Metroid: Recondite (Chapter 7)7: Info
Samus absorbed all of the information quickly, unsure of what she was feeling at the moment; she had no reason to disbelieve Lupus, but he had just revealed the existence of a second illegal base, and if the state the Bottle Ship had been in was any indication, there’s no telling what could have happened in the other place.
“Do you know anything about this other base?” she eventually asked, frowning at him.
He looked vaguely annoyed. “I know it was codenamed Refero, and it was a place for the more…unique experiments. Humans, Metroids, Pirates, and the like.”
From Lupus’ point of view, her entire body went noticeably rigid, her arm canon abruptly glowing with a strange, white aura. “Metroids?” she hissed viciously. “Are you sure?”
He shrugged, eyeing her warily. “That’s what I heard from Dragonfly, and one of the reasons he was decommissioned was because he’d hacked i
Metroid: Recondite (Chapter 6)6: Others
For the first time in my life, I’m…safe. I have never been truly able to let my guard down like this; even back when the Federation was still in control, I was in near-constant danger, always having to keep an eye out for anything that might hurt me. Here, though, there’s this…Samus. Oddly enough, I think I can trust her. She sounds like a human female, but that armor looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I don’t think it’s a human design, but it doesn’t resemble any of the alien concepts I’ve studied, either.
Lupus inspected the room; it was sparsely furnished, clearly the domain of someone who wasn’t home all that much, and what furniture there was gave no indication as to the owner’s identity. He knew what a bounty hunter was, but he didn’t quite understand; they were supposed to be some sort of assassin, right? Killers for hire? If that was true, then why was Samus being so nice to
Metroid: Recondite (Chapter 5)5: Stay
Lupus was staring at her with a childlike curiosity, and, even though he’d just admitted to killing five people, Samus knew she couldn’t lock him up; he looked genuinely apologetic for what he had done, and, somehow, she believed that he was telling the truth, that it had been an accident. “No, I’m not going to imprison you. How did you get out of your cage?”
“Protocol Zero-Five was initiated, and I think that caused my cage to shut off, because it released me for no reason. Then I ran and grabbed an escape pod because I wasn’t in the mood to blow up.”
“Zero-Five?” she repeated.
He chuckled. “Oops, sorry. It’s the Federation codename for the Bottle Ship’s self-destruct. What are you going to do with me?”
Samus eyed him calculatingly. He was a Galactic Federation experiment, and if they found out about him, they would immediately demand to take him back. As far as they were concerned, he w
Metroid: Recondite (Chapter 4)4: Lupus
When the ship came out of Light Space and set down on the planet five hours later, the man was still unconscious, so Samus picked him up, careful to restrain her armor-enhanced strength so she wouldn’t accidentally crush him. She then carried him out into the base, which was concealed within a cliff.
She’d built the place years ago as a safe house, knowing that, while she may have been arguably the most powerful individual in the galaxy, she still needed a place to stay, and she couldn’t live on her gunship all the time. It consisted of a small kitchen, bathroom, and living area, with a cot off to one side.
She laid the man on the cot, then stood a little distance away to wait. There was no way she was taking her armor off, not unless she was able to know for sure that he wouldn’t strike at her.
After another hour of standing there motionlessly, her patience was rewarded; the man twitched, then let out a long, deep sigh, eyes flickering op