Hey guys thanks for reading and liking, please leave any comments about your thoughts on the story! Trego now is at the bar, and is going to meet the playful by myterious Proud. Things are heating up!
I laughed loud once. “Just kidding man. Like anyone has a job since damn ReCorp came in. Bastards,” I said shaking my head. It was so weird. I agreed with my statements, but I felt more like an actor watching and carefully picking my lines than actually living life. “Get me your cheapest drink, I’ll be back.”
I turned and saw ‘Infinity Girl’ in the corner and went to stand up. This time the man who wanted to fight me stayed seated. He nodded to me while I walked passed him. Good choice. I laid you out once, I’ll do it again.
This girl had a very powerful aura about her that was intimidating, but I was more poised about this figure she represented compared to what might be happening to me internally.
“Hi,” I said, taking the seat across from her. She had a deeply knowing smile on as she looked at me. I kind of frowned for a moment as my poise left me. Damn, it’d been a while since I had been unsettled like this by a woman.
Her dark green hair came a bit long around the face, leaving just enough room for bright blue eyes to look through like a window as the hair hung softly around the cheeks, leaving her Strive to be completely unobstructed. She had a playfulness to her with the sly smile on, vastly out of position at a dump like this bar. Her pink bow spoke to her presumed confidence, and her tight black bodysuit she wore left nothing to imagination.
‘Ahh, the wonders of genetic engineering, eh? Damn right.’ I conversed with myself.
I was staring at the shadows and shines on her adequate chest when she asked, “Enjoyable?” before softly laughing. “I hoped it would be.”
“Damn, sorry.” I closed my eyes and shook my head. I opened my eyes back up and concentrated on looking at her eyes, which was actually rather hard. “Look, this is kind of a weird question, but…do we know each other?”
“That is an interesting question. It is tough to tell.”
“Uh…it is? Why?” I asked.
“If you do not yet know, perhaps we do not yet know each other?” Her tone indicted she was asking a question, but I wasn’t sure. I mean what kind of question is that?
She was as mysterious as her appearance. Her eyes had a deep level of intelligence to them, as we stared at each other I felt like she knew far more than she let on.
“Is that a question for me?” I asked. “I don’t remember you, but it kind of seems like I know you.”
“Hey.” A new voice, I turned and it was the bartender. He had my drink I didn’t really want. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, why?” I pulled out my credcard and he swiped it, deducting a few valuable credits. I hoped it wasn’t the difference from getting a ticket off-world and not.
“Well you came in here before and ran off, now you are sitting at an empty table talking to the wall.”
My eyes flashed back to the girl, half expecting she would not be there and that I was going crazy. Yeah, lock up ol’ Trego! Ever since he lost his job he has just been on a downward spiral. Next thing you know, he will be shooting people saying this was all a dream.
But she indeed was there, and perhaps that was even worse for my case of going crazy. She smiled and nodded once.
“Uh, yeah, I’m fine. Just still a bit messed up over losing my job and all.”
“Join the crowd,” the bartender said before he left.
I leaned forward to the girl. “Okay, what the hell is going on?”
“That is also a tough question with many layers of complexity.” I felt like she was playing me for the fool.
I balled my fist in anger; her coyness was pissing me off. “Look, I get it. My questions are ‘tough’ but start talking. Why do these guys pretend you aren’t here, and why did I dream a scenario close to this, except I died and didn’t talk to you in it?!” As soon as I released the torrent, I regretted it. I didn’t even know this girl, and now suddenly I was acting like some crazy person.
I was glad she didn’t make an issue of it. “Maybe you were supposed to talk to me then?” she asked innocently.
“It was a dream, you can’t control those things. Maybe that’s why I am talking to you now, because of that vision.” I was far more open with her than I normally ever would be, but the intensity of that dream kept me going.
“Vision? Is that what you thought it was?” she asked, her eyebrows went up in a ‘what the hell are you talking about’ kind of look, kind of like everyone else had in the room. For a moment I considered that maybe I was part of some reality show, or some military test to see if I would break. No, I was tougher than this. At the very least I had to see what she would say.
I gripped my fist hard, gritting my teeth. This stupid bitch, I didn’t do good with coquette behavior. I wanted to slap her. For a moment I thought about threatening her with my pistol, but I left that idea on the table, so to say. For now I’ll just try a different approach.
I sighed and tried again. I wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery. “Do you have a name?”
“I am a bit unsure on your standards, but isn’t it correct to give your name first?”
I frowned a bit; she was not making this easy. “It’s Trego.”
“I know,” she stated flatly.
I raised an eyebrow. “You already know? Why would you even ask then?” I realized that everyone in the bar had stopped talking and was looking at me. I looked back at them, wondering how long they were going to keep their act up, and they went back to small talk. Yes I get it; I’m probably part of a comedy show or some psyche experiment, go back to drowning your sorrows.
“Yes, I know your name,” she said.
“Uh, well okay, so what is yours? Can you give it to me now?” What was the point of her little show if she already knew mine?
“Proud,” she stated the single word and nothing more.
“ ‘Proud’? That’s your name?”
She turned her head slightly, looked just a bit concerned. “Is it not sufficient for a name? Do I require something more? I had hoped everything was sufficient, tailored specifically, in fact. Does it need to be changed? I’m sorry, this is my first time. This is all new to me as well.”
“No, if that’s your name, it’s fine. I just wasn’t sure I heard you right.”
Her tone of voice changed slightly, her pronunciation was now different. “Is this easier for you to understand?” It was not like adding or dropping an accent, which some people do, and it seemed beyond just a nanite filter of having them change the spoken words. Her voice had changed.
My thoughts were racing, ‘What the fuck is going on here?’ I glanced behind me and everyone was staring at me. I stared back at her, and half-expected her to be gone.