Chapter Thirty

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A nightmare woke Kita. She curled up at the edge of the bed crying. Images of dead and dismembered bodies engulfed in fire drowning in blood filled her mind. The nightmare ended with her smiling face. The scene was so vivid. She couldn't shake it.

"Kita, are you ok?" said Arcee. She moved to Kita's side of the bed and put a hand on her shoulder. Kita buried her face in the comforter. Arcee reached over Kita and tapped Kimmy.

"Huh?" said Kimmy. She sat up hearing Kita's muffled crying and scooted across the bed. "What's wrong?" she said to Arcee.

"She woke up crying."

Kimmy put an arm around Kita and snuggled her. "Hey, angel, what's going on? What's wrong? Why are you all the way over here?" She stroked Kita's hair soothing Kita.

Kita wiped at her eyes. "Will you both still love me if I become a monster?"

"Kita, did you have a bad dream?" said Kimmy. "You're not going to become a monster. I promise."

"A nightmare," Kita whispered.

"Your subconscious mind is processing the recent day's events," said Arcee. "You have experienced some amazing changes, and it is going to take time for your mind and body to adjust. I promise I will love you no matter what."

Kimmy hugged Kita tight. "What did you see, angel? Telling us will get it off your mind."

"Blood, lots of blood...bodies and body parts everywhere—everything was in flames. At the end was my face, smiling."

Kimmy looked over at Arcee. "What does that mean?"

"It might be a reaction to her being shot, or maybe she thinks all the changes the Matrix has made will have a negative impact on her."

Kimmy squeezed Kita. "It was just a bad dream. You're still you. You've done nothing wrong. None of the Matrix's changes has changed who you are. You just eat more. Where you're putting it, I don't know."

Kimmy had examined Kita's stomach and intestines expecting to find a mass of food. Instead, they found nothing. Kimmy watched on an x-ray as Kita ate an apple. Kita's stomach broke down the food completely, leaving no waste. What happened to the food after it was broken down was a mystery.

"But, you're healthy. There's nothing wrong. We'll figure out the Matrix, I promise. I won't lose you. I love you."

Kita sighed. "I don't want to hurt anyone."

"You won't. You have great control over your strength. You haven't broken anything. I'm impressed with how well you've handled everything. I know the changes are coming fast, but we'll keep studying it until we understand."

"I don't want you to hate me. I couldn't live without either of you."

"Why would I hate you?" said Arcee. "I knew you were special when I met you and now I am being proven right."

"I could never hate you," said Kimmy. "We both care about you and will take care of you. And, we adore you." She kissed Kita's bare shoulder.

Kita relaxed and smiled hesitantly.

"That is what I like to see," said Arcee.

Kimmy squeezed Kita. "I love you. Nothing is going to change that."

Kimmy's phone buzzed. She rolled over and grabbed it.

The clock said six-oh-six. We're starting late today. Most days Kimmy was up at six.

"The CIA has something for us on the Illuminati and Decepticons," said Kimmy. "We have a briefing in the Situation Room at eight thirty."

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