I cowered back against the door as Andrea staggered toward me holding that massive syringe in her right hand and pressing her left on the jack hammer lying on a table among the assorted collection of random objects in her lab. For the second time I witnessed the scientist's power to merge with objects. As her hand touched the cold metal her skin seemed to expand enveloping the heavy piece of machinery. Andrea stopped for a moment gasping as her brain rewired itself to allow for a new set of abilities. The massive bulge in her hand vanished as she completely absorbed the jack hammer into her body.
She wasted no time putting it to work. Her right arm, still holding the syringe started to change. Her forearm seemed to grow incredibly skinny while, at the same time the diameter of her bicep grew and the shape of her arm became perfectly cylindrical. Then, like parts of a machine her forearm started rapidly moving back and forth! She was taking on the properties of that jack hammer she absorbed. With a horrible clicking sound she repeatedly shoved the syringe in her hand toward me getting faster and faster as she closed in on me. There was a mad grin on her face and, I ducked down smaller and smaller wishing I could somehow vanish on the spot.
As Andrea was closing in on me there was nowhere I could run but forward. So, in a desperate attempt I leaped--and, to my surprise I easily cleared her entire height soaring over her head and to the center of the room! As I touched down I wondered if my legs had gotten longer all of a sudden? There was no time to think about that tho as Andrea turned around fast and came running at me! Again I backed away finding myself at the end of an ever narrowing corridor with tables to my left and right.
This time she had me cornered for good! Her jack hammer arm was running at full speed now ready to inject that horrible stuff into me with great force. She wasted no time taking aim and jabbed the needle right into my chest. My eyes widened as the venomous liquid entered my body and, Andrea finally backed off with a satisfied smile on her lips. She stepped aside letting me stagger forward as I entered a state of shock.
"What.. what are you doing to me?" I cried out as I lifted my hand to get a good look at it. I felt like I was melting from the inside as I found it harder and harder to hold my hand up like that. Then I felt something inside me snap and, I watched in horror as my arm started to slide down my sides from my shoulder. It slid down my waist and hips and, down my leg until it hit the ground. "Please Andrea.. make it stop!" I shrieked as my other arm came loose as well. Then I lost control of my legs as my torso somehow dislodged itself and oozed to the ground in between my legs. I was melting into a puddle!
Helplessly I tried stretching my neck to keep a good view of what was happening to me.. but, a few moments later it disintegrated and my head started to merge with my chest. My face slid down across my ample cleavage and toned belly until it became part of the flesh colored puddle on the ground. The rest of my body followed forming a small pond of skin colored liquid with my face somehow staying intact and floating on the surface.. All I could see now was up, with Andrea towering over me to wait and see what happens. My eyes and mouth drifted back and forth awhile then I blacked out.
I couldn't say if I was out for an hour or a week but, when I woke up the first thing I saw was Andrea staring down at me note pad in hand. I wiggled my fingers and toes and, running my hand down my side and legs I was relieved to find my body seemingly solid and fully intact. I sat up straight finding myself naked on a make shift bed in Andrea's lab where she had stacked a couple of table clothes for me to lie on.
My first reaction was disbelief "What happened..? I was having the worst nightmare.. you attacked me with that massive syringe.. and, I melted? I must have blacked out right here in your lab--sorry if I'm causing any trouble!" Andrea listened intently "Your memory seems intact--that is exactly what happened. Your body has restored to its default form and, you should be back to full health by now." I shook my head as the realization started to sink in "Back to full health? You're kidding me right? People don't just melt and wake up fine--you did something to my head didn't you!!" I stood up backing away from the scientist once more. She was making me doubt more and more what was real and what wasn't.. and, making me feel really uneasy.
"Don't you see Miss Hall? The combination of your adrenaline rush caused by my threatening behavior and that nerve agent I administered, activated your dormant powers! You were out for more than two hours.. but, your subconscious has been working away changing the molecular make up of your body to suit its needs!" This, made no sense to me. How could my subconscious do any kind of work while I was out cold? Andrea continued to explain "Going by my data the exact nature of your ability is hard to predict.. versatile and flexible. You might not even have full control of your new found powers leading your subconscious to take over for you. In fact I want to conduct a few tests with you if you don't mind." My expression turned sour. "Actually I do mind Andrea! Now open that lab door and let me go--and, just so you know I'm a law student ready to sue you into the ground for this madness!"
Andrea remained calm. "Watch this!" She said. Using her jack hammer enhanced right arm to power up the shot she chucked a baseball at me too fast for me to even see it coming. However by the time I realized I should have been hit square in the face I noticed I'd caught it with my right hand! She threw another ball before I had a chance to look back up. Again seemingly automatically my left hand moved in to catch it! Totally confused I was still holding them in my hands when she threw a third just a second later! "Argh!" I felt a sharp pain in my chest. Did she hit me this time? When I looked down I couldn't believe what I saw. A third arm had burst out from in between my ample cleavage to catch the ball. It was fleshy and misshapen but, it had done the job. For a second I just stared in shock. The extra arm stirred and twitched but, I found I could move it just like my other arms. "God dammit that hurt like a bitch!" I said the newly grown limb retracted back in between my breasts with a crunching sound.
Andrea nodded. "Yes this is exactly what I expected to happen.. your power is very raw and unrefined by this point. You're going to have better control over it as you keep practicing. That last part, was fascinating.." She scribbled down a note and, proceeded her testing.
I had barely recovered from the revelation when she kicked a massive rolling table at me. As the heavy piece of furniture made its way toward me I found myself backed against the wall once again. I gasped instinctively taking a deep breath and, somehow redirecting the air straight into my cleavage. My chest bounced up to massive size with a toonish sound forming a soft cushion to protect me from the impact. My eyes widened in surprise as I felt the table coming to a halt a good three or four feet from my body and, rebounding almost sweeping Andrea off her feet in the process.
She barely managed to move out of the way giving me a reprimanding look "Careful there Miss Hall! I'm not trying to hurt you--well.. technically I am but, according to my calculations you should be fine. So, there is no need to fling tables at me." I was about to jump at her throat in a fit of rage and confusion but, my enormously expanded chest was in the way. So, instead I tried to calm down and exhale gladly noting my super human bust size was going back down to normal as the excess air left my body.
The scientist seemed pleased for now. She put her hand on the table and, a bulge started to form expanding into the outline of a jack hammer and, receding to release the object from her body. "I think I've got you figured out Miss Hall. Your abilities are unique--and, quite interesting." I knew I should feel special being told this but, really I just felt overwhelmed and helpless. "You may be right.. but, how come you have full control over your powers and I don't?" She smirked. "Haven't you been paying any attention? You could have figured that out yourself by now. I am going to call your ability subconscious adaptation but, you might find it easier to understand if I'd just tell you your survival instinct has been honed to perfection." Even paying close attention this was hard for me to grasp.
Andrea continued to scribble into her note pad as she spoke. "You are a countermorph! Basically your subconscious has full access to your body configuration--by circumventing your thought process you are able to react superhumanly fast, and your body will produce the perfect answer to any situation you might face. It's ingenious really--this ability, makes you pretty much unbeatable in any kind of competitive scenario! From this day onward you Miss Hall, are better than anyone else so you better embrace that."
I didn't know what to say. What Andrea was telling me sounded incredible but, I couldn't help but think I was the freak result of some mad science experiment. "So.. how much of the real me is still left? Am I some kind of mutant now?" For the first time Andrea had a genuinely concerned look on her face. "Don't worry Sasha.. all of this is you. One hundred per cent. You've always had it in you.. you just needed a bit of a kick start to fully realize your potential! You are very special Miss Hall and, from this day on I swear I will help you grow and develop your powers.. all of this, will be treated strictly confidential of course."
"Wow all of this is a bit much.." I said as I finally worked up the courage to just run. Despite the good news she was still a crazy person for all I cared and, given she'd been trying to kill me I didn't feel like staying in this creepy lab another second. I shoved Andrea aside--I never asked for this--all I wanted was to get out of here! As I darted for the door I braced myself getting ready to smash it open and escape. I leaped but, to my surprise my charge never connected! Mid air I could feel my body change as I flattened like a squeezed out tube of tooth paste. Within a split second I turned almost two dimensional and slipped through under the closed door.
On the other side I inflated back to my old self with a soft popping sound. I had no idea what just happened and, disoriented for a moment I got my bearings and continued my escape. Running up the stairs and out into the road I noticed my legs getting longer and longer with each step helping me get away faster than even Andrea's car could go. My body took an angular streamlined shape and I arrived on campus in no time. All of these changes happened without my input. They just.. happened, without me even noticing at the time. Creepy as she was the scientist was right--my subconscious seemed to know just exactly what needed to be done and, made these changes for me.
I returned home out of breath slamming the door shut behind me. Tears ran down my face as I caught a glimpse of my super humanly long legs in the mirror just before shrinking down to a size more suitable for the low ceiling of my apartment. I dropped into my bed exhausted and distressed. I was scared of what Andrea had done to me and, what she might be planning to continue her tests on me. On the other hand I had much to learn to work with these new found powers of mine. From this day onward.. everything was going to change.