The sleek government car pulled up to a paved road that led off through the rustling trees. The driver got out; then, opening my door, he helped me out and we walked down the path. I clicked rapidly, getting a sense of the landscape.
"Stop that," the man said. I rolled my sightless eyes, but did as I was told.
We turned a corner, then walked up to the front doors of the lab. The agent knocked, setting the strong Plexiglas to vibrating. They were opened, and a deep male voice said, "Oh, this must be the blind girl. Come in."
My nostrils flared. "My name is Eva." I answered flatly.
"Of course you are. We've been waiting for you. Come in, come in, we've got a lot of work to do."
Yeah. Work like dissecting me one limb at a time and then putting me back together with tubes and needles. No thank you.
The government agent shoved me in, following behind while pulling paperwork from his briefcase. I gave up and walked along side the man, casting my hearing through the building. I could hear the shriek of some kind of animal far off to my right, coupled with shouts and commands to "Tie it down!" There was the whimpering of a child as a nurse bent down to stick a needle in his arm, saying, "This won't hurt," then the little boy's yell. The murmuring of voices, teenage sounding voices, came from the corridor straight ahead. I withdrew my hearing and shook my head, trying to clear it. Then I bumped into the doctor/scientist, who was opening another door. He beckoned me inside.
A little gasp went up from the circle of girls sitting in the room, and one of them clapped a hand over the other's mouth. "Shhh," she hissed, staring at my pupil-less eyes. I had gotten that reaction before many times; the solid spheres of cloudy green-blue set into my face made me look otherworldly. Or so I was told.
"You will wait here until we are ready for you," the scientist said, closing the door behind me. I heard a click as it closed, locking us in.