Im still alive?



Whats that sound?

Opening his eyes slowly, a boy was met with a blinding illumination of the fluorescent light above.

Wincing to the strain, he closed his eyes to seek shelter in the darkness he had gotten accustomed to.

”Too much? ” An all too familiar males voice teased.

Taking three steps forward, a shadow was cast over the boy. The cold gaze of the head scientist staring down at him.

The man had a silver tag of Dr. Damian Reed strapped to the pocket of his white lab coat.

The boy slowly made another attempt to open his eyes, utilizing the shadow cast over him.


e a disappointment! ” He sneered with contempt, pinching the bridge of his nose and shaking his head.

Damian looked to his side and at one of the scientists who nodded in understanding before dimming the light with a press of a switch.

Shoving his hands into the pocket of his black dress pants, he circled the boy like a vulture observing its meal.

”Again! We
e running out of options here! ” He ordered, placing his hand on the glass and peering at the boy who lay motionless on the surgical table.

”The anomaly is already broken, Sir. We should opt out for plan B. ” One of them pleaded with Damian.

Three nurses dressed in a green-fitted medical scrub nodded their heads in agreement, never hiding the horror in their eyes as they stared at the 17-year-old boy.

Ever since the start of their experiments, five years ago, they had never gotten any anomaly who had the mental awakener such as the one that lay in front of them.

All they needed were to verify the information sold by the boys parents, only then could they start harnessing his energy.

Shaking his head at the suggestion, Damian pointed at the glass, ”you see those eyes? ”

The others all looked at the boy whose pale purple eyes sunken in their sockets glared back with unspoken hostility.

I will kill you all, you will pay for all of your transgressions! The boy bellowed in his thoughts.

His long black unkempt hair scattered around his head, chapped purple lips fighting for the urge to make coherent words.

With a lean frame, his pale body was barely covered by the oversized worn-out green hospital gown he had put on for more than a year.

”Those are the eyes of a monster still hopeful. That isn broken–at least not yet! ” Damian slammed his fist on the glass.


His silver ring made an imprint on the glass which had tiny cracks spread out as he withdrew his hand.

The other scientists jumped back in fear at how careless their superior was with the tempered glass.

Letting out a burst of mad laughter at how fearful the rest were of the boy, ”its been a year now, don tell me you all are scared of an anomaly with a dormant unverified ability. ”

Sharing a knowing look amongst themselves, they shook their heads with nervous smiles.

”Come on, show us the magic trick once more! I promise to examine you respectfully. ” Damian mocked with a smirk and his hand raised in an oath.

Enjoy the feeling while you still can! I will rip off that smirk!

With Damians snap of his finger to a nurse, he opened his palm to receive a notepad and a red pen.

”Sylvester Cullen… ” He muttered, circling the name written repeatedly till he made an X mark with a smiley face.

A mischievous grin graced his lips as he traced the pen to a familiar name.

”Lila Cullen… ” He read out aloud.

”Its about time they finally have their little family reunion after three weeks since her lovely arrival. Don you think so, Sylvester? ”




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They all whipped their heads to the patient monitor regulating the boys irregular heartbeat.

Shes only 7, I want to hold her once again, play in the grassy field like we used to, not this!

A frail and bony finger of Sylvester moved slightly as was a quick darting movement of his eyes in all directions.

All present were temporarily suspended in motion with a shared memory of Sylvester in a grassy field playing hide and seek with Lila, replaying in an infinite loop.



The giggles of Lila in his thoughts made him subconsciously smile at the prospect of hearing that cute sound once more.

Lila! He whimpered in anguish. Hopelessly opening his arms in his thoughts and waiting for her hug as she spent an endless amount of time trying to reach him.

Struggling to gain control of his thoughts and body, Damians right hand trembled as he forced it down and stabbed his right thigh with his pen.

”Aaaghhh! ” He hissed in pain, hyperventilating before his eyes blinked open.



He looked around him and at everyone who still stood suspended in place. To his disbelief, he watched as one of the scientists head heated up to the point it had gotten oddly red with steam escaping from his ears.

What the hell? He did a double take on the sight.

This peculiar phenomenon alerted Damian to limp toward the metal table to grab a syringe with a purple glowing liquid placed in a tray.

Injecting the sedative into the IV drip bag, there was a sigh of relief as the beeping sound stopped as did the others suspended in motion.

Under the advice of the boys parents, a few employees of their organization–Collux Haven had been directed to administer a sedative that would induce weakness, slow down cognitive development, and heighten pain sensitivity.

Up until a few minutes ago, Damian had not thought the direction from their superiors was important since they had made no progress with the anomaly.

I had underestimated you. Damian winced at the throbbing pain in his thighs, examining it.


The scientist who had a heated red face dropped to the floor with his eyes wide in anguish before succumbing to his death.

Useless anyways. Damian watched with dead eyes at the drool that trailed from the corpse.


The others regrouped and pushed against the wall, their eyes glued to their fallen teammate and partner.

”Of all the things to display on the first attempt, a cringe memory with that little monster, really?! ” Damian spat in disbelief and facepalming.

What… did… you… d… d… Sylvester struggled to stay awake after the dose injected in his IV drip began to kick in.

”At least now we know you still care for that little sister of yours! ” Damian mumbled to himself, rubbing his chin.

The corner of his lips rose as his gaze observed a hospital bed being wheeled into their room.

A muffled shriek could be heard as a little girl fought the restraint, with her wrist and ankles scraping the steel. A gag had been forced into her mouth. She sobbed into the black cotton blindfold strapped around her eyes.

Her pale blonde hair was in a tangled mess, a shadow of its usual two tails tied with dark hair ties.

Temporarily hesitating the moment she felt the presence of her brother.

”Bmmm Fff!!! (Brother Sylve!!!) ”

Lila! Sylvester called out desperately in his thoughts.

Wheeled in front of Sylvester, her bed was pushed upright, held back by the restraints.

The surgical bed quaked with burning fury seething off Sylvester as his eyes roved at her bruised body held in restraints similar to his.

You monster! How dare you treat a child so inhumanely?!

”Yes! ” Damian burst into a peal of maniacal laughter, ”channel that anger! ”

He looked at the tubes that stuck out of Sylvesters chest, taking a glance at the monitor which resonated as it drilled an inch into him as it charged.




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Wincing in pain, Sylvesters eyes bulged, teeth chattered, his body convulsing as he felt his internal organs getting stabbed by the tubes.

Just like every anomaly, regeneration from the injuries kick-started before permanent damage could be realized.

Unable to identify or willingly use his ability, tears trickled down the side of his cheeks as he stared helplessly at his defenseless sister.

Im sorry Lila, your brother is too weak to stand up for you.

”Y– ” Sylvester muttered a letter but was quick to give up at the wave of pain that shot up his brain blocking his thoughts.

Damians grin faded into a thin line with a frown as even the constant sight of his sister was not enough to trigger Sylvester effectively.

”That was disappointing. ” He deadpanned with a sigh, turning around to face Lila.

Looking at the trembling Lila, his grin spread as they could accurately deduce what her ability was, the only problem was researching how to negate the side effects before they could weaponize such a monstrous ability.

”Deaths touch… ” He muttered to himself as he cast a shadow over Lila while standing in front of her. ”For a cute little monster like you, isn that just a large ugly burden to bear? ”

”Mmmf! ” Lila tugged at her restraints, screaming into the gag.

With a vicious idea springing up, Damian looked over his shoulder at Sylvester with a mischievous smirk.

You wouldn do that to her!

Sylvesters eyes widened, a wild guess had him uneasy, switching his gaze from Damian to Lila in worry.

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