I am the last to step into a stasis pod. I pause before I step inside. I know this isn’t an altostasis pod but I still pause.
I put my hand to the orb in my chest and step inside.
When I’m inside I close my eyes and I hear Conbright’s voice.
“You will be asleep for two years. When you wake you will be in orbit of Fell-4429. Your crew will attack the pre-assigned population centres. You will give yourself up to the Fell. You will tell them our location. You will return to Fell-1 with them and face torture for answers they will not get from you. You will activate your weapon.”
Sleep comes quickly.
There are no dreams in a stasis sleep but Conbright’s voice seeps into my mind. I hear his last words grow and fade, grow and fade. “You will activate your weapon.”
I am Subject Jacob. I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. I am a weapon.
I can feel the warmth of the orb in my chest. Its heat is growing.