CHAPTER 3: KRISTIE OUR SAVIOUR
In my younger days, basically two or three years ago, not only did these trackers come to look for me but I was also black-listed by the government for all the damage I caused in the city trying to escape the clutches of evil. Syncing the Chi X7C Asteroid Blaster to Isabelle’s guns is still one of my pride creations till date. The X7C is connected to one or multiple of my chakras through my wrist and shoots my chi outward, the blast effect ranges from pin pricks to OH MY GOD THE WORLD WAS HIT BY AN ASTEROID SOMETIME BEFORE KRISTIE AND HAD TO RESTART ITSELF FROM SCRAP. That’s why there are still so many junkyards. Some refer to Kristie as our saviour, some say she was a prophet sent by the saviour, some don’t believe she ever existed. Anyway, she’s important enough to be used as a date reference so, I guess that says it all.
“In two hundred and sixty-five meters, turn left, then left again”, Isabelle directs.
I’d forgotten about the reficerelum for a moment.
Justis suddenly lunged forward. For Kristie’s sake, will you put on your seatbelt, Justis, do you want to fly out through the windscreen??
“Isabelle, are you okay? We’ve been hit.”
“System check-up. No harm done.”
“Good, activate your projectile identification, would you? I mean, I didn’t feel the hit but I would like to know what we’re up against.”
Justis, be useful, look at that blue button, the second we turn left at that corner, I want you to press it multiple times. I’m going to enter a series of commands and that helps Isabelle to process them faster because whoever is after us has realized she’s bulletproof and is going to try to bulldozer us. We need speed, I need you… Yes, it’s just like that game you play, I’ve seen you beat multiple records, you can do it.
Have you ever tried to catch an insect and then you just don’t see it anymore then it suddenly zooms past you and flies out the window? Well, I’m that insect, except I’m waiting for you at the corner with armed guns. I can barely see the driver but I know my surprise is effective.
“Cue it, Isabelle.”
The music starts to play as I spin around myself immediately we turn into the corner to face our attacker and I fire the X7C at a thirty percent energy capacity.
“Kristie,” I see Justis sign… No, I’m not dramatic. Did I really need the music? Yes, I feel like it was a moment and moments need background music. What? How dare you? I like this music, it’s part of the things I found in the junkyard when I was looking for parts for Isabelle and it seemed like destiny. Why do I repeat half of your questions out loud? Because my understanding of sign language is limited and when I don’t know some signs, I’d rather confirm I’m answering the right question. You are welcome.
“Isabelle, I need the Taser, let’s complete the job.” A compartment opens.
Look, Justis, I’m going to drive next to the bulldozer and I need you to take the wheel, don’t try to drive off without me, Isabelle wouldn’t listen to you. The door slides open upwards and I crank open the passenger door before grabbing the Taser and jumping in.
He’s not moving, my chi has blocked his chakras so he’s not dead but he’s pretty much a vegetable. I move him forward so I can find his spinal cord and I place the Taser at a point where both electric nodes are touching the exterior parts of the vertebra, then I hold down a button. His body barely flinches. He’ll wake up with a lot of pain in his neck because of an invisible code bar tattoo on that area and a strong distaste for my chi; this means he wouldn’t be able to come within reach of me if we are ever to encounter again. I search his pockets for anything that can give me information on him. In one of his pockets I finally find a wallet. I flip through the multiple ID’s and credit cards and then my heart stops. There’s a picture of Justis. Why? I take it before throwing the wallet out. We’re too far from the ground so I don’t see it after a few seconds.
Well, YOU are one lucky fella… Cuz you’re never leaving my sight again.
“Let’s go Isabelle, I need to be home before nightfall.”
“System check-up, permission to continue itinerary.”
“Destination in 302 kilometres.”
Look at this, Justis, isn’t this beautiful? Yeah, whatever, you don’t see it because you don’t need this stuff. Are you coming with me or are you staying with Isabelle? No, scratch that, you’re coming with me, just remembered I’m not letting you out of my sight. Be useful and take the metal detector out of the glove box… Of course, I’m not stupid, I can regulate it to find the properties I need.
“Isabelle, chameleon mode and voice over on. I don’t want to have to come and look for you. No hide and seek today or I will start putting a lock on you as well as landing you on the ground.”
“I will come when you call.”
“Good. Thank you, Isabelle.”
“Do you need back up?”
“Yes, be on the lookout.”
I can see Justis making faces at Isabelle from the corner of my eye. Don’t be rude, Justis, let’s go.
I jump out of the car, careful not to use my right hand for landing and I hear a loud THUD not too far from me.
“Kristie! Are you okay, Justis? Did you not hear Isabelle never really lands because she doesn’t like dirt?”
Justis raises up a thumb to say “I’m okay” but doesn’t actually move anything else so I rush over.
“You’re laughing?”, I start to laugh too.
Justis signs, “That was my most pathetic fall ever.”
“It’s okay, Isabelle and I have had worse. Here’s a handkerchief, your nose is bleeding… No, don’t worry it doesn’t look broken, does it feel broken?”
“I didn’t even put my hands up to break my fall or anything… (Justis laughs and sighs) I’m a potato.”
Now we’re both laughing.
I sign back, “You’re a sweet potato”, before helping Justis stand up. I pick up the metal detector and set its parameters to find reficerelum.
Our junkyard looks like and old research facility, there are lots of scientific related debris, remains of laboratories and what might have been offices some time Before Kristie.
The metal detector starts beeping really loudly the more I head north. We’re close. It points towards broken down infrastructure with no entrance in sight. I sigh… we’re going to have to climb over the chunks of ruins. Justis pats my back encouragingly and starts to climb. I’m happy when we get to the top and see that the ruins on the way down are arranged in a stepping stone formation. Climbing down is tricky for me, too bad I’ll have to face it on our way out. I reduce the volume on the metal detector because its beeping is starting to give me a headache.
“What’s that dripping?”, Justis signs and points. I put the metal detector underneath the dripping. It’s just water.
“Who’s paranoid now?”, I shout at Justis who just stares at me like I’m an idiot. Then louder, I call Isabelle not wanting to have to drag the scrap metal out of the crater of ruins. I hold up the metal detector for Isabelle to retrieve it with her magnetic skid plate and know which metal to attract. I drop to the floor so nothing hits me on its way up but Justis doesn’t hit the ground earthquake protection style until I yell “DUCK!” just as a scrap pulls itself from the underneath some chunks almost hitting us.
“Kristie! When you see people running away from something, do you run in the opposite direction towards said danger?”, I ask out loud. The only reply I get is a pronounced middle finger. I probably deserve that.