Zero Zero The End

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Zero Zero The End

Through that year KC was the only thing keeping me sane before I used to dream of seeing the sun and being free. It made me strive for something and occupy my mind but now he was the sun in that way I guess he kept my mind off the horrible things happening to me. He told me stories of his life before this like how his name changed from Andrew (Charles David) to KC because he drew himself as a carrot killing dracs drawn as cabbages and someone saw it and started calling him Killer Carrot and it just caught on. He loved telling me more than anything else about being a killjoy and how they fought against Bli and he always talked about the Fabulous Killjoys he talked about them and their adventures. Only once did he ever tell me how he got here he was on a rescue mission with the Fabulous Killjoys to save his little sister and was captured and forced to watch as the others died the person they were rescuing made it out though and that’s all that mattered to him. He thinks the Fabulous Killjoys would be proud to have died saving someone they cared about. I could tell he would give up anything to see her again.
Once our wounds healed we were assigned to new projects mine to make it possible to alter the vibrations of a person’s voice in such an extreme way it could kill (yet we could also control it so like a super power). It took them half a year to develop it so I was put on reserve. (They didn’t put me in any new projects but did use me as a blood donor as much as they pleased) They decided they only needed one subject so Killer Carrot was put through something else as I went through more genetic alterations these luckily weren’t as painful as growing a new appendage. For several months though I couldn’t speak because of a malfunction so everything KC asked had to be a yes or no question and that sucked. They fixed the problem and continued as planned. The experiment came with the ability to change my voice any way I feel that would come in handy.
“We’re getting outa here.” KC told me.
“How?” I asked.
“I don’t know yet but I promise I’ll get us out…Missile Kid she would be your age. I-I just can’t let this go on not for you.” He said tears going down his face.
I had no idea what to say. I had never even known of a whole other world till I read my first book all I’d ever known was pain and suffering. But now he was going to change it all and I couldn’t thank him enough. So for the next month we made plans for escape. This was our only chance were caught were killed that’s it good thing the scientists made a mistake, they taught one of us to fly.
The plan was simple get to the roof and we’d fly away. He knew a place in the desert that he thought was still safe. Once we were out he’d find his sister again if she’s still alive. I hope she is for him. I’ll be fine as long as I know he’s okay. He deserves to be okay. After we were safe I don’t know what would happen to me but I just know anywhere is better than this hell.
Then it was time. It was night, dark all the lights were out. KC grabbed the keys he had stolen from a drac and opened the doors of our cells. As soon as we left the room the alarms went off. We had to move fast. We ran as fast as we could toward the stairs. Dracs were on our tails. We had made it to the top I closed the stairwell behind me and screamed at the top of my lungs their heads exploded. I leaped out of the stairwell covered in blood and joined KC nodding to him I was okay.
“You ready.” he asked
“More than I’ve ever been in my life.” I said.
He grabbed my hand and we jumped spreading my wings I glided until KC told me to flap. We were flying! We were really flying! It was amazing the cool night air the view of the city everything. We flew like that till sunrise and were sure we were safe on ground. That’s when the running began.
My wings ached and my throat felt sore from screaming till sunrise when the city was far out of sight. KC advised we didn’t fly so they couldn’t shoot us from the air. We walked for miles but it felt nice the sun on my tortured skin the wind cooling my twisted body the way the sand felt on my bare feet. I took in my surroundings ever single detail as if to keep them locked in a safe so I’d never lose this place. The desert was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen the way the sunrise shadowed the plants and things and the vibrant colors hazily painted around the dark orange sun. KC seemed unfazed by it like he’d seen it a hundred times. Now that I’m thinking about it he probably had but to me it was like heaven.
The sun was high in the air when we reached our hiding place. It was an old abandoned diner it seemed familiar I’d seen it in a book but it didn’t look like this it was slightly decayed and covered in graffiti and color. Some of the letters fell off so now all it read was DIE. I was about to enter when KC stopped me.
“Careful this place could be overrun with dracs and even if it isn’t it sure as hell isn’t safe. Especially not when we’re dressed like this.” KC warned as he entered first.
“What do you mean?” I asked
“Just be quiet!” he whispered tensely
“But I.” I was cut off by a large hand covering my mouth and holding a gun to my neck.
“One noise and I blow your specialized Better Living head off.” the older man whispered in my ear
“Stop! Dr. D it’s me Killer Carrot don’t shoot!” KC exclaimed
“Andy?” he said letting his guard down for only a millisecond “How can I trust you.”
“Have you gotten any info of me being brainwashed in the last two years?” He asked.
The man dropped me and hugged KC tightly. I just sat on the floor out of place as KC explained to Dr.D everything that happened. KC told me stories about Dr.D he could gather info on anyone by hacking into the Bli database that came in handy a lot I guess. He also was the voice of a pirated radio show that you could only get to with this code so only killjoys could here but that didn’t matter anyway cause every message was in code. He kind of scared me think of what he could do with that information I mean look what Bli’s already done with it if it’s in the wrong hands the world will never be safe.
“Did any of them make it out?” Dr.D asked
“No I tried to save them but...” KC said solemnly not able to finish the sentence.
“I’m sorry.” Dr.D said
“Me too.” KC stated
“I kept your clothes for you in case you ever came back.” Dr.D said changing the subject and handing him a bag of nicely folded clothes
“Do you perhaps have anything 0 could change into?” KC asked
“Maybe some of Missile Kids old clothes will fit.” He said walking over and looking through a box
“Is she okay did she make it out?” KC said frantically
“She’s fine went to live with Show Pony and Mad Gear in zone 5.” Dr.D said handing me a box “Here you can put these on in that room over there just take what you want no one else is gonna use it and there could be some more shit in the closet there are some scissors on the bed.
I left and went to change the walls were thin and I could hear the conversation.
“You can’t trust her she’s born Better Living all that kid knows is pain you shouldn’t have even taken her with.” Dr.D stated
“You don’t know her she’s different.” KC said in my defense
“You know what happened last time we trusted Better Living property.” Dr.D said
“She’s not brainwashed she’s as human as we are I’ve spent the last two years stuck in that cage across from her the only thing that kept me sane was her and the hope of seeing Missile Kid again I trust her with my life she’s already saved me once.” KC was getting angry
“I know I really do Andy but you can’t trust her just be careful.” Dr.D said sympathetically
At that KC changed the subject asking about getting some supplies and a car to go see Missile Kid in along with if his hideout was safe.
I got dressed when the subject changed. At least I knew now KC trusted me and Dr.D wouldn’t shoot me.
I look over myself in the mirror. I rarely saw myself in them so I was amazed at how well I actually looked taking the pair of scissors I cut slits in a bright yellow shirt with bats on it for my wings I slid on some fishnet stockings I found at the bottom and found a slightly torn up blue jeans skirt and thigh high lace up combat boots (they were the only things that would fit okay) I looked. My blonde hair was long and ran all the way down my back it had always annoyed me but I couldn’t do anything to change it before now so I used the scissors to cut off most of my hair so it lay shoulder length then added some bangs not bad for my first try at it. It stuck out in some places but it worked. I looked through the closet to find a jacket for when it gets dark. I found a dark purple leather jacket which would work great and took it off the hanger. Looking down I saw a pair of yellow circular goggles with green lenses and small spikes around the top lying in a box of electrical equipment. I slipped them on and knew instantly they were high tech night vision goggles I used them as a headband so I could slide them on quick if I needed to. I looked myself over to make sure I got all the blood wiped off me then went to join KC and Dr.D.
We spent the night there at which I listened to them talk and reminisce. Then before going to bed I received a rather serious threat from Dr.D (can’t remember exactly what he said) but I knew he was serious. And promised I wouldn’t hurt KC (like I could ever do that anyway). We slept in the booths of the diner that night I had the first peaceful with no fear of what would happen when I woke.
When I did wake up I was greeted by warm sunlight and a slowly rising desert sky. No one else was awake so I decided I’d watch the sun rise I left the building and found a ladder to the roof. I climbed up and sat peacefully watching as the day began. They’d be looking for us by now. It wouldn’t take much to fight them off but I was sick of all the violence id been through enough and seen more than my share. I just wanted to be free.
The sun had just risen when KC started looking for me I waved telling him I was here. He came up.
“What are you doing up here.” KC said curiously
“I wanted to see the sun rise.” I said.
“I keep forgetting you’ve never been outside till now there’s so much you’ve missed.” KC said taking a seat next to me.
“What happens to me after you’re with your sister again?” I asked
“What do you mean?” KC questioned
“Should I go so you can be together or do you want me to stay?” I said
“Why would you even need to ask that of course I want you around.” KC assured
“It’s just I heard you and Dr.D talking and I was scared you’d want me to leave. “
“Its okay.” he assured me patting my back and hugging me a bit.
Things were quite peaceful throughout the morning. Dr.D sent the others a transmission saying we’d arrive the next day while I watched KC fix up an old car to drive to zone 5 with. KC and I left in the late afternoon to get to zone 5.
“Wanna hear some music?” KC asked as we drove on
“Music?” I had read about it but never really heard it or for that matter knew you could hear it
“Oh jeez, how do I explain this uh here this is what music is.” He said flipping a switch turning on the radio
I had never hear anything more amazing in my life it was amazing even now I can’t explain what that first song was like after that I never wanted the music to stop it was even more beautiful than the sun the lyrics stuck out most for me reminded me of that moment right there and then. (The songs name was The World is Ugly) Needless to say KC turned it up. We didn’t have much trouble fending off dracs throughout the day. Later when it started getting dark we set up for the night off the side of the road and took turns taking watch till morning.
The car broke down early in the day forcing us on foot the rest of the way. The heat was the worst midday it burned through my jacket causing me so become drenched in sweat but KC told me not to take it off so I didn’t get sunburn. We were a mile away from our destination when a dozen Better Living authorized vehicles came driving towards us we were surrounded. They leaped out of the cars guns directed at us the second we moved they’d shoot and it was obvious they knew not to aim for the heart.
“When I say so scream as loud as you can got it?” KC whispered in my ear
“No your head will explode” I said
“Just do it I’ll be fine” He said desperaty tears running down his face
I nodded and tried to hold back tears threatening to emerge.
“Now!” he yelled ducking and burying his head in his arms trying to block my screams.

I screamed until all the dracs were dead their headless bodies falling lifelessly to the ground.
“KC?” I said helping him stay upright
“I’m okay see.” he tried to stand up but blood oozed from his ears nose and mouth and he fell back down
“I’m sorry I’m so sorry.” I knew he was bleeding internally and wouldn’t last more than a few hours
“Shh its okay it was the only thing you could do. Now help me up. “
“NO if you move you’ll die you can’t die please don’t die you’re the only one who cares.” I sobbed
“0 listen i'm going to die there’s nothing to stop it. I just have to see her one last time please.” He said sorrowfully
I nodded and half carried him to the broken down motel his sister was at trying not to cry. As we finally reached our destination KC fell coughing up more blood this was it. Three people came out one man two girls and I was pushed away.
“He’s not gonna make it.” The man said
“KC! are you okay.” a smaller girl with curly hair said kneeing close to him
“I’ll be okay Missile kid don’t worry.” KC said
“But the blood.” She said
“Grace I love you I promise I’ll see you again soon.” KC promised
“No don’t go I just got you back.” She begged and sobbed holding him but it was too late he was gone.
“I think it were best if you left here. Dr.D was right not to have trusted you. Now go before I change my mind.” An older woman around 20 with bleach blonde hair said clenching her fists. I knew she wanted to kill me and to be honest didn’t know what stopped her from it. Tears just erupted from me like they did when I was a kid and ran as fast as I could till I couldn’t breathe. I just sat there on the desert floor sobbing. When I finally stopped crying and all that was left were a few belated tears I started walking as it turned out I had run halfway back to the car. When I reached it I turned on the radio and let the music lull me to sleep. It didnt take long for them to find me i was executed not far from the car and thats the end of my story, my life