Exploits of a Midnight Traveler (Part 32)

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“We don’t know.” Doctor Red replied, “The bio-nanites have never been inside a host subject for so long.”

I gaped at her. Host subject? And how could they not know? With all the experimentation and cloning going on surely they were more equipped than this.

“Host Subject?” I said aloud to her, “Is that all I am to you? First you use my DNA without my permission to create these clones, then everyone wants to get these damn bio-nanites out of me instead of curing me as they’re intended to do because someone else out there is so god damned more important than I am. Even though it’s my DNA you all need to keep your operations running smoothly. Did I miss anything? And let’s not forget I’ve lost my girlfriend, met her twin in the form of a clone and have seen more people killed in the last 48 hours than I ever thought to see in my lifetime.”

The look on Doctor Red’s face said she wasn’t used to being talked to in such a manner, but I was tired of the game. Tired of being used, being left in the dark, and of being in a constant state of what-the-hell-is-happening-now sort of feeling. I just wanted to be done with all this shit I was being handed.

“It’s not like that. Everything is much more complicated than you realize Caleb.”

“Whatever.” I said, “Just get these bio-nanites out of me and I’ll see my way out of this mess.”

“Well that’s a lot harder said than done.” She said.

“What do you mean?” I questioned.

“Valenkov had resources at his disposal when he ‘reacquired’ the bio-nanites from you than we currently have at our fingertips. “

“You don’t know how to remove them do you?” I said. It was more a statement than a question to her.   So I’m stuck with them. I cradled my head in my hands. These people had no fucking idea what the hell they were doing. It appeared I was caught in the middle of some sort of clone war going on underground. Judging from my limited previous experience when all the bio-nanites were inside me, I suspect that my life was about to be permanently changed. As if it hasn’t been already, I thought. I can already feel the remaining nanites changing things. Making me stronger I suppose.

I got up from the slab I’d been laying on for the scans and made a decision. It was a bold one, but maybe it was because I had the nanites. Maybe it was because I just didn’t care anymore.

“I’m leaving.”

“Wait!” Doctor Red said.

I kept walking, ignoring the doctor’s pleas or the sound of her pressing a buzzer. It was probably some sort of alarm. I didn’t care which was kind of weird. Normally I’d be scared out of my skin. Maybe the events since Lila’s death had numbed me or was too much to take in. I really didn’t know. All I knew was that I was out the door, through the facility, past the sleeping clones. Past whatever the hell this entire experiment was. I wanted no part in it. I hadn’t asked for this to begin with.


I stopped. Lila? No it couldn’t be. Had to be another clone talking.