Flotsam Prison Blues (The Technomancer Novels Book 2) by M. K. Gibson

Flotsam Prison Blues (The Technomancer Novels Book 2) by M. K. Gibson

Author:M. K. Gibson [Gibson, M. K.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Amber Cove Publishing
Published: 2016-10-07T23:00:00+00:00

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Now . . .

When I came to, my manacles were removed and my pain was surprisingly minimal. The Collective. God bless that AI of mine.

If you ever get the chance to have a sentient artificial intelligence hive of millions of microscopic robots injected into you, do it. Sure, you may live through the apocalypse, outlive your friends, and have to survive in a demon-populated hell on Earth. And yes, you may have to sacrifice your humanity in the process to survive. But when it comes to self-preservation and a Wolverine-level healing factor? Accept no substitute.

I was in a partial lean-and-squat in the tiny tomb. I tentatively reached down and felt my shinbone sticking out of my leg. A sharp pain shot through me and I almost retched. Compound fractures are no joke. If you’ve never had one, let me explain.

They suck.

Let me explain further. When normal person breaks a bone, it’s usually a just fracture. Like a spider’s web crack along glass. Hurts like hell, but treatable. In time, when held immobile, that bone will heal due to self-fusion. Throw on a splint, keep weight off it for six weeks, and you are pretty much good to go.

But a compound fracture is a different animal altogether. A compound fracture is an actual break where the splintered bone has torn through the skin. And the real suck of it is, it cannot heal. That is, not until it is put back in place. And since there was no doctor, that meant I had to do it.

Oh hell. This was going to suck.

With absolutely no light, the night vision mode of my cybernetic eyes would be useless. But I still had my thermal vision. I switched my eyes to see my own body heat in the darkness. I needed some kind of vision for what I had to do next.

Collective

//ONLINE HOST//

How close do you need this bone to start healing?

//COLLECTIVE REQUIRES HOST’S TIBIA TO BE PLACED AS CLOSE TO ORIGINAL SETTING AS POSSIBLE TO BEGIN HEALING AND AVOID PERMANENT LIMP - CAUTION: BONE MARROW POISONING IMMINENT//

Ahh shit. Noted. Any chance you can pump some extra adrenaline and reduce my pain receptors?

//NEGATIVE HOST - COLLECTIVE CURRENTLY TAXED TO LIMITS WITHIN LONG-TERM SURVIVAL PROTOCOL//

Gotcha. I’m tracking.

Something I had set up a while back with the Collective. In the event of a capture scenario where food and other resources were potentially scarce, the Collective would have to triage my systems on a highest survival priority list. Wounds like this took highest priority, but things like my adrenaline overclock, where all pain is basically ignored and my mind races like a jet while the world slows down, is off limits unless one hundred percent necessary. The dampening of the pain while I passed out was the Collective’s version of throwing me a bone.

But the protocol was clear: I was not allowed any resources in this type of situation unless absolutely necessary. And the Collective was the judge.

The short of it was, I was going to have to bear down, put my shin bone back into place, scream, and try not to pass out again.



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