Sole Survivor: Chapter 1
A New Life
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"I don't want to go back," she whispered.
Abruptly a young girl with brown skin, dark curly hair, and brown eyes jolted awake in a cold sweat. She was resting in a sterile cod. She commenced to panic before she remembered where she was. As her eyes darted around the room and soon locked on the window, she felt a wave of anxiety flood over her. The young girl slipped out from under the covers to face the unknown that dwelled beyond the glass.
The girl jumped when her alarm started to explode with noise. She smacked it as a massive hologram of nearby galaxies suddenly formed around her. The illumination from the brilliant colors splattered the walls and floor with different hues.
“Alyzia, where are you?” called a voice. The young girl spun around to face the door. Her heart raced as she froze; goosebumps rose all along her skin while she slowed her breathing. She observed the door to see a shadow pass by in the corridor.
“Should I have told Dr. Z’las to take me back? There was nothing left, but at least I was more familiar with things. Here, everything is so strange.” Her thoughts tumbled through her mind like an avalanche. “However, I have more a future out here than I did there...”
As her apprehension started to fade, she exhaled softly and slowly opened the door. The hallway was clean and bright like the rest of the spaceship. Her jaw dropped when she realized it wasn’t Dr. Z’las. Her heart pounded as she watched the cloaked stranger trudge towards her, sleepwalking. She cautiously stepped back as she remained silent for the disheveled being to pass by. Her eyes widened when she noticed a long furry tail dragging along behind the stranger.
Before a scream erupted from her throat, a hand cupped over her mouth. A strong arm wrapped around her, pulling her back. She started to thrash as sheer terror surged through her veins. Her lungs screamed for air as she struggled.
“Shush, shush, it’s okay,” a man’s smooth voice urged. The girl stopped as soon as she recognized who it was. As he released his grip, she furrowed her brows and narrowed her glare.
“What was that?” she snapped. The familiar bald head and blue eyes came into her view as she faced him.
Dr. Z’las paused as he frowned. “She is another one of my guests here. A black hole swallowed her homeworld, I only had time to save her. Many were murdered when they started to panic and hurt others fleeing the planet. Her sister left her behind.
"The name she keeps repeating on her walks belongs to her sister. She wanders around at night, calling out for her. When she is awake, she remembers the last words her sister left her with and vows to forget and never forgive. She is a humanoid with cat-like features. The long fuzzy tail you saw is nothing to be afraid of.” He smiled brightly.
“A lot of beings are scared of what is different and what they don’t understand. They often assume that other is wrong and must be dangerous, which can lead to a never-ending cycle of hatred and fear like what the humans on Earth faced. I’m sorry about what some of them put you through. The sickness is tough to cure when it is something within the core of the being. Some instincts aren’t always accurate, so when they aren’t, we must learn to control them to better understand what’s around us.
“She isn’t the most pleasant to awake from a sleepwalking session, so I suggest we get away from this hall, eh?” He fished out a strange holographic device from his pocket. As his fingers touched the surface, a display of the ship’s map appeared. “Come with me; I want to show you something. Also, I don’t mean to pry, but you haven’t introduced yourself. Might I ask your name?” Z’las questioned calmly.
The young girl froze. “I--I--”
“It’s alright if you don’t want to tell me. If you’d like, you can give yourself a name of your own. After all, this is a new path. You don’t have to hold on to anything from before.” Z’las dipped his head as he led the way to a nearby elevator.
The young girl remained in deep thought as she followed him, overseeing his every move.
“I wouldn’t let you roam freely if I didn't trust you. I want you to know that here, you are free to be you. I am just a healer, trying to save as many beings as I can...”
Dr. Z’las paused as he turned to face her with a grin. “What?”
“Lithia, that’s my name,” she declared with a slight smirk and a nod. Her eyes glistened with excitement as she started to embrace this new life.
TO BE CONTINUED...
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