Vanessa returned to her room and did a quick sweep before laying down on the bed. It was most uncomfortable lying on her back so she turned onto her side. She wondered if leaving the light on would stop the shadow from coming into her room. She let out a disgusted noise and turned out the light, she wasn't a child needing a night light.
In the darkness Vanessa closed her eyes and dreamed.
As soon as VanessaÃ¢Â€Â™s eyes closed she was back in a memory. She was tired yet pumped because sheÃ¢Â€Â™d defeated yet another one of those huge robot monstrosities out for her blood.
As she stepped into the room she was taken in by the large cylindrical tank. There was a woman held suspended within the tank. Vanessa scoped the area for threats but there were none. As she neared the tank she saw a familiar face. Her own face.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWhat?Ã¢Â€Â she gasped.
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou donÃ¢Â€Â™t have time to save her, the facility is rigged to blow,Ã¢Â€Â came her employers voice.
Vanessa shook her head, Ã¢Â€ÂœWho is she?Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou need to leave, IÃ¢Â€Â™ll explain later.Ã¢Â€Â Her employer said coolly.
Vanessa stood transfixed, in her memory she had left the woman behind to save herself. Now she found that she couldnÃ¢Â€Â™t do it a second time. Ã¢Â€ÂœHow do I get her out?Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI told you, you donÃ¢Â€Â™t have time. Get out now!Ã¢Â€Â her mysterious employer said forcefully.
Vanessa lifted her hand and shot at the clear cylinder. Water exploded through the breach. Vanessa jumped as the wave flowed and rushed under her feet. The woman tumbled out. Vanessa reached for her. Ã¢Â€ÂœAre you okay?Ã¢Â€Â
The woman whoÃ¢Â€Â™s face was identical to her own opened her eyes. They were blood red, Ã¢Â€ÂœYouÃ¢Â€Â™re going to die.Ã¢Â€Â
Vanessa sat up straight, it took her a moment to realise where she was, Ã¢Â€ÂœA dream, just a dream.Ã¢Â€Â She let out a deep breath. She turned to look at the clock radio beside the bed, it was the early hours of dawn. Funnily enough Vanessa felt as though sheÃ¢Â€Â™d slept for only minutes rather than hours.
The room was cold but the aegis suit adapted and warmed her body, only her face was cold. She touched her nose with the covered hand. Ã¢Â€ÂœWho was she?Ã¢Â€Â Vanessa said quietly to herself. She knew the truth now, the other woman had been a clone just like her. The memories of her childhood were false, theyÃ¢Â€Â™d been implanted into her subconscious. She wondered if the woman who had been in the tank had died with any knowledge of her own existence.
Such thoughts could drive a person mad. Vanessa opened the shutters and peered outside. The night was slowly glowing lighter. Yet the shadows were still dark enough for someone to hide themselves in.
Vanessa closed the shutters and turned to the small dented fridge. She opened the door and found a can of coke, a couple of chocolate bars that looked to be out of date and a cup of milk. Ã¢Â€ÂœSo much for breakfast,Ã¢Â€Â she muttered to herself.
Closing the fridge door, Vanessa got up. Put the room key into one of her secret pockets and headed outside. The thought of scrambled eggs on toast was on her mind.
It was like thousands of voices cried out for a sequel and were suddenly silenced...