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2001-01-29 13:13:05-08:00 - [FANFIC] Memory prime. - (joshua fraim <theimortal1@qwest.net>)


This is the story i want to get to the show. Outer Limits: Memory Prime Text in all caps is the equivalent of the control voice poems. Prologue In a small solar system with a yellow sun and only a few planets, lies a very beautiful planet. But unknown to the new inhabitants of this planet, this system has a deadly secret. But if they knew that then they aren't showing it. On the surface a beautiful day is dawning. Kids are playing and squealing with delight. Their parents are watching with smiles on their faces. Other adults are walking through parks and sitting on benches. A group of young adults comes up to two adults sitting on a bench. "We're gonna go underground and do some surveys of the cave system down below." One guy says. "Do you have the proper equipment and supplies?" One of the adults asks. "Of course we do. What do you think we are? Amateurs?" Another young adult responds. "Okay. But don't be too long." The other adult says. "Yes mommy." The first young adult says rolling his eyes up. The group leaves and the two adults look at each other. "Kids." One of them says. Meanwhile in space the sun explodes with light and a giant arm of fire reaches out towards the planets in the system. Including the inhabited one. On the surface the peace and tranquility is broken with the sight of a wall of fire coming at the people. They barely able to get a scream out before they are all enveloped by the fire. Chapter 1 SURVIVAL AT ALL COSTS IS OUR MOST BASIC INSTINCT. SURVIVAL COMES IN MANY FORMS. NOT ALL ARE PLEASANT. Class is in session and the current class is history. On a vid screen a representation of the annihilation of the surface dwelling ancestors is being shown. "That was what some called the great fire. The scientists of our colony call it a flare up of our sun. Does anybody know how long ago this happened?" The teacher asks. A student raises his hand excitedly. "Yes Mr. Conely." The teacher says. "About 149 years ago." The student responds. "Yes that is correct. Does anyone remember what happened 49 years ago?" The teacher asks. The same student raises his hand. "Does anyone other than Mr. Conely know for once. Doesn't anyone else pay attention?" The teacher asks. When no one else says anything other than murmurs the teacher reluctantly points to Conely. "Another flare up happened." The student says. 27 "Yes. Our only saving grace was that in the time between flares, our scientists discovered that the flare up happens every 100 years. That gave us enough time to build an underground series of tunnels to survive for 20 years until the surface was again livable. That and the science of terra-forming to make the soil non-toxic to grow stuff. Without all those advances we would not be alive today." The teacher says. Two students start whispering with each other. "Is this a snooze or what?" One says. "Yeah really. Who cares about the past? We have no worry about that nasty old fire now." The other says. A loud knocking sound brings the two students to attention. "Is there anything you'd like to share with the rest of the class?" The teacher asks the two students. "Not really sir. It's just why is it so important to study the past when we are safe from the great fires?" The first student asks. "Because it's a part of history when we nearly were completely wiped out. It's important to know that we aren't invincible. Even though we may feel that way." The teacher says loudly. "Yeah but now we just go down into those tunnels and wait it out. We have everything we need down there." The other student says. "Nothing is perfect. Do you hear me? NOTHING! What if something failed down there?" The teacher asks. "Then we'd die." The first student says. "That was a hypothetical question thank you." The teacher says angrily. The buzzer sounds signaling the end of class. "Now remember. In one week the beginnings of the evacuation to the underground living area are to begin." The teacher yells as the students go rushing out. Meanwhile at the main govern party base the leaders are preparing for the evacuation themselves. "So you have double and triple checked the equipment down there to make sure it's working okay. We are gonna have to live down there in a week. Can't take any chances." The first senator asks a scientist. "Yes I am sure." The scientist responds. The first senator turns towards a soldier. "Is everything ready for the evacuation of the citizens and any equipment we need to keep?" The senator asks. "Yes sir! We have gathered all needed technology at the evac site." The soldier responds. "Good. Now we wait." The senator says. Outside the building a mother and her daughter are sitting enjoying the sunshine. "Mommy, can I go play in the park?" The little girl asks. 56 "Okay but don't be long." The mother says. A man walks up to the woman after her daughter runs to the nearby park. "Hey Cheryl." The man says. Cheryl looks up at him with disgust. "What do you want Kurt?" Cheryl asks. "Hey can't a guy just say hello?" Kurt responds hurt. "Yeah but you always have a ulterior motive for saying that." Cheryl says looking away. "Where's your little girl?" Kurt asks. "You stay away from her. I won't let you influence her any more." Cheryl says snapping her face to look back at Kurt. "Hey hey. It was just a innocent question." Kurt says waving his hands in front of himself. "Nothing is innocent when it comes to you." Cheryl says. Cheryl looks towards the park and doesn't see her daughter anymore. She gets up and runs towards the park. "Tabitha? Tabitha!" Cheryl screams. She finds her daughter off to the side playing in the grass. Cheryl is relieved until suddenly a flash of a vision of her daughter being burned. First the wall of fire then she is being burned on a stake envelops her. She shakes her head and runs over to her daughter. "Tabitha. How many times do I have to tell you to stay in sight." Cheryl says crying. "I'm sorry. I saw a beautiful new flower I had never seen before." Tabitha says. "It's okay. Mommy was just worried that's all." Cheryl says hugging Tabitha. Tabitha looks up at Kurt and says, "Hey Kurt." "Hey little tabby." Kurt says. Cheryl quickly grabs up Tabitha and starts walking away from Kurt. "This is the last time I am gonna tell you this. Stay away from her." Cheryl yelled. One week later the evacuation is under progress. Suddenly an earthquake throws up a panic in the crowd and a mob rushes towards the hatch. Cheryl and Tabitha get separated. "Tabitha? Where are you?" Cheryl screams as she is pushed towards the hatch opening. Meanwhile Tabitha is pushed outside the group and knocked down. She loses sight of her mom. "Mommy?" Tabitha starts crying. 56"Tabitha? Where are you?" Cheryl screams again after hearing her daughter 's voice faintly. But she is forced into the hole and can't get back out through the mob. Before she can try to get back out the rest of the people get through and the hatch is closed and locked. "No! My little girl is still out there." Cheryl screams at an officer. "Are you sure?" The officer says. "Yes. I have to go out there and get her." Cheryl screams. "Sorry mam but the hatch is locked and won't open up for 20 years." The officer says. "NO!" Cheryl screams and tries to force her way towards the hatch but the officer subdues her. Chapter 2 The earthquake continues slightly and a couple of rocks fall onto the power generator, nicking it slightly. The crowd holds their breath hoping that their whole ceiling won't come down on them. But it goes away shortly. "Okay people. Officer Miller here will now read you your living assignments." An officer yells to the group. The Miller reads the list. Cheryl and Tabitha are among the first listed. After hearing her daughter's name Cheryl blanks out the rest of the list. "Okay. A lot of you weren't alive the last time we did this. For those who were then still listen for new rules and to refresh your memory." The officer says. Cheryl half listens even though she was alive back then. She was a little girl then. But she has a hard time concentrating on it while thinking about her daughter. Her attention perks up with the last rule. "The last but not least rule is a jailing offense. The hatch is locked securely but there are certain people here that could open it given a chance. If we catch you tampering with the hatch then you will be jailed." The officer says sternly. That night Cheryl can't sleep. She hears a knocking coming from the adjacent room. "Psst. Hey Cheryl." A voice sounds out. "Who? Who is it?" Cheryl asks. "It's me Kurt. Listen to me. The flare isn't gonna happen until tomorrow morning. What would you say if I could help you get that hatch open and find your daughter before it's too late?" Kurt asks. "I'd say that would be good. But considering where the offer is coming from, no thanks." Cheryl responds. An officer walks by on his rounds. "Besides we'd be caught and I don't plan to spend time in a cell underground. It's claustrophobic down here as it is." Cheryl whispers. "I have a way to sneak past the guards and go unnoticed." Kurt says. "And what little miracle would that be?" Cheryl asks. "I have something that I brought with me to this colony. It's a personal cloaking device. It can cover two people close to each other for a period of time. All we need to do is knock out the guard while cloaked and we won' t need it anymore." Kurt says. "The thought of being next to you makes me sick. But I am considering it." Cheryl says. Kurt leaves his room and opens Cheryl's room. They both sneak outside and duck down a corner as the officer goes down the hall again. When he passes they walk down the hall towards the main entrance. "If we get caught breaking curfew then we'd get in enough trouble." Cheryl says. Kurt puts his finger up to his lips to shush Cheryl. He points to an area around the corner where the guard station is. He motions for Cheryl to get next to him. He then activates the device and they both disappear. The only sign that they still exist is a slight discoloration of the space they are in. They approach the guard area and are satisfied to see that he is fast asleep. Kurt quickly takes a stun gun and stuns the guard heavily. Shortly there after the two reappear again. "Got it. There's the hatch over there." Kurt says nodding towards the entrance. "Do you have any idea how to open this?" Cheryl asks. "Yeah. I saw a code that was entered when they locked it originally." Kurt responds. Kurt enters the code but instead of the hatch opening, an alarm goes off. "Damn. It's a trap." Kurt says. It doesn't take very long for several armed guards to show up and point their weapons at Cheryl and Kurt. They are both escorted to the main governing office. The lead senator looks at them both. "I'd expect this from you Kurt. But you?" He says looking at Cheryl. "My daughter is out there. She may be okay since the flare up hasn't happened yet." Cheryl responds. "I'm sorry to hear that but there's nothing we can do. We can't open the hatch up until it's safe. Even if we wanted to. Even if we could it's too close to the flare to risk it." The senator says. Cheryl looks down. "Now you Kurt. You are to be confined to a cell for one month. You Cheryl are to be let free but under close supervision. I understand your reasoning but we can't allow you to jeopardize the colony." The senator says. A bunch of guards take Kurt away. Cheryl is let out and she returns to her quarters to cry. One day later and hours after the flare-up all is well. But in the power room something is definitely not okay. The generator that was nicked by a big rock is shaking and making strange noises. Suddenly it explodes. All over the compound lights flicker then die. People start screaming and panicking. The officers try to calm people down but to no good. Finally the senator leader makes an announcement over the speakers. "My people. Please do not be alarmed. One of the generators blew up. The other's should kick in soon." The senator says. But after 5 minutes the power does not come back on. The technicians are in the power room looking at the remaining generators looking for a clue as to why they aren't working. The senator leader walks in. "Have you found the problem yet?" The senator asks. "It appears that the cables connecting the remaining ones to the main power supply have been disconnected." The lead technician replies. "From the earthquake?" The senator asks. "Maybe. But something is strange here. The edge of the power line seems to be frayed. Like someone pulled it out and cut the edge so it would not work again." The technician replies. "So we have a saboteur." The senator says grimly. The senator returns to the main hall and calms down the people again. "Not to alarm you but it appears that the lack of backup power is the work of sabotage." The senator says. The crowds start to murmur among themselves looking around at the others. "We don't have any suspects as of yet. The technician is now working on getting the cable fixed so the backup generators will work." The senator says. "I told you that nothing is perfect. We sit down here expecting technology to save us from the bogeyman. What if another generator blows up? Will we be able to still have enough power to survive." The teacher asks. The crowd all get worked up about what he said. They are cut off by the senators waving. "We have all the precautions we need. There is no need to worry." The senator responds. "It hasn't even been a year and we already lost one generator. Are we to believe that we can survive 20 years with this technology?" The teacher says. The crowd gets even more worked up and starts to yell. "Look. I don't know how to reassure you enough. You just have to trust me." The senator says. "I don't think that's gonna be good enough." An angry person yells out. The rest of the crowd yell in agreement and start advancing on the senator. "Please, please. Can we have order?" The senator says desperately. The crowd's attention is changed with a strange sound coming from the entrance. "The hatch!" A woman yells. The hatch starts to pull back. "It's opening." Another person yells. "But that's impossible." The senator says. Security guards raise their weapons and point them at the entrance. "Mommy? Are you there?" A young girl's voice asks. The crowd screams in terror. Chapter 3 "It's a demon." One woman screams. The daughter steps towards the crowd confused. "Now look. There must be a perfectly good explanation for this." The senator says. "Yeah and it is that she is a demon. For only a demon could survive the great fire." A man yells. Cheryl runs into the room hearing her daughter's voice. "Oh Tabitha you're alright." Cheryl says happily. "You're the mother of this demon?" A man asks Cheryl. "Demon? What are you talking about?" Cheryl asks confused. "She came down from the fiery world above. She must be a demon." The man responds. "No!" Cheryl says rushing towards her daughter to protect her. "Listen to me. I still say there must be another explanation." The senator pleads. "Why are you so convinced that she isn't a demon. Are you a demon too." The man yells. "That's preposterous." The senator says sputtering. "Then why won't you think that maybe I'm right?" The man asks. The senator motions to the security guards and they start making order to the mob. "Oh so this is it huh? Silence the truth?" The man asks. The crowd gets forced out of the main area and the ones that resist with force get put in cells. "You won't get away with this." The antagonistic man yells from his cell. Cheryl and Tabitha return to their room. Happy to be together again but confused as to why she survived the outside. Meanwhile a man is looking at them from afar. He walks to the cell area and talks to the antagonistic man. "They're in their room. What do you want me to do?" He asks the man. "Nothing for now. But when the time comes I will want to personally destroy that demon." The man responds. The man walks away. The man in the cell looks out with an evil grin on his face. A day later the man gets let out and he begins to plot. He tells the intercom to send a message to have Cheryl and Tabitha meet him in the rec. area. When he arrives he prepares a sacrificial pyre then puts a cloth over it. He then calls his other cronies and waits for Cheryl to come. When she arrives they grab Tabitha. "What are you doing?" Cheryl screams. "Ridding this place of evil." The man says. They place Tabitha onto the pike and tie her to it. Then they set fire to the wood at the bottom. "Tabitha no!" Cheryl screams. Cheryl tries to yell for security but they knock her out. When she wakes up she is tied to a chair in another room with a bunch of guys. She notices that a lot of them are the ones that were thrown in cells. "May the court commence. The case is the colony vs. Cheryl Brown. The charge, harboring a demon." The man says. "This is crazy and unlawful. You aren't authorized to do this." Cheryl says. "The authorities are weak. Including our so called leader." The man says. "I move to declare her guilty." Another man says. They all say aye. "I punish her to death by lead poisoning." The man says. He approaches her with a gun and readies to pull the trigger. Chapter 4 Suddenly a huge amount of security officers come in. "Drop it all of you." The lead officer yells. "No you drop it or I shoot her." The leader man says threateningly. "Now calm down. There is no need to kill her. The one you wanted dead is dead. You don't need two murder's on your sentence." The officer says. "It doesn't matter what I do. We are all gonna die when the rest of the generators go out eventually." The man yells. "You don't know that. 50 years ago we survived the 20 year underground period just fine." The officer says. "Or so the records say. How do I know they weren't changed?" The man asks. "What about the people's testimony that were alive then?" The officer asks in response. "They could have been scared to change their stories." The man responds. The man lunges towards the officer who shoots him down. Cheryl starts to cry uncontrollably as they release her. The other officers take the unconscious body of the man out of here. Later on after everybody is put into a cell for a lot longer this time, a meeting occurs of the main leaders. "We found out that he was the saboteur. The main antangonist of the riot." One senator says. "He was accusing us of having unsafe technology keeping us alive." Another one says. "He wanted to make trouble. I think he had some kind of mental illness or something." The first one senator replies. Back at Cheryl's she is looking at the picture of her daughter and crying. After this incident the colony is never quite the same the remaining 19 years of underground exile. 19 years later the evacuation of the underground happens and finishes. When they arrive at the surface they are all shocked to see that nothing's changed. A murmur spreads through the crowd. "We will look into this and find out why the area around us wasn't destroyed by the flare up." The senator says. Later at the main office the senators are all talking about things. Cheryl is coming out of the main office and stops by the door to listen. "Please tell us the results of your investigation." The main senator tells the scientist. "I have troubling news. It appears that there was not a flare up." The scientist says. A murmur rises among the other senators. "Do you have any idea why?" The main senator asks. "Not yet. I need to do some more studying to figure that out." The scientist says. Cheryl is outraged by this and runs in the room. "Murders. You I bet you knew this and you still let them hate my daughter. You indirectly killed her." Cheryl screams. "You can't be in here. We did not know." The main senator says. "Are you gonna tell everybody?" Cheryl asks. "Not till we know more." The main senator asks. "I don't believe you. I think you are never gonna tell people cause it's a lie that you didn't know ahead of time. Why else did you imprison that man. Was he too close to the truth?" Cheryl asks. "Get her out of here." Another senator says. "I am gonna make sure everybody knows your dirty little secret." Cheryl screams. "On second thought. Jail her. For resisting arrest." The senator says. "You can't keep the truth forever." Cheryl yells as she is dragged from the room. "She's right you know." Another senator says. Chapter 5 A day later Cheryl is let out and notices another meeting and is more discreet this time. "So you've found out what happened?" The main senator asks the scientist. "Yes and I am afraid that it's very bad news. It appears that our sun is going super nova." The scientist responds. The senators all sit in stunned silence. "Are you sure?" The main senator asks. "Yes." The scientist responds. Cheryl runs out of the building and starts to yell to everybody about what she heard. The senators saw her eavesdropping on her and sent security after her. "It's over. Our sun is going super nova." Cheryl yells just before she is gunned down by security. Back at the main office the security officer reports that she has been dealt with. "We must tell the public now. Enough people heard her. Too many to contain." The main senator says. "Is it at all possible to make a colony ship to evacuate the planet in time?" A senator asks the scientist. "No." The scientist says sadly. "Then it's over." The senator says sadly. "Maybe there's one chance." Another senator says. They talk among themselves for awhile. 5 days later a bunch of colonists are around a launch pad watching a strange device being put on a rocket. They all murmur about what it could be but nobody have a clue. After it is installed the main senator steps up to the platform and starts to talk. "Yes as you have heard our sun is going nova and there's no way to evacuate in time. But there is one hope in our survival. I should say survival of our memories. I believe that no matter what happens to us, if our memories survive for someone else to witness, we will never be completely gone. I'd like to introduce to you memory prime." The senator says pointing to the strange object on the rocket. The crowd points and talks among themselves. "We have put our memories from the best of the colony on this. Not just journals and vid's but actual memories. We will send this probe into space in hope that someday somebody will find it and relive our existence so we won't be forgotten." The senator says. "But can it escape from this galaxy before the nova wave gets it?" A man asks. "Yes cause the nova won't happen for several months now. We have equipped this with the best drive technology that was left over from when our ancestors arrived here." The senator responds. The rocket launches after a countdown. "Go mighty rocket. Make sure we will never be forgotten." The senator says. Suddenly the world goes white and when it fades it changes to on board a space ship. A strange man has a headset on him and he takes it off. "What was on that disk?" A crewmate asks him. "Not sure. It appeared to be visions from a doomed colony." The guy responds. "You mean like videos and writings?" The crewmate asks. "No actual visions. It's hard to explain. It felt like I was actually there. I felt what they felt." The guy responds. "Weird. Let me try it." The crewmate says. The guy hands the headset over to the crewmate. The crewmate puts it on his head and turns it on. After about 15 minutes he frowns. "I am not getting anything." The crewmate says. The guy goes over and takes out the disk and puts it into the computer. Some stuff comes onto the screen and deepens the frown of the crewmate. "It's blank." The crewmate says. "But that's impossible. I saw something." The guy says. "I don't know. Maybe it was supposed to be viewed only once." The crewmate says. "Scan for what is at these coordinates." The guy says entering the coordinates into the computer. "Where did you get these?" The crewmate asks. "Dunno. Just came in my head. Maybe I got them from the visions." The guy responds. The crewmate shrugs and does the scanning. "There's nothing there but a black hole. But there seems to be indications that there was once a system there but along time ago." The crewmate says. "MEMORIES." Echoes in his head over and over. Epilogue The world switches back to the colony after the rocket launch. "That's it. Now we wait." The senator says. 6 months later the nova wave is approaching the planet. Everybody is preparing. Families are huddling together crying. MEMORIES ARE WHAT MAKE A CIVILIZATION TRULY IMMORTAL. MEMORIES CAN SURVIVE ANYTHING. EVEN TOTAL ANIHLATION. The end