Title: Automaton - Epilogue
Pairing/Characters: Ezra, ATF AU
Warnings: Not a Death Fic. Heads into Sci-Fi.
Please see notes on Automaton.
The lights were driving him crazy – all that constant flashing, motion… where the hell was he?
He blinked, trying to focus. The man above him - doctor, it would seem – wore an expression of eager apprehension; the kind of look one got when they weren't sure whatever they'd done worked, but were positive if it had they'd be winning an award of some sort.
Never a good thing when doctors are involved.
"Mister Standish, can you speak?"
"Aaaa…" Well, it was a sound, anyway. He concentrated and tried again. "Aaaaaah'm…" He growled mentally and focused harder. "Aaah am aaaablllle…" Why the hell was this so hard?
"Judy, could you hand me the benzateramine?"
He heard the hiss of the syringe as the doctor emptied it into the drip that hung at the edge of his eyesight: an obnoxiously bright bag of something resembling blueberry gelatin. But moments after the injection, he felt a light buzzing and things seemed to clear. He took the opportunity to try again.
"Whaaat the h-h-hell is g-g-g-going on witthhhh me?" he dredged out.
The doctor smiled almost gleefully. "That's better, wonderful," the man said. "You're doing extraordinarily well, considering."
"Cons-s-s-iderinnnng?" Ezra ground out.
"You don't remember," the doctor nodded. "Not unexpected really. You were in a… well, accident isn't exactly right. You were blown up, quite frankly. Big explosion, I'm told. Bloody mess… uh, no pun intended. Good chunk of your head got turned to succotash. Lucky for you, your mother and the head of our research and development team are quite tight, and she got him to agree to take you on as a primary test candidate."
Ezra really didn't like the sound of that.
"Tesssst?" he asked. Bomb… brain damage? But if it was as extensive as this idiot made it seem, how was he even alive?
"Congratulations, Mister Standish, you are the first successful receptive host of a Cybergenic Two-Thousand Bio-Radial Autonomic Integral neurotransimiter pod. Your new B.R.A.I.N."