Dec 07, 2021 12:37 AM
Walta lands on Bouyan
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"I was working on a thing, and boom I'm suddenly here, don't know the name of who did it but he ran off somewhere."

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She looks at her. "Where do you think you are?"

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"I dunno, beach? Someone said it's actually a century later now? I don't really have 'panic' in me anymore after the first couple minutes of it. Wouldn't help anyway."

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"Hmm. Where are you from?"

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"Berlin 1917."

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"Does the term Huxley's virus mean anything to you?"

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"Unless it refers to a disease spread through flying jellyfish monsters, no."

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She sighs. "Would you prefer some privacy?"

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"All this won't be better or worse with privacy unless there's another mind reader around."

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"Okay, how much do you know?"

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"Superpowers apparently?"

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"Yes. Anything else?"

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"It's supposedly 2020. Merfolk are an actual honest to god thing. Nobody seems to have heard of Darwinist beasties? Something about stress and the virus."

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"I will admit, this is something of a new situation for me. Do you have any particular questions?"

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"Can you send me home, preferably with shiny tech, if not can you put me in a making-things school 'cause that's what I'm mostly good at, I'm already mechanic."

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"...I'm not sure I can answer either of those questions right now."

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"How does ze get-power-or-die thing work exactly?"

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"If you experience extreme stress while carrying a certain virus, it attempts to reconfigure your biology. In about four out of ten cases, it works."

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She... Looks pretty deeply disturbed by this.

It's like Darwinists messing with humans, but nobody's even driving.

 

"Oh."

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"And nobody's controlling the change- Darwinist experiments are scary already and they're on purpose and always ready to kill anything that doesn't work right."

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She puts a comforting hand on her shoulder. "Shhsh, it's not as bad as all that."

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"Sixty percent chance of dying is not not bad!"

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"We've managed to figure out how to improve the odds. And you almost certainly aren't carrying the virus."

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"I- This- Gaaah."

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