Ignorance- Chapter 2
Life is when you go up the stairs to achieve success. But what goes up must come down.5 years ago
“Look at it; she’s beautiful, isn’t she?”
Samantha smiled at the newly born granger, it’s small, fragile head was being cradled in her fair hand. It’s bright, black eyes shone at the lamp light hanging over them. Leo chuckled as he was scanning the granger with the two narrow pillars between the granger, emitting a brilliance of cold blue and dust.
“What makes you think it’s a girl?”
“It’s a woman thing, we can always tell.”
“Oh, so now there’s this secret order of woman with magical powers? Come on now, technically it has no gender, it carries no reproductive organs or external body parts that could support such a function.”
Samantha shrugged and looked down at the granger. It was licking its upper part of its mouth and caressing its small arm on its tummy.
“Don’t listen to Leo the meanie, honey. It’ll be our little secret, right?”
Samantha winked at the granger; it started to move about, trying to cough something up. Then it spurted its first words; “Grrrrrawwrrawr!” Leo chuckled again then the scanners stopped emitting the blue dust and lights, it halted to a jolting stop.
“Okay, put the little guy-“
“You mean girl
.” Samantha teased.
- in the nursery and meet me in the study, I want to show you something.”
Samantha accepted and picked up the granger in her arms, the granger’s tiny feet started to move up and down furiously, trying to rest on a suitable part on Samantha’s arms. Leo looked around the room for his books. It was a clean, grey and white room with a solid blue stripe enveloping around it, and near the front was a computer terminal, two scanners and a health bot, jittering to itself happily. He saw his books near his feet and picked them up, then went near the computer terminal and saw a sheet of white paper slowly being printed out of a slim slot, above the screen.
“Shit computers.” Leo muttered to himself then quickly tore the paper from the machine impatiently; on it was typed codec’s of the granger’s genetic prints. Leo slipped it into one of his books then left towards the sliding door.
Leo walked through the metal hallways of the Aura sector, and then went through a diagonal stairway to a glass walkway, in his mind felt numb as he walked. He then went up an elevator and almost ran to the study, shoving several scientists and workers on his way. He then went to his private section of the large, well organized study which had rows of documents and tables with instruments on them. He left the door for Samantha and was quickly sorting through his desk for papers, he picked them up and placed them on a wall, the papers stuck on to them, responding to his brain patterns. He then picked up a model of an Overmind and placed it on his desk, then kept re-reading his papers and revising his calculations.
Samantha entered the room late, and tried fixing her blond hair, but knew it was no use. Recently she hasn’t been eating many vegetables lately and refused to modify her body because of her beliefs, thus not only was she weak and slim but her hair was just a loose mess. Leo nodded to her then pointed to a plastic chair, then continued reading the papers he had on the wall. Samantha sat down and waited, then took out a pen and started nibbling on it.
“That’s not a healthy habit.” Leo stated, not bothering to look back at her. Samantha pouted then said “I did it when I was 3, you know that. Besides, this pen is entirely organic, can’t hurt me.”
Leo shook his head. “That’s not an excuse, and it’s disgusting.”
“Okay Leo, why am I here?” Samantha snapped, trying to change the topic. The warm gleam of intent shone from Leo’s eyes when he looked up, then showed her the model of the Overmind.
“You see this?” Leo asked. Samantha rolled her eyes. “What about it?” Leo started to walk around the room, cradling the model. “Overminds, such a vast and evolved species of alien, able to work out and solve problems faster than any human, clone or computer on earth. Built for tactical and aggressive maneuvers, they control and direct the aliens where, when and what to do something, but what makes an overmind tick? What allows it to communicate to these aliens freely? The answer is simple: Gamma waves. There’s a reason why its brain is less dense then ours, so these waves can easily penetrate its physical body and be sent out as packets. These packets are then decoded by the aliens; essentially, the overmind is like a computer server."
Samantha nodded, and then said “We know this, your point?” Leo shook his head. “Listen, now, how does an alien pick up these packets? What allows them to understand the overmind?” Samantha started nibbling on her pen again then replied “That’s one reason why we’re here; right now everybody accepts the theory that the aliens develop a complex set of tissues that pick up these ‘waves’. Leo shook his head. “Not possible, think about it. The aliens are built for war, and in a matter of seconds they are born and then evolve, all that energy has to go into changing their physical shape. It would take too much time and energy to also change the soft, undeveloped brain that was made since birth, and why should it? The brain knows everything it should, wasting energy making it run faster won’t guarantee a successful evolution. Samantha nodded slowly, and then said “What are you trying to get at? If their brains aren’t deciphering the packets, what are?”
Leo smiled, his white teeth curved in a mischievous smile. “Simple, the body itself. Technically it’s the most advanced part of the alien being, and how does the body decipher the packets? Its body is always shaping, preparing for a new evolution at any time, but this reshaping allows it to take any disturbance, in this case a packet of information, externally and absorb it. This is why they’re so sensitive to Lucifer blasts or nuclear and plasma intake, the packets charge through any part of the body the overmind wants and uses it, for example, the overmind telling a marauder to raise its arm and attack the left side of a human face. The old theory states that the packets are sent to the alien’s brain and then the instructions are transferred to wherever part of the alien the overmind wants, but that would take about 0.7 seconds, way too slow if a millisecond decides the fate of whether the said alien is going to survive or die.
Samantha got up and threw the pen on the ground, trying to fix her hair. “This sounds great Leo, but I need to go and you’ll need some-“
Leo took the papers from the wall and threw them at Samantha; she quickly made a grab for them and read them. “Proof Samantha? I have over 466 pages of proof and 3 tests to not only vanquish the old theory, but prove my own.”
Samantha gasped at the results, calculations and explicit diagrams of each alien’s body structure, and perked her head up at Leo, he continued to smile, as if he won a easy victory.
“Leo, we should show this to the moderators, or someone higher up, I-I mean, loo-look at all of this.” Leo took the papers away from Samantha and bellowed “No!” Samantha stepped back as Leo took his glasses off his face and cleaned them.
“See Samantha, if they knew about this, they would hire a team to explore this further, give us a raise and that’s it. They wouldn’t let anyone of my level to continue this discovery, besides, I have a better idea.” Samantha gulped, and waited for Leo to finish.
“What if every soldier in Brindus had the power to control the flow of these packets, Mmm? We have the power to create a bio modification that emulates the characteristics of an overmind, think about it. No more war, the aliens would be wiped off completely if they have no instructions ordering them what to move and what to do, they even need instructions of when to eat. If we understand the complete body of a clone, we can end this war, forever
Samantha looked at the wall, trying to ignore Leo’s glaring face, his eyes full of dreams. Then she said “The clone schematics are not only illegal to carry, but no one but the top powers of Brindus has them, not even the black market. This seems too much, but I can’t look at myself passing up the opportunity to end this, I think I agree with you. We need to take this into our own hands, but where?”
Leo chuckled, took out a map and showed it to Samantha. “We’ll request a party of researchers to participate in the next working unit scheduled to be sent to Kairth, you know, that new research and manufacturing installation near the arctic regions. Brindus has been stamping their propaganda posters in the halls for awhile now, trying to get people to go, but what I do know is that copies of all schematics are going to be sent up there, where no alien can survive in the extreme conditions.”
Samantha raised her eyebrows. “Where did you get all of this information?” Leo smirked. “I did my homework, that’s all you need to know. First, we’ll have to get a group of ten or so people we can trust with this information to convince the Brindus staff we’re fit to go.”
Samantha looked her watched and “tsk’ed”. I got to go now, they’ll suspect something’s wrong if I’m late for my shift, we’ll talk later. Leo nodded as Samantha left; he went to his office chair and laid on it, thinking of his new future as an adventure.
"No, not a adventure." Leo thought to himself. "The beginning of history
“Leo Gairel? May I speak to you?” Leo woke up from his dream and saw a nurse in front of him, holding a computer tablet with a bodyguard beside her.
“I’d like to have a talk with you.” Leo looked at her, and then suddenly his eyes lit and had an idea. “Of course, but you can just call me Leo. I’m guessing you’re here because…?”
The nurse nodded then said “I’m nurse Vallance, this is Richard, beside me. Richard sneered and Vallance continued. “I’m simply here to get to know you better, would you mind?” Leo smiled, calmly; he replied “Of course, but if you want to talk to me, you’ll have to talk to me alone, privately with the monitors in my room off.” The nurse nodded to Richard and he left the room, Vallance then typed a command on her tablet, waved her hand at the window and the cameras moved towards the ground, no longer functioning. Leo “tsk’ed”, almost too closely like a friend he once knew. “Val, how about that microphone that’s attached to the upper right button of your uniform?"
Vallance looked at Leo in disbelief, but turned it off anyways. Leo felt a strong sense of suspicion as to why she was obeying him willingly, but he knew it didn’t matter anyways.
“Okay Val.” Leo said, taking in a deep breath. I’ll tell you what you have to know, and I will answer any questions you’d have to ask me. Remember that asking any questions is unnecessary since I agreed to tell you what’s required by your administrator, so any attempt to ask one is stepping into a place where you will have no chance of turning back, are you ready? Leo laughed as Vallance seemed taken back as to how he knew her administrator asked her to interview him, but reassured herself that people in his position can guess anything, and she replied “Okay, let’s start from the beginning.”, trying to act professional.
Leo shook his head. “No Ms.Vallance, its only the end of the beginning.”
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