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      Cool OK I'm back, first story...Hidden Truth

      The Hidden Truth


      Chapter 1: My Life’s a Lie


      James Hudson was a nice young man...medium tall with black hair and fairly wide shoulders... he did well in school... and outside it too. His classes went by like they were nothing, and he was strong and did well in sports. His father was gone now, he left after his wife became so engrossed in work she was never around anymore, and James found himself alone most of the time... since she was a workaholic from the very beginning.

      He used to be a part of her work, secretly... he and his sister... and she used him to test some new things way back when he was just a kid, and she was just a student in med school. But now at 18 he was graduating high school and hoping to go to a good college, and she was still barely around even on his graduation day.

      She gave him a hug and smiled and said she was proud of him, all the while watching her watch, and he and everyone around him knew she was going to bolt any second, and sure enough she did.

      “Congratulations James,” She said with a grin and a quick hug,” you’ll be attending the University for Advanced Studies in the Fall, it’s all been taken care of so don’t worry, we’ll see you get a place to live on campus, so enjoy your summer break and I’ll see you there.” She said and ran away, as he stood there shaking his head, and even his friends... watching from nearby in their graduation robes... laughed saying she was never going to change.

      “Maybe you’ll see more of her in the Fall...” his best friend Frank added as they watched her jump into a car that was waiting and disappear down the road. “The University is where she works right? That cant be a coincidence.” he said as James just laughed and said he’d wait and see, and he turned back to his friends, and a party for graduation where he and his friends could relax after 6 years of hard work.

      James wasn’t sure he wanted to go to that school, but it was the best around, so maybe she was watching out for him yet. It had the very best labs and technology and research buildings anywhere, and many fought tooth and nail to get in. But he was already accepted, and that made him feel a little sad for others, but then it saved him a lot of aggravation too, and that was good.

      The party was nice and when some got a little drunk and started fooling around a bit, he quietly disappeared and went home. He wasn’t a prude, he liked girls of course, but something odd happened when he was around one, especially a pretty girl. He tingled all over, and not in any way he liked. It was like static electricity rushed into him, and he was afraid to touch anyone, or any thing, for a few minutes and he was glad he got away before having to test that.

      He got a good nights sleep and then just took it easy for a couple weeks. He thought about getting a car to carry his stuff to the school but he was told not to worry, and one day a van pulled in front of the house, and nearly everything inside was carried away to his immediate surprise.

      “I wasn’t planning on leaving so soon.” he hinted as a man there just nodded and handed him his dormitory keys for the school, and James saw that what he planned wasn’t the point any more.

      “The Dean expects you in two days.” the man said and the van drove away and James had little more than his cloths left behind, and he knew the school had a strict uniform policy, so even these might not be needed. But he decided this was a hint, a very hard hint, and so he got his bag ready, carrying only what he would need, and made plans to travel to the school the next day.

      After taking a train to the closest city to the campus,he sat back in a special bus and started towards the University. He was surprised there were not more students on it but there were only 3 counting him, and he wondered why they would waste money like this when fuel and maintenence on vehicles would cost more than hauling 3 kids around in a day. But that wasn’t his worst thought, since the other two seemed very interested in him, but never said a word to him personally, but whispered behind his back.

      “Is that the one...?” One girl whispered as her friend shut her up as fast as he could, but he held out his phone and she gave it a quick glance and looked away seemingly shocked. James had no idea what was going on and it made him feel uncomfortable, but he sat there waiting as the bus turned off the main highway and started out a small road, then onto a long bridge towards a small island, and even he looked surprised that the University was so remote compared to the closest city.

      “Have your identification ready, we will be stopping at the University for Advanced Studies in a moment, only those with proper identification will be allowed to enter.” The announcement said over the PA system and everyone grabbed their school ID’s to show when they got off. But James had none, and so he got off last and when he tried to tell them he had no ID yet, they waved it away like it meant nothing, and one security man took him into the school and showed him to the central area when all the buildings surrounded you and there was a nice little park with fountains and statues.

      “Wait here,” The big man said and James sat down on the edge of a fountain and sat his luggage next to him as young students walking by gave him a big smile and even said hello a few times and he waved back and suddenly his phone buzzed and he answered it to hear a familiar voice.

      “I see you’ve arrived...” he heard as he laughed and asked where she was, since he was told to wait here for her.

      “Hi sis...” he said as she chuckled back at him.” Where’s mom? I know she works here.” he said as she agreed.

      “I’m her second here and she’s the Dean, you never thought she was working like a maniac all these years for nothing did you? Welcome to moms own little research center, everything that goes on here is under her control.” She said as he just sighed heavily and she could see him remembering the past.

      “Now get to your room and get it set up, I’ll send someone along later to pick you up and show you around. The dorms are the big building off to your right, the red and white one, and all your things are already inside. So we’ll be seeing you in a bit.” She said as the phone went dead, and James knew that there were security cameras around him on poles watching everything, or his sister Cathy would not have known where he was sitting or what direction the building was in.

      He got up and started that way, and soon was sitting up his desk and putting away his cloths and he barely got that done when a knock came at the door and a little blond attendant introduced herself saying she was his helper and would show him around, and he agreed and she stopped him from leaving the room until he got his school uniform on and she waited in the hall until he came out, and then they went all over, seeing labs and auditoriums and even the sports stadium, and James wondered if he could get into college sports here, and the little girl just smiled and said he’d have to ask later...and James felt like he was missing out on something everyone else knew.


      Chapter 2: Slowly Catching On


      James was lead to the school infirmary and they checked him over pretty well, and gave him a small shot, and he ask what it was for.

      “Booster..” the nurse said as James just shrugged and left it go for now. But now that he got that he felt even worse, and after a few minutes that tingling sensation started getting out of control.

      He was then taken to a room where his sister sat behind a big desk and laughed at the look on his face when he walked in. She waved him to a chair and he sat there giving her a dirty look while she tried to act busy.

      “Why am I getting shots again? And where is mom, I know she’s up to something here, and I’m not 6 any more, so I want some answers.” he said loudly as Cathy dropped her pen and sat back and finally nodded she under stood.

      “One second...” She said and passed a small pocket sized scanner over his chest as he looked oddly at her for it. “bare minimum, so mom was right, its been too long since your last shot.” She added while he demanded to know what those shots were for.

      “They give you strength, like the reason you were so good at sports all these years, and why you look this way when others around you had to work 3x harder to look as good.” She said as he just laughed, he felt he worked plenty hard enough, as she laughed at him for saying so.

      “That first shot mom gave you years ago did all this...and now you got a small booster... of course the new stuff is 10x stronger than the old shot. You were one of her very first experiments, and she got Hell for it too when her boss found out. But that was a long time ago, and she’s the Boss now, and now you are needed more than you can possibly know. Mom is going to tell you all about it later today so sit back and take it easy for now.” She said as he grumbled that he didn’t want to be anyones guinea pig again, and she smiled and said he just didn’t understand, and he looked odd wondering what she meant by it.

      “ Helena...take my brother back to his room for now and let him rest. We’ll let you know when mother is ready for their big talk.” Cathy said as the little blond nodded and waved for him to follow, and James saw he walked right into his mothers hands again after all these years.

      He went back like a good little son and laid down for a nap. He was really tired right now and he fell right asleep. But in a different part of the school his every movement was being watched and as he slept scans showed the changes going on inside him.

      “How is it?” Cathy asked as she walked in and her mother waved to the test results.

      “Better than expected, having that little bit in him all these years did make a difference, his body accepts the serum without a second thought. His levels are going up by the second.” She said happily as Cathy reminded her that James still had no idea what was going on, as she looked sad and agreed saying it was finally about time he found out, and this was going to change his life forever.

      “But if I’m right, he’s the Key...to saving us all.” She said as Cathy nodded sadly and felt like they were dropping the fate of the entire world onto the shoulders of one man.

      “He’s kind of cute...” They both heard as they looked around to see a well built platinum blond standing there in gym cloths, watching the tests, all smiles.

      “You should be in training right now.” Cathy added as she waved her idea away like it was unimportant.

      “I finished my training for the day.” She said sliding a little closer to see the screen better.

      “And the results?” Cathy asked as the young lady just sighed a big sigh at her questioning her honesty.

      “ 100 yard dash in 4.2 seconds, one handed weight lifting of 350 pounds and both hands chest press, 5 reps of 700.” the girl said with her chest sticking out, which wasn’t hard at all, as Cathy and her mother both smiled and agreed that wasn’t bad. “What can HE do?” She asked, nodding towards the screen, as they both smiled at once.

      “Something amazing...” Cathy hinted,,, as even their latest super soldier got a big smile hearing that. Even with all her work and training they never called her amazing, so she couldn’t wait to see what this new person was going to be able to do.

      They gave her a quick checkup too and she was still fine so they told her to follow them to the track field, and she agreed. In a few minutes James came walking up with his attendant and he was dressed in his running cloths... as both Cathy and her mother smiled and told him to hurry up... as he yawned after just getting out of bed.

      “James , this is Cassandra one of our students, and we’ll be testing her against you today.” Cathy said as James put out his hand to Casi and she gave it a quick squeeze that made him jump at the sheer strength she had, as she laughed at him.

      “I’ll warn you now...” Casi said all smiles,” I hate to lose, so don’t count on getting a fair break.” She said, as James got a big smile and said he did too and they got placed on the starting line for the 100 yard dash.

      The gun sounded and they were off, and James was impressed at her speed so he leaned into it and gave it his all, and she barely got across the line ahead of him...but she did.

      “Not bad...” Casi mentioned as James grumbled that he just got out of bed so he wasn’t at his best.” complaining during competition isn’t very manly.” She hinted and gave him a big wink and turned back towards the testers to see what else they had in mind, and James got a good look at her walking away and he didn’t even notice the sparks starting to fly all around him.

      “Oh really?” He called after her, “ I didn’t know we were competing, thats totally different then.” he said and followed her over as Carla, the Dean and James’s mom, set them up for a trip all the way around the track this time, as Cathy gave her a dirty look.

      “Cassandra has already exercised her limit today, this might be too much.” Cathy mentioned as Carla asked her if she was ready to quit yet, and she just laughed saying she was ready to go, as Cathy leaned in over the testing table to see the power levels she still had left, and they were less than half of her total. But for some reason, James’s power levels were still going up slowly, and she saw why her mother was doing this testing so soon after he got here.

      “They aren’t just competing,” Carla hinted softly, as the kids got ready to run again.” they’re flirting.” She said softly as Cathy saw why James was getting more energy, his lobito was kicking in, and having a well built young woman to run against had its own rewards, since she was far from flat.

      “Go!” they heard as the gun went off and Carla demanded that every scanner around the track be running now and as they went by the first 100 yards their speed was still increasing, as James pulled in beside Casi and she looked upset and tried even harder.

      “By the time they get back Casi will be bone dry, we better call for the medics.” Cathy said as Carla took her phone and said to wait, as she got a dirty look too. “We gave her these high levels of energy,and her body has adjusted to them, if they get too low she could die!” Cathy screamed as Carla didn’t blink an eye, but watched the test results as they crossed the half way point in their run.

      By now Cassandra could feel the strain, but she really did hate to lose, so she pushed herself even harder as James started getting a tad further ahead she gave everything her body had in it and they almost crossed the finish line together...almost...but she collapsed a second later and slid to a stop in the dirt and rocks on the track, a little scratched up, but out cold.

      Cathy made a step to go see, but Carla stopped her and screamed “ James pick her up and put her on that bench for now...hurry up!” As Cathy watched and James ran in grabbed the girl in his arms, and walked over and laid her down on the bench, but in all the excitement he never noticed that crackling sound as his arms went around her, and a second later her eyes opened and she screamed at him to let her down.

      Carla checked the results of the test and while Casi was near death a minute ago, now she had nearly half her power back and was gaining a bit more as James insisted she hold still, and she fought to get free.

      “Instant recharge?” Cathy asked as she saw the results and Carla just smiled and told the testers to record all this for now... but tell no one.

      “Catalyst Charge...” She whispered to Cathy, who looked shocked. “The girls we trained do great work fighting the enemies, but they get tired too fast, now we have a built in recharger, and all he needs to keep going is a pretty girl to flirt with.” She hinted as Cathy had to force herself to keep from laughing out loud.

      “We’ll be ready the next time They come to give us trouble.” Carla said as they both agreed and they went back to the offices while James and Casi argued over who really won the race on the way back to the offices while Casi and James argued about who really won that race.


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      Chapter 3: The Truth Comes Out


      A while later Cathy, Carla and James were sitting at the Dean’s table eating dinner and Cathy decided it was time James knew everything, and Carla agreed.

      “The World is in grave danger,” Carla said as James nodded and went on eating, he saw news reports of tornados and storms, and mud slides all over like never before, so he was up on the severe weather troubles they were having, but that wasn’t even close to being right.

      “Let me, he deserves that much.” Carla said as even James looked up to hear her say that.” When I was just a student here the worlds scientists found a strange object coming towards the Earth at terrific speeds. It turned out to not be a ship or a rock... but the end of a beam... so powerful it seemed solid to the scanners.” She added as James looked surprised.

      “It was coming straight for us and when it hit we figured the World would end, but it didn’t. The beam struck us and adjusted and now just sits there, covering a small portion of the planet near the Equator , but it’s carefully been adjusted so only certain scanners can see it.” She added while James looked odd at her. “The first Visitors were small drones, robots really, that flew around making videos or sending images back, and scanning and doing nothing wrong.We saw this as a perfect chance to talk to aliens, so we set up ways to try and communicate with them. But as we tried different things they withdrew their little robots and sent in creatures under their control, and attacked and destroyed our research stations.”

      “Then they moved out into the World and took samples of life... plants, animals and people... and went back through the opening the Beam made, like traveling through a tunnel from another World. We know now after years of study its a tele-porter of some kind, very,very powerful by our standards, and it would take 4 atomic reactors to run one even close to that strong, but our computers today haven’t a prayer of running it this well or adjusting things like this one...they must be a thousand years ahead of us in technology.” Carla added looking sad, as James sat back letting all this sink in.

      “So thats why you started this research, to make stronger soldiers?” he asked as she agreed sadly and said that at first it was just her idea, her boss was a passivist that wanted only to talk to them, but she wasn’t so sure they could be trusted. And so during one experiment the creature that came through destroyed the entire research area without trying to speak at all, and many people died... including the Head Researcher... and Carla took over the college after that as Dean, and had full control over their research.

      “We still try and talk to them, we have transmitters set up at the main site sending messages of Peace back through the beam. They have to know we want Peace with them but they haven’t sent anyone yet or even replied at all. Only these creatures come through, and they attack everything nearby and remove all the technology they find from the site close to the Beam opening.” Cathy mentioned as James looked seriously pissed.

      “So Cassandra is a soldier then? Part of your research plan?” James asked as they both agreed.

      “We are in charge of watching the opening and stopping any incursions. If something gets past us, then the World’s military gets involved and that is never a good thing, since they destroy more than they protect.” Carla added as James agreed with that.” Due to the rotation of the Earth this area is now a narrow ring around the planet, luckily its mostly over water, but several towns and land areas are effected.We specialize in surgical strikes with small weapons, the first city right under the Beam is a wasteland now but very few people know about it, because all the countries of the World agree to monitor it and let us handle the rest. If a large scale invasion were to come through, then that area would get full military attention, and all life there would be wiped out.” Carla said as James suddenly lost his appetite, and laid down his knife and fork.

      “Now I’m a soldier too...” he whispered as Cathy looked like she’d cry, but Carla softly agreed.

      “You’re the first, the Alpha, and since you’re the only male... that might be very appropriate for a Code Name for you.” Carla added as James looked oddly at her. “Since my first experiments didn’t show a huge change in you, my research went on to work on women instead, and they seem to adjust better and faster, but they also get tired faster too, so its a double edged sword. Until now, when you picked Casi up and carried her to the bench to rest, you stared for a moment at her breasts didn’t you? I mean after all they were right there...” Carla added all smiles while James totally refused to admit to it.

      “The longer you held her the faster her power recharged, thats what our scans showed. In less than 5 minutes she went from near death...what happens when their power runs completely out...to 60% charge again, and that should take about 10 hours of rest to achieve, so thats why we did that research first.” She said as James started to nod his head in deep thought. “The more aroused you get the faster you charge power, so you have just become our secret weapon, a way to charge all the soldiers so they can keep fighting even after reaching their limits.” She went on as James agreed he under stood now, as the room got very quiet again for a bit.

      “Tomorrow you start training, and we’ll have a meeting with our Squad to introduce you to everyone. You’ll see that we’re a small group but with huge potential, and you’ll help us reach that.” Carla said as she finished up and walked away and Cathy apologized for dragging him into their War and he laughed saying it had happened while she was just a kid herself, and she got up and left too.

      But he had a hard time thinking about all this...he never even dreamed of being some sort of Hero in his lifetime... and he refused to think that way now. His mom and sister were trying to protect the World and so what right did he have to refuse them if he could help? And he forced himself to finish his meal, because he knew he was going to be dragging when the training started tomorrow.


      Chapter 4: Meeting the Family


      At 7 AM the next day he was dragged out for breakfast and then taken to get dressed for training. He got the Royal Tour seeing people using swords big enough that he doubted they could carry them, but they threw them around like they were nothing, and he had to force himself to remember that Cassandra could lift 350 pounds with one hand.

      Everyone he saw was a young woman, some with thin bodies and tall figures, some less tall with tight bodies and muscles everywhere... and two that looked like pretty young girls with huge boobs and blond hair... and he just smiled and looked away when he saw one with what looked like a missile launcher sitting on her shoulder, and he saw her fire it into an old Jeep sitting 100 yards out and blow it to bits in a second.

      The official announcement came when they were all done for the day, and all 6 gathered in a meeting room and waited as Cathy and James walked in and everyone looked surprised.

      “By now you’ve all heard the rumors...” Cathy said as a few nodded and one or two just smiled wide. “This is my brother, and was the very first Project Member. His abilities are a little special as you will all see, watch what happened yesterday during our first test.” She said and a video of them pushing Casi to her limit was shown, and her running after James who was steadily getting ahead of her on the track, as everyone seemed impressed until she fell down with her power levels nearly gone, and she was out cold.

      “You almost killed her!” Someone screamed, as Cathy ordered them to watch the power bars at the bottom of the screen, and even Cassandra slid forward in her seat to see it. James scooped her up and walked away like it was nothing, and her power levels jumped up in less than a minute to near normal levels, and the room chattered between themselves as even Casi sat back looking shocked.

      “James is the Project Catalyst, his ability is not just to fight, but to recharge all of you who get drained and whose lives are in danger. In a minute he can give you enough power to let you escape a bad situation, or fight to the end of the enemy. If he is on the battlefield then none of you needs to worry, because help is just a scream away.” She explained as everyone looked more than a bit impressed.

      “But where does he get HIS energy?” Casi yelled as a few others nodded, all smiles.

      “From Sex...” Cathy said as eyes popped out all over the room.” His desires fuel his power levels. Carrying a screaming and yelling Cassandra yesterday gave him more than enough power to recharge himself and her, easily. So no...you don’t need to sleep with him... but every bit of attention might save your life later.” Cathy said as a few laughed , one or two looked upset, and at least one looked ready for some ‘charging,’ as James stood up there beside Cathy looking a little embarrassed right now.

      “Cassandra was our first attempt to see how fast and how much James could charge someone, all of you will get a chance to see how it works, and we’ll get to see if there is any deviation from one person to another.” Cathy added while some looked disgusted, but most nodded they would agree to testing, like they really had a choice.

      “Wait a minute...” Cassandra said loudly as everyone else just chuckled.” I didn’t do anything with him to charge him up...no, really I didn’t...” She said at the people staring at her as Cathy got a good laugh going and James refused to look at anyone right now.

      “You ran around the track side by side and sometimes he was ahead and sometime you were...so don’t worry, that was more than enough. I told you THOSE would get you into trouble some day.” She hinted as Casi’s face went red and so did James and the rest of the girls got a good laugh at her expense.

      “If thats all it takes...” The one big blond said, all smiles,” can he get OVER charged do you think?” She asked with a good laugh, as even James felt her stare by now.

      “THAT is one thing we will test for, and now we’ll have the official roll call so everyone gets to meet each other. So start with you, Cathlene.” Cathy said as the big boobed blond stood and introduced herself as Cathlene O Rourke from Ireland, and then there was Judy Cosko from America and Connie Hollies from Germany, and Cassandra Jennings, from England, Jamie Haskell from Switzerland and Monica Menthos from Italy.

      “Thank you ladies, and I’m James Hudson, and yes my mom is the Dean and this is my sister, but don’t think I’m getting special treatment. I was the original ‘first patient’ so I know what you’ve been going through.” he hinted as Cathy cleared her throat loudly to stop the laughter after that.

      “James has started his training today so anyone who wants can follow him around and show him your training schedule, is welcome to, because frankly,we don’t think he’d believe us.” Cathy said as the entire room got a good laugh, and Cathlene rushed up to get him by the arm and said she’d show him everything she could do, and Cathy just walked away leaving him to his fate.

      They dragged him from room to room doing push ups with someone sitting on your back, doing chest presses with over 500 pounds, as people laughed at him for being ‘weak’, and running track and jumping over obstacles, some 6 feet high. The day went pretty fast and he was surprised that he wasn’t a lot more tired, but then he had a lot of reasons to be well charged, and he wondered why it wasn’t like this when he played football back in school because this REALLY helped, and his sister and mom watched everything from the lab, and his charge rate, and his strength, seemed to be going up a little at a time, and Carla decided that as his body got stronger his abilities would too, and that gave her dozens of ideas and tests to run that even Cathy didn’t know about.


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      I wonder when the site started deleting out things like quotation marks in the stories. I noticed it while reading some of my old stuff, and its doing it now too, as you read you see whats going on, but just glancing over the page its hard to see whats speech and what isn't..


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      Chapter 5: Implanted Perfection


      It was a few days before James got into the swing of things. He was doing track and field for speed and lifting to tighten up his arms, and legs. He was slowly getting stronger and Carla was watching to see if he needed another booster before he actually got into combat, but it seemed like he was doing OK for now.

      The ladies kept an eye on him too, and Carla had each of them work along side him until they got really low on energy, then with a simple hug he could give them each enough power to continue safely, and even she was surprised a few times how well it went.

      But it became clear that her new project was a success, and she made sure her backers around the world knew it too, to keep them from getting in her way.

      But she had left them stay apart for one part of their training, and now was the time to let them work truly as a unit for the first time. They got a call that a large ape was terrorizing one of their research labs under the tunnel and so they sent out their team to see what was happening.

      They jumped off the helicopter a few blocks from the attack, and one by one the girls changed into their Battle Dress..a suit made from the strongest materials... and looking like some superman thing that they each had hidden within them.

      It was an implant that came with the project, and it left them carry a protective outfit with them at all times. It was stored inside them in a capsule that was also their life support system and computer that watched everything. When they called for it, it came out, covering them in a protective suit that was fireproof and tear and bullet resistant. But it took a minute to solidify, and in that moment as it rushed from within, they were at least partially naked, and James looked away while it was going on and one or two complained that they had to do this with a man standing right there.

      But they were done in a minute and Cathlene gave James a serious look and motioned for him to get his suit on too, and a few others smiled that they weren’t the only ones embarrassed today. But to call for it to activate took a code word, so it didn’t happen by accident. And each girl had chosen hers to avoid being too embarrassed, but James wasn’t given that option, so his was going to be the worst of all.

      He turned his back to them and cleared his throat as 6 girls watched and waited and after a second he called out softly and many there got a big laugh at his embarrassment.

      “Eros...” He said as a few looked embarrassed even for him, and his suit sprayed out, and his regular cloths disappeared in a second, and he turned away to minimize the fan service as he got dressed as the suit sprayed all over him and solidified into a black and red jump suit that seemed to glow with power, as Cathlene gave him a big thumbs up and a serious wink as they all started down the street.

      “Eros..I cant believe it...what a pervert.” Casi said as they ran, and James left her know that it had been his code word since he was 6 , like he had a choice, and she finally admitted he probably didn’t.

      They rounded the corner to see some lab people hiding behind a large van, and pointing to their tents, that were being torn to shreds by a very, very large apeman, at least 15 feet tall, with what looked like a metal ‘crown’ on his head, and Cathlene left James know that the thing they were looking at was a camera type devise and that this creature was being controlled, or at least watched from somewhere else.

      Two of the girls ran in and took a few shots at it with clubs and swords, and it returned by throwing things and swinging its huge arms, knocking one girl back half a block, as Cathlene called orders and others ran in to help.

      Everyone had some special weapon, and if they couldn’t handle it then the leader, Cathlene had her rocket launcher to use from a distance. But it was seldom needed as there were plenty of powerful ladies here doing a great job. It took a few minutes but Cassandra punched it in the chest full force and threw it over backwards, and once it was down another girl stabbed it through and through with a big sword, and the battle was soon over, as the ‘crown’ disconnected and flew away, back through the tunnel and out of sight.

      “We didn’t get to see you fight this time.” one young woman said as James just laughed.” Whats your special weapon, if we can ask?” She said sitting her big sword on her shoulder and trying to act cool. But someone had ask, and as the Team Leader Cathlene demanded she needed to know, and so James put out his right arm and called ‘Blade’ and a samurai sword appeared and he swung it around a bit as a few looked impressed while one or two others didn’t seem impressed at all.

      “Its kind of small...” Connie said waving her huge sword around, as James just smiled and made a swing, and a light post was sheered off instantly and crashed to the ground, as even Connie got a serious look then.

      “Size isn’t everything.” he hinted as a few others got a good giggle as Connie put her sword away and they started back towards the waiting helicopter. “What will we do with that?” he said pointing to the dead creature as Cathlene laughed and said they had a special ‘clean up crew’ for that, and a large van pulled in and a group of people got out and started cutting it up and hauling it away, and on the side of the van were the words: Acme Food Processing’ and he hoped it was just a cover for their work, and he didn’t ask anything else either.

      When they got back, Monica had a few scratches and bruises from the hit she took and got a day off to rest, and Cathy gave James Hell for not helping, and he reminded her that Cathlene was in charge, and until today she didn’t know what he could do or what weapon he was using, as she sighed a huge sigh, saying ‘it’s like pulling teeth to get you to do anything’ and all the girls laughed as James growled at her for complaining so much.

      “Oh don’t worry,” Cathlene added softly,” Now that I know how strong his blade is... he’ll be getting some work soon enough.” She admitted as Cathy nodded agreement and James saw his easy time of it coming to an end.


      Chapter 6: The Landscape Changes


      Since the Opening some 10 years ago things have been very stable. The enemy would send in a drone and it would stay for a week or more, then leave, then nothing for a while. Then the creatures started, first gathering people and materials, obviously for study, then they started attacking the research areas, destroying the equipment and hurting and killing the workers.

      Now they attack without warning, and still try and destroy all the research equipment, but now seem to stay longer and are more willing to fight. It might well be they are getting tired of being watched and the constant messages being sent to them by the radios and video feeds the equipment run. But they have never tried even once to respond, so this is all they could do to try and communicate with someone so terribly different.

      So far a dozen creatures came through, and they were just now getting strong enough to stop them before too much damage happened. James was going to help... that part was certain... and as Carla sat there reading the reports, she saw them out training again on the monitor next to her desk.

      They seemed to be getting along well, some better than others, but that was to be expected. The Team Leader was very interested in James, and Casi seemed to be watching her closely to see how far she might push it, so that made 2 that were willing to be helped without a second thought. That was good, and the way it needed to be, and she only hoped that the others would see what was going on quickly enough to ask for help when the time came, because she knew better than anyone that things can not stay the same forever, and what might happen next scared her more than she would ever admit.

      She looked over the volunteer requests too, more than a dozen more people willing to join the Team to help fight. They weren’t needed right now but maybe someday, and she chose 2 more and laid their folders to the side to wait and see. They would be given a tiny dose of the serum to see of they were compatible or not, and some might be allergic too, and they would be weeded out.

      She was sure she was doing the right thing. Trying to study them while also protecting her people and the people of the World, and she had this sinking feeling that those people they took back with them were for more than a little talk, and by now they knew all about them, and us, and she wondered what they would do next.

      It took a week for her to get an answer to that question, if it was an answer at all. But she got a message from the one research area, and she took it to see a scared looking young technician on the line.

      “We need some assistance right now.” She said as Carla asked if they were under attack and she shook her head no.” She wants to speak to ‘someone of importance’ she said as Carla asked who ‘she’ was, and they turned the cameras to show a young woman floating in the air some 50 yards away, gray hair and a nice figure and a big smile, with 2 drones on either side and wearing what might well have been one of their suits.

      “She came through a few minutes ago and refuses to talk to any of us saying we aren’t powerful enough to be of importance.” She heard as Carla nearly fainted, but she said they were on their way, and she ran out to join the Team herself, and they flew there and landed close by, as she walked over in her best suit and looked up at the floating young woman who seemed a little more impressed this time.

      “I am Dr. Carla Hudson...” Carla said loudly,” all these people belong to me, and I speak for Humanity here.” She declared as the young woman smiled for a second and agreed they could talk then, and her mouth never moved but the sound was sort of like an echo that came from all around.

      “We have been watching you for a very long time.” The girl said. “ I am Choka...my peoples representative... and we have tested you and yours a few times, softly for now, but still, and you have acted honorably and with some strength.” She admitted as Carla just nodded and waited.

      “We only protect ourselves and others, we don’t seek confrontation with you or your people.” Carla quickly added as Choka nodded she knew.

      “Your fighters have been skillful up until now.” Choka added, as Carla thanked her for saying so.” But now you are adding new people, and your skills and powers are increasing yet again.” She added as Carla stopped short of admitting it was true.

      “We did the same long, long ago...so you are following the correct path. First the invention of Enhancers, then Adjusters appear and better enhancements follow, and finally breeding warriors to provide better quality soldiers in the future.” She went on and Carla suddenly saw what she meant. James was here now and they thought they were breeding better soldiers with him..not true of course...but they seemed to think that was the correct path, so she would listen.

      “Hear this now and be thankful we speak to someone of your level at all.” Choka said loudly and Carla waited to hear more.” 50,000 years ago we sent out people to many worlds. They were our first wave of colonists sent from our home to others. There are many worlds that can sustain life, so we chose some and sent people to live there.”

      “Time passed and now we are seeking out those people to see what happened to them. Some are very successful, others less so,and a few are completely gone, either from Natural occurrences or by their own hands. But we found you here at this place and so we are testing to see if you are one of us or not. The records of that time are less than perfect, but as you can see, we are very alike, so you will be tested to see if you can adjust as we did so very, very long ago.” She said as Carla quickly jumped in saying they would gladly submit to any tests to prove they were both Humans and friendly, and Choka nodded saying some of those tests were already being run.

      “What tests, and where?” Carla asked as Choka just smiled and she looked away and seemed busy and after a while turned back to speak again.

      “The first test is over and you’ve passed, there will be many more so be ready.” She said and turned and disappeared into the tunnel and Carla asked what had just happened and they quickly flew back to the base and she found out that Paris had been attacked, and a large part of the city was severely damaged, but the military forced the ships back that appeared out of nowhere, and they disappeared, and the video showed several sizes and shapes of ships flying out of a new tunnel and attacking and being either destroyed or driven back, and Carla sent a copy of their talk to every leader around the World, and they got ready for more ‘testing’ as the dead from this one got buried and the injured went to hospitals all over the city.And Carla stated that Unknown Humans were testing them and the name Unknowns seemed to stick.


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      Chapter 7: Superior By Design


      “Testing indeed!” General Hastings screamed as their meeting went on.” It was an outright attack nearly destroying one of our greatest cities!” He screamed, as even Carla had to admit they went out of their way to do damage.

      “They are a thousand years or more ahead of us technologically,” he was reminded,” to them this was nothing more than a chess game.” The researcher added, while the military fumed at the attack. “You should be grateful it was just a test, I’m sure they could throw a thousand ships into a major battle if they wanted.” he concluded, as the General had to sit down just thinking that.

      “The biggest ship they used was around 120 feet long, and lightly armed by our standards. Two light guns and two medium guns. They did a lot of damage because they have long range and burn anything they touch on contact.” he explained as Carla nodded and listened some more.”The way they were acting, I doubt this was more than the smallest of their ships, the little ones were drones, and so no one was even on board them. That one ship was in charge and controlled them all, that we can say for sure. If they return, concentrate all firepower on the bigger ship, it’ll end faster.” He reported and then sat down.

      “And your opinion, Dr.?” The Generals all asked, as everyone turned towards Carla who seemed pretty upset right now.

      “They seem to think my group is the main defense for the Earth right now, not true of course,” She added quickly so the General and his people didn’t get upset.” But the woman we saw was wearing a suit very much like ours, only many generations more advanced. We got some scans of it while it was here. It flies, and has many times the power output ours has. My suits can barely sustain the wearer for an hour or so, but that we’re working on now. I have some new ideas now that we’ve seen the future, so you’ll be hearing more about this later.” She mentioned as people around the room nodded and waited for the meeting to close.

      “Then thats it...” The President of the U.N. said sadly, “lets all do our best, because more ‘tests’ are sure to be coming, and failure is not an option.” he said as the room nodded and either got up to leave or disappeared when their links to the meeting room were cut off.

      Carla was one of those, she was at the meeting through a conference call, and now turned away and went back to checking the results of the scans her researchers got during the meeting with the alien. The scans were positive, they were using a sort of anti-gravity application, making gravity not only less on the person wearing the suit but actually controlling if it pulled, or pushed it, giving them the ability to fly, or hover at the very least.

      The unit seemed to not be too different from the one they used now, but the materials that made the suit were outstanding, and their current power level wouldn’t have a prayer of getting through it. But all this new info went right into development, because they just couldn’t afford to not have the best possible right now. In another couple of weeks they’d have a new generation of unit, smaller and more powerful, and then new tests could be run, and better defenses made.

      She sent all her original testing and results to the U.N. because right now she needed to act like a Team player, and the military grabbed it up instantly and she knew new groups of fighters would be coming soon enough, even though they might not really under stand the details, the military seldom asks, if they can use the tools faster this way.

      That would also take some of the spotlight off of her Team and that was good, because now she had seen and heard the future, even before anyone else had even thought of it. In ancient times the Romans and others bred soldiers and fighters for the arenas, and made strong family names that still existed today. But that had been declared barbaric long ago. But now it was shown by a race that predated Humans by thousands of years, that it was the correct way to do things, and she had already seen one lady throwing her hat in the ring for some more attention, and she would see that they all got a chance, since these 6 had proven themselves to be the best.. and so... what better place to start?

      If their future and the future of their world was going to rest on soldiers and fighters that were special enough to wear the suits and fight for the rest of Humanity, then why not make them the center of a new world, one where talent and skill meant something, and laziness and greed meant nothing... and she liked that idea more all along... but for now she kept it to herself.

      The first of March that year she was testing a new unit, smaller by a good amount but stronger by a lot. It gave the wearer a set of cloths like before, but this one was more like body armor, bullet proof, flame resistant, and cut proof to the point no weapon on the planet could hurt it, and to go with that, it allowed the owner to fly. Not super sonic, not yet, but a hell of a lot faster than running and faster than some helicopters too. The next Team would be a huge difference from the first, and while James had the original unit inside him, his next one would alow him to continue with his work, at twice the power level than before.

      Considering the fights that had been happening, they needed that, and more. The Battle for Hawaii, had gone terribly wrong, and now two of the islands are not inhabitable for the near future.

      Russia refused to let anyone help them, and was working on their own defense forces, but before they could get ready 6 of their smaller cities were wiped out, and only their massive air force attack sent the enemy back where it came from. Ships coming in were now as big as 200 meters long, with escorts and robots. A lot of the attacks were wings of robot warriors, sent to harass people. And everyone knew when you saw them that they were taking it easy on you, because a hundred of these were not as bad as one massive battleship, so they were still watching to see how fast Humans would change.

      Carla, Cathy and her Team were working long hours getting ready, and when the time came, her doctors and nurses worked around the clock getting the new implants in and working properly. The Team would be laid up for a few days after that, but when they healed they would be beyond Human, and more powerful than an entire battalion of old soldiers. One punch could roll a truck and a kick could knock down trees and small buildings. So new weapons were made too and they went with the implants. Like the suit that came out before and now, their weapons were a part of them, and when the suit formed, they came with it, or could be called upon when needed to save energy. Now they just had to wait and see...as their people laid in the hospital resting and adjusting to their new power.


      Chapter 8: Charge and Overcharge


      The next few days they were barely up walking around, but they healed well and the first tests showed that the new machines were astounding, even to the techs that created them. The alien technology had massive power and the Team got used to them quickly.

      The first week they got used to hovering above the ground, and then short flights at car like speeds. Then faster and further, and by the time the doctors released them completely, each one had gotten used to their new machines, and the new place they filled in the Team.

      Cathlene, the Team Leader from before had new weapons to use now... lasers...particle accelerators actually. They mounted on her suit at the shoulders, and looked like padding or something but when activated, the triangle shaped shoulder pads flipped open to reveal small triangle shaped lenses, and her power flowed through them and out, hot enough to cut through a tank, a plane, or a robot, for a while at least.It took a good amount of power to use, but had miles of range. So they more then made up for her missiles going missing.

      One by one they got new weapons to use. Cassandra had special gloves and armor, that gave her the strength of Hercules. With one hit she could roll a truck or smash a robot in two, and her speed was something to see too, closing the distance to the targets in a split second.

      The rest of the Team were the same, each different and more powerful. Gloves, boots, swords,guns, lasers, all new and stronger than ever before. James was worried about the power they would need and for good reason, after the surgery he was promoted, and he now was the new Team Commander, and Cathlene was the Combat Leader. James had a devise he carried with him now and each and every girls specs was on it. The second someone got below 10% of their normal power he would be notified, and if he ordered them from the battlefield his word was law. Even Cathlene agreed to it, saying she knew him well enough now to know he wouldn’t abuse his new power, and James made the announcement that he would protect them all, and no one would die on his watch, and he got a rousing round of applause for that.

      But while that was going on, Cathy and Carla were watching it all from the offices. The new implants were working well, better than expected for some. Their new average power level was 600, a good bit above the old level and recharged faster, even without help.

      Over charging had been mentioned, and with James putting out twice the power as before, it became a question that needed answered. If he was in a good mood, he could just hold someone’s hand and their power level would go up a bit.

      They had seen 620 and up to 650 so far, and so Carla made the announcement that 600 was the ‘average’ level and that levels above that were a sure thing, especially in an emergency.

      She called James in and gave him a big speech about ‘getting to know the girls better’ and while he understood the meaning, his will not to use someone who he wasn’t in love with made him hold back.

      “I didn’t say you had to throw them in bed and molest them...” Carla said with a mean look, as he looked sad thinking it,” they are friends, right? Some pretty girls that you work with, and are in charge of. If someone gets hurt because you refuse to give them aid...” She started as he demanded that he would be there for them, even if he got hurt himself.

      “Well the enemy is getting bigger and better so if you want to keep them safe...try harder.” Carla screamed and tossed him out into the hall where he waited for the door to close and he stuck his tongue out at her and walked away, to the glee of a few people that did see it.

      “Honestly....” Carla said as Cathy laughed as softly as she could.” is it too much to ask for my 20 year old son to like girls?” She asked to no one in particular as Cathy left her know he certainly DID like girls but being told to fool around isn’t the same as sneaking around doing it. There’s a lot of pressure in being ordered to do something, not to mention a few of the girls thought he was a pervert, and hadn’t forgiven him yet for some of the training they had gone through so far.

      “I think you need to talk to more than just him.” She said as Carla nodded she was probably right, and made an appointment to bring the Team in for a nice talk, and some more testing to see just how fast their levels could go up...or down in combat.

      The day of the meeting they were all there, and Carla made it clear that even with the new power levels no one there could go into battle for long without some help staying there, as many agreed and one or two still looked sad thinking it.

      “Cathlene’s new lasers take 100 points of power for every shot, so in an all out battle, she’d be off the field in less than an hour, so she has to pick her targets carefully.” Cathy added as many agreed. “The same goes for the rest of you. Monica has new guns and they too use a lot of power, there’s also new swords that have a charge to make them more powerful. So no one here can go into battle without an escape plan, like it or not.” She said as eyes looked sad everywhere.

      “As your Commander I promise to help protect you, each and every one of you are under my Command and so you have every right to expect me to be there when you need me. It’s my responsibility to not let anyone die, and to help stop the enemy when they come. I know this all sounds in bad taste, but it’s necessary, so please, I’ll watch your power levels with my scanner and when you get low you’ll either have to recharge or leave the field, no questions asked.” he demanded as everyone nodded seriously and Cathlene gave him a big wink that he tried to ignore, for now.


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      Chapter 9: Getting Accepted


      A couple hours later, James was just standing by his window looking out at the people hustling around the base when a knock came at his door. He answered it to see Cathlene standing there all smiles and asking if she could come in.

      “A lot of the Team are a little worried about you and your job.” She said as she said down on the corner of his bed, and he nodded sadly and sat on a chair across from her. “But I think it’s possible that without your help we may all die. The enemies aren’t holding back, and we cant either.” She said as he looked seriously in thought as she gave him a big smile.

      “Considering that just carrying Cassandra to a bench raised her numbers by half, I think that even small things will be enough to charge us back up enough to keep going. I mean, that only took a minute, and you’re charging faster than that now right?” She asked as he admitted he was. “Then come over here, I’ll show you what I think you can get away with without too much hassle, and maybe we can see what kind of charge we really are capable of.” She hinted, tapping the bed beside her and he sat his cup down and joined her as she slowly gave him ‘instructions’ in how to get the job done, without doing anything to upset the girls too much.

      In an hour they were laying side by side on his bed, naked from the waste up, but thats all. Cathlene fell asleep that way as James just smiled wide and gave her a tiny kiss on the forehead. She was willing to try, thats for sure, and this first time with a girl like this gave him some confidence. And as Cathy watched the power levels she gave herself a big grin and said to save the info for the next meeting, and right this second new levels were set as both James and Cathlene set new records at 800 and 820 respectively, and they now knew that their power levels were very,very adjustable.

      At the meeting the next day Cathy showed them the new numbers, as Cathlene’s face got a little red and some of the girls gave James a dirty look.

      “In less than an hour...” Cathy added as many saw that her power level had jumped enormously and she admitted she went to see him herself, and was not upset about how she was treated.

      “I was so relaxed, I fell asleep.” She admitted while Monica screamed that she needed a checkup because ‘that pervert probably did something to her’ as Cathy gave her a dirty look that made her shut up, reluctantly.

      “I don’t believe that for a second. James is an honest man, Hell he’s more embarrassed about this than us.” Cathlene screamed back as Monica finally shut up. “And because of last night I woke up with a new idea about my weapons, so I cant wait to try it out.” She admitted while even Cathy looked surprised.

      “OK, that’s new...” Cathy mentioned as Cathlene agreed,” alright then out to the practice field. Cathlene has 200 points more power to use today then any of you.” She hinted with a chuckle, as they all looked very serious and went out to see what that new idea, and this new power, would do.

      Once out there targets were set up and Carla came out to watch too. Cathlene stepped up in her suit and opened her laser emitters and after looking the targets over carefully, she had them all memorized and when the power on her guns fired, this time it was a machine gun made out of lasers, small fast drops that sprayed everything, and in a few seconds nothing remained of the entire target area, as she smiled and looked around and Cathy gave her a big thumbs up.

      “ Nice...” Cathlene heard as she came walking back and Cathy told everyone that while the tiny bolts were still powerful enough to cut through armor, they were small enough and spread out enough to take a lot less energy.

      “That entire demonstration...” Carla said pointing,” used less then 150 points of power. About 3 times more efficient then the big beam.” She said and thanked Cathlene for trying something new, that certainly was an improvement.

      “How did you think this up? Thats amazing!” Connie said as they walked back to the benches.

      “I woke up beside James last night, and it just came to me.” She said softly as even her friends looked a little shocked but after a second they all smiled and said they wished they could do that well, and they all went on with their practice and James had more then enough power to use too, and when it got mentioned, Cathlene seemed pretty proud of herself for her act of helping.

      “Nothing worse than a night out on a date...for all that...” Cathlene added as a few others seemed a little more serious now. “If it can save our world then I say it’s OK, and believe me, James is very gentle and careful, nothing bad will ever happen.” She said seriously as everyone seemed to agree, except maybe Monica who was spartan about everything.

      “I’m wondering though.” Cathlene started as she looked around and Cassandra asked why she was staring at her. “ you were the first to get a charge from James and that was weeks ago, and you haven’t tried since, why?” She asked as the other girls looked around too.

      “It’s not my job to ask him...” She said and was really embarrassed as everyone could tell.” the first time was an accident, I wasn’t even awake at first, but now it would be necessary to ask, for our safety and the offense and defense of our group. He’s the Commander, if he orders it I’ll do it, but not before.” She went on and walked away.

      “If she thinks James will beg her, then she’s got another think coming.” Cathlene added softly as a few others had to take a minute to think about that too.


      Chapter 10: New Battles


      With training going well, and fighting going on all over the world now, Carla decided they were ready, and when the next fleet came in from the tunnel, the entire group was right there waiting for them.

      The enemy fleet fired its guns and beams and they bounced off the new armor and shields everyone used. Then they sent in robots, bigger than a man by 3x, and they started fighting the Team, and many fell into the wreckage below as they were ripped apart.

      By now it was clear that things had changed, and a lone fighter came out to meet them, and when she appeared, Cathlene demanded they go home and stop these foolish attacks.

      “I am General Dmitri...” the lady said floating there in her red suit and looking stubborn.” I admit you have improved, as Choka told us you would, but not enough to earn a place beside us in the Universe.” She said and threw a bolt of energy that forced Cathlene back a step and she gave her a big grin, like that should do it.

      But Cathlene returned the favor with a beam of her own, and even the General had to put up a shield for protection for a second. But while no one was watching she slid her hand to her belt and adjusted something, and no one saw...except James... staying back, out of sight, and watching silently. Now the General seemed to have even more power, and her next shot nearly knocked Cathlene from the sky, as another team member got in on the act by firing a gun from far away, and the bolt made the General take notice that they weren’t alone.

      “I have admitted you have improved...that is sufficient for today. I will withdraw my forces, and you do the same and when we return, then a real battle will take place here.” She declared as everyone agreed and she flew back and her ship slipped back through the tunnel and was gone.

      “Everyone return.” James called as they declared it a victory, something he wasn’t too sure was true. But when they got back Carla and Cathy had a meeting to discuss what happened and James got his 2 cents in too.

      “A battery pack, do you think?” Cathy asked when he told her he saw the General adjusting her power during the fight.

      “No, I think she was getting a power transfer from the ship.” James added as Cathlene screamed that was cheating, as everyone else looked shocked. “She knew the second Cathlene hit her with that beam that they might be evenly matched, it was all over her face, but after the adjustment she had more power, and got a bit more cocky too.” James added as Cathlene admitted it was true.

      “That beam shot took 100 points of power, and her levels dropped below 500 for the first time today. Now after returning home they are less than 400, so she needs rest, or recharge.” Carla added as everyone seemed to agree. “If the battle had continued she might have been drained completely, so watch each other more carefully, and help out, especially you long range fighters. That one shot got the Generals attention and made her think. I doubt she’ll be alone next time.” Carla added as everyone agreed and the meeting was adjourned, and everyone went to get some rest.

      But James stayed back for a minute to talk to his Mother and Sister and when everyone was gone he turned and said he had an idea.

      “Either she was getting power from the ship itself, or from someone else on board wearing another suit. Check to see if thats possible, a power transfer from one suit to another.” he mentioned as Cathy just laughed at him saying they knew it was, because he used it nearly every day.

      “But I cant transfer from a distance, so there’s something different going on here.” He added as she admitted it was a possibility.” When they return the next time there will be more fighters, to help cover each other. So we must be ready for a rumble, not just one on one but a group fighting at once. And when that happens...I’ll attack the ship itself. If we can scare them into thinking we know their trick, the battle will have a whole new meaning, and be over a lot faster.” he added as even Carla had to think about that.

      “And how will you do it?” Carla asked, thinking about the short sword he had carried before, as James just smiled wider yet.

      “I woke up with a new idea too...” He hinted and walked out as they both growled that he wasn’t going to tell them what it was all about yet.

      “But...” Carla said after he was gone, and with a huge grin,” the way this is working out, it looks like we need to put him in bed with girls more often.” She said as Cathy just laughed out loud and said that might be a problem, and they went back to checking everything people needed to know and just hoped James was telling the truth.

      For two weeks everyone practiced, and Cathlene perfected her machine gun attack even more. But James never left anyone know about his new attack he had hinted about. But late at night the scanners saw him doing...something...in his room all alone, and his power level dropped suddenly for about half an hour almost every night now, and they knew he was telling the truth and that he had discovered something new to try. Now when the enemy came again it was going to be chaos, and Carla mentioned over and over to watch out for each other in battles and to get lots of rest, or a free recharge, to make sure they were ready and Cathlene smiled really wide saying that when they came again, she expected to be first in line to get her power up fast, and James smiled and nodded agreement, as a few others finally saw that it wasn’t as dirty an idea as they first thought.


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      Chapter 11: Big Battles and Big Surprises


      The test came a week later, as a fleet of enemy ships came through the tunnel and started to attack the researchers they found near the gate. Carla called for action, and the Team flew out there with James lagging behind,as usual, where he could see and hear everything.

      He wasn’t really being a active fighting member, not yet, he was their Commander and watched and made calls when people were needed somewhere else. He organized them from a distance, and made sure everyone was covered when they needed to be. But today he got them started and then got silent for a few minutes and even Cathlene started to wonder why.

      But he was no longer deep behind them watching. He flew out and around the fleet until he got into position near the battleship that had drooped off 4 women wearing suits this time. Choka was back, and the General, and two others wearing what looked like generic gray suits, probably the extra power they thought they’d need, or maybe not. But James had an idea to find out, and as he got close the smaller guns on the battleship opened fire, and he carefully positioned himself out of their range and reached out and called for his weapon and this time a spear appeared, and he charged it up until it glowed purple, and threw it and it flew like a rocket and struck the big ship, breaking through like his sword had done, and entering the big ship from behind. He then snapped his fingers and there was an explosion, and one major turret flipped on its side, completely ripped from the deck of the massive ship and James nodded happily thinking this was going to work pretty well.

      The fight had just gotten started and Cathlene took a hard hit when the big explosion went off nearby. Choka turned at once to see and was hit from behind by a nice hard blast and almost lost her ability to fly there for a second, as one of the lesser girls grabbed her to steady her.

      “What trickery is this?” Demanded the General as Cathlene got a big grin.” You’re all here we can easily see and monitor your movements, how is this possible?” She demanded as Cathlene left her know that not everyone was in plain sight.

      “Our Commander never really fights in these battles.” She offered as the woman looked surprised and she saw a way to mess with her coming. “With his enormous power he likes to sit back and watch, but maybe today he got bored.” She said with a chuckle as a few others joined in and one of the gray suited women flew back towards the Battleship to see what happened, and before she got half way another explosion happened and she dropped from the sky, as General Dmitri screamed for retreat, and they rushed back to the stricken ship and turned and escaped back the way they came.

      The Team got together and waited for a second as James came flying up from the forest below and Cathlene asked him how he did it, and he called again and his spear came out and he charged it and threw it to the ground and it stuck there and he snapped his fingers and a hole as big as a car appeared, like a purple black hole that ate everything.

      “Purple Void..I call it,” he said happily as everyone looked surprised and a few got a big smile seeing it.”nothing I’ve tested it on can stand it, so eating away at a battleship is nothing.” he said as they all laughed and went home as Carla sat back in her seat smiling, while listening in.

      “Nothing can stand up to it huh? We’ll have to see about that.” She said softly and a new line of tests were set up even before James got back.

      A few days later James was enjoying his day off, walking along the shopping district just window shopping more than anything else. He was just thinking about getting something to eat when suddenly footsteps came up behind him and before he could turn to see, Cassandra stepped up and took his hand, looking very embarrassed.

      “I was out shopping and got a little tired.” She said softly as James just smiled and gave her hand a kiss. “Hey! watch it!” She yelled as even people nearby got a chuckle at that.

      “You wanted a little charge right?” He hinted as she looked more upset than before.

      “Maybe...” She said almost too softly to hear, as he offered her his arm and she hesitantly took it, but refused to look him in the eye the whole time.

      “I was just thinking of getting a bite to eat, will you join me?” He asked as they walked along and she agreed, as people smiled widely as they went by, looking very lovey/dovey right now.

      But back at camp Cathy was looking oddly at the spec sheets, for some reason Cassandra’s power level was rising, and she started checking to see why, then James’s levels started up too.

      She knew he was off base on his day off, but now it seemed he wasn’t alone, and that was a good thing. Since that first day Cassandra had ignored him completely, but not today. And her charge level showed real interest, since it went up faster than even Cathlene’s had done lately.

      This was his second ‘conquest’... even though it never really was. They have started to see him as a nice guy who can help protect them, and even though they might declare it wasn’t true, a girl always likes it when a man goes out of his way to make her feel protected, and so now both Cathlene and Cassandra were taking advantage of his power and with that, hers would increase too.

      “ 700 and rising...” Cathy heard as she turned to see Carla walking up.” It’s about damned time, that woman can be such a pain in the arse sometimes...” She hinted as they both smiled and watched as it slowly snuck up higher.

      James and Cassandra had a nice lunch and even ice cream after, and when they left the restaurant she was smiling and talking like they were old friends.

      They returned to the base and when they walked in Casi thanked him for a nice afternoon and he said she could go to lunch with him anytime, and a second later she was just gone, using her massive speed to keep from showing her embarrassment any longer.

      “ 760...” He heard in his earpiece and he just smiled and went on home, whispering that not everything had to do with their power levels, which of course no one said a word about right now.


      Chapter 12: Irrational Actions

      Cathy was walking towards the lab the next day when she saw the technicians all out in the hallway looking pretty sad and shocked. It happens from time to time. Her mom gets into it with someone and everyone runs away for a while.

      “She at it again?” Cathy asked as one lady left her know that Carla had been on the phone all morning with the U.N. and was still in there, demanding they listen to her. “Fat chance of that...” She whispered as she walked in and as the door closed behind her Carla was calling the man on the other end everything she could think of because they wouldn’t let her have full control over their research anymore.

      “I gave you all my first generation research and you have Teams starting already, just months later. Dont you dare tell me that you didn’t do research and cut corners getting them active this fast!” She screamed as the man on the screen told her it was all very above board and safe, as Carla laughed in his face. “Liars! I did all the original research for more than a decade, and now that we have better technology to work with I know that I can build even better tools, faster, more powerful and I have the perfect Team here to test them in combat! So don’t you go getting all high and mighty with me...without my research you’d have NOTHING!” she screamed as he admitted she had done a great deal in a decent amount of time. But he would not allow more dangerous tests to be run, they admitted they had great people that had turned the enemy many times and sent them home. But this was just too much.

      “Tens of thousands have died in combat so far, millions more might soon if we don’t force the envelope and get more powerful implants. The Team we have now has had 2 implants so far, why not move on and implant them again with even better equipment? They have more training than any other Team worldwide, so refusing this is impossible under these extreme circumstances.” She yelled as even Cathy looked shocked. Implanting people is not an easy task and it does damage that might never be healed, to think of doing the same people again, and again, was shocking even to her.

      “The U.N. Science Council has made its decision.” The man said sternly, “ Any new equipment made from the alien technology can be tested in new people. These young people are doing fine with what they have, and implanting them a third time is lunacy!” He screamed and finally closed the link as Carla threw her clipboard against the wall until it snapped in half.

      “Are you serious?” Cathy asked as Carla turned to see her standing there.” Two implants is all any human could accept. Their bodies need time to adapt and heal, and some have trouble even after a few weeks. We’ve seen that here a few times already. Trying to force a third implant into them would do irreparable harm.” She insisted as Carla gave her a look that Cathy had seldom seen before. Her eyes were slits and her face red, she was completely out of control today, and the stress from all this work and all the attacks was getting to her.

      “ 6 people...!” Carla screamed with a wave of her arm towards the door.” They expect us to save the world with 6 people and outdated equipment. Its impossible and they know it! They are forming Teams using the old tech because I refused to share our latest info with them, and now they are starting to limit our research until they can catch up!” She screamed as Cathy saw maybe she did have a point, but killing her best Team wasn’t going to make it any better.

      “Give it to them then...at least enough for them to update the original implant. A thousand people in suits fighting will save a Hell of a lot more then 6 people ever could. If they want to form Teams around the world let them, isn’t that what saving the world is all about?” She asked as Carla pushed past her and ran from the room in a huff, and after a minute the researchers started slowly wandering back in.

      “I’ve never seen her that bad...” One tech mentioned as Cathy admitted she needed some time off, but even she knew this went way,way beyond that, and it worried her a lot.

      She knew she was right though, and so she went into the office and sat down behind her mothers desk and brought up all their research. During the first test a decade ago it had little in the way of computing power, now with the advent of several different types of chips the power was multiplied several times. Now they had a higher average power level at 600 instead of 400 in the past and even though they were now a generation more advanced than then, she hadn’t even given them this first, small improvement.

      “Damn it mother...” Cathy whispered and opened a link to the U.N. and sent that bit of information over, as their head researcher thanked her profusely for the help. “Tell your people we will share our research, but to stop pushing my mother to the edge. I think she might be getting close to a breakdown over here, and we all need her help on this.” Cathy added as the man apologized for his friends actions and closed the link while Cathy went back out to get her normal day started.

      But at the U.N. the researcher walked quickly into their lab too, and threw the tiny chip with the new info to his best researcher.

      “We went the wrong way..” he hinted as the man looked at the little chip.” We should have asked the daughter, she’s much easier to get along with. Leave the mother alone, let me handle this from now on.” He said as the team agreed, and the newest info went right into production, and the first set of new implants was ready for testing in young people that would make up their first new fighting Team, known from this point on as: The Masters.

      But the research showed only one man ever to be implanted, and the numbers told why. Since his mother was the head researcher and she didn’t have permission to do any of this back then, she did it in secret, on her own child instead of looking all over the world for the best candidate. Now that young man was unique, in more than one way. Not only did that original implant get redone over and over to make it work, he had adjusted in a odd and strange way. His system left him charge almost without end, if these numbers were accurate, and he could transmit that power to others, making him a walking, flying battery.

      They were now trying to duplicate that research, but to no avail. How she managed it their best people couldn’t figure out, nothing made sense, but the fact was there to be seen. They had long ago tapped into the schools security footage, and seen Carla’s research first hand. She wasn’t past killing someone to get better numbers for her research, and they refused that kind of thinking. But here she was today demanding even more freedom to test, and kill, people to learn more. Something even the Science Council refused.

      “We need to see this young man first hand...” One researcher said as many others agreed.” Maybe then we can figure out what that Witch did to make him work this way. And if this war continues, we’ll need as many of these flying batteries as we can get.” he added as the meeting closed with them trying to find a reason to demand that James come to their lab, if even for a day, and they knew Carla would never alow it, no matter the reason they used.


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      Chapter 13: New Friends...or Enemies?


      A few days later and another attack. This time James was seen more often and as someone got low on power he ran in and gave them a big hug, or a soft kiss, and even though some weren’t too happy about it, their power came back up and they continued to fight.

      Cassandra literally punched through a few smaller ships and one fell from the sky, but after a while she was panting and barely could move,as she hung there with her arms dangling at her sides, arms went around her from behind, and her eyes popped open in shock.

      “Just breath slowly...” James whispered into her ear as her face got red and Cathlene laughed at her from a few meters off to the side.

      “You pervert...” Casi whispered, still barely able to move, and James went the extra mile and gave her breasts a good rubbing for a second, as she spun around to give him a good piece of her mind, and by then he was gone again.

      She did feel better though and her wristwatch said her levels were back to 500...so she was good to go.

      “You cant ask for more than that...battle field medics that fly.” Cathlene yelled as she got a good aim and sliced through another small ship nearby.

      “He groped me..you wait until this is over, I’ll get him!” Casi said loudly and went back, punching and ripping things off of ships, as Cathlene got a good laugh.

      “Not if I get him first,” Cathlene added softly and soon the enemy fleet withdrew and the Team got another victory. They came together for a short meeting and James made sure everyone had enough energy to make it back to base, but his Command Scanner showed everyone was there, but someone or something was still hovering above them and he mentioned it softly as Cathlene told them all to wait right here, and she flew off and out of sight.

      She made a wide circle and after a minute was flying right next to a small black drone and she smiled and spun it around to show the camera that it had been found. It got one good look at her and flew away and she followed it to a black helicopter that took it on board and then flew away itself at top speed.

      She dropped back down and told James it was a drone, dropped by a U.N. helicopter and he just smiled and said no big deal then, and they all flew home, but Cathy and Carla were upset, because no one had told them they were being watched, and that made Carla more upset then before, and Cathy was having a hard time settling her down.

      “They take from us and then refuse to share their findings...” Carla screamed as Cathy admitted they need more transparency in their dealings. “then they send drones to gather information too, right from the battle field, its starting to look like they don’t even trust us to sort out the information before they get it!” She screamed as Cathy reminded her she had refused to share information so they were taking their own, right from the source.

      “They need information too...and you refused to share... so this shouldn’t be a big surprise.” Cathy added as Carla asked if she was against her too, as Cathy stepped back looking shocked. “No body’s against anybody.. you’re withholding valuable info and they need it for their research, so they are gathering their own, thats all. This little spat between you and the U.N. needs to stop or we wont get any help, or funding, at all.” Cathy mentioned as Carla stormed away saying that they didn’t deserve her help, and Cathy just sighed a huge sigh and sat back to rest for a while and let her mother settle back down.

      The Team flew in and landed and as they walked away Casi demanded that James apologize for touching her chest during the battle and as he stumbled for something to say, Cathlene asked how they compared to hers, as Casi looked shocked and upset she could ask in front of everyone.

      “Pretty nice actually...” James added as Cassandra looked surprised and a little shocked,” but no one has a better set than you.” He went on and gave Cathlene a nice kiss in front of everyone and some ohs and has were heard while one or two walked away not wanting to watch.

      “I’ll be by later...” Cathlene added softly...”for recharge.” She hinted as James checked his scanner to see how low she was, and that last kiss and hug brought her back up to almost normal again, as technically she didn’t need a charge.

      “But you dont....” he started, but she had already walked away and as he shook his head Monica walked by and gave him a dirty look while he asked why, and she whispered as she walked past...” you are an idiot”... and she too was gone.

      He wasn’t a total fool, he knew he and Cathlene were becoming a little more than friends, but his job was to keep them all safe, and he knew that their very lives were at stake if their power levels got too low.

      It certainly didn’t bother him that she liked him, and they got along well. But it just wasn’t possible for him to have a ‘girlfriend’ under these circumstances, and he knew that better than anyone else.

      All the ladies knew by now that he was their lifeline during battle. Even though one or two wouldn’t accept it unless they were barely moving, like Casi today. But he had seen all the test results, his and theirs, and like it or not he was going to protect them, even at the cost of his life.

      But inside the base’s offices a call came in, and even Carla looked shocked to see her counterpart from the U.N. on the line.

      “You’re always screaming we don’t share info, well, our first Team, the Masters is ready for training. Before we start that we want you and your researchers to have a look at them, make sure everything is right and working, then we will begin our own training schedule when they return. this is a one time offer of cooperation... that you demanded... what say you?” He demanded as Carla took a long breath and agreed, saying they’d give them the once over to make sure everything was working properly, then send them back, and the agreement was fast coming and getting accepted, and the newest Team on the planet was on its way that afternoon.



      Chapter 14: Prior Knowledge

      When the plane arrived that afternoon Cathlene and her Team met them at the airport as a sign of good faith. The door to the plane opened and out walked 8 young women, all about 17-18 years old and a young blond girl led them out and down to meet their seniors who smiled and shook their hands.

      “Team Proto welcomes you.” Cathlene said as they shook hands and the young woman thanked them for coming.

      “Is this your Team?” She asked as everyone agreed and she seemed to look all around like she was missing something until Cathlene cleared her throat and said the Commander was back at the base doing research today, and that seemed to satisfy her.

      “I look forward to meeting him, we don’t have a male Team member, the research never seemed to work out...I wonder why?” She hinted as they all got on the custom bus they brought and started back to the base.

      “No use asking us...” Cassandra added sourly,” we don’t get told all the details.” She stated, as all the new girls just smiled and looked away, since that was how they got treated too.

      “James was the original, even before the program was accepted, his mother did research on him without telling anyone.” Cathlene added, as some of the new girls looked shocked.” He was the Alpha, the very first research subject, and he gets worked on more than any of us, even now.” She hinted and hearing that, the new Team didn’t ask anything else as they rode on into the base.

      They were led to rooms along the same hall in the dorms and Cathlene and her Team left them to get moved in. A little while later the new girls were having a meeting in one of the rooms, and they didn’t seem too happy.

      “Illegal experiments led to the design we all are using now.” Alice, the new Team Leader mentioned as everyone looked sad.” Now of course its needed, so its legal to do these experiments. But that was quite the shock. The Doctor really is a cold hearted woman to use her own children for experiments.” She hinted as the entire Team nodded agreement.

      “But doesn’t that make things safer for us?” One girl asked and even then Alice nodded sadly.

      “Yes...depending on how things go, we might owe him a lot more then we can ever repay. We’ll see.” She hinted softly and they went for their first meal in the new base.

      They got their meals and chose a large table where they could all sit together, and as they started to eat a few members of the Proto team came in and waved and got their meals too and sat at a table next to them. Then a tall young man came in wearing a brown uniform white shirt and black tie, and he too got food and walked up and asked to sit across from Alice who looked up seriously and asked who he was, while the other girls smiled and looked like she might be getting picked up the first day.

      “ Commander James Hudson, I command Team Proto, and this is my base.” he said softly as Alice all but threw her fork down and jumped to her feet as did her whole team as they saluted him and James laughed and waved it away, as she offered then for him to sit, as the rest of the room got a quick chuckle.

      “I heard you wanted to meet me, so this seemed like a nice way to do it.” James said as everyone agreed.” I hope your stay here will be a good and profitable one for us all. We can certainly use the help on the battlefield.” he hinted as they all agreed, while staring oddly at him.

      “Is something wrong?” he asked after a minute as Alice cleared her throat and mentioned they didn’t have male members on their Team as James just laughed to himself. “Oh I’m sure you will eventually, there’s nothing scientifically that says that men cant carry and use implants, trust me on that one.” he said with a wink and even Alice got a big grin at that.

      But she had other plans too, and as she looked down the table to one of the other girls the base alarm went off, saying that a baseline power level was too low and someone was at risk. The girls apologized saying that they had practice before getting on the plane and she hadn’t gotten any rest since, and she’d take care of it later, but the PA said she needed to come to the lab immediately for testing, and James helped her up, put her arm around his neck and started out of the room when the alarms suddenly stopped and said the emergency was averted, and Cathlene and her Team looked around from their table too, as Alice got a huge grin and went back to eating, as James refused to stop, saying that the lab was waiting, and nearly dragged the girl out of the room and down the hall.

      Cathlene took her coffee cup and moved over to the seat James was in a minute ago, as Alice looked up and smiled at her.

      “Did you learn what you wanted to know?” She asked as Alice said she had no idea what she meant, as Cathlene leaned in close, as even the other Team members looked surprised.

      “Did they tell you that low power levels are dangerous? Or that levels less than 10% will force you from the battlefield, and less than 5% you’ll be unconscious?” She asked softly as Alice all but dropped her fork again, looking surprised. “Tricks like that can do more than make us not trust you, they can kill someone if your not careful.” She hinted and took her cup and walked away, as Alice saw that she really had learned something, something more then even her people had warned her about, and now she had to think twice about her Team and their lives that were now in her hands.

      James dragged the new girl right to the lab, and Carla, who was waiting to give her a good talking to. The scanners showed what happened even before she got there, and James looked at her oddly when Cathy told him straight out it had been a test, and the girls power level had dropped from 500 to 50 in a few seconds as he gave her a dirty look.

      “No one believed that there was someone around that could recharge us instantly, so we were out to prove it was false.” She admitted as Carla all but screamed in her face.

      “Every bit of research you have and the design your using came from me...” Carla said getting right in the girls face.” It’s times like this I wonder why I even bother helping any of you.” She went on as the girl looked very sad and apologized repeatedly for doing it.

      “Tell your Commander that one more trick like this and out you go...all of you!” Carla screamed and threw her from the room as James walked out next and got apologized to once more before the girl ran off to tell her Team that things here were even more stressed out than they had heard beforehand.


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      Welcome back Kev :-)

      I cant thank you or tick like .. simply doesnt work, but i am reading and enjoying the story. Thanks and keep up the great work.

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      hey, Mick good to see you again, dont worry its not over yet.


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