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Unity by Elly Bangs

Unity by Elly Bangs

Author:Elly Bangs [Bangs, Elly]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Fiction, Science Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Cyberpunk
ISBN: 9781616963422
Google: X7y_zQEACAAJ
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Published: 2021-04-15T07:00:00+00:00


Part III: Unity

I

MY VISION IS FULL of stars and fire. My ears are ringing. I’m locked inside this machine and it’s flipped onto its back, torn open and bleeding to death. I’m in the driver’s seat, hanging upside down from the seatbelt, looking out through the empty windshield at a sky made of sand stretched over an ocean of stars. At the same time, I’m crawling out into the fire-lit billowing smoke. Somehow I’m in both places at once. That’s strange—but I’m too full of adrenaline and in too much of a hurry to stop to think about it, because they’re coming. Whoever fired that rocket is coming.

By the time I’ve cut myself loose from the seat straps, I can already see them, the headlights of their truck like eyes in the dark, and I can hear them shouting to one another, running, almost on us. I’m taking cover behind the engine, priming my rifle, aiming it—but somehow at the same moment, I’m also pulling Naoto from the wreck, and there’s so much blood, and I can’t tell whether it’s mine or his. “Danae,” he calls me—but I’m not her—but I am.

Only in this moment does it finally occur to me to turn my head, and when I do I’m already there, looking back: I’m seeing myself through my own other eyes. Because I have two bodies. Because I am both Alexei and Danae.

It’s too much. I can’t. My vision blurs. Four legs go slack under me. I feel myself start to faint.

And then

in the darkness that takes me

in a flood of images and sounds and sensations and

simply knowing things I should not be able to know

I begin to remember

everything.



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