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Metroid: Nexa's Silence

by Teapot

Teapot Samus Aran visits a deserted asteroid. The job is to find and download data from a disused old terminal. But it's never that simple.
The quiet tap of metal on metal was the only noise for a thousand miles, as Samus Aran stepped into the blackness of the dwelling. Even her breath was silent, as her every sense lay alert - like a predator, hunting her prey.

The bounty was simple - get in, get the data, get out. Someone - she suspected the Galactic Federation, trying to be more subtle than usual - had posted an anonymous job of a most discreet nature. Despite being a morally driven person, Samus was driven more by the need for food and fuel, so she accepted the job. After all, a little stealth would make a nice change from blowing up planets.

Her visor whirred gently as the night-vision activated, and the room around her was drawn into sharper focus. The place looked like a retreat from the entire universe - there seemed to be some hasty attempt to clean up, but there were food wrappers and empty water bottles lying around, as well as a few discarded clothes.

In one corner, a data terminal sat, powered off - although it seemed recently disused. After attempting, unsuccessfully, to turn it back on remotely, Samus stepped closer and ran her hand over the machine, attempting to find how to restore the power. This took some doing, and several minutes passed while she fumbled with the interface.

After a few minutes of silence, Samus heard a scuffle in the corner, and span around to find a young woman cowering there. It wasn't until the woman attempted to shrink further into the wall that Samus realised her arm cannon was instinctively raised and pointed directly at the woman's forehead. She lowered her weapon and stepped back a little.

"Don't worry, I don't intend to hurt you."

Her voice rang through the room - after so long in near-complete silence, it made her ears ring. The other woman untensed a little, but almost inperceptibly. Her reply was much quieter:

"What are you doing in my home? Why are you here?"

Samus didn't answer. She just needed to get the data downloaded to her suit so she could get out of this place - this job had felt wrong from the start, but the money was extremely generous. She realised how her gut instict was probably right - it was too generous to be true. Something felt fishy. Her visor's readout of how long it would take did not make her feel any better.

In the corner, the other woman had regained her composure, and had stood back up - although she had kept one hand on the wall, as if it would protect her. She repeated her question.

"Who are you? What are you doing here?"

"I am Samus Aran. I'm here on a job. I was under the impression this entire asteroid was long since deserted."

"Pleasure to meet you. I'm Nexa."

The way she stressed the word 'pleasure' made it clear that she felt their meering involved nothing to do with it. She continued:

"As for the asteroid seeming deserted, hat's what I'd prefer everyone thought. An old mining colony on an asteroid long since stripped bare of anything useful is the perfect place for me."

The percentage on Samus' visor ticked over to 60%. She just had to stay within a few feet of the computer until it completed - then she could leave, and find a job worth her abilities. Her attention turned back to Nexa, who was growing ever more agitated at Samus' presence. Nexa's demeanour was strange - she was scared, that was true, but also defiant. It seemed that despite her obvious desire to get rid of Samus, she wasn't scared of her anymore. Not now she wasn't staring down the barrel of a gun. Samus suspected her fear was of something bigger.

"What - or who - are you hiding from?"

In the three seconds Samus was waiting for an answer, the question quickly became moot. The passage Samus had entered by was now blocked by half a dozen armoured, scaled creatures - space pirates. She hadn't been here long enough for any to have tracked her ship here, so they must have already been waiting. Nexa's expression flickered just long enough for Samus to notice, before one of the pirates strode over, grabbed her, and dragged her back to the rest of the pack. The blaster on its wrist was held aloft, and pointed at Nexa's chest.

The implication was clear: they weren't letting Samus blast her way through them. Samus looked at Nexa, whose expression was unknowable. This in itself was strange - anyone else would be paralyzed by feat, but Nexa's face seemed to show a mixture of resignation and understanding. Did she really consign herself to this fate so willingly, or...?

But it was too late to ponder alliegances now. Several of the pirates had raised their weapons, and Samus' suit was bleeping warnings - all of them had removed the safety locks on their weapons.

So that would be it. There was no time to ponder alliegances or morals now - once again, the pirates had ensured she would be dragged down to their level. They never bothered with diplomacy.

She felt her right hand move to its familiar position - readying her arm cannon for battle. Her muscles went taut, ready to run at any moment. Her every sense trained upon her enemies as they raised their arms in unison.

Samus knew that there was only one possible outcome for Nexa in this battle. And she knew that, no matter Nexa's alliegance, she would not sleep tonight knowing she failed to save someone again.

Nexa closed her eyes.

Samus slowly squeezed the trigger of her arm cannon, and the silence exploded into cacophony.
  1. Sparklespot336
    Sparklespot336
    This is very interesting!
    Aug 4, 2016
  2. EonTheLatias
    EonTheLatias
    Metroid is awesome
    Jun 13, 2016
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  3. Crazy Umbreon Lady
    Crazy Umbreon Lady
    You are amazing with your words!! I love to read your work!! : D
    Mar 29, 2016
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  4. Da_Goodra_King
    Da_Goodra_King
    Awesome job I really like it!
    Feb 11, 2016
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  5. Shiny Lyni
    Shiny Lyni
    I forgot that I really enjoyed reading your written stuff, be it RPs or news articles or even something like this ♥ Really awesome work, Data :D
    Mar 27, 2015
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