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Jensen Lover 37
SCIENTISTS AND TRANSGENICS
Liz glanced at Sandaman a couple times as he led her down a dark hallway. She gasped and felt tears come to her eyes when she saw the caged and undernourished ‘animals’. “Why are they locked up?” she asked with an unsteady voice.
Sandaman sighed sadly, “Those ones are the X2’s and X3’s, barley any of them still exist anymore. They are more animal than human. They don’t speak and they act like the animal they are.—As far as we know the X3’s can understand what we are saying, however, the X2’s cannot. Those ones over there are the X4’s. The majority of their traits are human except for their outward appearance. Before I had to go into hiding they all had the run of this floor…”
“You know we’re standing right here and can hear you, asshole!” the one that looked like a lizard said.
Sandaman chuckled, “That would be Mole. He always has had a colorful personality.”
Liz raised an eyebrow and thought to herself, ‘Reminds me of someone I used to know,’ as an image of Ava popped into her head.
“What about the original X’s?” Liz asked curiously.
Sandaman smiled, “There are only two X1’s, but I call them my boys. They are special. Come this way.”
Liz followed Sandaman down the stairs when she heard, “Father?” She watched as Sandaman smiled affectionately.
“Yes, Joshua. There is someone I want you to meet.”
Liz watched as the large shadow of a man appeared out of the darkness and tried to hide his face, but she could see…the poor guy had too much K9 DNA in him. She smiled at him and held out her hand, “Hi there, Big Guy. I’m Liz.”
Joshua slowly reached for her hand and held it. “L-Liz s-special?” he asked roughly.
She laughed and nodded, “Yeah, Josh. In some ways I’m special.”
Joshua sniffed the air, “Cat?”
Liz chuckled, “No. The cat is my boyfriend. He has cat in his cocktail, as he likes to call it.”
Joshua leaned his head to the side, “What’s in Liz’s cocktail?”
This caused Liz to frown. She knew she had Alien in her cocktail now, but technically Antarian powers were ultimately highly evolved human powers…so what exactly did that make her and the others? She looked Joshua in the eye, “You know what, Josh…I don’t know. I really don’t know.”
No one said anything for a moment and then they all heard whimpering. “Isaac!” Sandaman yelled in concern. Liz noticed Joshua look scared as Sandaman ran off to Isaac.
She walked up to him and placed a hand on his arm, “Hey, big guy, what’s wrong?”
He looked at her sadly, “Joshua try to protect Isaac. Try to be good big brother…but they locked me away from him.”
Liz wanted so badly to comfort the gentle giant, in front of her, “Come on, big guy. Show me Isaac. I won’t hurt him, I promise.” Joshua agreed, but reluctantly and when they got to Isaac and Sandaman...Sandaman was crying along with his son as he rocked him back and forth. When Sandaman didn’t say anything she looked at Joshua.
“Isaac sad father had to go. When he wouldn’t stop crying they cut out Isaac’s tongue to make him stop,” he said angrily.
Liz knew she had to try. No one deserved that, especially not the poor guy in front of her.
She slowly walked over to father and son and let Isaac smell her to prove she wasn’t a threat. She smiled at Isaac when he looked at her, “Hey there, tough guy. I know you probably think that there is no way for me to help you…But will you let me try?”
She waited and let Isaac study her to his heart’s content and rewarded him with a large smile when he nodded yes. She gently brought her hand to his head and smoothed back his hair that was damp from falling into his tears, “I want you to look into my eyes and don’t look away, okay?”
It took less time for him to respond this time, which let her know that she was going to have to leave the connection open both ways, so that he would know that he could trust her. With that thought she opened the connection between them and felt around for his damaged appendage. She tried her best to ignore the scene’s of his life, that made her want to kill the guards, and put all her energy into finding some way to ‘heal’ his tongue.
When she was done, she gently broke the connection so as not to scare him. She was extremely weak from the energy she had used. Before her world went black she saw Isaac turn to Sandaman and say, “F-f-at-th-er?”
‘It had worked,’ was her thought as she watched everything fade out.
Liz groaned as she began to wake up. The room she was in seemed so bright, which caused the pulsing pain in her head to worsen. She felt people around her and heard them talking to her, but her head and her pain was taking center stage at the moment. She winced when she tried to sit up, “Aspirin!”
She felt someone help her move back to sit back against the headboard. Then she felt a glass of water being placed in her hand and as aspirin at her lips. She opened her mouth to take the aspirin and then slowly and carefully brought her glass of water to her lips and swallowed heavily.
She plopped back heavily and sighed, “Fuck that hurt!”
“Baby, are you okay?” She heard Alec ask. She reached out toward his voice and felt him grasp her hand.
“Can we turn the lights out?” she asked quietly.
“Okay, they’re out, Lizzie,” she heard Lydecker say after a moment. Liz slowly opened her eyes and tried to relax a bit.
She sighed and found Alec, Lydecker, Sandaman, Isaac and Joshua standing around her in concern, “How long have I been out?”
Alec leaned over and smoothed her hair lovingly, “Baby, you’ve been out for three days,” he said in concern.
“Huh. Never realized that had such a kick to it,” she groaned.
“Little guy okay?” Joshua asked her.
Liz smiled at him, “Yeah, I’m good big guy.” Then she looked over at Isaac, “How about you, tough guy? How are you feeling?”
Isaac sat down next to her and held her hand, “Isaac want to thank…little tough guy.”
Liz smiled at him and leaned up to kiss him on the cheek, “Don’t worry about it, tough guy. I’m just glad I could help.”
Sandaman placed a hand on her foot, which caused her to look him in the eyes. “Thank you, Liz, for what you did for Isaac.—I don’t know how you did it, but I am forever in your debt,” he told her seriously.
Liz shook her head, “You owe me nothing. If I ever see the guards who did that to him I will kill them myself. –Just do your best to find out who ordered the guards to do such a thing and I’ll consider us even,” she said in the most deadly tone any of them had heard come from her.
“Liz if you don’t mind me asking …how did you do what you did,” Lydecker asked curiously.
Liz just looked at him for an extended moment in complete silence, “If I tell you…the information I give you does not leave this room or those in this room.” She waited until the five of them agreed.
Liz looked at Alec, “Do you remember the day you looked at the scar on my abdomen that caused me to almost bleed to death on my father’s restaurant floor?”
Alec nodded in confusion, “What does that have to do with what you did for Isaac.”
She looked at the others, “An alien/human hybrid had the ability to heal me.” Liz gave them all her stern look that told them she was deadly serious, “I will not reveal who this person was and if you look into it or try to find this person I will do something you won’t like!”
Lydecker help up both hands and motioned for her to calm down, “It’s alright, Lizzie. No one who would even think about doing what you are thinking is in this room.”
Liz glared, “Then you better mean Renfro will NEVER find out!” Both Lydecker and Sandaman nodded.
Liz sighed and closed her eyes; she slowly opened her eyes as she began speaking, “As I was saying, this human/alien hybrid healed me. –However, what we didn’t know was that by healing me he transferred or changed something within me that gave me similar or the same abilities.”
She looked over at Isaac and gently squeezed his hand, “I’m sorry Isaac. But I cannot guess whether or not you will develop abilities. I can only expect what happened to me. However, I’m not an alien/human hybrid. My blood cells look the same as human blood cells, where as his did not. So therefore I don’t know what will happen. The only thing we can do is keep a watch out for any changes that occur in you.”
Isaac squeezed her hand, “Even with abilities, Isaac wouldn’t have been able to talk. Thank you.” Liz knew what he meant and his easy acceptance of the situation brought tears to her eyes. She had been in his position once, and she hadn’t handled it as well as he was. Although, that may have had something to do with the fact that he had probably seen her entire life through the connection she had made when healing him.
She pulled both of her hands free and pulled Isaac into a tight hug, which she knew surprised him; “You will always have me as your sister. That I promise you Isaac.”
Isaac pulled back with hope in his eyes, “Isaac have father, brother and sister?”
Liz laughed and happily nodded, “Yes. You will always be my ‘tough guy’ brother and Joshua will always be my ‘big guy’ brother.” Both Joshua and Isaac looked like kids on Christmas; then Joshua walked over to join the hug. Liz just laughed and smiled happily as she hugged both of her brothers.
“Liz, little guy,” Joshua said and then looked at Alec, “Alec, medium guy.”
Isaac looked at Joshua in confusion, “Alec?”
Joshua nodded and pointed at Alec, “Alec have cat in his cocktail…”
Isaac looked over at Alec and sniffed the air. At Isaac’s growl, Alec backed up and held his hands out.
“Hey! Whoa! Hold it! It’s not like I asked to be part cat! So don’t go taking it out on me or anything!”
Liz had to giggle at Alec’s predicament, which just caused him to glare at her.
Joshua shook his head and turned Isaac to look at him, “No! Alec is Liz’s boyfriend. Alec have cat in his cocktail.”
Alec raised his eyebrow at that, “And he would associate Liz’s boyfriend with smelling like a cat because…”
Liz laughed, “Because when he met me he smelled cat and thought it was me. So I told him my boyfriend had cat in his cocktail.”
Alec then rolled his eye before looking at Joshua, “Well, please remember that all the guys that smell like a cat are not all Liz’s boyfriend.”
Joshua shook his head, “Other cats don’t smell like Liz.”
Alec got a smug look on his face, “Really?” At that Liz leaned over and smacked Alec upside the head.
Alec looked at her incredulously, “What the hell was that for?”
Liz rolled her eyes, “To deflate that male ego of yours. It was becoming quite difficult to breathe in here.”
Alec began pouting, “You’re a mean girlfriend.”
Liz couldn’t believe how he could go from a twenty year old guy to a five year old kid in two seconds flat. She just leaned over and kissed him before smirking, “And yet you’re my boyfriend, so what does that say about you?”
Alec mock glared at her, “That I’m a glutton for punishment, obviously.”
At his sarcasm Liz raised an eyebrow, “I do have the ability to make you sleep on the couch.”
Alec shut up so quickly after that that Lydecker and Sandaman could no longer hold back and burst out laughing; while Joshua and Isaac were just smiling.