Ides of March - Chapter 10
For the umpteenth time, Zim found himself sighing as he tried to concentrate on the checkups he wanted to do, on the station's operating system. Concentration was hard to hold on to, however, when he found his eyes drifting over to where Dib lay, on one of the padded, pink benches to sleep off the stress. The boy had cried for nearly an hour straight, only stopping when exhaustion got the better of him and the alien had to help move him to a spot where he could rest.
Shaking his head, Zim tried to go back to running system checks while the human slept. There was nothing else to do for the alien.
He managed a full five minutes more before he threw up his arms with a frustrated huff, simply switching the station's main computer on to run a standard diagnosis instead of making a more thorough, manual checkup. Slowly and stealthily, as not to rouse the resting human, Zim drew closer, taking a seat just next to Dib to watch him instead of the screens.
Even in sleep, the boy's face was drawn
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„Come back here, filthy human! How DARE you take what's ZIM'S!“ Dib laughed triumphantly, holding his loot to his chest while he ran down the corridors of Zim's lab, in hopes of escaping his pursuer.
„It's mine now, Zim! Deal with it!“ He cried, skidding around a corner and running towards the large storage rooms. Maybe he could hide in between the boxes and shelves long enough to make good use of the stolen package in his arms. Zim was close on his heels though, easily matching his speed.
The alien caught up with him just when he ran through the open storage room doors. With a roar, Zim leaped forward, knocking Dib over with the impact of his smaller body. They tumbled to the floor, not even stopping for a second before starting to roll across the ground, both fighting for the upper hand. „Give it back to Zim!“
„Never, spaceboy! It's mine now! You took all the others!“
As usual, it was an earnest, but somewhat
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Idly, Dib made rhythmic, clunking noises with a spoon and his empty soup can. Zim had been very clear about not wanting to be disturbed while he made... whatever call he needed to make. Something was off with that. Something was going on and the human was missing it.
Not that he was up to date with anything anymore, but, even if the moment had been short, Zim had been in a strange mood and it made him thoughtful. A sigh bubbled from his lips. It felt wrong to spend one of his rare, longer moments of being in a coherent state of mind by waiting in his room. But Dib didn't want to intrude in whatever was on Zim's mind too much, either.
Maybe it was something that had to do with Zim's "mission". Stopping the rhythmic clunking, Dib paused. Zim was still on a mission.
It was so easy to forget about that. Ever since this whole dilemma had begun, the little alien had stopped making big and boisterous plans to take over the earth or destroy humankind or other such shenanigans. At least, none t
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Dib did try.
Slowly, ever so slowly, the boy worked on getting back on his feet. His alien companion watched the progress with keen eyes, even though Zim left him by himself most of the time. Dib was both glad and unhappy about that.
After all, the alien was the only being that he could talk to and somewhat trust anymore. In his own, weird way, Dib knew Zim cared for him and he was grateful for it. The ability to actually talk to someone, train his voice and not be entirely alone with his thoughts was like balm for his addled mind.
Gir... was another story. While he didn't dislike the little thing, there was no way he could stand the noise and the closeness the robot seemed to find desirable. No matter how often he told himself that Gir was harmless and just wanted to play or get some attention, the moment those glowing eyes and grabby, mechanical hands came too close, Dib lost it.
At least, after almost a week, the boy was able to use his own legs to carry himself away from Gir, inste
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Where it all started
Rubbing at his tired eyes, Dib took a moment to collect himself. It was late, way into the early morning hours, but this needed to be done before the chemical reaction was over. He pushed his large glasses back up his forehead and leant over the glaringly pink microscope again. What he saw made his heart beat faster in excitement. The light yellow nanomachines beneath the thin glass worked fast, removing the faulty bases from the sample's DNA while leaving the natural structures intact. A small smile formed on his lips after a few minutes, the sample almost completely sanitized and the tiny nanomachines still working wonderfully.
But it didn't last. As soon as the faulty DNA had been perfectly removed, the leftover structures began to disintegrate, being taken apart by those wretched, little machines.
Jerking back with a frustrated yell, the boy barely had enough self-restraint to not throw his glasses, and with them a few pieces of lab equipment, to the ground in
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"Zim?" he called quietly, not wanting to come too close when the smaller male was still upset.
For a long moment, Dib was only met with silence.
Zim stayed where he was, unmoving, keeping his stare glued to the lazily blinking screen.
Just when the boy came to the conclusion that Zim didn't want to talk to him, after all, and that leaving him alone was a good idea, the alien gave a little huff and turned to face him.
“What is it?”
Zim was still tense, Dib could tell, seemingly willing to listen but still bothered by all of this. It glared from the dissatisfied expression in those smooth, green features, a frown pulling at his lips. Dib hesitated, unable to find the right words to say, no matter how much he tried.
“I... about this... I wanted...” He cleared his throat, struggling with the returning embarrassment that quickly colored his pale cheeks. “I didn't mean to upset you. Really, I didn't. If I went too far, I apologize.” Not that Dib really...
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Just as Zim had dreaded, Dib's fit lasted well over two hours, which the boy spent curled into a tight little ball on the floor, clutching at his head and occasionally giving a few muffled sobs.
And the entire time, the alien sat with him, watching that he kept breathing and that he wouldn't end up having spasms and injuring himself. It rarely happened, but Zim knew it was probably best to be on the safe side.
At least, Dib wouldn't remember any of this. Once he woke, he would be tired, confused and sometimes, understandably, frightened. That, however, could usually be fixed with a good night's sleep and some distraction.
Of his attacks or whatever happened during them, Dib never had any memories.
And it probably was best that way.
At long last, the boy stirred, a muffled whimper on his lips as he uncurled and rolled over onto his back. Unsteady hands rubbed at his eyes as Dib blinked and tried to get his eyes to focus.
“Finally awake, Dib-thing?”
Zim's voice was low
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Setting up the lab was done very quickly and after barely a few hours, it was good to go and able to accommodate two or more 'guests'.
They had modified one of the already existing cells – or was 'cage' a more appropriate name for it? - to be secure even from an Irken's abilities. Despite Zim's claims that Skoodge was a rather useless specimen of his species, they figured it was better to be safe than sorry.
There was no need to bother much with higher security or strengthening the restrains for a human. No human being would be able to break out of the highly advanced Irken technology. Leave some damage? Maybe. But not enough to bother with.
An Irken invader, however, no matter how incompetent, would have the equipment to break out of a simple cell. So in order to prevent that, there were some upgrades needed. Dib had his doubts that the minor alterations Zim made to the cell's programming and the odd little device he had placed just outside of it would suffice, but the seriousne
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Sleep was a merciful way to spend a few hours in oblivion, where there were no worries, no loneliness and no worry.
Thankfully, his nightmares were few and far between, so most of the time, Dib was able to get several hours of proper rest. That also meant those hours weren't spent waiting uselessly for his companion's return.
It was strange, the time went by without him really noticing. And yet, he could tell exactly how long Zim had been gone. Down to the very day.
Every day, Dib would return to his cure, repeat the experiment, make sure there wasn't a mistake. He did it until he ran out of blood samples from Zim.
That was about three weeks after the earliest possible return date the alien had given him.
Nine miserable months and, while the human had somehow managed to endure them, suddenly, each passing hour felt like an eternity. With each passing moment, his fear grew. Zim had said it would take roughly four months to get back to irk. Fou
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Picking a name...
It was hard. And it took time. Whoever he'd pick would die. For him.
Too many names had piled up by now. An hour after Zim and him had finished breakfast and moved over to the main computer room, where the alien was reviewing his choices for the 'fireworks' he was obviously quite excited about, Dib sat slumped in his own chair.
The excitement the smaller male showed, he simply couldn't share.
Leaning his head back against the pink cushions, Dib again listed the names in his head.
So many that had added to the misery in his life. So many that had made his life a living hell. There had been bullies who had beat him up more or less regularly, the ones that had taunted and harassed him, and the ones that had watched and laughed.
Smacky, who had caused him uncountable bruises and once even a broken nose.
Chunk, who had not let any opportunity slip to embarrass or taunt him. Even more so when he could do it in front of the whole class or the entirety of the school.
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Everything just happened much, much too fast.
After months and months of being all on their own, be it in the relative quiet of the base or the absolute silence of space, there was now the all too familiar flurry of activity and life in the base that both had missed – whether they admitted this out loud or not.
Dib had troubles adjusting to that so quickly.
Not that he was complaining that Zim was back. Not at all. Not ever. But he could feel his excitement taking its toll on him and he had to remind himself, force himself, to stay calm and simply be glad and enjoy the much missed togetherness.
The alien, in order to prevent the excitement turning into stress and anxiety, simply sat himself down for now.
What really put a smile on his face was, that even in the height of his excitement, he knew and saw and sensed that Zim, too, was glad to be back.
There were about one million questions on both their minds, but Zim assured the human that there was enough time. More than enough ti
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The wristband was done much faster than Dib had thought and he eyed the – unsurprisingly – bright pink and purple item warily. It wasn't that bad, except for that ONE little part where it had to be connected to his blood stream.
Via a quite unfriendly looking needle.
It wasn't smooth like a nice and proper medical injection needle he knew from hospitals. Not that his memories of those were any more comforting, but at least the sting of them was negligible.
THIS thing, however, looked like a freaky version of a metal fang tooth, and to make matters worse, it thickened in the middle, assuring that it would stay in place. AND it was barbed to boot. To 'prevent him from simply ripping the device right out and off in a fit of madness', Zim had said. And he was right, in a way, to think even of that.
But it made putting that awful thing in place that much less endearing a prospect. Dib flinched the moment the smaller male picked the thing up, way before it even came close to him.
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Time had to be the worst value a person could experience.
Dib would watch the digits change on the computer screen clock and yet it didn't make any difference if one didn't know what time they were waiting for.
Time simply went by, mocking Dib with its uncaring passage while the human sat and dreaded every passing minute. And yet, even though he kept track of how many minutes, hours, days and weeks went by, he lost every sense for the value of time itself.
It didn't really matter how time felt to him, or how much of it passed. All that mattered was that at the end of a certain amount of minutes, days, weeks and months, Zim would be back. And they would return to how things were before.
At least... that's what Dib hoped would happen.
In the meantime, however, he was alone. Technically at least. Dib didn't know what deity to thank for his luck, but by some sort of miracle, Gir left him alone most of the time. The deranged thing kept to itself, playing hide and seek on its own or
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After several minutes of just staring at the computer in complete terror, Dib turned to the platform and headed towards it. He shut off the lights on his way out, the computer’s bright monitor illuminating the room now. His head turned to look back at it, nodding once as if to thank it before stepping onto the plate in front of him. The platform rose again for him to take him back upstairs into the wreckage. Now he had an answer as to what happened and why Zim was behaving like he was. The better question was, would he regret seeing that though; seeing the complete self-destruction of his now former worst enemy and now current worst nightmare?
The thing that made seeing that video so traumatizing was that he had actually grown to some what care about Zim. Yes, they were enemies both out to stop each other at every turn, but before Zim, he didn’t have a reason to get up every day and go to school. Zim was everything he had always wanted; an alien that had found
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I was terrified for a moment when I stepped into the tube. Zim could have been easily tricking me to destroy myself, but it’s been so long. Why would he try to kill me now? He tapped some codes into the touch screen thingy. It was all in irken so I had no idea what any of it said. Afterwards, he walked towards the other tube. He looked so worried. With his antenna whimpered to the back of his head, he was the very image of vulnerable. This was crazy. Why did he even want to be able to be human? Maybe it was for a better disguise. I honestly didn’t care much. I wanted to see if it would work. I wondered for a second on why he didn’t just steal a human if that’s all he needed. He hated asking for someone’s help so why not take someone against their will?
Just as all these question jumbled through my spinning head I glanced over at Zim. He was so pinned up in the tube. His shoulders were tightly pressed near his head in a clinch, almost as
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The confusion didn't lessen with time.
Quite the contrary, even. With the way Zim continued to act and hold himself, Dib became more and more confused, unused to the seriousness in his companion.
Silently, Dib stood by as the alien made a coded call to one of his fellow irkens, keeping himself just out of view so he wouldn't be seen by – who he now knew was called – Skoodge.
The pretty pudgy looking invader on the screen seemed positively exhilarated the moment he recognized Zim and the human felt bad for what they were about to do to him. He felt even worse when he saw the puppy-like excitement on the foreign alien's face upon being invited to Earth to 'help Zim in his grand scheme'.
True, he had little sympathy left for his fellow humans, for his very own reasons, but it felt infinitely worse to doom another innocent being to the fate of being a lab rat for their own motives. And even though the cure and experiments they would perform on him might not necessarily leave an
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Something tickled at his nose and Dib startled awake, blinking up into the dusky autumn sky with confusion. He couldn't remember falling asleep, but judging by the falling darkness around them, he must have been napping for at least an hour.
Strangely enough, he still felt the lithe weight of his alien companion next to him, right where he had been before he, apparently, had nodded off. Turning his head, Dib did a kind of double-take at the sight that greeted him.
Zim was lying next to him, his head resting heavily on his shoulder and large eyes closed.
Zim was slee- no. No. Irkens didn't sleep, Dib knew. But he was resting. The human barely dared to breathe, not wanting to disturb this rare moment of peace and trust.
Because it was.
It was a blatant display of how much the alien could relax in his presence. Even out in the open, even without his disguise on... Zim felt safe enough to let down his guard and take a nap with him.
Dib smiled, holding perfectly still to not rouse him
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Soon all of Zim's tremors just seemed to halt. He pulled himself back up onto all fours, extending his head up with his neck still cocked at an awkward angle so he could see Dib's face. He parted his lips into the grin again, beginning to screech out in a single laughter with that eerie 'e' sound again.
The sight of that haunting grin seemed to paralyze the boy as he slowly let himself down to the floor, wrapping himself in a fetal position as he rocked himself very stiffly as if to comfort himself. Violent shivers also shook him as the cackle rung in his ears as they only intensified the dread he was already feeling.
Zim slowly began to drag himself over to him, seeing him as wounded prey now. His limbs still had trouble taking turns, looking even more like a creature in dire need of an exorcism.
Dib's eyes expanded as the other drew closer to him. He didn't blink now since in his mind, blinking only made him made him more vulnerable than he already was, even though he wo