Ascension: System Check

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My return to wakefulness was slow, blunted by what could only be a heavy dose of painkillers. It took a real effort to focus on anything. Restfulness was very attractive. With an effort of will, though, I managed to sit up and look down at the injury that had, presumably, put me here.

I was later grateful for the analgesics, because I was only faintly puzzled when I tried to move my arms. My left arm was bruised and scratched but seemed fine. My right arm was swathed in bandages and failed to move at all.

What did move, however, was a slim aluminium construction anchored to my right shoulder. It moved with a near-inaudible whirr, its skeletal design folding out into a tubular sketch of regular anatomy. The hand at the end turned, opened and closed almost naturally. My right arm remained resolutely still throughout this, but eventually I was able to fold the metal prosthesis – that appeared to be the best word for it – flat against my normal arm.

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Comments (7 so far!)

  1. Avatar HSAR

    Too long since I did some good old, self-indulgent science fiction.

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Neat image and idea here. I can definitely relate to the bit about restfulness being attractive and that effort to be conscious.

  3. Avatar JonB

    Unsettling, and faintly horrifying, as intended. I’m drawn in, and shall now read the sequel.

  4. Avatar Pablo Vilas

    This looks like a fun series with an Avatar flavor. I started a support blog, http://ficlyascension.wordpress.com/ When I get caught up I may join you.

  5. Avatar HSAR

    It’d be wonderful to have you!

  6. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    And now I begin to read this intriguing series….

  7. Avatar HSAR

    I should really do the “start here” thing with this series.