What happened? How was there blood? Wasn't I just diving? Do I really even know what diving means? I definitely did not treat this like a real experiment. I need a control, analysis and careful observation... But I only have me to dive. Well I suppose I AM on a research ship.
I woke up with a massive jar to my system. There was a medic android standing next to me with a syringe in my chest. All I could do is scream and frantically look around. The medical room was sterilized, as always, but standing behind the droid was a woman. I've never seen her before, but I feel like I know her... She feels like a sister. Like we've been close before. She was leaning against the wall with her arms crossed, and dark black hair tied in a ponytail behind her head.
Her dark skin was of perfect complexion, not a flaw to be seen. Something felt wrong though. She was in military fatigue pants and a white tank top. Underneath you could barely see the sports bra that emphasized her built physique. A necklace with three dog tags hung from her neck, and one of them appeared to be made out of ruby. The android yanked the syringe out of my chest. It must have been adrenaline. "Good. You're awake. Quite a spill you had there. Must have hit your head pretty hard."
Her voice was strong. Hardened. "Who are you?" I realized I didn't have a top on. Normally this would bother me immensely, but I felt comfortable around her for some reason. "Name's Paloma. Nice to meet you Rey. You're lucky I was in the area, and that your AI was intelligent enough to know it didn't have to tools to properly take care of you." Paloma... I've heard that name before. I can't recall where though...
She stood up and began to walk over to me, tossing me a plain white shirt on the tool table next to her. Wait... This wasn't the medical room on the Uncharted Territory... What is this? "You're on my ship. Don't worry, yours is orbiting the installation you found and running scans. We're not too far away. Rig's a smart one, but she's been hiding a vital piece of information from you." Vital information? What could she mean? Sitting up and putting on the shirt, I felt a little weird. This is a man's shirt... It feels weird wearing it, especially without a bra on... Hope the girls don't get cold.
"What kind of information?" I can't quite think clearly. My brain is reeling from the adrenaline, and my hands are shaking like crazy. "She's already got a ghost." A ghost? What does that mean? "What do you mean a ghost? Like the spooky kind?" Paloma laughed, and I'm not sure why. What's so funny? "You mean to tell me you've had AI's this long and you don't know what a ghost is? You must not know that much about programming."
Bitch! How dare you! "That is definitely not the case! I know a lot about programming! Hell I'm the one that came up with an integrated personal augmented reality system!" She looked at me with a puzzled look, and walked over directly to the bed. The medical android stepped back into the corner and sat on a chair.
"Did you now? Let me show you something." She was reaching her hand to the temple on my head. I grabbed her arm and tried to keep her from touching me. "I'm not gonna hurt you. Trust me hon." Why the hell should I? "Why the hell should I?!" The look on her face... seemed hurt. She looked visibly troubled by my lack of trust. "You... really can't feel it? You can't tell?" Feel what? I mean, I feel like I should trust her... I feel like I know her so well.
"Feel what?" I can't back down. This could easily be a trick. "Your lineage. We're practically sisters Rey! You really can't feel it? You don't feel like we're sisters already?" I do... I don't know why... I've never been one to go based solely on feelings though. I need hard evidence, or at least knowledge of the person before hand to trust them. "I'm not one to go based on feelings. Do you have evidence? Can you prove any of this to me?"
She still kept her hand steady by my head. She was intent on doing this and I know I couldn't really stop her if she really wanted to... Look at her, she's much stronger than I am! "You're a descendant of the Albertian Society! Your skills and prowess in sciences and technology aren't just circumstance. It's because it's in your DNA to understand and manipulate the universe around you in every way possible. Including Ley-Energy Manipulation!"
What? I've always been good with programming and sometimes engineering but I've never been good with LEM. Li had tried to teach me once, but it just failed miserably. I didn't understand a word of what he said. "I'm not good with LEM at all... Trust me." Her face contorted with distaste, and she pulled her hand back. Crossing her arms, she looked at me seriously. "Then tell me how you just sustained a serious injury from something that shouldn't have been able to harm you in any way."
Well... I mean... She has a point... But I've never dived before, I don't know if that's true or not. I don't know where the boundaries lie or if that was even a dive. I just don't know enough about it to come to that conclusion. "I don't know what happened, and it doesn't quantify anything just by making one link. I can't say for sure what caused it because I don't know all of the factors." Paloma smirked, and chuckled a little. Oh god not this again.
"You're a smart one. There's no doubt in my mind you're one of us. Maybe there is another way to prove it to you..." Is it sad that I'm used to being confused by now? Seriously there's always something. It's always some secret motive or plan to make me think one way or another. Can't I just have some time to experiment and analyze it for what I want?! "Fine. What do you want?" I pulled my legs over the side of the table so I could stand up.
"Just let me tag along with you for a little while. I know you're going to want to go back to your ship and analyze the installation. Let me help you. I won't get in your way and I won't alter your research at all. I'll simply answer questions if I can and help only when you ask for it." Hmmm... Maybe she does know how I think. I guess I can give her a shot... I mean, it's been a while since I've had any real company other than Dokk...
"Alright. It's not like you couldn't just force yourself to tag along anyway. I don't really have any way to defend myself..." She looked concerned. That didn't sit well with her. "Well, then all the more reason for me to come along! You never know what kind of stuff you find out in no mans land. Trust me. But there's one more thing I need to tell you..." Her face got serious, and she came in close to me.
I couldn't really say anything back. "If you dive, and you should, do not go looking for him. I know that's what you want, but the one you're looking for isn't there. Trust me. And if you don't listen to me on this, there will be serious consequences. Am I clear?" Dear god she's frightening. I just nodded in agreement. Li... Wait, how does she know about him?!