Title: Hypton 14
Author: Morgan Hadley
Published: March 19, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
"What would you do if you saw him?"
"Look behind you."
Janie turned, and a man stood there with her. He wore faded canvas clothing, pale green, patched a thousand times. He was on the low end of tall, familiar somehow. "A Hypton?" No, too old.
"A real man," said Connie.
Janie threw her hands out, exasperated. Was her aunt losing her mind? "Oh great, another extinct creature."
"You didn't answer me. What would you do if you saw him?"
"Saw him where?" Janie decided it was quickest just to play along. She wanted to get home, get a shower and have Rodstang massage her and make her a cold drink. A strong one.
"Outside, of course."
"I don't know, kill him I guess? How do you kill those things? Do they have any special combat skills I need to be aware She looked up at the man. He was bigger than her, but he wouldn't be stronger or faster. He would be weak, like all unmodified humans. She had ten times his strength; if she wanted to kill him, it would be over in a few seconds.
"The trick isn't to kill him. It's to capture him without killing him. To keep him from harming himself."
"Shoot him on the stun setting, then restrain him. Disarm him if he had weapons. If he existed, I mean." Her voice pitched higher, slid up in volume, despite her better judgement.
"Get your things and meet me in the dining room. There's something else I need to show you."
Janie stomped out of the room. When she was gone, Connie climbed the three stairs onto the stage. She stood as close to him as she could get without falling through him, breathed in like she could smell his scent, though he was only a ghostly image. She ran her hands down his arms, laid her cheek against his translucent shoulder as she looked up at his face.
"Soon, you'll be home with me," she whispered, "and everything will be right again. No more running. No more hiding."
She pressed the button on the control she held, and stepped back as he quivered and faded, and finally vanished entirely.
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I am the author of the futuristic thriller Hypton 14, and I'm writing the sequel next. Find out when my new books are coming out by following me on Amazon, or stop by my website at Morganhadley.com to sign up for the e-mail list. Thank you for your interest!