Episode One | Suffocation Arc | Femitokon
Kuril Base North – Primada Sector
Raxuta`acarol (Pacific Ocean)
Yubol (June) 1, 2228 0130 Hours
Unlike the scores of other young men before him, the boy didn’t dive for a dark corner when she arrived, or collapse into a fetal ball, sobbing on the floor.
Stepping over the threshold, Laxum found the heat stifling. Red-blooded helovx ran cold under the sea, and this boy persisted in turning the thermostat to its highest level.
Setting down her bag, she moved her fingertips over the climate-control pad.
“How are you today, Wu?” Laxum asked, in his native Hamgyong.
Wu sat on the bench, entranced by the dark water outside.
Prone to tension, his species required intervals of analytical downtime to maintain mental balance; this need to regain control of their psyche proved them masters at complicating simple existence.
“I inquired of your well-being, Wu,” Laxum said, excited by his indifference.
Sitting beside him, she savo