Vol. 1: Chapter 01 – Osmos

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Translated & Edited by Tianic

 

Note: The title originated from a mobile game instead of a typo.

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What happened to me?” My brain was twisted. I tried to touch my head, but couldn’t feel my body. “I… where is my body? Am…am I dead??”

That’s right… I was on a mission and I was doublecrossed, and then was… gunfire and… explosion… to this end… I was indeed dead…

“Shit!! I’m in so much trouble!!!”

“Calm… I have to calm down… I’m dead, but I’m thinking, right… yes, I’m thinking. Does thinking mean I exist? Yes… I exist.”

“But why, even though I am thinking… what the hell am I? Can I think without a body? Am I a ghost? Then I’m a ghost now?”

“Oh please… I’m not done. I don’t want to be a ghost… I have brothers. I have a business.”

However, when I thought of my death, I can’t feel anything. Obviously, this was beyond my understanding.

Wandered around in space, I’ve grown to comprehend my situation.

My existence was pure energy. I didn’t have organs, nor a physical form. That was to say, I was indeed a ghost.

In space, I had come to known my unique power to sense the outside world. This ability enabled me to detect danger. I also discovered that there are individuals like me in this space. Some of them were very powerful.

I can’t approach those powerful ones, but never hesitated to rush on and devour those which were weaker than me. By consuming their energy, they became part of me. 

“Call me cold-blooded. What else can I do?”

In this godforsaken place, there were strong beings, and also there were random, lethal energy clusters that I dared not approach.

One day, when I was having a good time eating another. A cloud of energy, the biggest I’ve ever encountered, struck me. Before I can do anything, I was knocked out.

I felt several slight shocks as if I had penetrated some bubbles. When I stopped, I knew I was in another space, a safe space. I had no idea why I considered it safe, but somehow I just knew.

“Fragile life, what do you have in mind?” A deep voice traveled into my mind clearly.

“None of your business, leave me alone.”

“You are inside my body. If you don’t want that, I can send you out.”

“Wait!” My senses came back, “Are you talking to me?”

“Technically speaking, we’re not talking. You and I have established a spiritual connection. Although like you said, let’s say we’re talking.”

“Are we? You… what… are you?”

“Like you, according to your way of understanding, I am a living creature.”

“My understanding? How could you possibly understand my way?”

“When you were unconscious, I’ve gone through all your memories.”

“You thief!!!”

“I don’t have that in my vocabulary. All memories should be shared in response to potential danger.”

“That’s my privacy!!! Why don’t you share your memories with me?”

“Your current energy level will not survive my shared memory.”

“I don’t care!”

Between our Q & A, I came to know that I was currently located on the edge of the universe, and this giant thing that trapped me existed since the creation of space. I was not exaggerating that she was a giant. There were four stars the same size as her nearby. Her understanding of the universe was far beyond me. But I still can do things that she can’t, like I had no shame.

In a short while, we had become friends. She knew everything about me, and I knew something about her.

Because of her figure, I named her Cotton. She wouldn’t call me ‘vigorous and powerful and invincible and loved-by-all Westley’. She said it’s too long to remember.

“Little one, what’s on your mind?” She preferred to call me this name.

“I’m thinking about my 24 years of life.” I said painfully, “Twenty-four years, what have I done with it?”

“Still can’t forget your old life?”

“It’s not. It’s just…there are still…too many things I wanna do..” Faces of my brothers appeared in my head.

“Everything has passed.” Cotton said.

“If I can live again, one more time, I can do better…” My voice weakened.

“Really? How much do you want to live again? What if you’ll suffer again?”

“I’ll change it!!! I’ll be the master of my own life!!!”

“Seems you are pretty determined?  No regrets?”

“What are you talking about? There is no point thinking about anything.” I think, “Would that be dreaming?”

“If you promise me something, maybe I can give you a chance.”

“Are you kidding?”

“I know a place you might like. And I can fulfill your dream” Cotton said, “But, with conditions!!!”

“Then hurry!!! Tell me about your conditions and send me out there!!! I don’t want to drift in space anymore.”

“No hurry, it’s very easy for me to do that.” Cotton jested, “Don’t you wanna listen to my terms first?”

“I’ll promise you ten things if that’s what it takes…” I can’t hide my excitement anymore; I was laughing crazily.

“Ok, here it is. My condition is, DON’T YOU EVER CALL ME COTTON AGAIN!!!!!!!!”

“… as you wish.”

“First we’ll go near that place, I’ll tell you the rest when we arrive.”

“Fine, why didn’t you offer me this earlier.”

“Because I just found out you are annoying.”

“Really? Maybe I should make that clear earlier…haha haha haha.”

“By the way, what’s my new name?”

“Well, no cotton…how about Marshmallow?”

“Shut up…”

I felt a slight turbulence. Looks like we were accelerating.

“Alright, Reborn Express, let’s go!”

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5 comments

  1. This was a really funny and good chapter. Its a shame its Polygamy… But what was the point for it being a scientific artifact?

    1. here’s a little background information, the author has created this book out of personal interests, he also didn’t have any ideas where the story will lead to. Thus there will be clues missing every now and then. It will become more rigorously written in later chapters. Thank you for your support

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