[IZ] Broken Kalopsia - Chapter 10A few days passed since Zim’s return to Hi Skool. Dib watched him carefully during the lessons they shared. He tried to pick up any sort of sign that could help him understanding what was up with his rival, pretty much as he had done when the other had suddenly started to act nice. However, just as the previous time, it all turned out to be a waste of energy and attention. The Irken’s demeanour remained unchanged. His shoulders stayed slumped, his eyes dull and he was so quiet that everyone, the teachers included, noticed. The alien didn’t scream, didn’t snicker to himself, didn’t speak a single word, not even when he was addressed. He spent the lessons staring at the void in front of him, not even bothering to open his books and notes and pretend to be paying attention. It was like having to deal with a silent ghost and the only reason why the teen knew that the Invader wasn’t simply a paper silhouette was because he moved.
At last, out of exasperat
[IZ] Broken Kalopsia - Chapter 11“Computer, terminate simulation.”
At the command, the reality around them started to crumble, fading away in a few electrical buzzes. The loud, destroyed planet was replaced by the dim, quiet insides of Zim’s lab and Dib found himself seated in a metal chair, some sort of device wrapped around his head, instead of being strapped to an operating table.
The Irken stepped away from the human, turning his back to him in favour of approaching one of the consoles, leaving his rival to slowly make sense of what had happened. Nothing had been real. Not the destruction of Earth, not the death Dib had witnessed. Only the emotions he had felt while trapped in that fake reality had been true, like the tears that wetted his face. The same emotions that were still making him shake. He couldn’t help the irrational fear that it might all be a joke in the joke, that the Invader might be trying to lull him back into a false sense of security, making him believe that the
[IZ] Broken Kalopsia - Chapter 12Zim stood before the door he had been pointed by a passing member of the Hi Skool staff. He had been forced to flee inside the air ducts again to prevent Dib from stalking him there. The human had been incredibly annoying after Ms Xander had called him out to talk and persistent in demanding to know what exactly she had wanted from him. He couldn’t allow his rival to find out that he was seeing her again, especially now that he knew what a psychologist did.
Apparently, there were beings that could be classified as Defectives even among humans, which was hardly surprising considering how intrinsically flawed mankind was. However, the people of Earth, instead of getting rid of them or locking them away as they used to do in the past times, which was, in the Irken’s eyes, the smartest solution, now tried to cure them. Which didn’t make sense at all, but apparently the Earthen monkeys believed that it was possible. That was what psychologists and psychia
[IZ] Broken Kalopsia - Chapter 13Craic Spor turned out to be much more than what promised by the description offered the Computer had offered. At first the whole trip appeared like a nightmare since, by the time they had reached their destination, the Zim was persuaded that his staying on the planet would have made him even more miserable than he already was. GIR had started to screech loudly and relentlessly since when the Irken had announced that they would take a trip to the best amusement park of the Milky Way and he hadn’t stopped till the Voot Cruiser had landed in the planet vast, multi-story parking lot. That had effectively given the Invader one of the worst headaches he had ever experienced, beat only by the ones caused by his allergic reaction to the Earth beans. Zim knew that it was just his sidekick’s way to express excitement, but that hadn’t made the sound any less unpleasant to the alien’s sensible antennae.
The pain in his head had just worsened when he had realised that he wou