Waiting in that office alone, I wondered what was going to become of me. For the first
time in my life, my future wasnt in my hands. This bothered me and I wasnt
quite sure how to handle it.
The office was in something of a beige, corporate decor, and I could tell the
wheelchair I was sitting in, along with the rest of the furniture was rather expensive.
The office did have one major plus as far as I could see. It had a large bay window
spanning the wall to the right of me which overlooked most of Tokyo.
The door opened behind me and in walked a short but stocky Japanese man, which
didnt surprise me. It seemed like I was the only person in this building who
"Kive Nakao?", the man asked as he sat down at the desk in front of me.
"Yeah, thats me".
"My name is Mr. Yamamoto. Im the minister of administrations for Arasaka.
Are you familiar with our organization?" I was surprised by the lack of a Japanese
accent in his voice and figured him to be American.
"You are an advanced security operations organization, privately funded and have
clientele all over the world."
"Well, since it seems you already know what we do, lets get to your role in
things. In light of recent events, you along with a select few of the surviving members of
your party, will now become special operations agents for Arasaka. You will be given
assignments to complete, with the aid of a few other specially selected agents. Before we
go any further, I would like you to tell me briefly what happened while you were in the
"What other select few?"
"The captain and Lol were the only ones we disposed of. Everyone else will be
used, including Seven". I let out a sigh of relief. Seven was my friend who had given
his life for me many times over. One of the only people I still trusted.
"Eight of us were stranded in that building. We couldve left, but where
could we go? We would have frozen by morning, so we searched the building."
"Who searched the building?" Mr. Yamamoto interrupted.
"Myself, Curtis, Seven, Steve, Dave and Dave. Winn stayed with the captain who was
in some sort of shock. We found some basic supplies like food, blankets, glow rods and
what not. After a few days, Dave Ackerman was killed by that chameleon soldier of yours.
Not too long after that, Seven and Dave Gray got the heat working from the boiler rooms.
It was a few days later when Steve saw the soldier you put there, tried to shoot him but
of course it didnt do anything. After that we stuck together."
"When did the other party show up?"
"Shortly after the boiler room exploded; when Dave Gray died and Seven got fried.
They showed up and acted like they owned the place. Of course they all had guns, and that
psycho borg, Lol, while we had next to nothing. They locked us up, and tried to torture
Steve. If we had tried to save him, Lol would have killed all of us in a matter of
seconds. Afterwards we managed to escape. It helped that your chameleon super
soldier killed a couple of them. We not only had to hide from them, but from the
soldier as well. Finally, he attacked us. More specifically me."
"Yes, it chose you because you had an injured leg and were the weakest prey.
Were still amazed at how you survived after it tore your other leg off," Mr.
Yamamoto paused for a moment. "You werent expected to live".
"Thanks for your confidence, but I dont die very easily".
"And thats exactly why we chose you. We dont take kindly to our agents
dying while on assignment, so we only pick the best, and we make sure they have the best
cybernetic technology available to them. This brings me to my next point," Mr.
Yamamoto passed a piece of paper to me over the desktop. "After your physical, we
comprised this list of cybernetic modifications wed like you to consider".
I took the paper in my hand.
"You say that like I have some choice in the matter."
"Just take a look and tell me if theres anything youd like to
add," insisted Mr. Yamamoto.
I began to study the list. I saw things like armour and hydraulic rams for my
cyber-arm, a new leg of course, muscle and bone lace, nano surgeons, a second cyber-eye,
to be equipped with a targeting scope, a times-square marquee, and radio-link to be
installed into my neural processor.
"The only thing I have a problem with is the other eye".
"Whats the problem?"
"I like having a natural eye. Sometimes I see things that my other one
"Well, I wish there was a way around that. All our operatives must be equipped
with a targeting scope in each eye for absolute accuracy. The only choice you have are the
other two options you want to put in it."
"And my leg?"
"Im sorry but your request for a flesh leg instead of a cybernetic one has
been denied. We feel its best this way." Mr. Yamamoto showed little sympathy
for the situation. I noticed that he also had two cybernetic eyes along with an assortment
of other implants, and realized that things of this matter were non-negotiable.
"Is it possible to have my eye kept in stasis?"
"Im sure that wont be a problem. Of course full ER Therapy will be
made available to you should you need it. Thats Empathy Recovery Therapy in case you
didnt know," I nodded. "Now if theres no more questions, your
refitting will begin in the Surgery Bay at 0800 hours tomorrow morning".
"No, thats fine".
A few days had passed since my meeting with Mr. Yamamoto. My new cybernetic leg had
been attached a few days earlier. I forgot just how painful the recovery experience would
be, and I was growing slightly more agitated every time I thought about it.
There was a mirror above me attached to the ceiling and I could see myself perfectly.
My hair wasnt its normal shade of blue and it had been ages since Id seen my
eyes without my deep-blue, one-way contacts covering them.
The doctors were surrounding me now as they prepared to remove my eye. The thought of
this operation angered me no end. As I lay there on the operating table, my mind began to
wander. Who did these people think they were? I wanted to scream. I felt so helpless, and
I felt myself becoming less human everyday. My heart was beating a little slower now. I
could feel it. It didnt have as much flesh to circulate through. It was like I could
almost feel the blood being rerouted once it got to where my leg used to start. I had had
my cyberarm since I was in the military a few years back, and I was satisfied with
that. What choice did I have though? They wouldnt give me a flesh leg. Would I
rather be on supports for the rest of my life having everyone take advantage of me,
robbing me, forcing me to beg for handouts? I would rather they just kill me now.
I laid there and stared at my only remaining natural eye in the mirror, and watched it
go out of sight as the doctors around me hooked the tubes up to my neural processor. I
felt like I was dying as I felt my eyes uncontrollably close. I felt them swell with tears
as I began to cry. I felt like I would never open them again, and I really wouldnt.
Not for real anyways. I dont even know if they saw me. I didnt care. I wanted
to kill them. I wanted to kill everyone, but the restraints and the drugs kept me from
I could feel myself slowly regaining consciousness. I was so afraid to open my eyes. I
hated Arasaka. I hated more the fact that they owned me now. No, I think I just hated the
fact that when I opened my eyes it would never be the same again. I took a deep breath and
opened them. It was a sensation I was only fifty percent familiar with. It seemed slightly
more digital now. I made full rotations around the room with my new optical device. I was
afraid to even call it an eye. I was caught up in my new device for a moment as I lifted
my head and zoomed in to various sections of the room, and engaged my targeting scope.
Then I stopped as I saw myself in the mirror above me. I felt like a machine. I felt ugly.
I wanted to cry, but I couldnt now. I felt myself starting to slip away. Rage began
to swell inside me. I wanted to kill someone, but no one was around, which frustrated me
even more. I fought with the restraints, but it was no use. Before another thought entered
my mind, two men stepped into the room and shot me. I was helpless. I could feel myself
growing drowsy again.
"Take him downstairs and start him on ER Therapy as soon as he wakes up".