AGE OF ADVENTURE CHAPTER 38: ICARUS

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OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL

The rain slowly falls down on the outside of the hospital, as the road becomes shiny and negate the summer heat.

It is a light rain. A black car stops in front of the hospital, clearly belonging to someone influential considering there were many other cars behind the black car.

They are all guarding the black car in the front. The driver went out of his seat and hold open the door of the passenger seat.

A man gets out, his shoes steps on the road as he straighten his black suit and his tie.

One look and one knows all of his clothing was branded from the most expensive and was top of their quality.

‘At long last.’ The man said. The man was of Asian descent, sporting a neatly trimmed black hair and tall which made him quite handsome.

This man is Matsuo Sugihara. And he finally found her. Julia.

She is one of the researchers in his lab. Then suddenly three years ago she stopped and moved away. No one knows why

It was a difference in opinion that drove her away, at least that is what Matsuo believes. They used to work together in Project Icarus.

But that project was scrapped after she quit. And a few years ago, he started searching her back.

Actually he could find her sooner but he was busy with the VR and Takashi discovery.

Now, it’s even more important to revive back Project Icarus. From the background research, Matsuo discovered that Julia is sick.

She is depending on her husband’s saving and the insurance. And Matsuo has always been suspicious of the husband background

But that money is about to run out.

This time she will need money. Her bank account is about to dry up. Matsuo hope he can persuade her to continue the research.

After all, if there is one thing he does not lack, it is money

Whether it be using money or force, she has to do it. Julia was one of the brightest mind Matsuo has ever seen other than him and Takashi.

It might seems arrogance but no one would deny this statement

“Sir, do you need us to accompany you?’ His bodyguard inquired. Matsuo contemplated and then said

“No, this is personal.”

Then slowly he walked into the entrance.

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IN THE HOSPITAL

A nurse entered a private room. It was Lisa. She then asked to the patient who was looking absentmindedly outside the window.

“Miss Julia, you have a visitor”

“Is it my son?”

‘No. He said he knew you and was your colleague” said Lisa as she handed Julia a card

Then she checked the card. It is a weird symbol etched on the card

“He said his name is Icarus”

A look of fear flashed in Julia face.

“No, I don’t know him “Julia denied vehemently. Then the door was push open slowly.

“Oh, I’m hurt” said the voice sarcastically. The man spoke English with perfect accent

The man has already entered the room. Julia eyes turns sharp. He looked the same as ever. He radiates charisma and authority.

Julia stares at him like she was looking at someone she no longer recognizes. Lisa look at both of them alternately and have half a mind to call the security

“It’s ok, we’re old friends. Aren’t we, Julia?” Matsuo said to Julia.

Julia finally gives up.

“It’s okay Lisa. I know him.”

Satisfied with the explanation, Lisa excuse herself from the room. The moment Lisa excuses herself form the room, the room atmosphere turns tense

“Why did you come here in the middle of nowhere?’

“Let me sit down first“ he shakes his head as he grab the visitor chair and positioned himself near the bed

“Impatient as ever” Matsuo remarked. Then looking at Julia hostility toward him he sighed. Then he ask

“I have come here in the hopes to ask you to continue your research”

“No” Julia quickly declined.

She already knows what Matsuo want her to do. Project Icarus. She felt there might be other ways

“That was a swift rejection” Matsuo chuckled slightly, clearly expecting this reaction. So he was not surprised.

But that doesn’t mean he will give up that easily.

“It is important” persuade Matsuo

“We were vain, Matsuo. That experiment should not be created.” Julia said in a warning tone.

“Why not?”

“We are not God” Julia begins raising her voice.

“You named the Project Icarus. Are you not worried you might be burn to death because of your curiosity?” she tried to lecture Matsuo.

Matsuo jeered

“Pah, that story. The ancient men would like you to believe that curiosity is humanity bane. I say Icarus dies not because he was curious but because he was stupid. I named it so I would always remember. Don’t reach for the sun if you didn’t have enough knowledge.” Matsuo countered.

“So is there anything different than what you’re about to do?” Julia countered back.

“I have you didn’t I?”

“Why now?” Surely Matsuo would have found her if he bothers looking.

“The world may need that experiment more than ever” said Matsuo grimly

Matsuo and Julia are researchers. Both of them discovered something a few years back. They discovered a void dimension.

Nothingness at the most purest sense. But he and Takashi got an idea.

What if this void dimension can be restructured? What if we can put data in it? And so begins their first venture.

And miraculously enough, they had a bit of help with some mystical elements. It opened Matsuo and Takashi horizon.

The world is wider than they think and they believed that there is still many things left to be discovered.

Alexander Luthor did tried to spy on the research of the Vega Corp but armed with the most high tech of the era, he has never succeeded.

And the resulting of their research is Brave World. That’s the VR. But their goal was something more ambitious than that.

They wanted to create a new world.

Literally.

And now with the impending meteor strikes the world might need it. Though to be honest Matsuo didn’t do it because of the people.

Julia knows this better than anyone. Matsuo is different. He is a megalomaniac. Narcissistic.

And have a grand delusion of grandeur. But there is no doubt about his intelligence.

Which makes him all the more dangerous. Smart and arrogant is not the best combination. Coupled with his desire, he is a truly terrifying man.

Takashi….on the other hand was the pure researcher and too naïve. He never saw Matsuo true colors and….he would never mistrust his friend.

“I will offer you a lot of money.” Matsuo tries to persuade Julia

“As you can see, I can’t move” Sarah pointed to her feet.

Matsuo just looked at the direction of the feet boringly. How could she not understand? If the theory worked, all of this doesn’t matter anymore.

She can be anyone who she wanted to be. They would be Gods

“You cannot move. But that doesn’t mean you can’t think”

Matsuo has always admired Julia minds and her ideas. Without her the ideas for the VR would not be created.

“There is a moral implication” Julia was hesitating.

“Then how about this?”

Then Matsuo tell her about the meteor strikes. And how in all probability, it will hit Earth. She is of course shaken.

Julia has a son.

If what Matsuo said is true, then her son doesn’t have any future. But of course she knew Matsuo said it because he knew the only way to manipulate her is by using her son.

“Maybe you’re wrong?” she tried to hope it is.

“I’m never wrong” Matsuo said confidently.

He is still an arrogant prick. But a genius pricks. Julia reminds herself.

“Let me think on this” Matsuo has a smirk on his face. Then he got up from his seat and smartened his suit

“Alright, in a week I need to get back to Japan. Before that I would like to hear your answer. And if you accept don’t worry about the medical expenses. I will pay it”

With those final words he exited the room. And Julia is left thinking.

‘Am I really considering this?’

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