CutFreeze – Chapter 1 and 2

Canea felt strong and filled with new-found hope when she walked through the long corridor, passing a line of whitewashed doors until she reached the end of the hallway where a tall, ebony door with a deadbolt obstructed her. She lifted the bolt and walked into the waiting room where Chloé had been just a few moments ago.

Chloé Zettanu was not her first choice of partner. She didn’t know her well, and they both came from two different worlds. Chloé had been born in High Dacaria, the privileged class zone. She had visited a prestigious school with outrageous tuition fees that Canea’s parents could never afford. Chloé came from money whereas Canea was born and raised in Middle Dacaria, which was a step below High Dacaria but still a class above Terraria where the dregs of society lived. Middle Dacaria wasn’t so bad. The schooling system was decent, there was enough food, and families enjoyed good housing, but they could only enter High Dacaria if they were allotted work there or if they signed up for the Squadron, Dacaria’s police system. The High Dacarians were proud of their name and status and wouldn’t pass up a chance to rub it in with the lower classes.

Terraria was something else. No one wanted to live there and the unfortunate who were stuck in the lowest class by birth or fate had little chance of getting out. Most houses were ruins, streets were littered with potholes, many lanterns were out of commission which made driving at night a huge risk, and Terraria was infamous for the bunch of outlaws it played host to. Maihem had been born in that hellhole.

Stop! Her inner thoughts shouted at her. Do not think of him. You just had him frozen out of you!

The door to the Director’s office opened a crack and his voice beckoned.

“Delu, come in.”

She entered the big room and saw Chloé in the left sofa chair. She didn’t turn around to greet her, but it wasn’t expected of her since she belonged to a higher class.

“Close the door please.”

She did as she was told and approached the desk, taking a seat next to Chloé. The young woman finally acknowledged her with a cold nod.

“Good, now that I have both of you here, I’ll get straight to the point. I am forming a new task force to investigate the recent disappearances.”

Canea nodded, aware of what had been happening, but Chloé seemed surprised.

“You mean, there are more like Caleb?”

“Of course.”

Chloé glared at Canea, irritated that she seemed to be more informed. It should be the other way around.

“If you hadn’t focused so much on finding your previous partner, you would know this,” the Director reprimanded her. Chloé’s eyes narrowed, still staring at Canea, but when she turned back to the Director her face was stoic.

“You will join the task force today,” the Director continued. “We need all hands on deck.”

“How many have disappeared?” Chloé asked.

A knock on the ceiling interrupted them and all three looked up when the ceiling slid open and revealed a woman’s face on the flat TV. screen. Her stern, blue eyes gave the girls a once-over and then she addressed the Director.

“Todd Buhan and Mikal Everhard are gone.”

“For how long?”

“27 hours.”

The Director turned to Chloé and said, “As of right now, fifty-three have disappeared.”

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6 thoughts on “CutFreeze – Chapter 1 and 2

  1. Chas

    Hi Christi,
    Sounds like this is going to be another great story! I can’t wait to read the 2nd chapter. But I have to ask, I am curious about the freezing procedure. What exactly is it they are removing? I am guessing it is some emotional attachment from a relationship that Canea had, that didn’t go so well?
    This is a story that I will enjoy. I always liked fiction as a kid, my favorite was Sci-fi.
    Can’t wait to see what Chapter two has to offer.

    1. Christine

      Hi Chas,

      Thanks for reading! I’m happy you are enjoying it so far! 🙂
      You’re right, the freezing procedure removes an emotional attachment from a previous relationship Canea had. More will be revealed further in the story. 🙂

  2. Chas

    Hi Christi,
    Hmmm, it seems like Chloé is dealing with a director that has a bit of a complex for being short. He has to exercise his power to get some satisfaction for himself. Now, things between Chloé and Canea are about to get interesting. But, Chole’ outranks Canea being that she is only a Middle Dacarian and they don’t mingle.
    But she is already looking down on her for getting the freezing procedure, and thinks nobody should do that nowadays. I can see the plot thickening between those two!
    Good idea to keep those “snorts” to herself in front of the director!
    I like the interesting story developing here, and I know it will be a good one!
    Can’t wait for chapter 3!

    1. Christine

      Hi Chas,

      Chapter 3 will be out next week.
      I enjoyed writing the dynamics between Chloé and Canea. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  3. Tom

    Hi Christine,

    After reading this I got the sense of a little 50 shades of grey-ish (not that I’ve read the whole book, but I have seen the films :)).

    My sister-in-law and my niece would absolutely love this book and your review. I have shared this article with them and have encouraged them to leave their thoughts, if they have any.

    I will get them the book too, if they haven’t already got it themselves as I think CutFreeze will be something they will will enjoy, and so will their friends.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work as always.

    All the best,


    1. Christine

      Ha, 50 shades of grey-ish … That is a completely different genre. But I’m interested to know why it gives you that sense. 🙂
      I didn’t write a review, though; this is my story, I am publishing one or sometimes two chapters each week.
      Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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