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Mystic Xen - Cyberpunk RealityMystic Xen --- Cyberpunk Reality | Chapter 1 - Getting A Custom NetNavi
Location: SciLabs, Xiahliu Branch - Netopia
The room was dark, lit only by the dim glow of a hologram monitor. A lone scientist was typing furiously, as if he would never get done. The time was close to 4:00 in the morning, too early for even the cleaning crew to get started for the day.
"Okay...just a couple more lines," he said. "Alright...there! Finished!"
The scientist saved his work to a mini-disk and moved to another room. A light automatically flickered on.
"Dammit, I thought I disabled that...bugger." the scientist muttered.
In the brief flash of light, you could see that his face was worn and haggard, and plastered with nervous sweat. He seemed to be in his mid-50s and had graying hair at his temples. The mix of brown and gray made him look distinguished but his normally steel-gray eyes were bloodshot red.
"Where to put it, where to put it? I ha
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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