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It’s hard to focus. I can’t will my eyes to open, and I feel like I’ve only had 3 or 4 hours of sleep. Is my window open? Why do I feel so cold? Where are my blankets? I’m trying to get up, but I can’t move. I slit open my eyes, but close them right away, it’s too bright. I can’t think straight, my mind is all in disarray. Everything fades to black again.
Now I can focus better, but I still feel cold. I’m still drowsy, but I still can’t move. What’s going on? Is this a dream? If this is a dream, why do I feel this way? I always feel wide awake in my dreams. I open my eyes once again, and I can make out more. Everything’s white and blurry. My head starts to throb, but I feel more self-aware. This isn’t my room, I have light blue walls covered in posters of superheroes. I see none that here.
And what am I lying on. My bare back is on a cold, flat metal surface, but I’m tilted in such a way that I can see the walls and ceiling. My blankets are missing, and I’m entirely restrained to whatever surface I am on. I desperately wonder if I’m dreaming, but I usually don’t ask whether I’m dreaming in a dream, regardless of how strange they get. Something is very wrong here, and panic is starting to well up in me. Where am I?
“Calm down” I tell myself. It doesn’t help much, but I need to understand what’s going on here. I’ve managed to open my eyes now, let’s just get my bearings. I think I’m on a tilted table of some sort, it could be adjustable like a dentist’s chair. In fact, it smells like I’m in a hospital of some sort. I can’t even move my head, but I still try to look around. The walls are plain, and the room is almost entirely empty.
Right away I see a single door in front of me. I see monitors to my left displaying my vitals, and I feel a needle in my arm. There’s also a small, wheeled, table of needles and other hand-held tools to my right. I’m ok with needles. You don’t hear that often, but they don’t scare me as much as they do to most people (at least to most of the people I know). This helps me calm down a bit.
Maybe I went into cardiac arrest or something while I was asleep. Maybe I’m in a hospital recovering from surgery, or even a coma, as unlikely as that is. I know I’m just a teenager, but you never know when something life-threatening occurs. But… Why am I strapped in? Was I having some kind of seizure? Did I move violently in my sleep? I don’t see the tiled roof of my local hospital. And where are the doctors?
I still feel uneasy. I could be in a hospital, but if I am, that means something serious must have happened. I felt healthy when I went to bed, and I feel perfectly healthy right now. How long have I been out? Was this an overnight thing, or was I in a coma for months. It’s hard to tell, but I feel like I’ve slept for at least a night. I try to speak out, “H-hello?” My voice is hoarse, I don’t think I’ve been out for just a night.
Beyond the door I can hear footsteps, someone is approaching. I wait in anticipation. The door opens and there is a middle-aged man in a traditional lab coat. He pulls up a chair I didn’t notice was in the corner of the room. He sits in front of me pulls out a pair of reading glasses from his coat pocket. His full attention is on me now. Then he begins, “I understand how strange this must be for you, and how frightened you may be right now…” I interrupt him, “Am I sick?”
He walks to a small intercom on the wall, “Please bring water and a tray of food for our patient in Room B-125.” Then he turns to me, “Sorry about that, I wasn’t aware that you were parched. You’re probably hungry too. Food and water will be here shortly. And yes you are sick. You won’t feel it right now, but you have an illness that works on a very subtle level. But don’t worry, you will receive a full cure. We don’t have a name for this illness yet, but we’re working 24/7 to neutralize the disease permanently.”
An illness? With no name? I have a billion questions buzzing in my mind like bees. A nurse comes in with a tray of food and a bottle of water. The doctor tells the nurse, “And please remove these restraints. Our patient need comfort, and he’s not going to have any more seizures. The nurse does as the doctor asks, and she tilted the table back so that I could sit up and eat. It’s just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but I am so hungry, I’d eat a dozen.
The doctor chuckles, “Slow down and savor every bite, it’ll last longer that way.” Once my stomach was satisfied I fired my questions, “Where am I? Where are my parents? Do they know I’m sick? Who…” “Woah there, this isn’t 20 questions. You’re parents aren’t here right now, and they don’t know the extent of your disease. I am Dr. Raygold, and you are in my facility, R.E.S.T.O.R.E, which stands for Renewers Establishing Safe Transference of Remade Ecosystems.
“We normally are in charge of restoring ecosystems on Earth, but we believe you’re disease has a vital impact on the ecosystems we are trying to restore. Unfortunately, we cannot allow you to resume your normal life until we’ve eradicated the roots of your disease. I’m not sure how long you will have to stay with us, but we cannot risk this disease spreading,” said Dr. Raygold as he puts on sanitary rubber gloves.
Panic is starting to well up in me again. I can’t see my parents or my friend? What about school? Raygold stuck a new needle in my right arm, and everything started to fade. I was expecting a light prick, instead I feel excruciating pain. I scream out as everything goes dark once again.
This is a rewrite of my old story, The Experiment. This will be the first rewrite of my many neglected stories from over the years. I hope you enjoy.
This is the original fav.me/d5sgtob
And this is next part for this draft fav.me/d9zm00k
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xavierk99 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, very nice write!!! I will try to remember to read part 2! 
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks, been working on it a lot lately.
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DarkReaperAssassin13 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh this is awesome! :D
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks for the compliment and the fave. :D I made a draft a while ago, but I'm improving it here.
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DarkReaperAssassin13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :D
And it's really cool, I wanted to read more :squee:
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student General Artist
lol Here's the next part fav.me/d9zm00k
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DarkReaperAssassin13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome ^^
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks. And thanks for the fave. :) Although I don't think I'll include all the things that have happened in our RP. Derrick and Kaftar were made for a different story, and Chris was based on one of my dreams. But it may be possible to link up Derrick's and Peter's story somehow because I made Lavard and Raygold acquaintances in our RP, and I have H.I.L.T. which monitors scientific divisions like Ani-Regen.
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DarkReaperAssassin13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
And that would be so cool. I like Dr Lavord and Raygold.^^ it'll be cool including them :D
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student General Artist
If I do include them, I may just stick to cameos because this is Peter's story. :)
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Well it is Peter's origin story lol But don't worry, I hope I keep up with this story rather than neglecting it like I did before.
Speaking of which I thought I added to our note RP, where Kaftar warns the others about the lizards' natural predator.
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DarkReaperAssassin13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah its really interesting^^
And I thought I replied to the rp? I deleted all the notes I had. So my reply must not have gone through or...I may have forgotten even.:( sorry about that.
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh, that's ok. I'll see if I can send my note again.
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