“With a smile”
Slowly Nonna's heart starts beating again and she gains her conscience back. Overpowered with the cold air of the tank and the still recovering body, Nonna was unable to move. She felt weak and confused and wondered what is going on.
A few more minutes passed and Nonna felt her eyes again. Slowly trying to open them with the small amount of strength that she has, Nonna noticed a blurred shadow on the other side of some frozen glass. Then she remembered. She was in the Frost Chamber.
Several more minutes pass and Nonna became aware of her surroundings. Several times she noticed a shadow passing forth and back in front of the chamber. Scared and cautious Nonna did not want to open the Chamber from the inside. One thing was for sure, it was not human. The shadowed structure looked way to skinny for a human being.
Plexi has not said anything yet, is she still in standby mode? Nonna thought to herself. The only thing she was able to hear was the muffled sound of the creature outside walking around and tearing things apart.
Definitely scared Nonna noticed the ice on the chamber slowly melting revealing the outside of the ship but also putting her in danger of being noticed by the creature.
Nonna was not carrying a pistol with her in the chamber, she remembers it was lying beside the cockpit seat, if she was quick, she could grab it and eliminate the thread roaming about.
Although the Frost Chamber was powered down and the frost was melting away Nonna was still very cold and had to suffer several more minutes of the frost, while trying to warm herself with her cold breath and hands the creature once again came. This time it did not pass the Chamber but observed it.
(“Oh fuck, can it see me?”) Nonna thought to herself. Standing very still and holding her breath, Nonna noticed the creatures yellow eyes staring at her, almost as if it was trying to eat her soul with its eyes.
Her heart started beating faster and faster, longing for oxygen, but Nonna refused to as long as the creature was staring her down. Push came to shove and her body forced her to take a breath, revealing to the creature that she was very much alive. The creature instantly jumped back on its two hind legs and smashed through the Chamber with the force of the push and it’s front legs.
Barely dodging the sharp fangs of the creature Nonna pushes the evict button inside the chamber and the Frost Chambers doors evacuate with a forceful air pressured push into the side cockpit wall with the creatures sharp legs still stuck in the door.
Rushing to the cockpit seat was a mistake. The sudden stress and movement was to much for Nonna’s body to handle, her eyesight turns dark and she collapses.
Still conscious Nonna tries to blink several times from a fear reflex to the dark. The creature was screaming and thrashing about behind her, it was clear to Nonna that she did not have much time. With all her strength she tapped in the dark for her pistol near the cockpit seat, just then she hears the chamber door behind her crashing against the chamber tank.
Slowly regaining her eyesight Nonna sees the gun and reaches for it. The creature was right on top of her without a doubt As soon as the pistol was in her hands she twisted around on the floor and was face to face with the creature.
The cold floor was being covered by blood, no doubt to Nonna she knew it was her blood. The creature had its legs lodged somewhere in her body. Nonna's heart skipped a beat at the sight. Not all her nerves had recovered yet, after the deep slumber and she did not feel any kind of pain for a single second.
With her left hand she grabs the creature's head and pulls it down to her pistol. The creature struggles and stabs Nonna several more times. Unable to move, Nonna did the only thing she could: Shoving the pistol straight into the creature's mouth and pulls the trigger. Within seconds the creature collapses on the floor next to her and dresses Nonna with its blood.
With a relieved look on her face Nonna lowers her arms and stays on the floor for a while.
“Plexi! Plexi! Do you read? Plexi!” Nonna calls out, with no response coming back.
Trying to move, Nonna crawled over to the cockpit door that had been ripped down, probably by the creature. Once she reached the door Nonna noticed that the ship was missing it’s entire backside and only the cockpit remained. Also she was not in space anymore but in some kind of spaceship.
“Plexi…” Nonna said with a sad voice, for she knew that the AI computer was in the missing part of the ship.
Slowly crawling to her cockpit seat Nonna noticed that she was not wearing an oxygen mask but still breathing fine, something was strange. Once she got settled into her seat Nonna turned on the instruments. Most were broken but a few still lit up. One displayed read the following.
Welcome back Nonna Koskov. It has been 99999999 years since you have last logged back on.
Nonna looked at the screen with an annoyed look. “Damn thing must be broken.” She said under her breath.
A small email icon was flashing on one of the screens. Nonna instantly opened it in hopes to find some answers as to where she was.
A silent robotic voice filled the cockpit.
“Hello Nonna, I hope that you are still very much alive. I’m very sorry I was not able to wake you up. You see right now I’m floating further and further away from you and my battery had been damaged. I’m living here on borrowed time. I will make the explanation short, not like I have any other choice wi-i-i-th this battery draining…
While drifting through space we were attacked by an alien life form once known to the human as chryssalid. You probably know your history so I do not have to explain it to you. These creatures however are feral, they have evolved and there are several different branches of evolution have lead to multiple distinct species within them. Where they came from I do not know but all I was able to do in order to save you is blow up part of my Computer Core in order to detach the ship where these aliens were on. I raised an oxygen barrier around the ship that should last for a couple of more days, you might not be able to see it but please for your own safety, do not go outside the ship without the oxygen mask. As for the aliens I think I got them all at le-st I hope I did. Non--, this is it, I’m ver- sor-y but I have to go. Howe-er before I go I might want to congr---late you on your 108 birth--y that was just a co--le of d-ys ago. Well this i- it, I’m gett--g out of com--nication range. G---bye No-na.
The message ends there.
Nonna looked up with relief and covered her eyes with her arm. A small smile appeared across her face.
“The fucking chryssalids evolved a mouth.”
Although a smile on her face and her eyes were covered by her arm a small tear was running down her cheek.
“I’ll miss you Plexi… Thank you.”