American Chimera – 4.1

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“So, Stacy Ellington,” the interrogator said, “Welcome. I hope we can help you today.”

The light in the room was bright today, and the bloody interrogation chair had been switched for a soft lounge chaise. A girl of about fifteen, her hair long, black, and smooth, lay haphazardly on the chair. “Where am I s’posed to be? What you want? You some sorta shrink?”

The interrogator sat primly with her tablet on her lap. “You’ve been taken to a facility in northern Nevada. My job is to make sure you’ll keep national security in mind once you’re released, then ensure you have legal protections for your entire life afterward. As long as you seem to be of reasonable mind, I’ll place your name on the first list of people to go home.”

The girl cleaned out some dirt from beneath her nails. “Yeah, sure, whatever.”

“I would have thought you’d take this situation more seriously. We had you abducted in the middle of the night and taken to a secret facility across the country.”

“My best friend’s a 300 pound spider. I ain’t scared of nothin.”’ She stopped messing with her fingers. “I’m also sure Dani’s what this whole disaster is about, and you cain’t get me to betray her, national security or not.”

The interrogator smiled sweetly. “I’d not expect you to betray your best friend. Though…your ’relationship’ is interesting. What is it like being the best friend to a non-human?”

“Pretty normal? I mean, you oughtta know she’s basically a girl like me, save for the body the Lord found it worthy to put her in. We still like baking and hiking and volleyball. She tells me about her crushes and I tell her about mine.”

“Crushes?” the interrogator asked. “Tell me about that. Does this ’Dani’ believe you’re her best friend back?”

Stacy rolled her eyes. “Dani’s a real girl, and you’re just bullshitting me. Gah, you are a hippy-dip shrink.”

“Ok. We’ll take that route, then – Dani is real. What can you tell me about her? Have the two of you ever shared a crush?”

“Oh, yeah,” Stacy snickered. “Let me tell you ’bout Brad Roten.”

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10 thoughts on “American Chimera – 4.1

  1. Jules says:

    I watch too much Sci fi… How could this spider be a help to those who have separated it/her from her only friend? Very interesting indeed.

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