Odyssey II Chp VI: Something Worse than NobodyPart of his foremost tentacle spun across the room, followed by a trail of shimmering black ichor. Maya’s blade brought a paradox to his senses. His injured limb accepted the cold steel. It felt right when she cut him, as if his flesh knew it was being purified. At the same time, pain screamed through him, reeling from the touch of the metal, causing what remained of the tentacle to spasm.Odyssey II Chp VI: Something Worse than Nobody3 years ago in Writing
A seizure. The memory of the subway surfaced, and for a moment he wasn’t in the room anymore. He clung to those little flashes of memory, grasped at every word he remembered in order to keep his mind working, to keep himself. The creature sharing his body struggled to escape the pain, to fight back, but not while he still held some control. He felt a tingling pressure reverberating through him. The bones of his mouth cracked and split, his teeth melting away and forming a hard cephalopod beak.
Maya. Could she carve him free? The creature within him pulsed and her face vanished from his me
From the DepthsAs the blade swung towards him, one of Paul's tentacles lashed out, slamming into Maya's temple with a sickeningly wet crack. Her head rocketed sideways and her body followed, slamming heavily into the wall. Shimmering hues of red trailed down as she slid to the floor. Paul gasped in shock, but now was no time to stop. He instinctively knew what to do before he heard Tal'shen howl.From the Depths3 years ago in Writing
Looking over his shoulder, Paul realized he'd been held in a warehouse near the ocean. Escape was his only thought as he ran out the nearest exit and cringed. He'd been in the dark for so long the bright light outside hurt his eyes. He could hear the pounding tide and, as he observed his surroundings, realized he had no clue where the hell he was.
Don't Stop Paul! She Will Be Coming For You!
He scrambled for the nearest hill. A rainbow of colors, present for the past hour, stopped dancing across his vision and he could think clearly. He began babbling to himself. "I killed her. She was go
The FreeingMaya narrowed her eyes against the rainbow colored blood that now dripped from her blade, almost swamped the floor and spattered her clothes. The freeing of Paul had been consuming of Maya's energy. The bloody tentacles had kept coming back! Maya snarled to herself as she thought of the ordeal she had just come through. She had done this before but as of yet, no human had survived.The Freeing3 years ago in Writing
The tentacles, wanting to succeed in taking over a human life form, had not given up easily. They had kept growing, writhing and fighting against Maya. However, the Proxitol had done its work and weakened the tentacles enough that Maya could truly say that they would not come back. Maya swayed on her feet, tiredness pulling at her limbs. She shook it off, for there was only one question on her mind now:
Is Paul still alive?
The blade slipped from Maya's fingers as she fell to her knees to study the prone form that was Paul, lying in a pool of alien blood. She quickly checked for a pulse and breathed a sigh o
Bringer of ChangePaul was swimming in darkness. It was a relief from the last few days of pure hell that he had endured. It was peaceful. It was sublime. Was Paul finally dead?Bringer of Change3 years ago in Writing
A woman came out from the darkness. Her hair was long and silver, and variegated eyes wide, filled with intelligence. Naked.
Paul felt his insides quicken. In his heart, he knew this was Lysanna.
“Lysanna,” he whispered, barely choking it out.
“Listen to me, Paul,” she said quietly, and sat down in front of him, her milky white legs crossing gracefully. He promptly sat, too, amazed that he was in a human body.
“You’re doing well,” she continued, “Pay no attention to Maya. She lies. She is the one who lusts for more. I would never do anything to harm you. Yes, there are those who have suffered from my Progeny, from Tal’shen, but they always return to themselves after a time. Have no fear.” She placed her hand on his cheek. It felt like a woman’s s
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No longer" here and now",
Instead, "there and forever"...
There is still an ache;
There always will be...
Return of Those Who Came BeforeThe mutated Paul/Tal'shen being screamed with a frigid, inhuman mix of voices as the blade severed two of the tentacles in a single swipe. The lost appendages hit the floor with a wet, heavy sound, wiggling just a second more before falling still. The colors drained from them instantly.Return of Those Who Came Before3 years ago in Writing
Maya crouched there, studying the mass of monochrome flesh. "Impossible," she whispered. Looking to the huddled, terrified man in the corner, she asked, "How is it that you've merged? Progeny of Lysanna, answer me – why do you remain in this host?"
"Yes, please do leave," Paul's voice said.
"Quiet Paul," Maya said. "Doing so now would most certainly cause your death." Paul whimpered slightly. Addressing the progeny once more, Maya said, "You must feel this man's thoughts, his ideas and fears. How can one of our kind show such mercilessness towards a living thing? This is not our way."
"I… Do Not Wish To," it spoke, the sound comin
Odyssey 2 chapter 6She had to do this there was no other way.Odyssey 2 chapter 63 years ago in Writing
''There must be balance''
That thought was spinning in her head.
All of the stories that they were told about.
Another memory began to appear in front of her eyes.
Everything that led to this moment started from then.
'Why should we live with those lowlifes called humans?'
'Lysanna don't talk like that'
'I will talk however I want dear sister'
'You don't understand…don't you remember what the elders told us'
'That stuff is just lies…and you know it'
'B-but what if it's true'
Lysanna laughed at her sister.
'Boo hoo poor you…worrying about those old fairy tales'
'I think you shouldn't do that Lysanna'
'What!?!...You deny me of what should rightfully be ours!'
'No sister…we ruled over this planet millennia's ago…and we will rule over it again…but this time I will make sure to get rid of this pathetic human race…once and for all'
She grabbed hold of her sister.
'Lysanna …STOP IT PLEASE!'
Lysanna just looked at her smiling.
Rebirth ResurrectionThe blade's first incision lopped off one of the sprouting tentacles before Paul could react. He backed away frantically, clutching at his shoulder; he had felt the cut.Rebirth Resurrection3 years ago in Writing
"noOooOo!" The dual voices screeched but Maya paid them no mind, she continued to slash, backing Paul to a wall.
"No, please," Paul whimpered against Maya's external onslaught and Lysanna's internal takeover.
Feebly he held out his arms, as if to block Maya's blows, but she found her mark regardless. After slicing off the last alien limb she kicked Paul in the stomach and he doubled over instantly.
"I'm sorry love but I have to," she said before kicking him repeatedly.
After a few minutes of this, Maya ceased her relentless beating, it was clear that neither Paul nor his unwanted guest would be able to resist. She took the blade to his leg, the source of his infection, and began cutting out the parasite like one would remove a leach. Paul moaned weakly while Maya cut up his leg to his thighs and then up his back to his
A FRACTURED HALOWith every slash of the knife, more of Paul's flesh was shorn away and more of the progeny was revealed. Veiny sacks spilled from his abdomen in the wake of the blade, and when Maya cleaved through the meat of his shoulder, the cut exposed bony spikes wrapped in translucent membrane, like tree branches enswathed in spider silk. Pain and blood bloomed hot and red.A FRACTURED HALO3 years ago in Writing
He caught a glimpse of the knife flashing toward the cluster of tentacles on his back, and was overcome by a wave of psychic force from his newfound sister Tal'shen. She took command of the tentacles and thrust them forward to grab at Maya's sheaths and straps, nimbly plucking an arsenal of weapons from the woman's body in a single symphonic stroke ending with one tentacle coiled around the knife hand, the others framing Maya's face in a fractured halo of glowing steel.
When Paul spoke, the harmonic modulation in his voice had resolved into unison. "I don't think you're telling me everything."
A bead of
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Paul could not scream. He was paralysed, not only with indescribable fear and pain but his vocal chords had been physically overpowered. A mutilated tentacle writhed on the floor in a pulsing pool of opalescent slime. Strangely, in a bizarre but morbidly beautiful display, another tentacle sprouted and unfurled like a Catherine wheel, casting phosphorescent light over Pauls distorted face. Maya's black eyes widened in horror, not at the vision in front of her, her focus was entirely on the curved blade that halted and redirected itself. Paul's mouth was forced open and Maya recognised the voice that erupted from it commanding the knife to turn toward its wielder. Lysanna's voice resonated like waves crashing on a cliff; a cliff they hated; a cliff they wanted to destroy! "You will have nothing!"
As if Paul hadn't witnessed enough shocks to blow his mind already there was more to come. A starburst of coloured light blinded him temporarily. Firs
Evolution by ColourA silent sigh descended over them both as disbelief gave way to inertia. Maya's eyes flicked constantly between her bare palms and Paul's wounded skull. The knife, which would not budge, stuck out from his forehead like an obscene gesture. They both sat dumb as a halo of spasmodic, colourful light pulsed from the wound and encased his head. He appeared to feel no pain, but was becoming increasingly troubled.Evolution by Colour3 years ago in Writing
"I feel.. I feel like. Oh God I don't even know how to say it!"
He ran frantic hands over his chest which appeared to be swelling and amassing a transfigured sexuality.
"I feel like a girl!"
Maya said nothing, she could only gawp. The voice in Paul's head was travelling around his skull on those sickly waves of light:
"If only my mother could see me now. You don't realise how lucky you are, you're one of a kind: I'm the first of us to breach the human form. You get to live through me now, I get to walk and talk and make mockery of the sun. I felt it in your bones, this potential to
DeceptionPauls yell could be heard even from outside the thickwalled cell. It lasted for just a second or two, and then deathly silence took over. A minute later, the door opened, and Maya walked out.Deception3 years ago in Writing
Her long black leather jacket was saturated with blood, which made it look blacker but shinier. As she walked, drips of blood formed a trace running along the hall.
Maya took step by step slowly, dragging the blade behind her. The tip of the blade scratched the floor, making a constant annoying noise.
Maya didnt overcome the dizziness caused by Proxitol yet. After a few steps, she had to stop and lean on the wall, panting heavily. Her heart beat like a drum.
Good job a weak voice rose inside her head.
Maya smiled. She thought: Im not a bad actress after all.
A big noise of something heavy falling woke Paul up. Paul opened his eyes; everything was dancing round and round in front of him. Paul tried to sit up, reclosed his eyes and examined his
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Paul's tentacles twisted and he reacted at once to the bite of Maya's knife.
He screamed his fury as she cut deeper into the tentacles. The other seven whipped around him and then they slapped Maya with all their strength across her face. The impact of this caused Maya's face to go slack and her eyes rolled up at the top of her head. She dropped the knife and fell face first into a table.
Paul stared at her motionless form for a minute before his Progeny whispered again.
Paul obeyed and walked as fast as he could. He could still feel the agony of his every changing body. And the tentacle that was wounded seemed like it was on fire. He turned left and then right in a series of corridors that made him feel like he was in a maze.
He then heard a loud buzzing sound behind him and then a crash.
"Don't look back," the Progeny whispered.
Paul ignored everything and surged forward eager to be free of his prison. How many hallways were there in this place? Where was the
Cut to the QuickPaul's tentacles wrapped themselves around him, trying to protect him from Maya's downward slash.Cut to the Quick3 years ago in Writing
The knife, razor-sharp, sliced through their rubbery texture. Paul raised his arms. The blade was stopped only when it hit the bone of his ulna.
Maya pulled the blade back, slashing at the other tentacles waving around Paul's body. Paul clasped a hand to his wound, trying not to look at the exposed bone. He kicked out at Maya, hitting only air.
A couple of tentacles wrapped around Maya's wrists; her blade was inches away from Paul's chest. The tentacles tightened, and Maya's blade fell.
"Let me go, Paul!" Maya cried out. "Before it's too late!" She kicked him between his legs, and Paul doubled over, his vision swimming in tears as bile rose up his throat.
Paul's tentacles didn't relax their hold on Maya.
Paul vomited on the floor, covering Maya's blade.
Maya bent over, her teeth tearing into one of the restraining tentacles. Paul had n
Coming Into His Destiny“NO! SHE’S KILLING ME!” screamed Paul and Tal’Shen in unison, both voices resonating throughout the Paul’s cell, much to Maya’s astonishment.Coming Into His Destiny3 years ago in Writing
Strangely enough, as Maya hacked away at the tentacles, Paul could not feel any pain, and before he could act, the tentacles were already on the ground by his feet.
“There, that should do,” said Maya, putting the blade away.
“She didn’t kill me!” said Tal’Shen in Paul’s mind, unheard to Maya. “That must mean she’s The Protector and Lysanna is The Destroyer! No, that can’t be!”
Paul blinked, looked at the tentacles on the ground and then looked at Maya.
“I thought you were going to kill me,” he said, his head dropping. “I can’t take this anymore; I just want it to be over. Please, just kill me!”
“I’m sorry, I can’t do that,” replied Maya, shaking head.
Two Truths, Two LiarsMaya shoved Paul's head down to his knees. The knife bit into his skin as she sliced the tentacles off his back.Two Truths, Two Liars3 years ago in Writing
"nO!" Paul cried out. Tentacles wrapped around Maya's arm and knife.
"Let go of me you mutant!" Maya said, falling to the ground, kicking away from him. She still held onto the knife. "You don't understand what you're fighting for."
"YoU're nOt gOIng tO kIlL mE!" Paul screamed out. His voice was like a chainsaw through metal. He clawed his way to the end of the bed. He was as anxious to get away from Maya as she was from him. The tentacles twisted her wrist.
"I'm not killing you. Don't you get it? I'm trying to save you. There's only one thing I want to kill and it's that parasite rotting your brain." Maya screamed in pain as the bones in her wrist snapped.
She lies. She's just a murderer caught in the act. If not for her actions I would not have merged with you. We need to kill her before she kills both of us. I can help, just let me.
"DoN't tOUch mE." Paul cowered
ParanoiaMaya entered the room. Again. She looked worried, compassion reflected in her eyes. But how was it possible? Didn't she kill him on her last visit? She drew her despicable wicked blade and plunged it in his belly, opening him like a can of soup. Then she stabbed and stabbed... He remembered so clearly. Yet now she was here like nothing happened. He didn't have a scratch. Apparently, it must have been a dream. Paul watched her warily. Tracked her every step. She kept her right hand down, out of view, but she was holding a syringe.Paranoia3 years ago in Writing
“Paul, you're getting worse.”
“Stay away from me!” he shrieked in response, backing.
“What's going on? Talk to me.”
A step closer.
“I will not be a lab rat for you or Lysanna! Let me go!”
“Lysanna? Who's Lysanna?” she looked genuinely confused.
She was a good actress.
“Don't act like you don't know. Get your dirty paws off me! I won't let you kill me!”
“Kill you? Paul, I want to help
Lynch-pinnedPaul's scaled lids separated and found an upside down world. It was a world he didn't want to see, but it was indicative of the world he now belonged to.Lynch-pinned3 years ago in Writing
He pulled, wriggled and thrashed, but his hands were tied and he couldn't free himself. He tucked his head to his chest, and in the poorly lit room he caught a glint of the bounds imprisoning his body and soul. He was lynched on four hooks, one hook burrowed into his flesh where the parasite first invaded him, the other an echo of the foreign hole, and two others were gouged into his abdomen. The sharp, serrated hooks pierced and tore his knotted viscera. Blood pooled on the edge of his lynched wounds and beaded down his flesh. The beads slithered down his body as though they were their own life force, creating a faint patter on the knotted wood beneath his head. Paul's innards further twisted in revolt.
Paul saw Maya creep into the corner of his eye and stride to front and upside down center. She pushed a mirror in front
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Maya slashed mercilessly at the tentacles on Paul's back but for each one she hacked off, two more immediately grew.
As she worked, she explained, "If we cannot stop you from being taken over by it, we might as well use you while we can.
"Lysanna's genetically engineered hydra mutation doesn't just speed regeneration, but it also speeds up your lifespan. You will die soon and when you do, our last source of contact with Lysanna will be severed. In short, love, we need you to spy on her."
"It is talking to me and through me. I can't trust either of you," Paul sobbed.
"Do not trust anything it says," Maya warned.
"dO NOt trUST heR," the voice in his head said at the same time.