The Towne: Mysterious Island

True, Rui resided at in the Towne a relatively short while, but he would like to believe that an uncharted island would not escape his attention. Despite Alice’s progress and continued advancement with genetic properties, surely she did not possess the power to create new territories en masse, to include monuments, an unknown homonid race, and ancient foliage. Yet these are the claims she made while leisurely enjoying a frozen yogurt.

“No, silly,” she said between licks, “They’ve always been there, of course. You just can’t see them for some reason – I think you refuse to acknowledge them actually. I think this is all a game you’ve offered me, and you think it is cute to pretend you don’t understand. Well, ha! I figured you out, so you can lay off.” She rolled over on her stomach, discarding the yogurt, as her clothes were gently removed by unseen hands. Rui caught his breath as he saw Alice tumble through the motions – a dainty foot extended while the sock was peeled off. She laughed and smiled, unaware that anything was odd of this undressing.

She did it all with her mind. Telekinetic movements beheld grace, yet Alice acted like nothing was amiss. She lay before Rui on the green grass, smiling and beckoning him to her. Rui’s mind recoiled, but his physicalities overpowered reason, and he melted into her embrace.

He dared on question first, to ease his inquisitive mind, “Is that where the others have gone? Is the island calling them?”

“But of course they are there,” Alice said between kisses, “wherever else would they go? If you had a map to paradise, don’t pretend you’d stay in the desert. This is why you must let me go. let me go even if you refuse to come!”


The Towne: Rui arrives on the scene…

The lab transferred him to the Towne to collect variant research samples. The residents were kept in the dark. Rui knew the very air was tainted. Good thing for him that he was the one to create the virus and therefore developed a cure simultaneously. The virus would not kill the residents, at least he did not figure for demise, but it would expand their minds and pave the way for dimensional travel.

He was not expecting infatuation to hit him so hard, but never before had a woman thrown herself at him – he was in uncharted waters. He told himself there was no room for love in science, that the pleasure lifestyle was beneath him; but her crystal blue eyes sent primal messages he could not ignore. Rui gave Alice the cure the first night they were intimate; fed it to her like candy. He carried the guilt of distorting the test group. He feared the repercussions with the lab, the loss of scientific data, and the non-conclusive final outcome.

But most of all he feared the side effects arising in Alice.

Oddly enough, she did not appear to be conscious to the slight changes and alterations her very being underwent. Rui noted the developments in his private journal, constantly reminding himself to separate her responses from those of society – Project Alice. He deeply sighed, already grieving the end of a passionate love affair. Nobody could accept that they were unknowingly being subjected to experimental testing, let alone still care for the man who erased normal reality. Yes, Rui knew he would lose Alice. He simply could not refuse the ride.