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Those Who Play for Ghosts by TheMichaelMacRae

Those Who Play for Ghosts

by TheMichaelMacRae

So I have, like, a month off from school before my trip. What should I do? 

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2 deviants said Practice your Japanese, dude! (I still have half the course to get thru help)
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1 deviant said Work and earn ur money, son. (I'm gonna end up doing this, anyway).
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1 deviant said Make ART and COMICS (and totally neglect all responsibility!)
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No deviants said Do some hardcore writing!! (I really want to)

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    10:17 P.M.

    Lynette Silas

    I amble down the hallway, humming an easy tune. I am in no rush to catch Charlie. In fact, I want to make this night last as long as possible. Afterwards, I will attempt to get my hands on some alcohol and a promiscuous partner so as to finish the perfect evening. So far, this is turning out to be a spectacular day. I have not felt adrenaline rush through my veins in such a way for a long, long time. I have missed it greatly.

    The problem with Charlie begins to dawn on me. I cannot simply allow her to escape, of course. Obviously. I will have to deal with her accordingly, in whatever method is most fit… I have yet to determine it, though.

    I can hear a scream from far away—one filled with horror, pain and misery. Music to my ears.

    I pause. I listen. I hear footsteps coming down the hall, around the corner. Soft, gentle, and slow. Not Charlie, who seems to walk hurriedly even when she has nowhere to be; it must be one of the victims. Charlie must have freed them, for I ensured that all of my knots were tight enough to make escape on their impossible.

    I pull on blue rubber gloves from the cafeteria as the sound of limping footsteps draw near, around the corner. The comforting weight of the knife in my hand keeps my excitement grounded. I can feel the adrenaline and thrill rising in my chest.

    My hand lashes out automatically when James rounds the corner. The knife plunges deep into his stomach, right to the handle. He is too startled to make more noise than a small gasp of pain. The warmth spills over my hands. I pull my hand back.

    “You should have stayed with Charlie,” I say mildly.

    His knees buckle. He falls.

    The blood drips to the floor. I do like the colour red.

    Forty two.

    A rush of pleasure fills my veins when I see his wide, unseeing eyes. Five kills in one day. A record. It is nice to make up for lost time.

    I step carefully over the blood. I discard the reddened gloves. I have many pairs. I do not care about leaving behind my fingerprints. I want the authorities to know that it was me who did these things, not that idiotic Maxwell Correggio.

    I look to the funhouse mirror. It’s one of the ones that reflect me as I am and does not distort my reflection. I grin. The image in the mirror grins back.

“Three down, seven to go.”
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    In 1892, Dr. Henry Monsoon formed a small company made of 20 members. It was based in Brooklyn, New York, and made it their mission to improve the world around them using scientific means, particularly in the area of changing human nature itself.

    Dr. Monsoon was deeply fascinated by Darwin’s theory of evolution. He began to wonder if it would be possible to alter, change or even speed up the process via man made means.

    The experiments began that same year. Initially, they featured small creatures. They turned earthworms into another colour. Goldfish hatched with longer fins, and with each generation they grew more and more like legs. Piglets grew eyes that were larger and larger, until they could see perfectly in a pitch-black room.

    Then, as their previous experiments were successful, they took the next step.

    In 1903 began Operation Tortoise, the quest for longevity. A bacteria was cultivated, one that was known to give regenerative abilities to its host. Monsoon moved its operations to the clinics in the poor neighborhoods and offered bursaries to parents who were willing to bring their children in for testing. Children were chosen because their brains were still elastic and still changing, therefore able to stand the bacteria.

    The experiments were unsuccessful. Their immune systems were compromised because of the bacteria, so exposure to any sort of sickness was lethal. Out of the 50 children who started, there was only one survivor; Subject 13, Kat Tana. It is not known why she was able to survive the bacteria treatment. Speculation has it that it was either genetic or a very slight mutation in the bacteria that allowed her to survive, if only just. At the end of the experimentation period in 1913, she was released but put under surveillance. The company lost track of her in 1917 when she went to Europe in the First World War, and did not locate her again until 1953.

    Operation Tortoise was cancelled in favour of Operation Starfish, which investigated regeneration. Monsoon moved their operation from Brooklyn to Manhattan Island, acquired funding, and also began Operation Jellyfish to investigate invisibility, Operation Chameleon to investigate changing skin pigments at will in a human, Operation Army Ant to investigate strength. All of these operations were put under the name Project Fauna. A smaller, secondary project known as Project Flora was created in 1932. It investigated whether it was possible to merge animals and plants into one creation. In 1943, Project Apparatus investigated the possibility of merging animals—and, eventually, humans—with machinery.

    Dr. Henry Monsoon retired in 1934 and passed away due to a stroke in 1939.

    In 1935, in the middle of the Great Depression, the new Monsoon CEO Robert Paul opted to expand operations into two other Allied countries, England and Russia. For 13 years, they collaborated on several projects, including Operation Cheetah and Operation Frog, which investigated speed and the ability to freeze a subject and unfreeze them without doing any harm. At the start of the Cold War in 1947, communications between Monsoon America, Monsoon Russia and Monsoon England ceased, and they effectively became their own separate companies.

    It occurred to one of Monsoon’s top scientists, Dr. John Darrol, that tampering with the body could be made much more effective if they could also tamper with the mind. In 1950, Dr. Darrol began Project Cerebral, which began looking into extending memories, enhancing learning, and absorbing new information.

    In 1953, Subject 13 was recovered. It was discovered that the experiment was a success, after all—she had not aged a day since she turned 20. The gates for Operation Tortoise reopened. A new group of children were gathered for the Beta and Gamma generations (1957 and 1974), neither of which were successful.

    Subject 13 became the crowning jewel of Monsoon. Scientists from Operation Army Ant, Operation Starfish and Project Apparatus collaborated together on Subject 13. The Subject was given enhanced strength, an increased healing process, and metallic enhancements in the bone structure. She was kept by the company for 10 years, until her believed death in 1963. However, the company was able to cultivate some of her genetic material, which originally gave light to the unsuccessful Beta and Gamma generations, and eventually the Delta generation in 1979.

    The Delta generation was the most complex operation that Monsoon had ever endeavoured. They artificially inseminated a group of 20 women with the promise of a cash compensation if they could take the child. Before birth, the company was able to engineer several astounding factors into the children, such as the regeneration of Operation Starfish, the longevity of Operation Tortoise, and several aspects of Project Cerebral, including enhanced learning, enhanced memory, the “copycat factor”, and the ability to build up muscle mass within a very short time period.

    With the absence of Subject 13, the Delta generation was the pinnacle of genetic engineering. However, four of the voluntary mothers (Marie Walsh, Sheila Dunham, Elizabeth Martin, and Annabelle Loch) disappeared from Monsoon surveillance when they were nine months pregnant and were never heard from again.

    The 16 remaining children were revolutionary. Inspired by the hardiness of Subject 13, the Delta generation were trained in state-of-the-art fighting techniques and had their brains tested and exercised in every way, shape and form. They were built to be war machines. If a country ever decided to declare war on the USA, the Delta generation would be there to protect its most important citizens.

    In 1984, CEO Robert Paul retired and was replaced briefly by Dr. Michael Bray before Dr. Carly Truff became CEO of Monsoon America.

    In the late 1980s or the early 1990s at various undocumented times, several of the test subjects escaped and joined together in a group that was later known as “The Fighters”. Their goal was to free all of the other test subjects. Fearing exposure and for the lives of her employees, CEO Carly Truff organized a private police force of 5 000 men and women to keep the test subjects in and keep The Fighters out. Over the next twenty years, the force expanded until it was triple the original size.

    The Fighters attacked Monsoon directly, either infiltrating the system undetected or through more aggressive means. Some managed to steal top secret documents regarding past and current operations in the company, as well as personal information of the employees. In 2005, they launched their biggest attack yet; they set a bomb off in the upstairs offices of Monsoon, and the disruption allowed for nearly thirty test subjects to escape during the chaos. There were 70 employees injured and 18 recorded deaths.

    In 2009, The Fighters were discovered and apprehended. It is estimated that of the 50 people who were originally discovered at the base, less than 10 evaded capture, and approximately 5 of them were second generation test subjects, the children of the originals. The second generation test subjects were proven to exhibit the same traits as their parents. Evidently, being half a test subject was just as good as full.

    As the dust cleared and the recaptured test subjects were evaluated, the company discovered that one of them was Subject 13, who had been hiding since the 1960s and was the leader of The Fighters. On October 29, 2009, she was interrogated regarding the motives of the organization, what their future plans were, and where the escaped test subjects might be. The only statement that she gave during the entire process was as follows:

“Do your worst, you fucker. I don’t give a shit. I’m as good as dead. I’d rather throw myself into a pit of acid then give up a single name. They were my family, and I’d do anything to protect them.”

[the interrogator (name N/A) asked what the point of the terrorist attacks were]

“Why the hell not? You’re keeping innocent people locked up in here, you sick fucking bastards! These people could’a had a future, could’a had a life! But no, they’re stuck in here like fuckin’ animals. Some don’t even know that there is an outside world, separate from all of this pain and humiliation. We were just tryin’ to give ‘em a chance, y’know?”

[the interrogator pointed out that they failed tremendously]

[Subject 13 strained against her bonds] “You think I don’t know that? I’m not a fuckin’ idiot, doc. I know that we didn’t accomplish our goal. But what we did do was fuck up your operations for a little while and we got a few Mutants out of this hell-hole. Now fuck off and let me get some sleep.”

    Subject 13 was kept in top security for five years, only kept to keep her out of trouble and to provide genetic samples for more potential experiments. Her project was regarded as a dead-end, seeing as how successful the Delta generation was. She was put under observation and was never permitted to leave her cell except when bound and surrounded by armed guards, due to how aggressive she had become.

    Monsoon associates noted during an X-Ray that Subject 13’s hips had sustained trauma that hadn’t been accounted for. She had many scars on her body [sources undocumented] as the healing factor from Operation Starfish could not heal over past wounds, and the hip trauma correlated with the trauma displayed in a woman who had given birth. The healing factor had healed her hips, but the metal implemented from Project Apparatus had prevented them from shifting back into position properly.

    On May 4, 2010, Subject 13 was interrogated a second time regarding this new matter. She provided several inconclusive statements, as follows:

“You think I’m a baby momma? Get the fuck outta here! You think a mommy could have a figure this fine?”

[the interrogator (name N/A) provided the evidence found that led to the conclusion she had given birth]

“You don’t know that I haven’t been hit by a truck or somethin’! It’s happened! Hip trauma is hip trauma, it could’a come from anywhere!”

[the interrogator reminded her that they could make her living conditions much more comfortable if she would cooperate]

“Fuck off! I ain’t talkin’! Aren’t we done this little song and dance? I wanna go to bed.”

[the interrogator stated that they already knew she had a child and demanded a name, age, gender, and a physical description]

I don’t have a kid, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about!”

[Subject 13 then proceeded to insult the interrogator in regards to his upbringing and what he might have fornicated with, provoking him to attack her and forcing him to be removed]

[interrogator 2 (name N/A) asked Subject 13 who the father of her child might be]

“I don’t have a kid! Fuck off!”

[interrogator 2 opted to use some more persuasive techniques, namely a boosted cattle prod]

GET OFF OF ME, YOU FUCKING FUCKER!

[interrogator 2 prompted the same question again]

“Fucking fine! Get that shit away from me. Okay. I admit it. I got knocked up. I don’t got a name. He’s dead, anyhow.”

[interrogator 2 asked how she knew]

“I killed him. Shot him the head.”

[interrogator 2 asked why]

“I was hired to. I don’t give a damn if you know it.”

[interrogator 2 asked if she was a hired gunman]

“I prefer the term “hitman”. Sounds dangerous.”

[interrogator 2 asked for details about her child such as name, age, gender, and a physical description]

[Subject 13 raised her voice and proceeded to scream blatant and horrifying insults at the interrogator until it became evident that she was not to cooperate any further and was removed from the room]

    After this interview, Subject 13 was pronounced “mentally unsound” and was once again confined to her cell to await her death.

    Despite her being declared a dead-end project, Monsoon could not dispatch her. Not only was she virtually impervious to any and all treatment imposed upon her, but they attempted to kill her on five separate occasions. They attempted to starve and dehydrated her, but after a month they realized that this had failed. They attempted to shoot her, but even the most traumatic head wound was recovered from within an hour. They tried to drown her, burn her, and dismember her, but each attempt at her life only seemed to anger her further and only resulted in the deaths of more employees.

    She was then pronounced to be a miracle, in some aspects. An experiment that was otherwise destined to be a failure gave rise to the most dangerous and hardy individual on the planet. Subject 13 could not be killed.

    Upon attempting the same trials on the Delta generation, they discovered that they too were impervious to these techniques. Although it took less time for them to submit to the treatment and beg for mercy (which Subject 13 never did, but that fact is merely attributed to her stubborness), they recovered much more quickly. An unfortunate and unintended side effect of these particular experiments was that the three individuals who were experimented on (Subjects 402, 403 and 404) began to attack the Monsoon employees and had to be confined in a similar way that Subject 13 was.

    In 2010, Monsoon launched its latest campaigns: Project Aqua, which would give human beings the ability to survive and thrive in the ocean, and Project Avian, which would give humans the gift of flight.

    After three years of being undisturbed, two important events happened in August of 2013. Firstly, three test subjects (Subjects 402, 403 and 404) escaped on their own volition, taking the lives of five Monsoon employees. They were recaptured within the week. Secondly, the servers of Monsoon were hacked. The source remained unidentified for a long while, but the signal was traced back to a laptop that was found discarded on the side of the Manhattan Bridge, wiped clean of fingerprints. Nothing was erased, but the files that were hacked contained information about Subject 13, leading Monsoon associates to draw the conclusion that the perpetrator was one of The Fighters.

    Monsoon associates performed a third interrogation of Subject 13, this time regarding her past escape:

    [interrogator (name N/A) inquired Subject 13 about the circumstances of her escape]

    “Security was lax, back then, what can I say? I was a good little Mutant right up until the day I escaped.”

    [interrogator asked what a “mutant” was]

    “It’s what we call ourselves. I’m not sure who picked it or when, but somehow we all decided that’s what we call ourselves. We’re not “test subjects”, because reducing ourselves down to mere numbers is just so… dehumanizing. But we’re not humans, either, and we never will be. We’re monsters. We’re Mutants. And we’re laughing in your faces about it, to boot.”

    [interrogator asked whether she had assistance in her escape]

    “None of your damn beeswax, asswipe. Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t, I ain’t telling.”

    [interrogator asked whether she planned her escape or whether it was entirely opportunistic]

    [Subject started whistling]

    [interrogator asked if she personally assisted in any other test subject’s escapes]

    “Maybe a few. Can’t remember. It’s all a blur.” [Subject resumed whistling]

    [interrogator asked if she would kindly stop whistling]

    [Subject whistled aggressively until removed]

As Project Aqua and Project Avian progressed, Monsoon tentatively scheduled the grand reveal of their century of experimentation to take place in the year 2030, when the world would hopefully be ready for it. CEO Carly Truff fully intended to carry out Henry Monsoon’s legacy and use technology to improve the human species.
A Brief History of the Monsoon Company
How much world building is enough world building? MORE, I SAY, MORE!!!

The original essay is much longer, but it contains spoilers for the story so... y'know.

Gonna try and work as much of this as I can into the story, but... y'know. :shrug:

I just threw this up here b/c I'm bored.
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As you may or may not know, I'm leaving my cozy little hometown of Bella Bella and moving to Japan for 5 months. Naturally, this is HUGE. I'm leaving town on the 12th, and my flight to Tokyo is on the 17th.

Also news that I can't remember if I posted: I've been shortlisted for the United World College, and my interview is on the 14th. Phew. Crazy stuff, amazing timing! We booked the flights long before we found out about the shortlisting. Mum thinks that it was an alignment of the stars.

If you don't know what the UWC is, it's a two year pre-college program, I would graduate with my International Baccalaureate Degree, and there are about 14 locations all over the world, including Wales. Google some pics, it is sweet. Still, I don't know if I got in for sure, and I still have to be better than 15 other applicants who made the shortlist in BC. Crazy stuff. I'm crossing my toes, like, all day. 

In short, things are tense and I'm really, really busy, so that's my excuse for low content production. I currently have a job(!) at the local Daycare, working 8:00-4:30 and making slightly more than minimum wage, plus I'm packing up my room (perhaps permanently), I'm prepping for my interview, and I'm going through the emotional ups and downs of moving away by myself. It's a very emotional time for me, right now (hardly a day passes without me crying ;_; ).

On a sillier note, I did a drawing recently and I can't fucking figure out why it has so many faves. Like, seriously guys... What do you see in this:
 Redraw by Geli-K
Answer me please, and I'll try to do more like it, maybe. :shrug:

Sayonara!
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A redraw of *sigh*... this monstrosity >>> Harem by Geli-K
Amazing what a few drawing books, a new drawing program and three years of practice can do to a person, eh? :D
srsly tho wtf is with that old drawing her skin colour and pose and aaaaaaaghhhhhhh


This is based off of Disney's Aladdin more than it should be, :XD:
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Punk Rock by Geli-K
Punk Rock
Character sketch??

I was gonna name her Mackenzie, but I actually know someone named that and she always has coloured hair. :shrug:

Name suggestions?
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As you may or may not know, I'm leaving my cozy little hometown of Bella Bella and moving to Japan for 5 months. Naturally, this is HUGE. I'm leaving town on the 12th, and my flight to Tokyo is on the 17th.

Also news that I can't remember if I posted: I've been shortlisted for the United World College, and my interview is on the 14th. Phew. Crazy stuff, amazing timing! We booked the flights long before we found out about the shortlisting. Mum thinks that it was an alignment of the stars.

If you don't know what the UWC is, it's a two year pre-college program, I would graduate with my International Baccalaureate Degree, and there are about 14 locations all over the world, including Wales. Google some pics, it is sweet. Still, I don't know if I got in for sure, and I still have to be better than 15 other applicants who made the shortlist in BC. Crazy stuff. I'm crossing my toes, like, all day. 

In short, things are tense and I'm really, really busy, so that's my excuse for low content production. I currently have a job(!) at the local Daycare, working 8:00-4:30 and making slightly more than minimum wage, plus I'm packing up my room (perhaps permanently), I'm prepping for my interview, and I'm going through the emotional ups and downs of moving away by myself. It's a very emotional time for me, right now (hardly a day passes without me crying ;_; ).

On a sillier note, I did a drawing recently and I can't fucking figure out why it has so many faves. Like, seriously guys... What do you see in this:
 Redraw by Geli-K
Answer me please, and I'll try to do more like it, maybe. :shrug:

Sayonara!

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Hey, my name is Geli. I'm a teenager. I really like to draw cartoons and write. I can pretend that I know how to play the piano. That's about it.

When I grow up, I want to be a cartoonist/ writer more then anything, but hey, things change, and anything can happen!

I'm open for collabs and trades, FYI, but no requests, sorry.
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Pip400 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know if I said this last night, but thanks so much for the watch, the faves, and the llama badge! You're the best :D <3 You're gallery is super nice, too! You have a really nice drawing style :) 
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aaaaawe, thanks homie! :D
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Thanks for the fave!:D
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no problem. :D
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thank you for the fave!
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Thank you so much for the watch ;)
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no problem! happy holidays!
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Yo! You still working on my commission?
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Yes! It's all roughed out, just need to fill in the details. I just binge posted a bunch of things that have been accumulating on my desk since the beginning of October, sorry! :XD:
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