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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 4974

Updated: 2018-01-19 12:02


It looked like he had tried to palm a grenade. There was blood seeping down his arm, and if there were any fingers left at all, Lex couldn't tell them from the rest of the mangled mess that remained of his hand.

"Give me a hand, would you?"

"Yeah! Yeah sure, of course! Oh, god. What do I do!?" Lex replied, panicked.

"I just told you. Give me a hand. They're in that box over there."

"Wh-what?"

"Never mind. Frickin' useless. Just look around for the fingers then. I used to have five. See if you can find two or three. I saw one go that way, " he added, gesturing with the ruined nub, "and another over there."

Lex threw down his packages and tore off his helmet. Amid protests from his ailing leg, he dropped to his hands and knees and started searching for the missing digits. He found a thumb under the edge of a cabinet, and two more fingers near the door. He took a few more frantic glances, found nothing, and decided speed was better than thoroughness. The mangled mechanic was on the opposite side of the room now, flipping open the top of a large plastic crate. Lex hurried over.

"I couldn't find the rest! What do I do with these, put them in ice or something!?"

"Hmm? Oh, no. Just put them on that table there."

There wasn't any pain in the man's voice or features anymore. In fact, he almost seemed bored, rolling up the tattered sleeve to grasp his forearm and, with a few clicks and twists. . . remove the whole arm at the shoulder. He pulled a bin

, he was a little pudgy, but irregularly so. He had a slight paunch that seemed to be the kind of belly that accumulated like sediment over the years. He was maybe two inches shorter than Lex. His hair was salt-and-pepper black. . . but that's where things started getting unusual. A swath of his hair along the right side of his head looked wrong. It wasn't as fine as the rest, and was much shinier, like a doll's hair. Most of his skin was blotchy and pitted with neglect, but there were patches here and there that were baby-smooth.

Strangest, though, were his eyes. The left one was hazel, but the other was silver. Not to say a fancy shade of gray--the whites were white, but the iris was actual, mirror-finish chrome.

"Are you a human being or. . . what?" Lex asked.

"Karteroketraskin."

"Is that your. . ."

"Name. It's my name. It's been a while since I've had to deal with the whole social interaction garbage, but I'm pretty sure you were supposed to ask me my name."

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