The Raven Haired Rogue by John Zakour, Illustrated by John Dallaire

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In the previous episode… Now that Zach has defeated Alicia, Hal50 the android with an organic brain has attacked him.

Episode 33

I can feel Hal50 tightening his vice-like grip around my ankles. My underarmor is protecting me for now but I can’t let this go on much longer. Yeah, I could pop my gun into my hand and shoot him but that was too drastic of a move; especially since I knew that Hal50 was doing this to defend Alicia. I had to give him kudos for that. Of course there was a difference between giving a guy, well an android with a guy’s brain kudos and letting them break your ankles.

Zach do you wish for me to help?” Merinda thinks to me.

You can’t go wrong with Merinda’s help,” Saturn thinks.

I can help too!” Carol thinks.

I am sure I can do something also,” HARV transmits to my brain. “After all I do rule when it comes to dealing with machines.”

Okay there are way too many people in my head!” I mentally scream. “This is more annoying than being squeezed by an android with a human brain!”

“Everybody timeout!” Merinda shouts.

The next thing I know Merinda is tapping me on the shoulder. “Zach, Zach, Mars to Zach. Time to wake up!”

I open my eyes to see Merinda standing in front of me smiling. Saturn is asleep in her arms. Looking down I notice Hal50 has released his grip on me. He is now asleep on the floor. In fact everybody else in room, including HARV is asleep on their feet.

“I thought everybody could use a little time out,” Merinda says.

“I’m not going to argue with you on that one,” I tell her. Though I have to say I am little off put on how she could so easily stop people in their tracks. Pointing to HARV and Carol I note, “those two aren’t easy to control.”

Merinda nods. “Yes, I believe the bionics in my mind combined with my Martian DNA make certain parts of my mind quite powerful. I am hard to resist. Even SRIP is asleep.”

“So then why not probe the minds of your people to see who is trying to harm you?”

Merinda sighs. “I do try to stay out of the minds of those around me.”

“Yeah but once Saturn heard that somebody wanted to harm you I thought you would have at least tried to picked their brains. DOS, you can probably make them talk…”

Merinda looks away from me. “I have to admit, Zach I did try. But none of them seemed to know anything… Whoever the guilty person is they may be somehow immune to that part of my power.”

Looking around at the sleeping Carol, HARV, Maxxx, Tezza and Hal50 I find that hard to believe. Then gazing out one of the windows of a ship I notice the people around the ship are also asleep on their feet.

“Wait, you put everybody in the area to sleep?” I say.

“Well not quite,” Merinda answers.

I point out the window. “Look out there. All the ground crew is asleep.”

Merinda nods. “Yeah, well Zach I haven’t quite told you the entire story… right now your entire planet is asleep…” Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.

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  1. Someone with her powers might have a lot of enemies. But I’m not sure how or even if they could harm her. Is it possible she’s schizophrenic and is somehow doing this to herself?

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