I woke up the next day groggy and lethargic. It was a Saturday, meaning I didn’t have to go to work. The morning started off usual enough, with Alicia preparing a hearty breakfast for me. We made idle conversation and watched television together, and we usually did on weekends.
During the early afternoon, on a whim, I decided to pay a visit to 2,600. An anxious feeling struck me. Her words, “I’ll be captured soon,” resonated within me. These last few days could very well be her last. There was nothing important to be done on a Saturday anyway, so I set out for her home.
There was nothing particularly unusual about that day. The oceans above were bright, and commerce seemed regular. When I reached 2,600’s alley however, there were two men in black suits, dragging 2,600 away. It appeared that the EMP’s she talked about had been used. She was resisting and yelling, but no one around dared even glance at the situation. Everyone knew what was going on and didn’t want to involve themselves. That dirty undesirable was finally being taken away by the government.
Another headache took over. I swallowed my fear and ran towards the guards. “Hey, what’s going on here?” I said, attempting to sound fierce but professional.
“Leave here, now. This is official government business,” said one of the guards.
“Wait a second. Maybe he’s the girls accomplice.” said the other.
2,600 appeared complacent and didn’t make any sudden movements, nor did she make an attempt to speak.
The first guard grabbed 2,600’s face and forced her to look at him in the eyes.
“Do you know this man?” asked the guard.
2,600 shook her head and yelled, “No, I don’t know him!”
I stepped back and didn’t say anything. The second guard stared at me, waiting for a reply. 2,600 lied to the guards not for her safety, but for mine. Technically this was probably just as beneficial for her as it was for me, but I could feel that she was simply trying to help me. I refused to let her risk go unnoticed.
“I’m not really sure what’s going on. I just thought you guys were some thugs,” I said.
The first guard frowned and said, “Well, you thought wrong. Scram, before we take care of you.”
“I apologize for my rudeness,” I murmured, before turning around and walking away.
I walked with a slow enough pace so that I could see them take away 2,600. After I was a decent distance away, I turned around to look at the guards. They had placed 2,600 into a car, and were now preparing to leave themselves. Suddenly, the car roared and drove off.
With the threat of the guards now gone, I decided to explore 2,600’s old home. She had just been abducted, or arrested technically, so I wondered if the guards also searched her home. I slowly creeped back into the alley, before cautiously slipping into the storage room.
Surprisingly, the room appeared unchanged. However, there was one blaring difference. Under her regular pile of blankets was large, cubic object. I got onto my knees and crawled over to the stack of blankets, then extracted the box from under them. The box was a simple crate, containing a single disk. A huge, blatant crate didn’t seem like a very good place to hide something, but it didn’t really seem like she was trying to hide anything. It was more likely that she wanted someone, probably me, to find it.
Still, even with this disc, that didn’t explain why the guards apparently didn’t search the room. It was entirety possible that the guards planted this disc to track any accomplices. At the same time however, the room seemed so unchanged, and the only difference between today and yesterday had been located. Logically, the guards must have been in a rush. They wanted to get 2,600 out of there as fast as possible, and they would come back to search, so that they wouldn’t look suspicious. An odd plan, considering they could pretty much do anything if they said they were “from the government.”
With the disc in hand, I decided to return to my home to watch it. Considering that 2,600 had just been kidnapped, there wasn’t much I could do. All I knew is that I had to get her back. Not because it was the right thing to do, but because I needed her. 2,600 was all that I had, and soon again, no matter what, she will be all that I have.
I began to barrel home as fast as possible, in complete contrast to my usual self. It had been a long time since I had a goal so important to me. My current situation was expected, just not so soon. Going to see 2,600 today was definitely a good idea. If I hadn’t, it would have been entirely possible that the love of my life would have been gone forever.
Finally back at home, I barged through the front door.
“Woah, what’s going on Blaine?” beckoned Alicia.
“Just wait a few minutes, I’m doing something!” I roared back.
Once inside of my bedroom, I locked the door, closed the curtains, and turned off the internet. It was finally time to view the contents of that fateful disc. I plunged the disc into the computer, and selected “auto-play contents.” The president of Triton, William Lassell, appeared.
General Barcroft, I am pleased to see you again. The results of the Infinity Project seem to be doing well. Your quota of 1,000 undesirables turned into successful espers for this year was met, and you’ve yet to have a single escapee. As you know, our current goal is still immortality. While the save states of the founders are waiting for your humble test subjects to bring their goals to fruition, our goals are much more important. Barcroft, we are currently ahead of Poseidon and Neptune. If you are successful, you will be granted a seat at the Helm of the World. Poseidon and Neptune cannot be trusted. This Holy Trinity is far too demonic. Triton will rise, and you and I will rule this world.
The Infinity Project was real. Not that I didn’t trust Chadley or 2,600, but this was 100% immovable proof. The leader of Triton himself, William Lassell, just declared it to be so. Logically, 2,600 will probably be executed, along with the rest of the espers. President Lassell doesn’t even plan on working with the rest of the Holy Trinity. He wants to rule this world for himself. It all makes sense. The Holy Trinity must have orchestrated The Great Failure themselves, in order to keep everyone on Earth, so that they could control them. I’m not sure what the “save states” that he mentioned are, but it appears that the founders of the Trinity are still very much alive.
A plan hatched inside of me. I could expose this video all over Triton. The people would surely rise up against President Lassell, and the esper project would be shut down. This was the only way that I could save 2,600. There was absolutely no way for me to know where 2,600 could possibly be. Even if I wanted to leak the video however, there was no way for me to get past the government censorship teams. Luckily, I knew one person who could get past the teams -- Willow Hourig.
I ran downstairs, the disc in tow, and found Alicia in the kitchen, preparing some sort of meal. “Alicia, I have just found evidence that will take down the government,” I said.
“What are you going on about?” asked Alicia.
“Look, the person I love had been taken in by the government, and I just found evidence that could save her. Isn’t this great? If the government is taken down, you could probably stop being a thrall! You should be taking advantage of this life, not working for a wretch like myself.”
Alicia looked at the floor, before calmly saying, “Oh, that’s great, I guess. I’m guessing this is some sort of joke?”
“This isn’t a joke. Alicia, I need you to call Willow for me and do everything you can to set me up on a date with her for tonight. I know that you can do this. I want the date to be at the Submarine Rental station, and tell her we’ll go for a nice, platonic ride. For now, I have to go see Chadley. Text me when the date is set.”
In my rush to execute my plan, I ran out of the house, hearing only a muffled response from Alicia. I grabbed my cell phone out of my pocket, and called Chadley.
“Chadley, I’m coming over. I found evidence that will take down the government, and I want to show you. There isn’t really anything I need you to do, but I’m kind of playing a waiting game right now so I thought you’d like to see it,” I said.
“But, Mr. Savers, I don’t really want to take down the government or anything.”
“That’s a lie and you know it. I’ll be there in an hour hopefully.” I replied, before shutting off the phone.
Chadley lived in massive high rise intended for nobles. While security was a tad tight, they confirmed my relation to Chadley and allowed me in. Luckily, while they found the disc, they believed that it was just one of Chadley’s projects. Using my teacher information, I was able to quickly find Chadley’s specific apartment. I took the elevator to the 37th floor, and knocked on the door of 37-6b.
“Welcome to my house Mr. Savers. I’m kind of weirded out right now admittedly, but I’ll listen to what you have to say.” said Chadley. It was clear from his rude comments that he had gotten quite comfortable with me over the past months.
“I need a computer, show me to your computer.” I said. Chadley walked me over to his computer, and I turned off the internet and went through the same safety process that I did earlier, before showing him the video.
Chadley was awestruck. His lucky find had led to so much more than he could have ever imagined. “I’m going to expose the government. Tonight, I’m going to meet up with my friend Willow, who works for government censorship. I’m going to try to get her to work with me.” I said.
“Couldn’t we just use my noble card?” asked Chadley.
It was true, his noble card could be used to access the noble internet and get past censorship, but it was too risky. The government could still track us down easily, and I really didn’t want to involve Chadley with this whole mess. If there was someway of protecting him, I might consider the idea, but there was nothing that I could do.
“No, that won’t work. I’m going to go with my plan, and if it doesn’t work out, we’ll consider something else. Chadley, your nobility finally won’t matter.” I said.
“Thank you so much, Mr. Savers,” said Chadley, holding back tears.
My phone beeped, interrupting the sappy moment.
The date is set at the Station near the end of the First Prong. It’s a bit far away, so you should probably start going there soon. You wouldn’t want to be late. ~ Alicia
“Anyway Chadley, I have a date. I promise that the next time we see each other, life will be better.”
“Good luck, Mr. Savers!”
Admittedly, a smidgen of insanity had taken over. I wasn’t very sure what I was doing at this point. Rushing around town constantly, swept up in a flood of emotions. I loved 2,600, and I refused to let anyone stand between us. My mind was simply working too quickly to properly process the situation. I should have been taking my time and making a plan, but I was afraid. 2,600 could be being executed or tortured right now. There wasn’t time for thought, only for action.
I took the elevator back down, was waved off by the guards, then prepared my trek to the Station. A submarine seemed like the perfect place for our date. Most vehicles these days come equipped with some sort of entertainment device, and I knew for a fact that these rental submarines, usually intended for family fun times and not for actual transport, had been screens and disc players, along with comfortable cushions. In a submarine, we could be free from guards and government cameras. If Willow resisted, I could at least attempt to take her card. If we were anywhere on the Colony, someone, somewhere, would here. But on this submarine, I could do anything I wanted. I’d do anything to save 2,600, even if I had to harm my first, and best, friend. I’d happily die for her.