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Date: 26th June, 2218
Maple Islands, South Atlantic Ocean, 05:00 AM Local Time
“Commander Aj…listen to me..!” Dr. Alexander, the head scientist spoke hastily on the video Broadcast message.
“There’s…there’s something terrible happening … on these islands..! It’s…it’s some sort of epidemic & we …all are infected…! I know y…y…you are assigned on this mission. But…” his voice stopped abruptly as he collapsed.
Technical Research Team goes missing
21st June The Technical Research team from the Riverdell HQ, who had been sent to Maple Islands following certain ‘unresolved’ experiments happening there, has suddenly gone missing. Sources also suggest there is an outbreak of an unknown epidemic on the islands, which has resulted many casualties, leading to mass evacuation. A recent press release made by the HQ suggests that a new team of ‘Super soldiers’ will soon be sent for further investigation on the islands.
In further reports, the INDRA 108 Astronomical Signal Observatory located on the Riverdell HQ has detected certain unexplainable Radio Frequency Signals being emitted from the Maple Islands; however, where they are transmitted is yet to be detected by the authorities. Further confirmation is yet to be received.
Date: 23rd June, 2218
Riverdell Headquarters, South Atlantic Ocean
“Let’s finalize Commander Aaron Jackson ‘Aj’ for this mission...” Dr. John Jerrico instructed his team, “He’s by far the best soldier I ever know & his Brain mapping tests have given superb results. I think he is the perfect person for this dangerous mission..!”
Date: 26th June, 2218
12:05 AM Local Time
“Aj, jump in...!”The Pilot shouted. As I jumped in, the VTOL (Vertical take-off & Landing) aircraft took off. Seated inside were 4 other people. As I sat down, I got there info through scanners fitted in my eyes. Instantly, I got their names with facial recognitions. Bruno, Olivia, Dr. Frank, and Bruce.
Dr. John Jerrico, my mentor, my friend, was briefing me about the mission just before we started. "You are now injected with an advanced Bacterium that has enhanced your brain with 100% abilities. You can see, hear & do all the things that are more advanced than any of us, making you a Supersoldier…!” Pointing towards my eyes, he said. “The advanced micro scanners fitted on the Retina of your eyes are connected to your brain & are helping you scan every object with precision. You can even read incoming messages and can speak to other people through your scanners. Remember, RED scans indicate DANGER...! Now about your mission...”
“The Olmova Continents Republic (OCR) have seized our scientific labs on the Maple islands & are conducting some experiments, without our permissions. A Technical Research Team was sent to investigate the scenario on the islands. One of the members, Dr Alexander, is reported to be alive. Your mission is to find out where the earlier Technical team is & what experiments are being conducted down there. Our Radar Drones are picking up unidentified Radio Frequency Signal waves being sent up high in the space from those islands...! We need to check the destination where these waves are transmitted…!”
We were dropped on the islands with parachute landing.
"Kinda spooky here..." Bruce said. The entire area was covered by thick bushes and big trees, barely allowing the early morning sunlight to reach down. The scanners on my eyes revealed the Labs were around 6 klicks towards North.
Suddenly a piercing pain shoot in my head. A huge planet. A white light in the distance. A wired huge computer. Violet lights flashing all around. What's all this? Where am I?
Deluged, I stumbled down. "Commander, you OK?" Dr. Frank shook me. I came back to my senses.
What was that I just saw? Was it a vision of something?
"Aj... Listen to me....!" I suddenly heard Dr. John's voice on my comms. "You need to move to the research facility in less than 15 minutes. Dr. Alexander is trapped inside. Reach there before the electric supply automatically shuts down...! Else all the servers will self-detonate erasing out all the information...!"
Immediately using my scanners, I plotted the fastest route to reach there.
Heading deeper into the island, I was getting continuous info through the scanners fitted in my eyes. All of my team had latest Heartbeat Scanners fitted on their guns that could detect any movement around.
Using scanners and my intuition, I finally reached the labs.
The time for automatic shutdown was 9 minutes.
The gates were open, and the entire facility was empty. Covered from all sides without a single window, the whole facility was dark. The scans in my eyes showed no signs of any humans.
How could the entire complex be abandoned this way?
Abruptly my eye scanners detected unidentified Radio Frequency Signals coming from deep in the lab.
Who is sending them when the entire facility is vacant?
We slowly entered the facility and proceeded ahead in deep darkness.
Suddenly a piercing pain shoots in my head. A huge planet. A white light in the distance. A wired huge computer. Violet lights flashing all around. The white light is a huge hole. I am flying somewhere in space. What's all this? Where am I?
Again the same vision. As I tried to analyse it, suddenly huge sounds of gunfire brought me back to my senses. In an instant, the whole facility erupted into a battleground. Nothing was visible in darkness. Each one of us ran for cover. The scanners in my eyes tagged 15 shooters, marked in RED.
How come they were not displayed on my scans?
I had no time to think about it. As I rapidly scanned them, I came to know that they belonged to the Olmova Continents Republic Army (OCAR). Tagging the front line soldiers using my scans, I sent the co-ordinates to Olivia, who fired laser shots at the exact locations and took most of them down.
The time for automatic shutdown was 5 minutes.
“Bruce, maintain your 6 o clock…!! Bruno, you guard 9’oclock..!! Check for more enemy movements around…!!! Use your laser shots to take them down...!”
I fired down commands to my team. Tagging all the rear line shooters, I immediately sent the co-ordinates to Dr. Frank and Bruce, who took them down instantly.
The meter room were located at the far end of a long Service Passage.
The time for automatic shutdown was 2 minutes.
Running as fast as I can, I spotted the Rooms & opening the Control Panel, I re switched the blown fuse. However, the wires were burned out. Olivia searched around & finally found another set of wires. Re attaching them, I installed the fuse in the socket.
The time for automatic shutdown was 30 seconds.
With time running out fast, I tripped up the power supply switch. The display board indicator showed all the panels receiving the electric charge. With just 5 seconds to bare, all the panels got charged & in a moment, the whole facility lit up with lights.
As I came out of the passage, all the shooters were down. Still something’s weren’t making sense.
Why did my scanners fail?
Bruce & Dr. Frank started investigating the other respective labs.
“Commander, you’ll like to take a look here.” Bruno’s voice brought me to my senses. I looked where Bruno was pointing. Two humans were lying there, lifeless. They were Research Scientists at the Lab from Riverdell HQ. The Bio scan indicated no signs of violence on their body.
What could have killed them?
Suddenly I got a thought. I located the main server and started accessing it using one of the terminal computers.
As I scanned through the software, the information displayed took me by shock.
“The OCR soldiers had the same Bio scanners fitted in their eyes as I have, Bruce.” I said.
“Probably that’s the reason your scanners couldn’t locate them when we entered the facility. They made themselves invisible from you.” Olivia replied.
“That’s right...but…..” Again I was taken aback. “There are a set of messages that were being sent to some location.”
Checking the computer, the output that displayed again was a shock to me.
The messages were being sent to OUR headquarters.
“It means SOMEONE from our facility is directly in contact with these people. Now who’s that...?”
“Commander….Have a look at this…” Dr. Frank gave me a canister.
It was about 10" long and was made of Steel & glass and looked empty.
Suddenly a piercing pain shoot in my head. A huge planet. A white light in the distance. A wired huge computer. Violet lights flashing all around. The white light is a huge hole. I am flying somewhere in space. I couldn’t see the source of light. What’s happening?
Again the vision. This time a bigger one.
“We have a leak in our base. We need to find out who’s helping these people..!” I said.
“Commander, I am still unable to locate the Technical Research Team & Dr. Alexander.” Olivia said, as she scanned the computers. “However, out of the encrypted data, I managed to get some info. I’ll patch you whatever I’ve collected,” She transferred the data to my eye scanners.
“What’s Operation Whip-Smart?” I said as I scanned the Top Secret Research Reports. “Check if you can get any cross references as its one word that’s being used many times.”
Was Operation Whip-Smart related in any way to the killings happening?
“Commander..!” Dr. Frank came running towards me, “I scanned the tissues in those bodies. The cause of death is same in both cases, massive blood coagulation leading to Multiple Organ Failure. However…” he paused “I’ve detected a parasite presence in their blood…some sort of an unknown species of microorganisms...”
As Dr. Frank was answering my questions, Bruno called me out and informed me of another storage Lab where certain empty glass canisters were kept immersed in ethanol, resembling the one that Dr. Frank had given me.
As I entered the lab, I saw the canisters kept in UV light. I approached to get a clear biograph reading.
Suddenly a piercing pain shoot in my head. A huge planet, which looks like Earth. A wired huge computer. A Huge Hole in the distance. Violet lights flashing all around. I am flying somewhere in space. What’s happening?
Again the visions.
“Commander, three more bodies of scientists belonging to Riverdell HQ are discovered. Same cause of dead.” Dr. Frank’s voice brought me back to my senses.
As I turned, suddenly I felt something. I looked at the canisters, and, my vision flickered.
I saw a biograph scan in violet color. I got a data analysis of the canisters, revealing a microbe, with graphs running up and down showing a rotating 3D geometry of some undulating form which I couldn’t recognize. My vision kept flickering, trying to get a clear reading.
“These are not empty canisters, Bruno..! There is something inside...something which I can’t recognize…! We need to contact the HQ immediately. They need to know what’s happening here..!”
As I approached the connection terminal, Olivia came running towards me.
"Aj...! I think someone's trying to contact us..!" She showed me the display tab. Someone deep inside the facility complex was sending a video broadcast message.
"Dr Alexander....!" I almost screamed as I saw the incoming message.
Running towards Bruce, I said. "Check the source of this message and patch me the co-ordinates. Fast..!"
The source of the message was on the far other side of the labs. As I and Olivia moved ahead, Bruce gave me the location on my eye scanners. The position was almost 1 klick South. As I approached the source, suddenly I got a feeling. WE’RE UNDER ATTACK….! SOMEONE’S ATTACKING US…!
“Load your weapons all of you..! Bruno... hack the Automated Machine guns around the periphery of the facility and activate them...!” I shouted commands at my team, desperately to think about my next step.
Suddenly, shooters sprang up and I heard gunfire from almost all directions. I got danger readings on my scanners in Red. They belonged to the OCAR. The facility was lit up and all shooters were wearing Gas Masks and Protective cloths.
“Olivia…check your 9’o clock..!” I screamed at her as I saw incoming fire from that direction.
“Aj…the location says Alexander is in the South wing…! We need to move there..!” Olivia screamed in the incoming fire.
I tagged the enemy’s positions using the scanners and plotted their co-ordinates to the Automated Machine guns, which immediately started firing on all of the enemy shooters. Within minutes, all of them were dead. But that left a question in my mind.
Why were they trying to kill me and my team?
Crossing the West wing, I reached the South Side Lab.
As I entered, I was startled.
The whole Lab was filled with dead bodies, & as I checked my scanners, everyone had the same cause of death: Multiple Organ Failure through Massive Blood Coagulation.
Suddenly my scanners picked up Alexander's location. He was on the far side of the lab in one of the server rooms. I sprinted fast and knocked open the door.
Dr. Alexander was lying inside, fainted. There were no wound marks on his body. He appeared to be effected by the epidemic.
“Commander, I hacked all the files and I got a shocking information. All the data-communications were happening between our HQ and the Olmova Research Centre. They were in contact with ….you better check it yourself...!” Bruno's voice echoed in my comms.
As I entered the research labs, I checked all the communications. And.... I was shocked.
“Dr. John Jerrico?” his name was present in all the communications. “He’s the head of our Scientific Technology Department..! He provided all the required information to the Technical Research Team for this mission. How’s this possible?” Dr. John was not only the head of our Research Facility and the Mastermind behind the creation of my Superbrain, but also a good friend & my mentor.
Suddenly a voice cracked in my head, “Commander AJ….you hear me?”
I knew the voice at once. It was Dr. John. He was speaking to me through the bio scanners.
“Be...before you come across any decision, please listen to me…I have a very short time left….” He was sounding desperate.
“I told you to reach the facility as soon as you landed because I wanted you to check all the information behind this project. I was in touch with the OCR heads. Together we were doing a hidden research on how to develop a Superbrain for soldiers and we named it Operation Whip-Smart. After years of research, we came across a rare species of Bacteria, the Pseudo clostridium Reus. After proper scientific tests, we found out that this could elevate the Brain functioning of humans to 100%, making it a superbrain. I then conducted Brain Mapping tests on the best fleet of Commandoes in our army. Out of all the Commandoes, we found your Brain was a lot more different than the others, which made us decide to inject the bacteria inside you.” sounding exhausted, he paused.
A Bacterium inside me?
“But, there was a twist. Along with you….without informing the representatives of OCR, we injected the Bacteria to a team of 5 doctors working at the Lab on the Maple Islands, and myself, as we thought that’ll enhance our brain, making us a superpower on earth dominating all the nations. We deceived the OCR & kept this information hidden. We used the superbrain technology entirely for ourselves, enabling us to become the most advanced beings on earth.”
“However, this was our biggest mistake. The bacteria which we thought was rare changed its behaviour, totally going against what we had discovered. It mutated wildly in our bodies, and started hampering with our nervous system. We….we tried every possible antibiotics available, but we couldn’t stop it…! All the 5 doctors died back at the research facility, gradually spreading the epidemic. The Bacteria is already spreading through air which is why emergency evacuation has started in the neighbouring islands…!”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
So that explained the death of all the scientists in the lab.
But how come the Bacteria hasn’t poisoned me?
“These Bacteria made us po….potential hazard to the environment. When the OCR government came to know about this, they issued orders to their armies to take us down immediately…!”
“That explains the attacks on us, Dr. John.” I answered back. “That meant we are now the carriers of a dangerous Bacteria and a potential biohazard to the entire environment.”
“We even portrayed OCR as a Bad Nation for our own good….but things never worked out that way…!”
"But how come the virus hasn’t affected me till now?" I asked as I had many other things to tackle with.
“I have no idea Aj. Probably your brain is too strong for them to attack you… Whatever the case is …..the OCR armies will….will come back to take you down….”Dr .Moore, totally exhausted answered with concern.
Suddenly a piercing pain shoot in my head. I am seeing Planet Earth. A wired huge computer. The White light is now Violet. I could see some part of a huge spaceship or something like that, entering through the Huge Hole. Most importantly, our Earth is turning rapidly into Brown. What’s happening?
“AJ, I….I did further research on the Bacteria present in my blood…” he paused, trying to gain strength. “The origins of these bacteria are never present on any form anywhere on earth. It’s composition, it’s mutation, it’s Cell structure is not like bacteria present on earth…making it…”…he paused.
“You are saying that the Bacteria present inside us is…..” I feared the answer coming.
“Yes …it’s ALIEN…The bacteria is actually an Alien species inhibiting on earth since the last millions of years. They need water for growth, and they mutate very easily in moisture climate. However, they can’t survive in extreme heat & very high temperatures. They probably came with some meteor that had hit our planet some million years ago. Since then, they were waiting for someone to help them activate themselves. Now, they'll stop at nothing to annihilate humanity from earth....! ”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. An Alien bacterium is present inside me? Why am I still not affected by the bacteria?
“This virus has eaten away my nervous system…” Dr. John, now totally exhausted, replied back, “There is no antidote for this virus. It’s immune & indestructible to almost every antibiotic available.”
Somehow he replied back. “Listen to me, Commander. I was blinded with greed for power. But now only you can do something & save the humanity…!”
As I disconnected, I now understood what was exactly happening on the islands. But now the question remained…how do I destroy the Aliens?
“Dr. Frank, test my blood and see what’s so different inside me and why I am immune to the virus.” I instructed the doctor who was almost collapsing to immediately start testing my blood samples.
“Commander, the observation drone stationed above has finally found the source of the unidentified Radio Frequency Waves…!” Bruce came running towards me & said. “The source is detected to be one Secret facility almost 5 stories down in earth…!”
Suddenly piercing pains shoot in my head. I saw a huge computer, with wires attached to huge canisters. Violet coloured currents were coming out from the computer. A huge hole in the sky. A huge spaceship, almost the size of earth was entering in, surrounded with violet coloured electro waves. The earth was slowly turning brown. What was this?
“Commander, the Drone has tracked the destination of the Radio Frequency Signals...!” Bruno’s voice got me back, “They are being sent to some other part of the Universe, somewhere near the MGHK 2210 Galaxy, around 700 million Light Years away from earth..!”
As I tried to analyse the answers, suddenly the realisation striked me with the speed of light.
“The aliens are down there…!” I exclaimed. “Since the start of this mission, I am getting continuous unexplained visions of our earth suddenly turning brown, with some huge spaceship trying to enter earth. From these perceptions, I do think the aliens are down there are trying to contact their planet. It looks as if someone from that far off is controlling them & that surely means the destruction of earth..!”
“He’s right. There is a secret basement below...” Dr. Alex, almost fainting, answered “ That’s where the OCR & Riverdell have stored the samples of these bacteria for…”
“YOU CAN FINISH THE VIRUS COMMANDER…!” Dr. Frank came running in the Control Room.
“I conducted tests on all of our blood samples.” He paused “We all are infected by this epidemic. The Bacterium is expanding in our blood, slowly mutating and spreading through air, affecting the bodies of all humans. But, in AJ’s blood, I found something surprising. I never saw the Violet coloured Alien cells in your blood, which ARE present in the bloods of all the dead scientists in the Lab, including us. Curious about this, I then added their blood cells in your blood samples and……you better come and see the result….”
Stunned, we all went with him in the testing Lab. He then showed me the infected blood samples in the electron microscope. He then added some drops of my blood into them.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Within seconds, all the bacteria in the infected blood samples were vanished…!!
How was it possible? How come my blood became immune to the virus without any anti-biotic?
“Your BRAIN is the REAL MASTERMIND, Commander…! When the Alien virus was injected inside you, your brain used the virus’s power against itself. It gained a capability of 100% function, plus it also created an Anti-dote of the virus in your blood. Your brain used the Alien power & self-created antibodies inside your bloodstream & the Antidote, which can destroy the Alien Bacteria. When you had been inside the lab with the canisters, the Bacteria tried to infiltrate you. But your brain used the bacteria’s attack as a source & again created an advanced version antidote..! Your whole body is ENTIRELY immune to the Bacteria..! YOUR BRAIN REALLY IS THE MASTER WEAPON, Commander...!” Dr. Frank exclaimed. I was shocked.
My Brain created the Antidote?
“That explains the visions you are getting.” Bruno replied. “When the virus got injected in you, your brain realised the intentions of the alien virus. Therefore, your brain was showing you the future of our earth that the aliens wanted to create...! ”
That explained everything...!
I AM THE ANTIDOTE..! I CAN FINISH THEM…!
“Aj…I have terrifying news…!” Olivia exclaimed, “I just intercepted the OCR communications satellite...”she paused, “They are going to Nuke down this entire island…! The Bacterial infection is already spreading fast onto the neighbouring territories. With no antidote available & to stop the infection from spreading all over the world, the OCR have decided to drop a Nuclear Bomb on these islands..! These bacteria won’t survive the extreme high temperatures &…..nor do we..!” She then checked her watch.
“We have only 30 minutes time gap before they launch the Nuclear Missile…!”
“Bruce, find out how should I reach the basement. I need to go down there to stop these aliens...” Without wasting any time, I decided to do my job.
T minus 28 minutes to Launch
“The Basement is on the east side of the lab. There are a set of Elevators that’ll take you down till there. The canisters are kept in the Cold Chamber, just outside the elevator.” Dr. Frank gave me the necessary directions. “We can’t accompany you, Commander. We’ll get infected much faster as soon as we are near. You’re on your own down there. Wish you the best….!”Dr. Frank replied.
I went to the east side of the lab and took the elevators. As I descended down, I mentally prepared myself for the dangers further awaiting me.
The elevator halted. As the door opened, I saw a small corridor and a door at the end. As I stepped out, again I got visions.
I saw people fighting, dying for food. Epidemics all around, drought, skeletons of animals, dead bodies everywhere, the visions kept getting stronger.
I battled through all of them and went to the door. My eye scanners were continuously RED, indicating the entire area was infected.
I opened the door of the Cold Chamber. Instantly, my vision flickered. I got a violet scan of the entire Chamber.
T minus 20 minutes to Launch
And then I saw the Canisters.
They were kept surrounding the walls, and I got the violet scan reading of every canister, revealing a 3D geometrical revolving body in front of my eyes. Every canister revealed the same body & they all were mutating fast.
At the front wall, I then saw the Main Frame Computer.
It was exactly the way I had seen in my visions. It was huge, big in size with Racks of processors stacked one above the other.
The alien bacteria in the Canisters were using the Main Frame Computer to send radio frequency waves to one of the planets in the MGHK 2210 Galaxy to their Mother Mind, the main mind which was controlling them. I could feel the aliens communicating with each other inside my mind.
To minimize the distance, using their technology, they were creating a Wormhole, an Einstein-Rosen Bridge to travel from their Galaxy to ours, eventually attacking Earth and causing obliteration. Their intention was to establish total dominance on earth as this was the only planet with human habitat and good climate in the entire solar system.
T minus 12 minutes to Launch
I approached the computer, and instantly my whole body started heating. All the bacteria were infesting my body, trying to kill all the antibodies produced, but my body was resistant to it. I tried to establish contact with the Main Mother mind.
Instantly a text & a graph popped out in my eye-scanners:
“45 SECONDS FOR ASSIMILATION”
As my mind was trying to establish contact with the Mother Mind, I felt weak. I was fighting all the bad thoughts and all the visions the Bacteria was showing. I stressed my mind further and further.
And then I saw the Mother Mind.
It had a shape of a huge, big sphere, with violet color glowing from it. Its size was slowly increasing. It had many smaller spheres attached together and all of them had the same body geometry as I had seen in the bacteria present in the canisters.
The Mother Mind was slowly establishing contact with me, as I was the only one resisting all its attacks. The cells in my body slowly started assimilating with the DNA structure of the Alien Bacteria present in the canisters. The Antibodies inside me started destroying the Alien DNA composition. With the help of Radio Frequency Waves, slowly the antibodies inside me integrated with the Mother Mind, gradually destroying their internal structure and killing them.
I am floating above in space. A huge wormhole in the distance. And then I saw a super huge spaceship entering through the Wormhole. It's shape was much larger than the largest planet in our solar system, and it had huge tentacles attached to it.
It entered and started sending violet waves in the direction of earth. I saw the earth slowly losing its existence….AND I COULD DO NOTHING.
“NOOOOOOOO…” I shouted at the top of my voice. I imagined the Mother Mind crushing down into pieces. I put my entire power in my thoughts and pushed it towards the mind.
T minus 7 minutes to Launch
Instantly I saw a ray of white light emerging from the core of the Mother Mind. Slowly the mind developed cracks around it. Suddenly, all the fissures expanded wildly, with white light projecting out of all of them. The Mother Mind kept changing its color, probably trying to resist the explosion.
All of a sudden, the mother mind exploded, sending millions of shards all around with a huge beam of white light.
T minus 3 minutes to Launch
In an instant, all the glass canisters around me broke at once with deafening sound. The pain in my head shoot up, and I felt my head was exploding. With a huge cracking sound, the Mainframe computer broke, and I felt totally weak. I faintly heard the computer exploding and crashing down. Slowly, I lost my consciousness.
“Commander...you OK?" I heard a faint noise in the distance. Gaining strength, I opened my eyes. The Eye scanners were working perfectly, and displayed my health as 100% intact. As I sat up, I saw Bruno, Olivia, and Bruce at the entry. As they came near me, I got an intuition.
“I know all of you got injected by my blood...!" I said with relief.
“That’s right, Commander.” Bruno replied. “The OCR communication Satellite detected the destruction of the Bacteria. They've aborted the Nuclear Strike.”
“The Aliens exist no more”. As I looked around the destruction, no RED or Violet scans were displayed. With broken canisters everywhere, the Mainframe computer was totally destroyed.
“You did a good job, Commander” Dr. Frank talked on my wireless comms.
“Ah... well, that’s why I call myself AWESOME AJ…!” I said as I entered the elevator with my team.
Later the OCR took control of the lab. The epidemic vanished away instantly, and the evacuations of the neighbouring Islands were stopped. Operation Whip-Smart was sacked out immediately as some bigger doctors like Dr. John used this for their own sake without thinking about the wellness of the humanity.
However, this operation did help me develop a superbrain using which I could save planet earth and humanity from destruction.
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