T-thump.... T-thump.... T-thump.
can hear it. I'm about to see it.
behind the door. The air is burning in my lungs, driving me mad. I'm breathing
too fast, sure. Too fast. But I can't stop now. Really, I can't do it. The
wound stopped bleeding and it's burning hard The same thought is always beating
in my head, it's growing inside me like the crazy throbbing of my heart.
It wants me now.
course, it's only a cold and bare fact, but also relentless like that ticking
sound from the ship's engines.
empty eyes widened to nothing, their torn up bodies...got mauled...killed. I couldn't
stop to see them like nasty living frames against the dark. Now it's just me,
all alone. Nothing else to eat but me.
T-thump.... T-thump.... T-thump.
heart is pounding, maybe it will explode and fill the vibrating floor of this
damned ship. Maybe, but not yet. There's some rustling in the shadow down
there, it's too low to track it clearly. But I know where it is, it's crawling
behind that airtight door. So hurry up and run along. Sure, I'd do it. But
where? I can hear a prolonged squeak now.
will break that door in.
there's a maintenance hatch under my fingers. I can crawl out into the engine
room. My only chance is to abandon ship before it does, before I go mad or get eaten.
But my dead mates are still accusing me silently, I can feel their blown off
faces staring at me in the dark. I know, my friends. We shouldn't have done it,
we shouldn't have brought it aboard.
know,” the zoo officer said to me before leaving Ventspills, the sixth planet
of Alnitak's solar system, “an Alnitakian daemon can be a very dangerous and
unpredictable being.” An imperceptible smile hovered around her thin pale lips,
her round face became even more flat. “Currently we only know that it's
incredibly fierce and has amazing predatory skills,” she kept running her
mouth, “but you won't have any trouble getting it to Pismis VIII. We sedated it
just after the capture, so it's not feeling any of this. It'll be in a coma
until delivery to our local exobiologists. So, men, think of the good you're
doing to improve our knowledge,” she said, entering the payment into our bank
account from her personal device. “Finally we'll understand how it breeds, my
damned officer was completely wrong. The burning under my skin won't stop. It's
beating me from the right side to my mind. They knew too little about the
daemon's anatomy to keep that being in a real coma, their sedation didn't run.
It killed my comrades and...has bitten me too, that
long? Maybe for too long. I'm burning now. Oh, yeah! It could be poisonous, why
heart grows heavy. The engine's ticking is too loud for me. I break down the
last hatch and let myself fall into the engine room. I'm in. The barge is at
something blows up.
main door gives way.
it is. Its eyes are yellow like the anger, its skin is made of scaly crests.
It's staring at me, switching its blue tongue among those sharp teeth. There's
nothing between me and the being. It could jump on me, but.... It crouches down
and cracks a rare smile. I'm trembling. I can't move.
skin is really burning now and I'm not able to resist. And yet it still doesn't
jump on me. It's just watching me as if fascinated. I tremble more and more, I
can't move at all. Suddenly I can feel my skin rising and becoming scaly.
wasn't poisonous. I grab my head. The hair stays trapped in my fingers, they're
falling in heaps. But that absurd being doesn't stop staring at me while my
bones are changing into something else.
it wasn't poison.
alien wave hits me from within. I'm screaming now, but I can't hear my own
found out, exobiologists.
I know how the Alnitakian daemon breeds. I found it out at my expe...grrrrrrrowl!