The tale of the great escape continued for the two. The machine continued making its way underwater, and scenes around were beautiful. The engine did struggle a bit in going forward, but the amount of oxygen as well as the fuel seemed to be full, and there seemed to be no chance of any problem there. The escape seemed to be certain at that point, and this journey was surely leading them away from the island. The pursuing machines were still left at the same spot and so the chase was cut off leaving nobody on their tail. There were more hunting machines on the prowl around the island, but there seemed to be nothing on their way. The path underwater was the safer one during those moments. Land was no longer the place for normal people, as far as they were concerned.
“I didn’t think about talking about this earlier, but this was a fine choice, I have to say” said C1RC221.
“I will keep my luck as long as it serves like this; everyone needs some luck, without which humans are nothing” said a proud V221KA.
“There are creatures around us though. I hope none of them are that harmful” wondered C1RC221.
“They are just mutated forms of sea life. We should just ignore them” remarked V221KA.
“Just like us, you say” added C1RC221.
“Not as good as we are, that is for sure” said V221KA.
“That was always the point, wasn’t it? To make us better than the rest, but not in the appropriate way”.
“Yes, but we are better in not just one thing, right?” asked V221KA.
“Being mindless is the better option when we are homeless” said C1RC221.
“We will make new home out of nowhere. It is no big deal” remarked V221KA.
“My home used to be around here only – I have some memory of it; they are buried deep under, but I can find them on another day” said C1RC221.
“That is a story of a long gone past. We have the scope to create new ones”.
“Well, it still exists, even if not in a solid form” said C1RC221.
The machine hit some of the vegetation on the way, but it kept going with not trouble. There was nothing that strong under water to stop their journey, at least until then. A lot of underwater vegetation was already destroyed by the wars. The water at that area was kind of contaminated with all those chemicals being dumped from the islands around, but still safe enough to go through in a machine. There was no comparison to the world before the big wars, as the change had occured, and it seemed to be permanent. War was more like a sporting event, and the dictators kept asking for more and more medals to assert their own supremacy. This was one Olympics that no common man was really fond of watching or being a part of, but what choice did they actually have?
The world had become smaller with the wars, and the effects of terror and mass destruction was seen everywhere. Death was only a temporary happening, and what was worse included all which was to follow later. But nobody was finished with those wars yet, for it was something that repeated itself, maybe towards eternity. There was the need for blood, and there was also the requirement for more than that – there was always going to be the struggle for more, what was rather justified in many names. It was not just about humanity, as the rest of the creatures had also changed, or rather evolved to suit the situations of war. This new world order based on war did become the beginning stage for another evolution, something that humans wouldn’t have loved to see occur.
“You have been holding on to the past for a little too long; which is why it is coming back to you – it will be of no more use to you except related to providing all the pain which you never deserved”.
“It is my past; it will only keep coming back to me at some point or the other” added C1RC221.
“What exactly is that?” asked V221KA.
“My past, and nothing else” replied C1RC221.
“That can’t be your past; I am not agreeing to that” remarked V221KA.
“What? You haven’t seen my past yet” said C1RC221.
“I am not talking about that! Look straight ahead” yelled V221KA.
“Oh! This is not going to be good!” screamed C1RC221.
The scene quickly shifted from relief to big trouble. There was a giant creature ahead, which looked like an octopus, but they were sure that it was certainly not that, with such huge size. Even so deep under water, its eyes were shining red in colour, and it kept looking straight at the metallic thing which had invaded what seemed to be its territory. Completely black in colour with its body, it had twelve arms instead of eight, and it stretched its arms towards the machine. V221KA tried to move it to one side and evade the arms, but even as they managed to go past two of them, the third arm got hold of their vehicle. It dragged the machine towards its side while the engines tried to push it away from the creature.
“We have come so far, and maybe we did get so close, but I guess this is how it ends” murmured C1RC221.
“We are certainly not done yet” yelled V221KA while trying her best to power the machine enough to move away from the arms of the creature that continued to pull it hard. The battle was on, and on one side, it was just about survival and nothing else.
To be continued…