The sound of flesh banging on metal shook me.
Only thirty minutes ago we had docked at Penisular Station.
There were fourteen of us.
As far as I knew I was the last one left.
I locked myself in the cupboard, a cowardly thing for a soldier to do but I couldn’t go out.
The screams got louder.
The sounds of guns firing made me jump and I hid in the cupboard.
I was an Ensign, this was supposed to be my first mission, I had trained for this, but simulations were nothing like the real thing.
‘Help me, someone…’
Water dripped down my cheeks.
Could I have really helped him?
My hand was trembling so much I don’t think I could’ve even fired my weapon let alone aimed it.
‘Darryl let me in!’
It was Vikram, we trained together, we were sent on this mission, to protect the station, to protect this sector, but no one told me about the screams, about the terror.
Damn it I wouldn’t let it take my friend.
Almost as soon as I opened the door I closed it, giving Vikram a few seconds.
My cadet leader’s first mission he took out an entire battalion of insurgents nearly single handed; me I could barely save one soldier before going back to saving myself.
‘What is it Vikram? What’s out there?’
I could at least give some knowledge on the creature if we were rescued.
‘I was out there.’
What was Vikram saying?
He looked at me with those same dark blue eyes I’d known for years in training, but something was different, like the spark had been taken away.
I aimed my weapon my back to the door.
‘Kevin, my name is Kevin.’
His composure was calm, he didn’t even have a weapon in his hands.
I fired mine, and Vikram must’ve been full of holes, blood was running down the ground.
Oxygen was returning to my lungs, I realised that my breathing must’ve been so slowed from fear and only just returned.
Why had Vikram killed all those soldiers?
How had he done it without a weapon?
He got up of the ground and went back to the composure he had had before he was shot, his mannerism was different from the Vikram I knew.
Blood was dripping down his legs.
He put his hand through his hair.
‘That won’t work kid.’
I could barely speak, I couldn’t fire my weapon again.
‘I’m a Czirnick.’
‘You’re supposed to be extinct.’
He chuckled as if I had said something funny.
Freezing up like this would’ve annoyed Lt Commander Cassie, she always told me if I died on the field it’d be fear.
‘I guess I never caught the memo.’
‘Are you going to kill me?’
More tears ran down my face, I couldn’t hold them back.
He looked confused.
I think I burst out crying now.
‘I’m going to absorb you.’
He smiled and opened his mouth.
A black swarm of I don’t even know what came out.
I tried to hold my breath, but it pushed its way into me, through my skin, through my nose and eyes.
I was now Kevin.
Taking a deep breath with these new lungs. Much nicer than the ones this body had just filled with holes.
Leave no survivors was what I was told and gather all the information these troops had.
This one was a Rookie, a mere novice, nothing much to add to my collective brilliance although his body was a good specimen of a human and I liked that he had more hair to work with.
I looked into the mirror into my new brown eyes.
He could use a bit of a shave, but I’ll worry about that later.
What information does he have on my next target?
Oh he knows my new target personally.
I needed to know more about Manoj Shakra.