AUTHOR'S NOTE: I'm writing this piece because I'm a lifelong fan of the Metroid franchise and I've always wanted to write a work of fanfiction that delves into the life of Samus Aran. If you're a fan of the Metroid games, or simply want to find a great science fiction read, then you're in for a treat! I hope you enjoy the book!
The nights were colder than the dreary days. Once the Twin Suns set, it wouldn't take long for frostbite to consume exposed skin. Rain pelted the oceans on a daily basis and sunlight was hard to come by. Crushing waves crashed into the metal homes of the inhabitants of Drazur. Every night, ice blanketed the city and melted in the mornings that followed. Drazur was an entire city made of steel and cold metal, floating on the aquatic planet of Seadron. Streets made of iron connected the city, streets with permeable joints to adjust to Seadron's waves; they wove together like a spider's web. Each of the buildings were glass domes with transparent windows that looked out to the gray, bleak skies. Some buildings served as warm homes, shelters for families. Others were schools, or laboratories, or little shops that sold food, goods, or gadgets.
The homes were uniform, meaning no one had a dome that was larger or smaller than any of the others, as were the people living within. Survival was the emphasis for every family in Drazur, and every family knew that with no cooperation would come no survival. Some families would be tasked with the responsibility of providing food, others would focus on the maintenance of the city, and others would manage all the shops. Every family understand their place in Drazur, except for one family; the Aran family.
James Aran viewed survival separate from being alive. The only home he had ever known was a grim prison, with no hope of escape. As such, he devoted all his spare time to finding a way off of Drazur. Much to the anger his fellow citizens, James performed countless experiments in a laboratory he owned. His daughter, Samus, being the curious mind that she was, shadowed her father during a particularly ambitious experiment.
"Are you ready to help, darling?" James asked his ten year old daughter, not removing his eyes from the small aluminum disc sitting on the broad iron table in front of him. Samus nearly jumped out of her shoes and she sprinted over to her father, her long blonde hair swinging back and forth with every stride. She was every bit the scientist that her father was. While the other children were learning how to farm on artificial land, how to fix machinery that performed daily tasks, how to maintain a home, Samus, on the other hand, often assisted her father with his experiments, and even conducted experiments of her own. The teachers at the elementary were constantly scolding her, demanding that she spend her time on actions that mattered, on duties that would benefit everyone in Drazur. There were plenty of days that she would run home with tears streaming down her cheeks, but her father would always dry them. He always reminded Samus that no matter what anyone else said to her, she needed to do nothing more than be herself.
"Today, we will defy the laws of gravity," James said with confidence. He snatched a black, plastic remote off the table and handed it to Samus. She needed both hands to hold on to the large remote which had dozens of buttons, toggles, and switches. "You're going to help me fly this disc." Samus nearly squealed in excitement. James truly didn't need any help, but he knew how much his daughter loved being involved in his experiments.
Samus froze, her pale blue eyes scanned over all the buttons on the remote. She wanted to press every button simultaneously, but she didn't want to break her father's experiment. Samus looked up to her father and asked, "Which one turns it on?"
James chuckled lightheartedly. "You are your father's daughter, aren't you?" He knelt down next to his daughter and pointed to a red button in the middle of the remote. "First, I need you to press that." Samus did and then slightly jumped when the disc hummed and a soft blue light illuminated around the center of the disc. "Very good. Next, we need to press this blue button at the bottom." She immediately followed her father's directions, but the disc didn't respond. "Lastly, we press this green button." She did and the disc hummed even louder than before. Then something happened that Samus didn't expect; the disc slowly rose off the table and flew into the air. Samus looked at the flying disc with a gaping mouth. It was a spectacular display of physics, a wonder to behold.
"There are no rockets attached," Samus said, pondering over how this phenomenon was possible.
"Very good observation, Samus," her father responded while standing next to her. "Rockets require a lot of fuel in order to lift objects into the air, even objects as small as this disc. I would need amounts of fuel that Drazur can't offer. However, with some recent discoveries that I've made, I developed a way for this disc to use invisible particles in the environment to propel itself into the air." James' discovery was truly astounding. Finding a way to lift an object into the air without expending any natural resources was a groundbreaking accomplishment. The possibilities of what this revelation would bring were limitless.
"How are my two favorite researchers?" Samus and James spun and saw Samus' mother, Meredith, standing in the doorway. She was a beautiful woman. Her skin was pale and tender, her hair was as bright as her daughter's, and her brown eyes captured James' heart from the moment he met her.
"The experiment went splendidly, Merry," James responded. An expression of astonishment was painted onto Meredith's face. "The disc flew exactly as I expected it to!"
Meredith was speechless. For reasons that Samus was too young to understand, her father had accomplished something that was deemed to be impossible. He had delved into the world of immortality. "I can't begin to tell how ecstatic I am, James," Meredith said with a wider smile than she had ever worn before. "And what of your other experiments?"
"They're not quite ready yet," James said with a hint of dejection.
Meredith laid her palm on the side of her husband's cheek and said, "Have patience, dear. If you can accomplish this, there's no limit to what you can do." Meredith's support brought a gentle smile to her husband's face.
James turned to Samus and said, "Go find your sister. We'll be eating supper soon."
Samus did as she was asked and sprinted out of her father's laboratory, down the narrow, windowless hallway, and into the bedroom she shared with her sister, Carta. The room had a small wooden desk for the two sisters to share, a circular blue rug, and a narrow bunk bed stuffed in the corner. Carta was on her mattress, the bottom of the two, reading a novel. "Dad says it's time for supper," Samus said, interrupting her sister's reading.
Carta looked up from her book and Samus could see she was agitated. "Can't I be left alone for five minutes? Mom has bothering all afternoon with chores!"
"I'm sorry," Samus responded wholeheartedly. "I'm just passing along dad's message."
"You are his favorite messenger, after all," Carta responded with a bitter tone. She shut her book and rose from the bed.
"Why are you being so mean to me?" Samus asked, taking offense to her sister's attitude.
"Because while you got to play with dad's toys all day, I was stuck with cleaning the entire house. Not exactly a fair trade, in my opinion."
"Dad asked me to help him this morning. I didn't know mom was going to enslave you. Yell at them, not me!" With that said, Samus stormed out of the bedroom and into the dining room. She sat at square, glass table and waited for everyone else to join her. Carta was the first, but she said nothing of the argument they just had. The two Aran sisters sat in silence until their father entered the room.
As he sat down, James said with a smile, "How are my two favorite girls?" Neither of them answered. Carta was still angry at her father for excluding her and Samus was still angry that Carta had lashed out at her. Knowing something was wrong, James asked, "Well? Does no one want to talk?"
Almost involuntarily, Samus blurted out, "Carta is mad that I got to help you today." Carta immediately shot a furious glance at her sister, but Samus paid no mind to her.
"I see," James responded, keeping his eyes locked on Carta. "Is this true?" Without saying a word, Carta quickly nodded her head. "Samus, leave us."
"But dad!" she protested, but her father gave her nothing other than a piercing glare. Afraid of the punishment for any further defiance, Samus rose from the table and made her way toward the bedroom, but not without stomping her feet.
After Samus was clear of earshot range, James said, "Well? If you have something to say, don't hold back your words."
At first, Carta remained silent, because she didn't know what to say and because she was easily intimidated by her father. Then, she said, "I just feel like Samus spends more time with you and she always gets to be by your side during all your experiments."
"Do I need to remind you of the past experiments you've participated in?" James asked. Carta had always been a bit of a klutz when it came to mechanical skills. She wasn't strong, she wasn't agile, and Samus, even at the young age that the two sisters were, had far outgrown Carta. However, Carta was analytically skilled. She could easily understand and interpret the results of her father's experiments and, sometimes, she could even predict the outcome before it occurred. "You've always been content with learning from your books. Why do you suddenly have a drastic change of heart?"
"I suppose I just feel left out," Carta answered genuinely.
"Carta, the reason I involve Samus in my experiments instead of you is because you're both unique in your own ways. I don't think it's that much of a secret that Samus is physically gifted. She's much taller than all the other kids, she's so much stronger. You, on the other hand, are intellectually gifted. You're smarter in ways that I'll never understand. With Samus' strength and your intellect, the two of you can be a pair who completely changes the world we live in."
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