All I remember is working on the biggest project at CERN we had tested so far. It Reached speeds we had never achieved before. I recall the thrill we all went through as we saw the speed build-up. The alarms rang, things started to shake, and the ceiling appeared to crack. We had to shut the project down and quickly. We needed to create a collision of the particles there and then. At that moment intense pain took me over like fire had engulfed me and the sound of wind was roaring through my ears. There was a flash of a bare white room which didn’t contain any furniture. It felt as if I had immersed myself in molten magma. All I remember is pain then… nothing. I woke up screaming from the pain as my skin still burned. It was all like a terrible nightmare, a nightmare that seemed…

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The rest of the day was quieter than usual between me and Caroline. We were intimate several times but found conversation wasn’t flowing. I did however enjoy getting ready with Caroline for the event. She looked amazing in the dress we picked out together and I felt amazing in the suit. I tried to compose myself as I felt my nerves settling in. I did not know how everyone will take me receiving a medal. We travelled by foot and pod to the main event. When we arrived, it astounded me how large it was. The field was full of Tuhingan and the stage was large. There were carts everywhere giving out food, drink and anything else you could want. If it was on Earth, I would have thought this was a spare no expense event. But I was on The Liberty, where they can make material out of thin…

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When I awoke in the morning, I felt like I had the best night’s sleep and couldn’t even remember having a nightmare. My situation still wasn’t perfect, however I could see that it was improving. I got out of bed, leaving Caroline to sleep and grabbed The Pebble from my jacket while going to the toilet.  Placing The Pebble onto the sink, I went to do my business and began searching the news again. This time I searched for Fabula’s article. I found it and read, getting engrossed by it. He had done an amazing job portraying me as some type of hero.  ‘Even against the greatest odd’s, after being hunted. He still rescued the girl!’ I couldn’t believe that he was talking about me. It seemed he used his creative ability of story telling and pushed it to the extreme. Making things fit together that he was told by…

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These giant snails then came towards us. They looked just like Earth snails, except two-and-a-half metres tall. Their shells appeared to shine in whatever light is around us, like metal plating on armour. They were fast moving, able to slither their way over to us from down on the edge of the village in just a couple of minutes. The snails had some seats on top of them and were made for riding.  “The lava gives them what they need to make these unique shells of theirs. They could survive a blast from an explosion if they had to.” I nodded, impressed. It would make for a unique ride to the wall, that was a sure thing. The seats on their backs looked quite large and comfortable. Something you could sit back and recline in. There were even some steps down the side for us to get up. Once on…

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The blind man’s name was Oculis Multarum and he remained our guide for the rest of the visit. He knew we were starving. We arrived to his settlement after lunch. So our first stop was the first building we came across, a farm. Before we approached, the blind man asked for us to turn off our torches. Of course we were reluctant. They were the only things lighting our way. But we did as we asked and as our eyes adjusted, we saw there was enough light to see everywhere. It was beautiful.  Beyond the farm we could see a large mound and out of it came the dust we saw before. Except here it was glowing, lighting up the area. The dust acting like glow sticks floating through the air. “Is this stuff safe to breathe?” asked Caroline. “I thought you said you couldn’t talk about the forest?” Oculis…

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One creature came into the light and stared into the bush. It stood there, wary, not paying us any attention. We all raised our guns towards it, it couldn’t see anything and Tu shot it. It died as dark blue blood spilled from its neck. It wasn’t an unusual thing to watch this grey furred, large wolf creature dying. Its red eyes seem to stare as death came to it. It wasn’t unusual when the wolves in the forest began howling. They all singing in unison in response to the death of one of their own. What was unusual was the sound of a Tuhingan shouting amongst the chorus of wolves.  “What is that?” Caroline asked as we heard it. “I don’t want to know!” Tu said as his head was darting left and right, trying to figure out where the things in the bush were.  We could hear rustles…

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“James, he may have committed a crime against you. Luckily you can say that you don’t want to follow it up. Tell me that now!” “Okay… Elatio has done nothing wrong and you should not follow this up!”  She relaxed for a moment. “At least that’s one problem solved. I will contact him personally after this.” I found it super strange why she had to do this and it was a stark reminder to me that Caroline wasn’t completely human. But it relieved me when she took the contents of the message seriously. “If Elatio is right, then you are in a lot of danger out here, James! We need to scan you immediately! Are you wanting to keep your conversation with Elatio secret?” “There wasn’t a conversation. He just sent me that message.” I said in a panicked tone. “Okay, request that I check your data for corruption and…

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We approached the group and they seemed happy to see us.  “Are you guys okay?” Nuntium said in a compassionless way. He was with the group and approached us. “Yeah, we’re fine!” Caroline replied. “Shame about Adventum, however, I am glad that you are okay!” Nuntium said as he stared at me. I felt my skin crawl as I looked at him. I wasn’t sure how to take him, Caroline seems to feel it too. “You seem to have settled well in the group!” “Yes, but we should all stick close together from now on!” He looked between me and Caroline. “We wouldn’t want anything to happen to you!”  “We wouldn’t want anything to happen to any of us!” I corrected him.  “Yes, exactly!” Nuntium looked around at the group who were leaving. “We’d best get going with the group then!” On that, he left. “Now I would understand if…

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We soon arrived at this station and as we came to the surface, this enormous wall confronted us. The tallest wall I have ever seen. The light from the reactor that heats the Liberty was weak over here and it was cold. There were a few tall buildings around but they all looked abandoned and had tree’s growing through them. The road we began walking on was crumbling and disused. Very different from the wall, which seemed almost new. “Ahh, the great wall!” A Tuhingan with a pink scarf said while looking at the wall. “The thing that separates us and horrors from The Liberties past!” “Why would that little girl come this way?” Caroline inquired. “She was an explorer, she wanted to prove to her mother she was ready to go out and be a scavenger. So what better place than the dark side of The Liberty.” Adventum explained. “How…

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“Why don’t you eat?” Caroline said as I was moving my spoon around the bowl of something resembling muesli.  “I know I am going to be murdered again!” I said with absolute confidence. “You won’t James! They need all the help they can get to find this child. Besides, we can always separate from the group.” “To find ourselves lost and unable to get back?” “Or to be eaten by something resembling a Lion” she joked, chuckling. “Can that happen!?” “James! Does it matter? You’ll be fine!” I looked at her, trying to think how I should respond to her. I wanted to appear brave, even though I was terrified inside. Seeing those news articles made me feel so much more anxious than I ever did before. I felt like there was a genuine threat, instead of just the stress of not knowing what is going on most of the…

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We all went to the door and opened it to find an extensive amount of security officers gathered around the building. They were all hiding behind cover and facing their rifles towards us. “Let the child go!” An announcement said.  “What!? Caroline?” Elatio looked over at her and said this in such an accusing way. Caroline looked at him, shocked. “This is nothing to do with us! You did nothing illegal.” Caroline said.  “Bah, you cannot trust Companions.” Elatio continued. “And after all of that pleasant stuff you said!” “Honestly Elatio, I do not understand what is going on!” “Bring the child, now!” said the announcer, using an alien device to make their voice louder. “I believe her Elatio, Caroline wouldn’t do this!” I said He took a deep breath. “I suppose it could have been Nasum. She may have contacted one of my mothers. I’ll talk to them! Make…

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