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The Adrenaline Project

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Not So Distant Future

In the not so distant future...

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Not So Distant Future is a part of The Adrenaline Project.

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Dr. Blonde [10] Now, just sit back and relax... tell me your deepest fears...
Aquarius [8] Fantasy is becoming my reality.
Scorpio [7] "It's alright, we're alright. Everything's fine. Please don't stare...."
Cancer [7] The hard shelled, optimistic, team shield
Dr. Evande Sterling [2] "I know I can't do anything to change all of this, but I hope I can at least make everything feel a bit better."
Gemini [0] "You want to talk with me...? Are you sure you aren't looking for Nik instead?"

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Mornings were always pretty . . . routine for her. Things were mostly predictable, or at least, that’s how things had come to feel in the last five years she’d been there. Nothing was permanent, and the faces you might well see one day, could very well vanish the next, only to be replaced with a new face that could easily befall the same fate. People within these walls were fleeting, lives were as nothing to those who were in control, if someone better came along, another person would lose themselves. Their life would be forcefully ended, and their time gone. Power was all that mattered to the higher ups here, the people themselves had no value, just what they could do. This was really what she had come to learn in the last five years of her life, the lesson wasn’t a pleasant one, but it was a vital one, one necessary to learn and accept if you wanted to maintain your sanity here. . . .

That wasn’t exactly and easy task. Keeping sane, and keeping your humanity when you knew that there were horrors going on right under your nose, but you had to accept that to make any sort of impact. Or, that was what she had to do—she knew that terrible things were always going on, but the only thing she herself could do was to try to act as an anchor for the Titan subjects, be a reminder of their humanity, and let them know that there were still people around who valued their existence as people and not as just weapons. . . . Just like my father.

This goal of hers, this reason, it was why she guilty of pulling many all-nighters and staying within the walls of the project facility for sometimes weeks on end . . . she wasn’t sure, and honestly she was beginning to lose track of the time, but she had a feeling she was going on her third straight week of staying there now. She was probably actually in the hospital more than she was actually at her own home. But, it was her choice to do this, to live as she did.

Again, she’d been up all night before, reading, theorizing and doing some of her own research on the Adrenalin Project. . . . Trying to understand more about it, how it worked and why it was things took the turn they did so long ago when the side effects of the nanobots were first uncovered. It was a curious thing, of course she understood the basics, but she wanted to figure out things she was kept from knowing in total. She’d been trained mainly to be a doctor, she was made to understand the workings of machines and nanotech to better be able to work with the project subjects, but just the basics of it, her main area of expertise lay in medicines and health. And, she’d keep at this until she could no longer do it. . . .

Stretching her body out, Evande Sterling looked at herself in the mirror in front of her, her pink hair still damp from the shower she’d taken not too long ago. There’d been a point that morning where she finally couldn’t keep at reading anymore, and she had to do something in order to shake herself back into reality, and a shower seemed like the best option. With a small sigh escaping from the woman’s lips, a set of glasses were slid onto her face, covering up her blue eyes. Just being quiet, she blankly stared at her reflection in the mirror before her. Not thinking much of anything about her appearance, the only things that were really crossing her mind had to do with her duties for the day, what it was she had to do as a doctor.

After another moment of silence, she stood away from the mirror before she spoke, “I think it’s time to head back to the hospital . . . if I’m right, Blonde’s here now and there’s no telling what shenanigans he’s gotten up to with the Titans. . . .” the pink-haired woman adjusted her glasses a bit before grabbing her damp towel, threw it over her shoulder and headed out of the door from the woman’s showers. Oh, Evande had been around long enough to know the sadistic tendencies that Dr. Blonde got up to in order to keep the Titans under his control and all that. . . . And knowing well enough that, she knew that there might already be injuries to treat.

Without making much of a noise, the woman stepped out into the hallway, the door shutting behind her. She was more than ready to head on back to her station for the day when her eyes happened across the newest face to join the American Titans; Jacqueline Labelle, the Fourth Leo. The teenager who replaced the Third Leo without warning so soon ago. . . . She was simply sitting there in the hallway, alone, looking completely out of it. Of course, that was to be expected given her current circumstances. . . . Evande though, she had a feeling that there was a lot more going on in that girl’s head than just confusion and denial about where she now was and what her fate had in store for her. Honestly, she didn’t look like she wanted to be disturbed, but she was sitting in an awkward place really, right across from the showers more or less. . . . I’m not going to make her move since she is free to sit there if she wants, but I think I’ll still say hello to the girl. . . .

Jacqli of course was still minding herself, trying to repair the crack that had formed in her mask after she’d been shown a semblance of pity before, that single instant had been enough to shake her up to the point that she didn’t know how to proceed now. She was still just trying to keep herself from crying, from utterly losing it to her delusions. Why had she been shown anything, she didn’t want that. All she wanted was to be left alone to herself, she was just a disappointment waiting to happen. . . . The last thing she felt like coping with then was another person, so when a cheery woman’s voice penetrated the air and pulled her from her own world, Jacqli couldn’t help but draw her crystal-eyes upward to see whom had said, “Hello~” to her.

A sigh came from the girl’s throat as she forced a vacant expression to form over her face and she replied with a solemn, “Hello Dr. Sterling.”

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Milo picked up his shot and stepped into the combat room. "Well come on then Roxie. Let's get going." uncapping the needle, he frowned. He hated shots, but they were more or less necessary here. With a grimace, Milo stuck himself in the leg. Immediately he could feel the adrenaline's effects. He quickly slid the used syringe in the slot on the wall for it to be taken away. His skin grew to a deep red hue and he watched as everything suddenly grew smaller. Over all, it was about a half minute transformation into the hammer-armed Cancer. The form was familiar to him, as was demonstrated by him easily pacing the combat area and scaling it's walls. The scissor claw that was his right hand snapped open and shut smoothly, but with a massive crushing power. The side panel on his hammer arm slid open to reveal the missile silos along it, then back shut. Patiently, he waited for his sparring partner.

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Evande smiled down at the rather forlorn-looking girl, offering up her most sincere and kindly grin to her. Jacqueline Labelle . . . she was sixteen years old, and still very, very new to the Titan program. She’d only been inducted into . . . all of this a while ago; just slunk right on into everything in a rather quiet manner. “Now, Jacqueline, what are you doing sitting in front of the showers? Hmm?” she asked her, voice bubbly and full of cheer.

The cheer in the woman’s voice was almost enough to make Jacqli cringe—she didn’t want or need to hear that. She didn’t want to hear that; hell, she didn’t even want to be dealing with another person right now, all she desired was quiet, silence, aloneness. . . . Jacqli desired isolation from everyone right now, was that so wrong? If she had to put up with company, or people being around her, couldn’t they just mind their own selves rather than bother with her? Wouldn’t that be so much easier for them, just worrying about themselves? She wasn’t worth the worry, the effort, she was just . . . here, that’s all, she was just here, nothing else. That was it. Just a replacement, a poor excuse for a replacement that shouldn’t have even needed to be brought here. she thought, swallowing before attempting to speak to the doctor. “I’m just . . . sitting here Dr. Sterling, that’s all.” Jacqli’s voice was hollow, and as empty as the forced expression that overtook her young face.

Hearing the tone that her voice carried caused the smile on Evande’s face to falter. She’s . . . a broken bird-type, isn’t she? Just like most everyone here in this building. Can’t say I’m surprised; even if I don’t know about her history from before she was brought here, all I have to do is look at her arms and legs to know she’s seen Hell before all of this . . . and that Hell is all she’s going to be seeing from here on in. The pink-haired woman found herself sighing, placing a hand upon her hip as she pushed her glasses up her face. The woman opened her blue eyes again and glanced back down to the crystal-eyed girl, “You sure that’s really it Miss Labelle? You’re just . . . sitting in front of the showers because you feel like it? When there’s about a bajillion other places in here you could sit just because you felt like it?”

So . . . the good doctor was going to press at her, wonderful, just wonderful. Jacqli didn’t need this now; not when Taurus’ little display of pity earlier had already cracked her mask. Anything more could well pull it apart, to the point that she couldn’t fix it for a while; then everyone would be exposed to an even more pathetic side of her! What could she do to shake Evande from her, to get the doctor to just leave her alone? What could she do to get everyone to do just that? Taking in a deep breath Jacqli drew her eyes away from the pink-headed woman before her, and glanced to the side. Talking to people was easier when you didn’t look at them. “Is there a rule about sitting here or something ma’am?” she asked.

Crossing her arms, Evande knelt down before the girl, “No, no there isn’t a rule; I just found it odd that a young lady such as yourself would be wasting your time sitting in front of the showers of all places.”

Surprisingly, Jacqli could not hold back the fact that an expression of anger was beginning to form over her face at what the doctor had said, ‘wasting time.’ Trapped in this delusion, I have no time of my own, all of it belongs to the people here. I have no time to waste, I am of no use to anyone, the same can well be said for my time. she thought before speaking, “It isn’t as if there is much to do here Dr. Sterling, and it unless I’m given an order, I don’t think any time I spend doing anything matters.”

So, she’s adopted that mindset, has she . . . ? Evande sighed, Not that I should be surprised, she’s seen the worst of the world and it has to be hard for one so young to go on ahead into the future thinking anything might be better when life’s been like this. It’s people like her that keep me here . . . even if I can’t change the circumstances around her, I can at least remind her that she is a human being. A warm smile formed over her face, “Well sweetie . . . I’m sorry for bothering you, whatever you think of your time now, that’s up to you.” With a grunt, Evande stood up to her feet, and turned to the right, ready to head back to the hospital to assume her doctorly duties. Before this, the bespectacled woman looked back to the Fourth Leo and spoke a few more words, “I can’t tell you why it is that you’re here, or how long you’re going to last in these walls, but, I can say one thing from my time here Miss Labelle, you should do your best to make the most of the time you do have, even if it’s uncertain. Make friends with the other Titans, and accept any kindness they might show to you . . . even if you don’t think you deserve it.”

Jacqli stopped her breathing when she heard what the doctor had to say, and kept her eyes drawn away from the woman as she walked away. Damn it, I didn’t need to hear. . . . she thought, biting down on the inside of her cheek as she drew a hand up and over her eyes. She’d gotten the last thing she needed then from Evande; a show of emotion. Paul’s few words had been a catalyst for a potential breakdown, but Evande’s last bit was enough to cause a landslide if she didn’t get a hold on herself ASAP. I don’t belong here, I know I don’t. Kindness, a show of sympathy, pity, I don’t deserve any of that! I’m here to replace someone who shouldn’t have been replaced, someone who should still be here. A person who left an incredible legacy behind. . . . A tear ran down the girl’s face without her realizing it, slipping passed her hand and down her cheek. Her chest felt heavy . . . all of her felt that way; her body felt weighted down.“I’m nothing more than a part of this insane delusion, a part of it that doesn’t belong.” She mumbled to herself.

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Suddenly the hallways lit up with the flashes of blue and a siren went off over the P.A. system. A virtual female voice spoke over the siren. Attention! Attention! Team Gamma proceed to common area to be escorted to the launch pad. Units Taurus and Leo, report to the common area. Repeat. Units Taurus and Leo, report to the common area.

Paul got out of the showers quickly, grabbing up is clothes and quickly began to dress. As he was finishing putting on his shirt, he stepped out of the shower room and into the hallway, seeing the new girl sitting on the floor just outside the doors. He didn't think much about it, he just yelled out over the siren. "Let's go kid, we've got a mission." He extended his hand down to her to help her off the floor. Paul may not have liked the sector, but they still protected the country from some pretty bad people out there, they're self sacrifice was protecting millions. That was at least his way to rationalize this whole crazy program.

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As the sirens went off, and Jacqli heard the announcement with the hallway flashing blue, she looked up, evidently startled. She was . . . being called out for a mission. For the first time since her initiation into the sector, she was being sent on a mission. This was the first time she’d be doing anything under the name of ‘Leo,’ the first time that her life would be put to use by those who now owned it. And the first time Taurus is going to be going out on the field with the person who is suppose to replace someone who should still be here. she thought with a sigh, looking down in uncertainty. She really wasn’t meant to be here, to be doing any of this, she’d only said yes to becoming the new Titan in order to make the experiments stop, to end the daily bouts of pain she had to undergo in that lab. . . .

The memories were enough to haunt her, to scare her, to make her remember why it was she’d said yes to something she knew she shouldn’t have. Even if she wasn’t ready for this, she had to do it. She . . . she had to.

Even if she wasn’t worth the time of day for anyone here, even if everyone was better off not bothering with her, she had something she had to do now; although she had no right to even be called the successor to the Third Leo, she still had something she had to do. A breath left her lungs as someone stirred her from her thoughts, catching her off guard and getting her attention. ”Let’s go kid, we’ve got a mission.” Jacqli looked up as a hand was held out to her; her partner. Swallowing back what doubt she could, she nodded with a vacant expression before she took hold of Paul’s outstretched hand and took his help in getting to her feet. Despite her expression, there was no doubt that Jacqli was trembling in trepidation.

Worthless, problematic and caught within the hold of a powerful delusion, she had to cope with her world. What her life was giving to her; and even if she didn’t deserve to even be breathing in the world, she . . . she was. Jacqli was doing something, her time belonged to others now, and only worth something to others. She was someone’s field partner, even if she had no right to be . . . she was someone’s partner, she had to work with someone, help them. Even if she didn’t know what was coming, and even if she knew that she was probably more trouble than she was help for anything, she had to try her damnest, to be the least of a bother as possible. At least if she could help out even a bit, prevent an injury or . . . anything, she wouldn’t be so much of a bother for Paul. The less of a problem she was, the better it was for everyone around her.

“. . . .all right, let’s get this done.” She murmured, before heading off to the common area, uncertainty passing through her eyes.

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She kept herself quiet as he spoke, just listening to what had to be done without saying a word . . . all she had to do was get it done, finish the mission and make sure that she was not a burden or problematic for her partner. The least amount of problems she caused, the better it was . . . even if this was hard and she wasn’t sure of herself, she had to do what she had to. She was here in the stead of a person who she shouldn’t have been, playing a role she wasn’t suited to. Because she’d been selfish enough to say yes to a deal she knew she shouldn’t have agreed to, she was sitting in a place that didn’t belong to her, she was a part of something that didn’t need her.

Living on time that was someone else’s, her life only becoming worth a thing when someone decided to use her time, she was just a part of a delusion. And she just wanted to go back to that delusion, she wanted to finish this up and get back to living in her delusion, forget about time and just . . . be alone again, and not bother anyone with her presence.
Jacqli simply sat there with her eyes cast down to the floor, as she finished listening to Paul brief her on what needed to be done, what they had to do and what he wanted her to do. Play the part of backup; something she wasn’t suited to do either, but a role better for her to take. Simple enough . . . just play cleanup. she reasoned, Just do what you’re told, and then you can just go back to the delusion and not have to worry about bothering anyone until they want you again. . . . It was still cracked, her mask was. From before, it was still breaking apart, and she was barely keeping it on right then.

So, when a hand was set on her back and she heard unnecessary words spoken to her, ”You’re gonna be just fine kid.” it jolted her from her semi-collected state almost entirely.

Under the touch of her partner, Jacqli’s body completely tensed up as her head lolled forward, and she began to shake just a bit, despite her attempts to not do so. She was being shown something she didn’t deserve again, shown kindness, a sort of sympathy that needn’t be expressed toward her. Why . . . why did people keep bothering doing the unnecessary with her? Why was Paul going out of his way to . . . ? She was sitting in the place of his ex-partner, the great Third Leo, a man who shouldn’t have had to be replaced by her. Not again. Not again, please stop it, please just stop acting like that, don’t treat me with something I don’t deserve. Why would something like me deserve any sort of kindness when all they are is a catalyst for bad things? The teenager clenched her eyes shut, doing her best to hold back the overwhelmed tears which were forming in her eyes.

A shaky breath escaped from her lungs, as she did her best to pull her crumbling mask back over her. It was heavy and hard to hold up as she felt now, but she needed it; she needed to not let anyone know that she was so overwhelmed, that she was feeling so weak. Weakness only caused problems, it did not help anything, it only made things worse . . . worrisome, and annoying, that’s what she was. She was weak, and unworthy of sitting where she was. . . . Taking in an uncertain breath, forcing her crystal eyes open, Jacqli turned her gaze to her partner, able to force an empty look over her face as she did so.

She needed to speak . . . say something so that she did not appear so shaken up, “. . . .pl-please do not refer to me as ‘kid,’ whereas your experience and seniority over myself is well-noted and respected, I do not think of myself as a child or a kid.” Her voice came out quickly and monotonously. In truth, Jacqli could not have cared less what Paul called her . . . by her name or whatever title he saw fit to refer to her as, it was really his choice since she wasn’t worth the time anyway. . . . But she’d needed something to say to him. Turning her eyes away from him, she forced herself to look straight ahead. “I am sixteen, and the things I’ve been through and experienced are tantamount to that of an adult’s life, not a child’s, s-so, please.”

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Living in the same building as a library was quite wonderful. Instead of having to check out 50 books, Selphy could check out six or seven and return them the next day. Sometimes she would read them all, sometimes she would begin some of them and decide them not worth her time. Selphy was very picky about her books and the style in which they were written. Sometimes it was nice to see books written in different styles than most books though… Such as instead of paragraphs, a book could be written in poems. Not like Shakespeare, but Selphy was very fond of his works too. She also liked to see female protagonists. They were rare, which is partially why she liked them so much. It was very typical to find fantasy books with a male protagonist, the strong adventurous one. So, when it’s a female it adds a nice interesting twist and a slightly different prospective. Length never mattered. Selphy knew that both short and long books could captivate her. Of course, that was only if they were good books.

After having selected seven books, Selphy checked out. She was very excited to read the books, but she hoped that they were all worth her time. She was tired of picking up books with a nice description and finding the books duller than a box of rocks. Then again, boxes of rocks could indeed be interesting…

The little faerie trotted to the cafeteria to get a little breakfast. She picked out some nice, sugar coated cereal and poured her milk over it. She carried her books under her left arm and her food in her right hand. She sat in the back corner of the dining area to eat in peace as she read one of the books she picked out.

“There could never be true peace. Everyone knew it. Without war, nothing could ever truly exist. Even plants are in constant battle to obtain the most water and sunlight.” After reading the first few lines, Selphy was still unsure if she’d like the book or not. However, the little faerie was going to continue reading until she was sure she liked or didn’t like the book.