The Package (A CyberPunk story) by CrownPrince ()
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22.5, twenty two thousand five hundred credits.
For baby-sitting a package until the next day. That is what Mr. Johnson said.
I should have known better. Nothing comes easy on New Vegas but death.
When the glass shattered, I snatched up my gage out of reflex. But I was not ready for what entered in through the tenth floor window a second later. It was wearing kevlar from head to toe. With a mono-edged katana in one hand, and a burner in the other.
My first two rounds missed, the next five did not. I kept firing Titanium buckshot at it until something broke, and it fell up against the wall and slid down to the floor.
The damn thing wasn’t flatlined though. As I approach it, it weakly swung its sword at me still trying to inflict some type of damage. I watched in fascination as it started to slowly rise.
I’d had enough of this shit, curiosity be damned.
I unholstered one of my KHOL Falchion 15mm’s (the one with the AP ammo) and popped one in its kevlar coated metal-laced skull just as it was regaining its balance. With a heavy thud, the cyber-ninja fell back to the ground. I unloaded two more rounds into its melon for insurance. You never know.
But as bad as that was, that was not what totally creeped me. As I turned inspecting the room standing in the doorway was the package.
“They're never going to leave me alone...” She whispered as she walked by me headed over to the slab of meat on the floor. I reached out to stop her, as I did, she turned to me with dead metal eyes. Tattooed chrome circuitry suddenly appeared on her arm, where I touched it. I quickly drew back my hand. “Who?” I asked.
“Matsushita” she replied while walking to the dead ninja. Where she stooped and picked up the monoblade and sheath.
With its tip scraping the floor behind her, she walked back towards the other room.
Then she whispered over the annoying sound.
”You should get ready, Seekers travel in packs. This was just a scout.”
Frakk!! I should bug-out! I thought to myself as I ran to the carryall and started unloading ammo and extra weapons.
“Easy money huh?”
I am going to have to have a serious, conversation with my Mr. Johnson in the morning.
This image i have been working on for well over a month. Its the first image that came into my head when ElorOnceDark offered to let me play with his new clothing set.
I couldn't quite show everything i wanted to show in just one image. And after dozens of renders, camera and perspective changes, it just NOW came together. There may be a part two and three to this story who knows.
Hope you like it!!
Image Comments (19)
Pretty classic Cyberpunk start up. Well, you did it,now. You mentioned the "Knife", so you better stab someone with it! You mentioned enough of her to give a rough description, you better damned show her next time! XD A good,solid opening with room for advancement of a story. You opted for a 'Media reis' start with crazy action exploding all over the place. Do another couple, showing android girl's mad skillz and the main guy's shootology. You have a possible classic going on.
I hope you do a part two and three! I like! Great layout! I like the two insets put into the main image showing what each combatant sees. Excellent poses and expressions. Nice shading of the skin in the bottom inset. That shattering glass must have been difficult. I don't know what's involved, but it gets the idea across. I like the faint images of the city through the windows. So do we get to see the package? I love her entrance! Great exit line too! Excellent story! I'm interested in what happens next with the arrival of the pack!
Absolutely, PLEASE continue the story! VERY well written and quite a grabber. I like the way you illustrated the action from various perspectives and points in time. This could be a great one! Well worth the time it took! (NOW you know why it takes me so long to pop out another Aranée LOL!)