Paul's whole world was spinning. The Proxitol made it incredibly difficult for him to think clearly. Maya? Yes, her name was Maya. She had told him it would only be a few days, that the thing inside would dissolve. She'd been wrong, and she'd been surprised that she'd been wrong, not that it mattered. Resting his head against the cool porcelain of the toilet in the cell he called a room, Paul
could almost laugh about how this all seemed like some ridiculous dream. But the pain, the disorientation, and the feeling of...something inside...assured him it was anything but.
The growth had started spreading again, but it was different this time. The iridescent scales had formed
patches around his hips, wrapped around his waist, and then branched out into two separate lines that
ran up and gathered around his shoulder blades, sprouting opaque sacs.
That night he dreamed of an ocean, somewhere far, far away. Something large and shapeless, sparkling like a star-covered sky, swam past and circled around him. Orbs of light blinked in and out of existence as a Voice echoed within his skull.
Please, We Must Help Mother.
"Who are you? What do you want with me?"
I Am Tal'shen Spawn of Lysanna. Please, We Must Help Her.
"Why can't anyone give me any ANSWERS!" His head swirled with frustration and fear. "I don't understand any of this!"
A feeling of deep regret surrounded Paul.
I Am Sorry. I Can Only Tell You Little. I Am Tal'shen, Spawn Of Lysanna. She Seeks Asylum From Those That Would Come Again. The One You Call Maya Holds Within Her The Sister-Progeny Of Lysanna. I Cannot Sense Her Motives, Only Tell You She Has Not Told You Everything.
"Why isn't the Proxitol working on you?"
I Am Not A Normal Spawn. I Am Abnormal, Mutated, Immune To The Poison Being Used. I Cannot Leave You As Others Would Leave Their Hosts. If I Am To Survive, Then It Is In MY Interests To Help AND Keep You Alive. I Shall Try And Assist, As You Will See.
"What do you mea-"
It Is Time You Woke Up. SHE Is Approaching.
When Paul opened His Eyes, he couldn't really say he was surprised to see that the sacs had popped, leaving wriggling masses of tentacles sprouting from his shoulder blades.
The door opened, and Maya stepped in.