CHAPTER FORTY TWO
To my surprise, tiny limbs grew out of the the metal balls. They were robots. They scanned the craft with lasers before saying in unison, "Russia Visit 7777, you may land."
I breathed a sigh of relief as our craft landed. "It is safe to leave your seats. I hope you enjoyed your flight," the mechanical voice said, as everyone left their seats. I found Genia among all the unfamiliar people. She smiled as I followed her off the ramp. At the bottom of the ramp, dozens of Chinese people eagerly awaited our arrival. I had seen people of Chinese ancestry in Panem, but I had never seen so many similar looking people together before in my life. I understood a little of what they said. I picked up phrases such as, "Finally...Interesting Craft...Why is there a little girl with them?..." I knew the little girl they were referring to was me, though I was almost fourteen, since I was the only kid on the mission. We shook hands with many Chinese officials, who attempted to speak basic, forced Russian. Surprisingly, even my Russian was better than theirs. "Kayte Kovski," I told a man as he shook your hand. In broken Russian, he asked me why I was on the mission. I quickly came up with the lie that I was a relative of one of the other members and they believed that it would be useful to have a teenage ambassador to associate with adolescents. The man nodded, satisfied with my false answer. I followed the rest of the people to the hotel they provided us. It was very plain, consisting of simple, all white furniture. The carpet and the walls were white too. Apart from the lack of color, it wasn't very different from the other rooms I had resided in, but it seemed even more high tech. Everywhere I seemed to go to, I was faced with even better technology. The walls were covered with screens. I dragged my finger on the screen and a bunch of tiny rectangles popped up. Below them, read names of different themes, such as "Flower power", "Brilliant blue," "Preppy pink," and other themes. I had no idea what it was for, but after reading all the choices I chose "Enchanting Electricity." Suddenly, my room changed color. It turned into brilliant metallic turquoise with bright white thunderbolts shooting out of the roof. I almost screamed in shock. That was so cool. My bed was brilliant, sparkling turquoise and the walls were blue. Bright volts of hologram light burst out the walls. I picked another color on the screen, "Serene Salmon." The room shifted into soft swirls of orange and pink. A flowery smelling mist dribbled down from the roof. I changed it to "Amazing Aqua" and fish tanks appeared on all the walls, the roof, and the floor. I felt as though I was in the ocean. This was so awesome. The room technology here was better than the ones in the President's Mansion, the best place in Panem. This was just a hotel; I wondered what their leader's residence would be like. I looked at a few more interesting color themes before switching back to "Enchanting Electricity." I changed out of the clothes I was wearing into the pajamas I had been provided before I sat down on the bed, and opened the files Phobos had given me back in Panem. I was startled to hear a soft, woman's voice say in Russian, "Are you finding everything to your pleasure, Miss Kovski?" Were there Avoxes here too? Except of course, Avoxes who could talk.
"Who are you?" I demanded.
"Chi-333," the voice responded.
"Where are you?" I wondered.
"The screen, of course. I am the voice of your room," it said. Oh! It was a robot! It's voice sounded so realistic, I couldn't even tell.
"Oh, yes I'm enjoying everything just fine. Thank you very much," I said.
"Your pleasure. Well then, goodbye," I heard a pinging noise and the voice ceased speaking. I opened the files, wondering what I was to do. At the top of the folder read, "Kayte Kovski." I turned the page. Inside, was the description of Kayte's appearance and life. Like me, she was thirteen, a little more than five feet, dark haired, and light eyed. She was interested in animals, art, science, and writing. To cover up for my bad Russian, the files said she had a speech impairment. Since I was the only one on the mission who didn't speak fluent Russian, they had to somehow cover up for my strange accent. I guess I could play my new part alright, since I can play Athena on a daily basis. In fact, now, I'm Zeze in disguise as Athena, in disguise as Kayte. Kayte had two brothers and lived