Shadows Chapter 3
He opened his eyes and looked around where he was. What he
saw absolutely terrified him and brought immediate fear into
"No...", he whisphered.
Two figures, their faces shadowed came towards him. He knew,
just knew that they were evil. He had to get away from them.
Get away as far as he could. But he couldn't. Could not move
a limb. He couldn't even move.
"It's time", the cruel voice stated as they approached
him with those hideous instruments that they carried. This
time would be his last he could sense it. For all the wrong
Alker woke up screaming.
Where was he??. Thank god! He was with...what's their names...Ferefire
and Alec flying 400 feet up. In comparision to his latest
dream, this was nothing now.
"Hah! Well, well. The whuss has awoken. Its unusual isn't
it to scream every time you wake up. Then again I suppose
you are a special case", came the voice of Ferefire.
"Ahuh...", Alker groaned. He really wanted to prove
Ferefire wrong about what he had said. Yet every single time
he tried to converse with him he received what was at best
a highly sarcastic response. Ferefire seemed just to have
an intense dislike of him. This feeling was being to develop
into a mutual dislike, Alker reflected.
"How much longer, Alec?"
"We're almost there", he yelled over his shoulder.
Almost there. Almost where? Alker wondered where and when
this hell would end. Probably with his death the way things
were going. For some reason, that he didn't have a clue, he
was now a fugitive. His father, he forced back a tear...he
didn't want Ferefire to have a go at him again for being a
weak rich kid, was murdered for no reason trying to protect
his son. Trying to protect him, but against what? For the
first time in his life, Alker began to question the state
that he lived in. It worked, sure, but was everyone happy?
Hell no. Almost everyone was miserable, condemned to being
almost slaves from birth. Truth, he had once been happy, but
it seemed that no-one was immune from the EWO. Alker had no
doubt whatsoever that if he hadn't been rescued when he had
been, that he would have spent the remaining few years of
his life slaving away just like the rest of them. Of course
it was crazy. With automated machinery, why bother with slavery?
And then suddenly he realised the truth. They, the EWO, actually
considered human suffering as a bonus to their policies, not
a hinderance. It was as if they thought that slavery was the
natural state of humanity. Why hadn't he realised this before?
"I'm so sorry. I never realised", Alker whisphered
to no-one inparticular. Yet it was everyone that he was speaking
to. He thought about each and every one of those millions
upon millions of slaves that made up what was left of human
civilisation down there. Embraced in the shadows which they
never had a chance to escape. The shadows that seemed to be
choking the very essence out of mother Earth...
It was dawn and they were there. Though he was unsure of
where 'there' actually was.
"Where are we?", Alker surveyed the featureless
landscape. It was very similar to the landscape where they
had initially met, Alker noted. In fact it was almost precisely
the same landscape...flat and well...featureless. Surfice
to say, the landscape was unimportant, what was to happen
next was to be.
"We are here", Alec stated, "here being of
course where you are and where we've been going to over the
past few hours"
"Well... couldn't you be a bit more precise sir?",
Alker queried, somewhat puzzled.
"This way Alker", Alec replied, not seeming to hear
With that Alec and Ferefire started to walk briskly in a particular
direction, with Alker being oblidged to follow(well he wasn't
exactly going to stay there was he ).
It wasn't long before they approached what seemed to be a
small hut of some kind, just a normal insignificant hut of
relatively small dimensions. What was perculiar about it was
the very fact that it was alone, by itself, set against a
"Let me guess", Alker began, "From the outside
its just a normal, small hut, but inside it contains a hidden
staircase which leads down into a massive secret base of some
kind. Am I correct?"
Ferefire turned his head away from Alker and gave Alec a short
silent look. Alec looked the other way.
"Why don't you open the door Master Alker?", Ferefire
Alker stepped forward apprehensively. This would probably
be the first day of his new life. He hoped whatever was in
here would at least be comfortable to live in. Slowly the
door creaked open to reveal...
The usual interior of a shed. Just a plain dumb shed, with
a stool running across one of it's walls. The shed seemed
to be mostly wooden by what Alker could tell and indeed appeared
to have several holes in its ceiling. It could probably just
about fit a few people in uncomfortably. No more. If this
was a secret base, it was one of the worst ones that he had
ever come across.
"Oh", Alker remarked somewhat embarrassed.
"You've watched too many movies kid", Alec explained,
"And if we were to have a secret base it certainly wouldn't
be here hm?"
"Yeah know-it-all! Do you think we're in a cartoon or
something?", Ferefire enthusised, clearly pleased that
Alker had been caught out yet again.
They all walked in. Alker noticed that there really wasn't
very much room whatsoever, though after what he had been through
during the previous day or two, at least that did not concern
"Why are we here then?", Alker asked after a while.
"To meet someone"
"You'll find out soon enough. We would have gone somewhere
a little more civilised, but that would have been too dangerous..."
"Ha ha. Yeah boy, they must really hate your rich sorry
***. I mean to kill your dumb father and then send all of
those elite troopers after you...", though Ferefire never
did get to complete that sentence.
This was due to the simple fact that Alker had had enough.
"Shut up!", he yelled, "You don't have any
idea of what I've been through!? My father is..is"
Alker thought back the tears yet again.
"Aw..Is the poor boy crying? Here let me get you a tissue.
How pathetic!", Ferefire mocked.
"YOU!!!", Alker snapped and lunged at Ferefire.
Completely unprepared, Ferefire received two succesive blows
to his head. One did relatively little damage,wheras the other
managed to split his lip and draw blood.
"OW! You vermin", Ferefire yelled and retailiated
by landing a punch directly into Alker's stomach, completly
"You, you you...", Alker gasped and collasped onto
"Ferefire you fool. He's almost here. You're in so much
"He will live. Though not for long if he tries that again.",
Ferefire replied, wiping the blood off his face, "How
the heck did he manage to hit me though? His kis not nearly
"..I'll tell you how Ferefire. Because you're weak. I'm
just ashamed to even be witnessing what I have just witnessed",
came a gruff voice
Alker raised his head a little to see quite a terrifing sight.
It was an alien, surely? Looming over Alker, he(?) wore a
white cape and hat. Of indeterminate age, the being was of
humanoid propertions, percessing two arms and legs. However
what the major disturbing feature about him was, was the fact
that he had green skin...
"My regards Piccolo-San", Alec stood to attention,
"We've got him as arranged"
"Let's go then"
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