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Paul slowly opened his eyes, trembling at the thought of what he would found. The Proxitol had sent him into a deep slumber with blurred visions of a crumbling city... a flash of silver... blood, and big, pale eyes staring out of the dark. A shriek and the sound of broken glass had awakened him, but after scanning the room, Paul found himself alone. It was windowless, with one lightbulb and a single black door. He sat up in his bed with much difficulty, his body was stiff and heavy, as if lead ran in his veins instead of blood.



Indeed, there was something else running through his veins... 

Paul peered at the rash in his thigh and was shocked to see that despite the drug’s effect, it had spread: no longer a colorful myriad, but decaying gray. His fingers were about to touch it when the door opened. Maya strutted in, her weaponry jingling in a sinister tone and a syringe of Proxitol gleaming in her hand.

“Time for your medicine, love,” said Maya, as her hand reached for the artery in Paul’s arm...



“Stop.”



The syringe fell. The voice seemed to have issued from Paul’s gaping mouth. Maya froze, her eyes narrowing with suspicion before comprehension dawned on her shocked face. “Lysanna!” she screeched with her composure lost, hair rippling as one hand reached for Paul’s throat and the other unsheathing the curved blade. Paul’s hands reacted instictively, trying to fend off the attack. The moment his hands touched Maya’s, the room disappeared and images began flashing one after another like a high-sped film. He could see the ancient city clearly now: how each boulder fell into the jaws of unforgiving waves, its inhabitants screaming as they sagged further under water...

Paul realized, that he was looking at the death of a civilization: the Aegean civilization. And he was the vessel for its revival, carrying the last of their progeny. His grip loosened, and the room came back into view. Maya fell onto the floor, her attractive look gone; her skin was clammy and her eyes were pale orbs. Her chest rose unevenly, and her right hand was burnt black. The parasite in Paul’s thigh stirred; it had sucked part of Maya’s lifeforce. As if he were a marionette, Paul stood next to her, watching her body twitch like a fish out of water.



“The syringe...”



Paul picked it up, obeying the voice in his head. He crouched next to Maya and plunged the needle in her neck. Her body went limp... her eyes became a blank stare. Paul walked out of the room, closing the door behind him. His feet weren’t under his control. All Paul could be sure of was that he was walking towards someone... towards Lysanna.

EDIT. Many thanks to:

:iconvoiceless-song:, who took notice of an apparently unimportant, but huge detail missing, along some other typing mistakes.

And

:iconsolum-ipsum:, who kindly agreed to proofread this chapter for me :)

Again, I get over the word limit...but I couldn't chop it more and render the descriptions useless. 443 455 words :iconlawooplz: Inspired by Julio Córtazar's "The idol of the Cyclades". The suspense at the end...*sigh*, I love it. The Cycladic civilization lived in the Cyclades, Greece (pardon my redundance) of the Aegean sea. A powerful civilization sunk in the sea *yes, like Atlantis*. Sounds mainstream, but...the Cycladic marble figurines are female...so...female/alien characters + Cycladic art = Somehow my mind connected them. The way I see it , Aegeans excelled at mind control, with other powers. Their Progenies were the building blocks of human DNA (making the Aegeans some sort of "Cradle of life"),but century after century, it was diluted, humans forgot them, the Aegeans birth rate was so poor it threw their civilization off balance and tragedy overcome them. Yep, that's my vision.
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suzalex Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Excellent writing!
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Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you :)
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voiceless-song Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the fast flow of the story. But here are some minor things I think you should consider:
First: how could he just realize that 'he was the vessel for its revival' in a few seconds like that? There's no clue telling that he will help reviving the civilization.
Second: please pay more attention to typing.
That's all. Your story is still great, anyway!
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Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks for your comment :) which are the typing mistakes? I have the nasty habit of overlooking them despite reading it several times. Ah, the vessel part, yes, i'm aware of it. I was happily writing the chapter and then took notice of the word count...I rushed everything, but I'll fix it right away.
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voiceless-song Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Don't worry. You're talented. Those mistakes are just minor!
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Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you for your kind words :)
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voiceless-song Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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Solum-Ipsum Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woohoo!! PWNED!!! :D
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Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Writer
:D
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Galm03 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He killed... He killed Maya?
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