Project: Mermaid

-I have awoken, but am I still dreaming?-

The sound of the last bullet tearing though my flesh caught me off guard. I fell to my knees screaming in pain. He just laid there laughing, blood spewing out of his mouth with each exhale. I bent over, placed my hands over my chest, and smiled. My blood felt warm. I could hear my friends running towards me from behind, the pitter-patter of there feet sounded so distant. I closed my eyes and began to think back to the events that took place, and the faces I saw that lead up to this moment.

The first thing I remember was waking up to the face of a young man, with hazel eyes, chest nut brown hair. He said something to me, but his words are lost, I don't remember what he said. But it felt welcoming. I then closed my eyes again.

I woke up again, this time I was alone. I got up and looked at my surroundings. The walls were made from some kind of grey metal, the bed I was in looked like they converted a table into a bed, it had some blankets as padding beneath me. A light hung by its wire on the roof. Looking at it was hurting my eyes. I felt so weak. I had silver holes in my body, they were on my arms, legs, spine and a big on the base of my skull.

That same young man I saw before walked inside. He was wearing a grey shirt that looked like it was too big for him, and some dark grey pants. He was carrying a glass of water which he placed on my bed side table.

"We weren't sure if you were ever going to wake up again" He said smiling.

I just sat in my bed and kind of glared at him. I had no idea what was going on. And then I asked him

"Where am I?"

"The Real".

The Real? Where was I before?

"Who am I?" The young man frowned and said

"I'm sorry but I don't know who you are." He then handed me the glass of water.

I took it in my hands and took a mouthful.

"My name is Lan" he said "Why don't you know who you are?"

I looked down at the glass of water and tried to see my own reflection. It was no use I couldn't see anything, quietly I said

"I can't remember anything, and I don't know why."

I finished the water and Lan took it from my hands

"I will bring you more water, and I will bring someone else you can talk to." He said with a cheerful smile on his face.

Not even giving me a chance to reply he was already out the door. I laid myself back down and then thought to myself, who am I? Why am I here? Where is here? The Real How can I know what is real when I didn't even know what was fake.

Lan came back, this time with a tall woman, with long brown hair, blue eyes. She had a serious look on her face. Lan placed the cup of water on my table and then stood behind the woman.

"My name is Mono, your aboard the hovercraft Alchemist, I am the captain of this vessel." The woman spoke. "Lan has told me about your situation, I am sorry that you can't remember anything, but this is normal in some cases. You should have your memory back by the time we take you home" With that she walked out and left me alone with Lan.

We started to talk, he told me about the hovercraft we were in, how it works.

"We use it to travel though these old tunnels in the earth left by the old human cities, you can go almost anywhere on earth but there is only one place you really want to be. And that is where we were headed. Zion, the humans last city."

"Why is it the last?" I asked without knowing what will be the reply.

His voice softened as he spoke

"because we are still in a war with these intelligent machines, they..." he paused "You will find out later, I can't tell you yet."

It was like some kind of nightmare, where have I woken up in? More importantly, who am I?

Authors Notes: He has awakened. Read onto at least chapter 3 to get into some action. This is all just introductions.