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The Cure, 14: Chaos and Calm

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CHAOS AND CALM

| EXTRACTED FROM KNIJÄ TĀU /

HOME LOT 2807 OF 81SUB / 2.3.3450 / 6:15āam |

Our multīspace and everyone within it are completely paralysed. The saānlight has vanished as if someone has turned it off or reprogrammed its rise. Every single U-man that I can see is permanently frozen by the light that is being emitted from my faulty U-chip.
I gasp, noticing the people who are frozen change before my eyes. They are changing from U-man into something more like meē. I am only able to catch brief glimpses of what they look like before everything is drowned out by the sound of a Helīcopter looming above us. I have only heard the sound of a Helīcopter once before – when the head Peār Official flew past our sub on his way back to Metravā. Before that, I had only learned about them through a U-vid in edūcation.
Then, for every one Peār Protocol, ten TAODAP Officials pour in. I assume that they are TAODAP Officials due to them all wearing the same white lab coat as Dr. Singkū and her associates. Each TAODAP Official races towards either Mūm, Dād, Hoslū or myself, moving us away and out of the chaos.
As if I am only an object, a TAODAP Official lifts meē up and another ten surround meē. I hear movement outside. Several fresh and unaffected Peār Protocols burst into the room and the loudest ping that I have ever heard rings throughout the room. I notice several tiny little metal-like objects flying around the room, being fired sporadically from weapons that Peār Protocols are carrying. Nitrobullets. I’ve never seen one of their weapons used before.
It appears that anyone affected by my faulty U-chip is immune to the Nitrobullets. Several doctors fall and I gasp at the sight of the blū liquid that splutters out of their bodies and splatters all over our walls.
The sound of the Helīcopter increases, the vibrations making meē feel as if our home lot roof is going to be ripped off. As I’m thinking this, several U-mans fall to the floor as the top of our roof comes clean off and, against the backdrop of pure darkness, I hear quick movements and loud voices.
I’m being lifted out of the multīspace and outside as the Helīcopter swerves around to the front of the house. Shouts, screams and weapons fire as more TAODAP Officials swarm around meē at the arrival of even more Peār Protocols.
WARNING!” a booming voice fills the air. “THERE HAS BEEN A SEVERE CONFORMITY BREECH WITHIN YOUR FAMILY AND HOME LOT. PEĀR PROTOCOLS ARE ON SITE TO CEASE ANY INDIVIDUAL INVOLVED. STAND DOWN.”
I’m lifted into the Helīcopter that’s now hovering directly in front of my house, the blū light still connected to meē, and everyone else that was in the room when I first placed my fingertip to the faulty U-chip. I watch as Mūm, Dād and Hoslū are motioned towards a second TAODAP Helīcopter directly behind our home lot, this going unnoticed amid all the chaos.
Red and blū lights flash as the warning announcement grows louder. Alarms penetrate my ears and sirens swell through the communal lane as the looming sound of multiple Peār MegaHeli’s approach. As people pull meē further inside TAODAP’s Helīcopter, and the glass door closes in front of meē, I look out to the front of our home lot. If I squint hard enough and remove all of the destruction around meē, it almost looks calm.
“Go! Go! Go!” I hear Dr. Singkū scream out. “Go now!”
The Helīcopter hovers straight up, veers left and then zooms fast as the blū light dims from my U-chip and I fall into Dr. Singkū’s arms.
The last thing I remember seeing before my eyes close is the image of the front door to my home lot.


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