Gen – Birth and Connection

  Forever It took me three cycles to reach level seven, and another ten cycles of intense training to advance to level twelve. At level twelve, there are only two choices. Become Gen, or die. Vala says that I’m almost as fast as a Gen already. But I’m still bound to this world and this flesh. Now that the birthing is so close, I’m filled with doubts and fears about becoming Gen. Will I lose myself? Who will I become? People say that the Gen reject emotion. Some say that they don’t feel anything at all. Is that what waits for me? A cold and empty life, as an intelligent, energy machine? Vala isn’t like that. She and I have been together, in love, for the last ten cycles. What if Vala is a rare exception? What if my love vanishes when I become Gen? Right after our bonding, I…

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