're gonna follow me at least be a bit quieter about it!” I shout, annoyance briefly flashing through me, drowning out my terror. 

“Wait! I can explain this to you!” 

“Explain what!?”

“This!” He shouts as the ship lurches dramatically again. I look back into his eyes, and I see the eyes of a madman. “Just follow me!” 

A don't want to trust him, but something compels me to turn tail and follow him away, all the way back to his room, leaning against the wall in order to keep from being knocked over by the quacking of the Stormer. 

I sit down heavily on his bed, forcing him to sit in the one chair in the room, a cold metal chair with uneven legs. 

“Explain.” I command. 

“I did this to the ship. I couldn't let it go on! I couldn't! He needed to be stopped, and this was the only way—“

“Slow down. You did what to the ship? And couldn't let what go on? Who needed to be stopped?” I demand, cutting him off. 

“I disabled the ships stabilizers, soon the engines will cut out. We're going to crash. I couldn't let the killing go on. I lost my best friend to it. The Mechanic needed to be stopped. The one that went crazy, but no one noticed.”

We’re going to crash!?” I exclaim, eyes going wide. 

“Well, yeah. But it was the only way.” Luek’s eyes are crazed, no longer clear blue but slightly glazed, unfocused. He is a madman. 

“So you kill us all because of one bad apple?” 

“Exactly! Once one’s gone, who know who's gonna pick up where they left off?”

No one. Because we're all going to die!!” I shout, slapping him hard across the face. 

“Ouch! You crazy—“ 

“Your the crazy one!” This time I punch him, and feel a glimmer of satisfaction at the resounding crack from his jaw. 

He topples over, knocked into unconsciousness by my flying fist. 

I hop up, and sprint to the engine room. 

But one line echoes in my mind. The Mechanic needed to be stopped. What Mechanic? Was he implying that all the missing Unaltered were because of a Mechanic picking them off? And how come I felt a burning certainty that it was Ki?



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