Chapter 3 – Neon Post Human

A tired and in pain Mr Umezu woke up on a small bed in a room where the elderly male was watching over him holding some medication and first aid by his side. Mr Umezu woke up slowly and looking up at the man, “Where am I and what are you?” he asked confused and dazed. ” My name is Gauru  and I used to work as a police officer a long time ago and I use work to this day. I noticed your arrival when you came to our world. A powerful blue circle beam and a mystery man coming out. That doesn’t happen at all here. You are a foolish man whoever you are,” he answered. Mr Umezu sat up in his bed as Gauru gave him the medication pills for his injury. He slipped on a drink found on a small brown table next to the bed and remembered Kuni and Okiku, “Where are my friends?” he asked. “Okiku the girl is heavily damaged. Missing a leg and and will likely need to replace a arm as well. Tens of thousands of dollars of money that you and I don’t have. She might likely die because of your actions. The boy, well you broke their trust,” Gauru replied coldly. Mr Umezu looked up at him, “What trust? What are you on about?”

Gauru sat down on a chair next to the brown table. He had a median length white hair and was in a brown suit and pants staring at Mr Umezu with shame, “You took these two young trans humans and nearly got them killed for your own desires. What was it? What was so important that it was worth to risk their lives for?” he asked.  “My mission is to find a way home and we took a wrong turn so to speak. I need to find a universe portal back home. I don’t belong here at all.” Gauru looked unimpressed with his answer, “So you didn’t care at all for them. I have lived for over ninety years overseeing the downfall of Blarvis and our world heading down the track of trans human and the line blurs between what is real and what is fake. You can seriously overlook the lives of two people and only worry about your way home? It sounds like you were a monster back where you lived. Kuni is not happy with you at all. Okiku this poor girl I just met is now a broken being and you are only concerned with your so called mission. Some people never learn and only think of themselves.”

Mr Umezu started to stand up slowly from his bed, “I don’t need to listen to this shit you are saying to me. I may have been a monster where I lived but I changed and the the concerns of this world has nothing to do with me. I’m not a hero. I’m just someone who wants to go home.” “Mr Umezu, I’;m only looking at your actions and not your words. I would hate to think what your home is like if this is the standard reply you give. I would truly hate to see what you used to be like,” Gauru replied standing up and leaving the bedroom. Mr Umezu watched him leave the room biting his lips, “Who is he to talk to me like that.”

The hurt Mr Umezu pushed his way out of the bedroom and came through to a hallway and saw some lights from a main room down the track. He appeared where Gauru was found to be in a laboratory room that he owned with Okiku on a table resting while Kuni turned to Umezu giving him the death look. “How dare you do this to us. We trusted you and look what happened!” he shouted at him. “I didn’t mean this to happen you know. I didn’t know those robotic freaks in there,” Mr Umezu complained.

“Freaks you say? They are like us, machine and human. Are we like them? Tell me!” Kuni coming over and standing in front of him. “You know I don’t mean that. They won’t like you. They don’t attack on target,” Mr Umezu noted.

“Those robotic machines have likely had AI chips that had been damaged over time and their brains melted. They go insane after a while and lose all purpose. The fact of life here when you are part machine and too poor to repair yourself. I am trans human myself. You don’t get to this age without it. I have spent my time trying to find ways to overthrow the Kyo Corporation and return Blarvis with a Government that cares for it’s people. That is my mission Mr Umezu you see. Okiku’s injuries are great and she is on limited time. I do not have the funds or the means to save her I’m afraid. I may live in Silco and earn a good wage doing the old detective work but the costs are too great – specially the type of build she and Kuni has. It is strangely of a high quality build.”

“Umezu,” cried a weak voice in the lab room, Mr Umezu saw Okiku half awake from their condition. Mr Umezu slowly paced his way to her on the table with Kuni keenly watching on with Gauru rubbing his chin thought. Mr Umezu stood over her unsure of what to say, “I’m sorry I didn’t know this could happen.” Okiku looked up at him, “All I want to know was who my father and mother was and why we the way we are. Why am I such a different girl to others? All I am is a girl lost in a city of business power.” The words rang hard to Mr Umezu as he thought of long ago, “She’s like Chisoutsa. Not knowing her parents and lost in a city. Am I doing the same mistakes again” he murmured to himself. Okiku grabbed his hand with the only arm she had left, “Why are like your parents?” she asked him. “What do you mean by that? I’m nothing like them?” he asked confused. “You said your parents never thought much of you and we tried hard to be your friend,” she slowly blinked her eyes with tears coming slowly. “Here I am dying and you are only interested in going home to your world. Where everything is fine and peaceful. Kuni and I looked up to you as someone we could trust when we had no parents of our own. Do you want to be a good person or not?”

A pin could be heard dropped in this moment of time. Mr Umezu placed his hand on her forehead, “I will find the funds to fix you and I will fix you myself personally. You will be better than before I promise you that. I’m sorry I’ve been acting like this. Like shit head I have been. I knew of a girl like you who wanted to know who her parents were and I was one of the people who stood in her way in finding that out. I don’t want to be that person again. I will help you find what happened to your parent,” Mr Umezu said emotionally drained.

“She needs her rest. Come with Umezu. Look after your sister Kuni,” Gauru said while waving Mr Umezu towards him. The pair walked out of the room and went into a study room where the old police officer kept his computer and database machines of his own there. It was a cosy room with red carpet lined and a whiskey bottle on his desk, “A drinker too like me. I guess we could get on better than before,” Mr Umezu noticed. “Umezu, I have some extra funds in my account but for only a temporary replacement for Okiku’s arm and leg.” Mr Umezu nodded, “I can find the parts. I know someone in the exchange markets who I think would be willing to find those replacement parts for a good price. After I receive them I will do the operation on her to fix her. By the way, what was that orange looking device you put on Kuni when you first appeared to us back at that building?” Mr Umezu wondered. Gauru poured himself a whiskey drink for himself and looked up to him from the side of his desk, “Its a energy recover device. He had some neck injuries but they are easy to fix. He was drained of power in his biotech chest. It gives you a pick up like a energy drink. I couldn’t have gotten all three of you out by myself. That rifle I used on those thugs you met only drained their electricity for a limited time. You gotta protect yourself out there.” It was a long day for him and only the beginning of his new mission – to help Kuni and Okiku

Tightly fitted inside Mr Umezu’s pocket was a shorten handgun laser that Gauru gave him in his study in the early morning that he was set to go the exchange markets to find the replacement arm and leg biotech parts that Okiku needed to live. Gauru also handed him over a large black tech briefcase pointing at it, “This is where you place the parts inside. It’s bulletproof in case something goes wrong on your trip back here. Carrying around body parts around those area even if the replacement parts are on the cheap here a re robotic biotech machines will still want to get their hands on it for themselves or to sell them at a higher and rip off type prices to unknowing people in the city. Keep safe, I don’t hate you completely you know,” Gauru reminded Umezu.

“The feeling is becoming the same here Gauru. At least I have a weapon that’s useful now. I’ll go on foot and keep out of sight of suss people,” Mr Umezu replied. Mr Umezu headed his way outside the house where now all were living in. The walk to the exchange market was rather uneventful and that was something Mr Umezu enjoyed after his encounter with the robotic machines. He wandered into the exchange market searching for Carto at his market stand. He saw him putting out his products where he came up to him putting the long black briefcase on his desk in front of him, “I’m here to do business again,” he told him. Carto eyed him up and down, “Aright. I’m sorry if we started off on the wrong foot so to speak. I’m surprised you would even come back to me. I heard you and the two young ones headed off to live in Silco. Mr Umezu tossed his head, “Well yeah, our plans came undone and we were attacked. I’m looking for cheap replacement arm and leg for my the girl. Here is the funds amount that I think should cover the products that I need.” The funds were shown to Carto and he gave a smile and a nod, “Well that’s a nice tidy sum of money there. I think I have a decent replacement biotech body parts for you. It’s under lock and key here. You can’t trust many people around here you see.”

“I’ve learnt that the hard way in the past week I have been around here. Let me see what you have.” Carto pulled out a large box and flipped it open revealing the parts needed. They seemed to be in good condition and decent enough for us, “They are secondhand you can say. Found from a dead body. It’s rather common around here Mr Umezu,” Carto explained. Mr Umezu paused for a moment, “Alright I’ll take it. She won’t have them for long. I’ll find a way to get the best parts money can buy.” Carto gave a puzzled look at Mr Umezu, “Well not to be rude or anything but the cost of biotech parts that they had were of a high quality and currently you have no job in this world and if you are here exchanging with me than you are rather poor,” he noted.

“Thanks for stating the fucking obvious. I haven’t thought that far ahead. I just want to repair my friend. It’s the least I can do for the fuck up I made putting them into trouble,” Mr Umezu replied back. The funds were handed over to Carto and he carefully put the parts into the large black briefcase, “Here you go all safe and sound. You are doing the operation I’m guessing?” he asked. “Yeah, no one knows how to apart from me. I’ve worked with machines in the past but not quite trans human. For the first time the patient is a willing person unlike my past project the Hyper Camp. I kinda was capturing people and turning them in super fighting…  just forget about what I said. All in the past,” Mr Umezu commented. Carto seemed nervous about Umezu’s past, “And I hope it stays in the past too,” he quietly replied. Mr Umezu lifted up the case while Carto handed over a business card, “Just in case you like to video call one day. If you need a hand in getting more biotech body parts or any help you can say.” “Yeah thanks, I’ll keep in mind if I happen to need some aid or help.” the pair waved goodbye for now and he headed back to Okiku.

The return home was quick as Mr Umezu called for a hover taxi vehicle with some left over funds from the purchase of the replacement parts. Mr Umezu watched down over the city of Silco and eyed off the large buildings that the Kyo Corporation owned and controlled.”Just a turn left here, and down I suppose, told Mr Umezu in his second time in a flying vehicle in this new world he was in.  He arrived inside the house and started setting up for the operation. Gauru was inside the lab room with Okiku on the table, “She’s knocked out for now for a few hours. I hope you know what you are doing,” he said to Mr Umezu. “People forget I started my company as a scientist. It took me thirty years to build universe portal myself. She won’t die on my watch.Mr Umezu and Gauru dress up in white lab suits and both put on gloves as Mr Umezu opened Okiku’s chest up to see what a biotech body looked like. Inside was a stomach, heart, kidney and other main organs that had some biotech steel work on them. Mr Umezu nodded and noted down some points on a pen and paper next to him.

“Body parts seem in tact. No real damage to those areas. Connection points for the arm and leg seem damaged. Some advanced wiring will take place now,” Mr Umezu noted to Gauru. Mr Umezu started a laser work on the leg while Gauru went for the arm. Both men had googles on to protect themselves from the lasers. Gauru handed Mr Umezu the replacement leg from the black briefcase and carefully Mr Umezu pushed the leg into the connection points and it connected successful. “Monitor signals are showing a successful connection for the leg. You can go for the arm now if you like Gauru,” he replied. Gauru inserted the arm piece into the connection points while Mr Umezu checked Okiku’s chest for any damage signs. After a testing period of making sure the replacement parts were in working order. The operation was a success and Mr Umezu smiled to himself, “Told ya we could do it together. Carto seems to be a decent business man after all. Just abit shady like my old self used to be. You go to bed if you like. I’ll clean up and patch her up,” he told him. Gauru pulled off his gloves and headed for the doors and turned back at Umezu, “You did a good job.” and headed out. Mr Umezu nodded and turned back to Okiku. He was able to grab some graspers from operation bench when he noticed something odd and not meant to be there. There was steel casing on the side of the heart and Mr Umezu peeled it back to see a small memory chip on it, “What the fuck” he said to himself.

He pulled it out quickly and placed it on the table next to him. He patched up the body and skin with sewing and lasers while glaring at the memory chip that he had found.  When he finished he took off his gloves and checked that the monitors that Okiku was improving to prove the operation was a total success. He took the memory chip and took it to the corner computer in the lab room. He inserted into the computer and a collection of files appeared on it. “Biotech data plans. What’s this all about,” he wondered to himself. He clicked on one to see advanced technology that he had never seen before. “This is amazing, this is not a normal biotech body. This is something out of this world and my own world too.” He noticed a video file was included and clicked on it. It was man in a scientist lab room looking emotionally upset.

“My name is Lance and I am the father of the two children that you done a operation on my child. My children are called Kuni and Okiku. I made this video and inserted this memory chip in both of my children in the hopes that one day someone would find it and use the information found to better the world that we all live in. My wife died of cancer a few months ago from this recording and I looked after my children the best I could,” the video started off. Mr Umezu looked shocked, “What is this? Why was this chip in their bodies for?” he wondered with amazement. “The information that you have on the chip contains the most advanced and powerful biotech technology in this world. I was forced to work for Neel Kyo and the Kyo Corporation in the efforts to perfectly blend in the biotech within the human body and advance the brain’s power. When I refused to do the work that would shape and destroy Silco and the rest of the world. Neel, he…abused and attacked my young children when they were eight and six years old. He killed my children as punishment for refusing to provide technology that would destroy millions of lives,” he replied breaking down in tears. Mr Umezu’s face was blank faced listening to the video.

“In the next few days I know I am going to be killed by Neel Kyo so my days are limited. So with the help of the scientists who fought against him they operated on my children and we gave them a second life. I saved my children by giving them biotech. I was so upset that I wanted them to be human and have a happy life. I felt I failed as a father and a provider. I wanted them to feel my heart beat whenever they went and whenever they felt they were alone they could feel their mother and father’s heart beat for them. So I take a extreme option and a operation happened. My wife’s body organs were harvested by Neel Kyo but I managed to steal her heart organ and I gave it to Okiku my daughter and my heart was taken out of me and give to my son Kuni. I know I’m going to be killed so why waste my heart when my own children can have it to live on and feel like a human. I wear a biotech heart for my remaining days I am alive. When my children were killed, their hearts were damaged beyond repair.  I wanted to give them a gift from their parents. Something to remember, someone to touch and hold when they feel all their hope is gone.”

Mr Umezu rose out of his chair with the video still playing and looked at Okiku’s body on the table with a couple tears coming down his cheeks, “Their parents were always with them. They never left them,” he said quietly. He turned back to the video. “I hope whoever is looking after them is a good person of heart as well. Someone who can guide them in life where my wife and I cannot anymore. I love them more than all the universes put together. The information of the biotech can help someone with the knowledge to help change the world of Blarvis. That is my hope, desire, and dream. To see my children in a new world when the Kyo Corporation is taken down and the people not live in fear and poverty.  No matter if you are pure or trans human. It is your personality and soul is what counts. Tell them that I love them and they will always be love by their parents. Be the parent that we cannot be now. Protect them and save our world from Neel Kyo. Thank you for watching this and may the best wishes come to you,” Lance the father said and the video was cut dead.

Mr Umezu paced around the lab room trying to collect his emotions and he came to Okiku’s body and he placed his hand on her heart. He knew there and then what he needed to do, “I will protect the two of you and save this world. That is my mission even if it kills me. I was meant to come here. To prove I’m a good person.”

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