The lights shone out in neo in the wide strange city. All in the center of this world was tall massively large buildings with light down on the busy working force going around their everyday. To the other side of this world outside of the hot bed of profits and riches laid the poor and the struggling. Ruined small buildings, shops, and houses laid bare for all to see. An eerily sense was felt across the plains. Inside one of the ruined buildings two teenagers were staying close to each other looking down the stairs at the base of the building. The boy turned to the girl holding her hand, “We have to keep running. You shouldn’t have stolen those AI chip from him. Now how are going to escape from this? We have no one, remember that!” he shouted at her upset. “I’m sorry but what choices do we have now? How much longer can we keep pressing on like this?”
The boy looked more upset, “Not in this way we can fight,” he told her and together they continued running up the stairs and came to the rooftop doors. The boy tried pushing it open but he was too weak and so was the girl with him. The girl found a log of steel and banged the doors a couple times and they cracked open enough for them to squeeze through them. The pair came onto the rooftop and tried to find a hiding spot but the roof was bare and empty with some holes present. “We have to stay close together when he arrives,” the boy said. The doors pushed open easily for the male who was coming up and came onto the rooftop with them. “You two! Taken my AI chip, that was worth some money that one. It took me ages to steal that for myself. Give it back!” He came up to them with a pace of strength and punched the boy onto the ground. He started to try to choke recently punching him in the face. The girl tried to push him off but it wasn’t working. He elbowed her out of the way. She moved backwards and fell on the ground herself and looked at other side of the rooftop. A light glowing effect was appearing and she became curious. She dragged herself across the floor to get a better look. A blue circled ring appeared and flashes of blue electricity appeared. The man and the boy stopped fighting and looked up to see what the noise was. A blue tunnel was showing and a figure jumped out of the tunnel and landed with a thump onto the ground. The portal closed up instantly when the figure appeared. The male stood up tall and shouted across to the figure, “What are you and what are you doing here?” The figure gave a confused look and had a quick glare over the ruined area that he appeared in, “I’m Mr Umezu and I’m lost. What are you doing to these two people?” he asked.
“None of your business!” the man shouted back towards him. Mr Umezu gave a grin at him, “I’m not going to play around with you. I like to stay in one piece if I can.” Umezu grabbed out a specialist weapon that he had on him and fired a few shots at him. The man was pushed back and fell into one of the holes on the rooftop and disappeared. The boy and the girl was shocked to see Mr Umezu and they raced to see into the hole to find the man was dead down at least four levels of the building. Mr Umezu casually walked up to them and looked down, “That wasted the last of my gun. Was supposed to save it for the tower. Anyway does any of you two know where to find a universe portal?” he asked the pair.
“We don’t have anything like that here. Who are you and are you from a corporation?” the boy asked. Mr Umezu was puzzled by the boy’s questions, “I do run a corporation and currently it’s going through a rough period you can say.” The boy moved away from him and Umezu sensed he was defective and upset at his answer, “You are a corporation owner. One of those evil people over there!” The boy pointed out far to the centre of the world where the tall neo lighted corporation buildings were held. Mr Umezu waved his hands at him, “I’m not here to harm you. I don’t own any businesses here. I come from another universe. A different world than this one here. I’m stuck here and I have no one,” Umezu explained to the pair. The girl and the boy came together and whispered to each other about their discovery about the strange man. “Do we trust him?” asked the girl. The boy looked at Umezu and turned to her, “He sounds like us. We don’t know anyone here and we are alone. It wouldn’t hurt to get to know each other. He’s unarmed too and he looks pretty old so he’s not a great threat.” The girl turned to Mr Umezu and nodded, “We believe you. Where did you come from?” Mr. Umezu putted away his weapon while thinking about his last few days, “I was involved in a war that had people from different universes coming together. Towards the end of that war I was forced to use a universal portal to escape from a certain death. It was a one-way ticket by the look of things and now I’m here and hopefully find my way back home. What are your names?”
The boy stepped forward and introduced himself, “My name is Kuni Yosano and this is my younger sister Okiku. We live just a few blocks down the road if you would like to stay with us for a while.” Mr Umezu nodded to himself and adjusted his pale grey suit, “Sure you can lead the way seeming I have no idea where I am.” The three of them left the building and went on the walk to where they were living for the time being.
It was getting towards night and Kuni opened up the door to a small unit on the outer areas of the ruins of the city. Umezu noticed the half ripped lounges, holograph television in the corner and what it looked like a couple tables of computer parts lying around. Umezu walked the area and noticed there was no bedrooms, “Where are the bedrooms? This is looks like a shit hole to me. Do you own this place?” he questioned them. Okiku who had long black hair and a small petite body noticed Kuni was injured on his arm, “Kuni, some of your skin was ripped badly from that fight! How are we going to repair you?” she cried in fear. “It’s alright Okiku, it’s only skin there’s nothing wrong with the arm itself. Umezu saw the arm was robotic and gave an interesting and curious mind about them. “You two are robots? Not human?” Kuni’s face was unhappy about that reply, “We are human, we have different minds. They are not brains; they are computer minded. We used to be humans when we were little and we are still human you hear that!” Mr Umezu stepped back surprised at his reaction, “Shit, I’m sorry right you are human. I haven’t met anyone like you two before. My own business had these machines that were called Silver machines but they had no human inside of them. When did you become like this?” he asked them.
Okiku lowered his head at Umezu and felt small at the question, “When we were eight years old. We were changed by our father. Our mother passed away before that. All we remember or know is we were changed and taken away from him. He worked for the mega corporation that is the most powerful in our city and world. We don’t know why he did this to us.” Mr Umezu started to play around with some of the computer parts on the table, a lot of the technology was as advanced or more than his old company, “That explains the no bedrooms, you two don’t sleep. Why was that man after you? Was he a robot too?”
“My sister stole a AI chip from him. They are chips that have enhanced knowledge or power that sell well for other items. All we do is survive and stay clear of the major troubles of the area.”
Mr Umezu picked up a couple computer parts and smiled to himself, “So you steal and trade for better items. The currency systems work different here too. You two don’t need to eat do you? So what is your goal? What do you plan to do with your life and your bodies like this?”
Kuni and Okiku went quiet and Kuni spoke up about their thoughts, “We don’t have any goals. We are not seen as human to the 40% of the population that are truly human, we are trans humans which is the 30% and the other rest are purely bio-tech that are not human at all. We have no future,” he answered quietly.
Mr Umezu felt the pain his voice, the complete hopelessness of their lives and asked one more time, “And there is no technology that has universal portals? Gateways to other worlds and planets?”
“No there isn’t” Okiku answered.
Mr. Umezu walked over to the lounge and sat on it and thought for a moment, “Fuck I’m trapped here forever.”
The sunlight appeared through some of thew windows where Mr Umezu slept on the lounge slowly waking him up. His body felt drained and tired from his adventures from his home. He opened his eyes and turned to see Kuni and Okiku looking over a map on a table. He rose from the lounge and tucking in his shirt and put on a brown jacket that was around the house. “This should do for me,” he said to himself looking over to see what the map was about. Okiku noticed Mr Umezu was awaken and seemed more open to him than yesterday. ” Are you feeling better?” she asked him.
“Yeah, the sleep wasn’t too bad. I need to figure out where I am in terms of this world. I’ve seen plenty of different people in recent times. What’s this?” he asked pointing to the map on the table. “This is the overview of our world Blarvis, this is where we are here in the small community area here,” she noted pointing to where they were. Mr. Umezu tapped on the map and gave a eye brow raising look at the pair, “Is this really your entire world?” he asked.
“Yes it is, what’s the problem?” Kuni asked him.
Mr. Umezu patted his pants and found a lost cigar in the, he pulled one out and lit one up, “Good there’s still some left. Right, right the map. Your planet looks really small to me. These community areas I guess are like the poor sections for people like you. Half robots, half humans whatever you like to call yourselves right?” Kuni looked unimpressed with his answer, “We don’t have any money Mr Umezu as we said before. Alot of people live in this area.” Mr. Umezu noticed the map has drawings of small houses and buildings in the area where they were and in the center were tall and massive cone shaped buildings. It reminded him of being back home in the City of Demons and the divide between the rich and the poor. over 70 years ago.
“That is where the powerful live and the workers of our world are. Our government collapsed when the Kyo family took over. Hans Kyo was the father of the mega corporation that overtook the government and now controls the center. His son Neel Kyo took over like 30 years ago. The workers are pure human who are paid to build technologies like weapons, body parts for those who are injured in crimes by the poor and by the Kyo Corporation. This has been life for everyone ever since.” Kuni explained.
“So they even make money from the people they injure and hurt. This is a great place to have ended up in. It’s like being at home expect the government has all fallen apart. My world was like this and there was business’s that used weapons and sold them for profit,” Mr Umezu stopped short when he remembered that he was the one doing the terrible deeds that the Kyo Corporation was doing. He kept quiet about his own business Scienceworks. Mr Umezu looked through the cracks of the window eyeing off something suss in the area. “Where do we go today?” he asked. Okiku turned at the window and pulled back the curtain, “Over in the distance is a trade and buy market where people like us go to exchange for goods. We take stuff there and hope for the exchange of decent objects.” Mr Umezu nodded and gave pointed at her stmach, “Just wondering if you two eat at all? I know the two of you don’t need to sleep so I was wondering.”. Kuni nodded to Mr Umezu, “Yes we do eat food. Our stomachs have been untouched and is human based. Shall we go now?” he asked the pair in the room. “Yeah let’s go and see this place. This might give me a better idea of this world.”
Mr Umezu, Kuni, and Okiku wandered through the streets of the market where a number of people were trading in goods and objects for food or different technologies. Small families who were clearly trans humanist were there exchanging for food and looked quite poor. Mr Umezu watched on in the background as Kuni approached a known marketer to exchange the AI chip they stole earlier. “Morning kids how are you all going? Got something nice to sell me today?” said the marketer. “Yes we do Carto, we have this AI chip and I’m hoping it will fetch a good price for us,” he said handing over the AI chip. Carto looked at the chip and tossed his head, “I don’t think I can offer you much at all for this. It looks like a basic chip to me,” Carto replied. Kuni was upset at his response. “My sister and I worked hard to get this AI chip. I know it’s worth something,” he complained at him. Carto smiled, “It’s not worth as much as you think kid.” Mr Umezu noticed the exchange and wasn’t thrilled at the thought of being ripped off. He walked up and nudged Kuni aside, “Excuse Kuni, that AI chip is worth some pretty dollars or coins of yours. That’s a AI chip that can be used to enhance or change some of the coding inside someone’s mind and that is a useful item to have.”
“You might be right but what would you know about AI chips and technology,” Carto asked him. Mr Umezu moved close next to his face taking the AI chip from his hands, “I come from another world where I used to run a company as large as the one that controls your world. Have a look at this,” Mr Umezu said chillingly popping out his phone and showing images of himself at Scienceworks holding different objects and devices he made years ago. “Would you like one of these?” he asked pulling out a advanced code breaking device. Carto’s face changed and stood back, “You come from another world, another universe. I thought that was impossible and here you are with all of this. How much do you want for that code breaker device. You would get very good money from me,” Carto offered with a change of tune. Mr Umezu smiled back, “That’s not for sale, if you offer a good price on my friend’s AI chip than maybe we can be of good service to each other in the future.” Carto nodded and placed a bag of notes and coins on the table, “There’s a good sum there. I hope this is the start of something good for us,” The two of them smiled and Mr Umezu walked back with Kuni to Okiku. The young pair looked at Mr Umezu still very unsure on what to make of him.
“Why didn’t you tell us you were one of them?” Kuni asked pointing at the large buildings at the edge of the city. Mr Umezu sighed and looked at the pair, “I’ll tell you more soon.; I promise. I used to be like one of them but I’m not. If I was I wouldn’t alive. Let’s find some food. I’m hungry as hell,” Mr Umezu replied and the three wandered off towards the food markets.