Earth grips me fiercely as I awaken. Struggling I scream into the breathing apparatus. Yet the suffocating darkness is unyielding.

I cannot move.

My last recollection is meeting the Leader, discussing my research breakthrough. Walking together across the meadow towards the hub. Explaining how I had perfected the technology, that my research would be the salvation of our resource stricken world.

He stooped inspecting the cables that drew out power, the tubes that fed nutrients down into the dirt. Inquiring after the batteries. My boastful assurances that below lay enough for a hundred years.

Now there’s just the darkness and I.

Cables slowly siphoning out my soul.

Fueling the colony.


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