Salomus Chapter 9Chapter 09 To Kill a WeekendSalomus Chapter 93 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Finding MemTech uniforms was simple enough, but finding one that actually fit Salomus was another story. Everything he tried on was too small. The largest pair he found only met his ankles. When a store clerk came over to see what the problem was, she gave out a yelp of surprise.
"Goodness, you're a big fellow," she said, upon seeing Salomus leave the fitting room, wearing yet another undersized uniform.
"Yeah. That's the problem. I can't find a uniform that fits," he replied. "Everything is too small. Don't you have anything bigger?"
"I'm afraid that's about the largest we have. Are you sure you're still a student?"
"Yep. I just happen to be really, really tall. And I'm only going to get bigger, so I'll need something that I can grow into."
He eventually had to get one custom-tailored to fit him. While they were waiting for the uniform to be finished, they looked around for some more casual clothing. Fortunately, it was a lot easier to find shorts i
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Sean lay back on his bed, extremely bored and caught in a lethargic torpor. Life had become a seemingly endless cycle of living the same day over and over. Get up, go to school, fight to stay awake, go home, do homework, work on science fair project, and go to bed. Such was his week. The weekends were, if possible, even worse. The few friends he had outside of school had moved away long ago, and only one of them, Jake, was left. Yet Jake was always getting himself in trouble for various acts of stupidity. And so Sean was left with nothing to do but stay at home and wait for the week to start again.
He stood up and absentmindedly walked over to the mirror. Looking back at him was a pretty normal teenager, at least upon first glance. He was tall and lean, with dark brown hair and grey-blue eyes. The eyes were the only thing that made him stand out in his family. Everyone else had brown eyes except for his mother, whose eyes were a bright blue, as opposed to his dark greyish ones
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The next week passed by rather uneventfully. Salomus was quick to get settled into his new classes, and he grew closer to Sudoku in the meantime. After a while, he summed up the confidence and courage to ask her out. It was to be nothing overly fancy, just dinner at a nice restaurant that Ambrose recommended. Sal had found a part-time job working at a local convenience store that was just a few kilometres from the campus. It paid reasonably well, and he decided to use his first paycheck, coupled with whatever money he had gathered elsewhere, for this occasion.
He then faced a new challenge: the restaurant was a semi-formal place, and he needed to find some nice clothing in his size. When he finally found something he liked that fit both his stature and his budget, he made straight back to the dorm.
Meanwhile, Sudoku had an even more difficult time finding a suitable dress. While the supply of them in her size was plentiful, not much seemed to fit her
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While Salomus and Sudoku were outside, enjoying each others' company, the dining hall was buzzing with excitement. Nearly everyone had witnessed Sal's fierce assault on his adversary. None of that mattered to the two Talmi. They were getting to know each other much better, feeling closer after the incident. Milo and Breya did likewise behind them. Salomus was showing Sudoku some of his sketches, though he made sure to hide his picture of her until the time was right, and he skipped completely over the many name-doodles. It turned out that even though she was not the best of artists, Sudoku did enjoy viewing others' drawings and paintings. She loved nearly every one of his pictures, from even a thoughtless doodle to his prized drawings, which were in full colour. One of them was a picture of May, which he had done shortly before leaving for MemTech.
"These are great!" Sudoku praised. "I can't draw worth a damn."
"Nonsense. There's no such thing as someone who cannot
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Salomus came awake abruptly when a heavy object landed on his stomach. The first thing he saw was Sudoku standing over him, with a large textbook in her hands, as though she was about to drop that on him too.
"Get up, you useless lump," She told him. "I bet you didn't think to bring any sort of alarm clock, did you?"
"No, I didn't. I forgot all about it. Sorry," he apologised.
"Well, I'm not going to wake you up every day, so you'd better get one, and fast. You're lucky I didn't let you miss your first class."
"Oh, right. Thanks. Anyway, couldn't I just set Milo to go off every morning?"
"Yes, you could," Milo said, coming out of nowhere. "But that wouldn't be very nice. I don't like being used as an alarm clock and not treated as a companion."
"I'm sorry. I'll just have to get an alarm clock as soon as I can."
"Well, fortunately for you, I was smart enough to bring one," Sudoku said. "I'll turn up the volume on it so it'll wake both o
Salomus Chapter 6Chapter 06 The Cybee and the ScholarshipSalomus Chapter 63 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The trek back to the hospital was not nearly as long as the one to Beval's shack. Salomus cut the length of the trip in half by leaping most of the way. He was really enjoying his new capabilities. He pulled out the badge from his pocket.
I'm coming, May, whether you're ready or not! He thought to himself, inwardly smiling as he imagined her reaction to seeing him as a Talmi for the first time. He decided to surprise her.
When he made it back to the main entrance to the hospital, he went straight to the help desk.
"Excuse me," he said to the woman behind the counter. "I am looking for Nurse May Le Feuvre, and I was hoping you could direct me to her."
"Do you have an appointment?" she replied, in a bored tone.
"Not quite. I'm a good friend of hers. I thought I would drop by and pay her a visit, if she's not busy."
"Hmm, let's see," she muttered, looking at May's schedule on the computer. "Ah, here we go. You're in luck.
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The rest of the week went by rather quickly, with May frequently visiting Sean whenever she had free time. Before long, it was time to leave. Sean was now able to stand and walk around without much pain, though he had been by himself every time he did so. On his last day, he stood up to give May a hug goodbye. When he walked over to her, she stared at him in awe.
"Whoa. You're tall," was all she could say.
"Really? I know I've always been a bit big for my age, but I never considered myself to be all that tall. I'm only human, after all, however regrettable that may be."
"What do you mean, 'regrettable'?"
"Well, even when I was back in 2011, I had always hated the fact that I was human. We're the most selfish and conceited species in existence. Human beings as a species seem to be under the impression that they are better than others. This has lead to the extinction of many smaller species on Earth. At least, that's how it was in my tim
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When Sean finally came to, his world was filled with pain. The back of his head felt like it was hit with a sack of bricks, and his abdomen felt as though someone had run him through with a katana. After a few seconds of agony, he noticed that there were voices coming from above him. They sounded far off at first, but gradually got louder and clearer as the pain subsided a bit.
"Hold him steady now, hold him steady!" A voice rang out from somewhere. It was a man's voice, firm but gentle. "We don't want to risk accidentally making this wound even worse. I'm surprised he's even alive as it is."
"Will you relax a bit? We've got this under control," said a second voice, this time from a woman. Sean's eyes snapped open. The first thing he saw was a flash of steel, and then his stomach exploded with fresh pain, blinding him for a few seconds. As he lurched forward, a pair of strong hands forced him back. Fuzzy hands.
Sean looked around once he regained his visio
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Salomus woke early the next morning, feeling alert and ready, despite the fact that he hardly slept more than six hours. May was up within a few minutes. They sat down for one last breakfast together. While they were eating, Sal went over his list of supplies with her.
"Uniform?" she asked.
"Check. Both of them," he answered.
"How are you on writing utensils?"
"I've got a whole pocket full. Pencils, pens, markers and even a quill for some reason. I don't know why. Quills are just awesome."
"I've put all of my new clothes and my human ones in there."
"The school should provide you with textbooks as part of your scholarship, so you should be alright on those."
"Speaking of books," he said, "I went out and got you this while you were running your errands." He handed her a small, rectangular-shaped object covered in gift wrap.
"Sara told me that you had been eyeing this for a while," he told her. "So I went out and sold my old music player to an
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When Sean left the hospital, he was stunned at what he saw. An entire metropolis loomed before him, blended perfectly with plenty of vegetation and plant life. Had he not acknowledged that he actually was in the future, Sean would have thought he was watching a sci-fi flick. Above him flew various craft, from local taxis to interplanetary transport vessels. Thousands of people were also walking, most of them Talmi but a few other species as well. Knowing that it would not do well to procrastinate, he quickly headed around the hospital. When he reached the south end, he could see an old beat-down path leading off into the distance.
For about an hour he trekked down the path, occasionally breaking into a light jog to shorten the time it would take to get there. He paused only once for a light snack, which he had pilfered from the kitchens of the hospital on his way out. Upon finishing the snack, which consisted mainly of the tentacle-bacon (as he liked to
Salomus Chapter 5Chapter 05 From Human to TalmiSalomus Chapter 53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
How long Sean lay there, he did not know, but when he finally woke up, it was already midmorning. He was lying down on a table of some kind. He sat up, startled when he felt something brush against his leg. He looked down. The first thing he noticed was the tail. Then he saw that he was covered with yellow-orange fuzz. He yawned, revealing rather large canines. His eye caught his reflection in a shard of broken glass.
Ah, so it worked, he thought. I am a Talmi now. He stood up, and almost immediately fell backwards from the weight of his tail. He had forgotten that Talmi needed them for balance. Then a rasping voice spoke from behind him.
"So you're awake. Good. So how do you feel now, Mr. Talmi?"
"A bit off-balance, but otherwise the same. I'm famished. Where's my haversack?"
"Over there in the corner. About a thousand years ago, I might have pilfered a snack from it, but seeing as how I no longer have a solid body, I don't need to e
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Sean woke up feeling well rested, and extremely comfortable. Man, what a great dream, he thought, letting the last bits play over and over in his head. Too bad it was just a dream. Albeit an extremely weird one, but still only a dream. When I get up, I'm going to find Mum in the kitchen preparing breakfast, or watching TV if she just doesn't feel like cooking today. Dad's going to be on the computer and in his usual grumpy mood. The kid will most likely be throwing a fit over not getting enough attention. He started to feel a bit depressed, until he heard a few noises. Curious, he opened his eyes. What he saw made his spirits soar. So it was not just a dream! It was real! His heart filled with joy. He was in the hospital, and the pretty nurse from the day before, May, was in front of him, holding a small tray.
"So you've finally decided to wake up, have you?" She said, noticing that he was no longer asleep. "I figured you might want somet