“I’m not human? What do you think you are?” retorted Susan, willing Tana’s flesh to soften.
The janitor fell down, flopping sideways with her limbs bent in abnormal places and angles. Not only was Susan blocking control of Tana’s body, her mimicked skeleton had dissolved. Tana twitched helplessly for the first minute, but as she tried to fight for control of her own body, she managed to calm her mind and had a flash of insight, suddenly straightening herself out on the floor. Then she started laughing. “What am I? The same as you. You don’t get it.”
“Oh?” Susan was a little concerned at her apparent failure of control.
“There’s absolutely no difference between you and me, except a few hours’ experience. You’re not the queen or god-empress, and I’m not an expendable piece of meat. The advantage you have isn’t going to last more than a day or two. That last threat was a bluff and you know it.” Tana summoned a small cluster of tendrils from the floor, lifting her up and forming a small seat under her. Then she opened her shirt, revealing her chest. One of her breasts started forming into Dan’s face.
“Hello again, ‘Your Majesty’,” greeted Dan mockingly, mentally nudging Tana to bow slightly. “As it turns out, I seem to be a little bit immortal. Didn’t you say we couldn’t hurt each other?”
Susan gave a faint sigh of defeat. “I was guessing at the time. Looks like I was right.”
“So, where do we go from here?” Dan’s voice had a stern edge to it now. Through the hive mind, Dan could sense Susan already prepared to prevent any repeat attempts.
“I can’t get rid of you, but I can keep you out of my way, for today at least. It’s almost five o’clock. One way or another, we’re getting out of here. Now, Tana, you’re going to clock out and drive home like it’s a perfectly normal day. If you don’t, I’ll just take your form and do it myself.” Susan glanced at Tana. “If either of you wants to cause a disruption, just know that if the alarm goes off, I’ll have to smash the windows and send little crawlers out in all directions. Think they’ll be able to stop all of them? More innocent people will die in the long run, thanks to the government being tipped off sooner. I’d much prefer to keep this quiet.”
Tana leaned forward, rubbing her forehead in thought. “No more tricks. We’re paying attention to the hive mind now.”
“I know. Agreed. Of course, it goes the same for you.” Susan stood up, still connected to her throne by a few tendrils emerging from her back, which broke off after a few moments. “Your move.”
Dan’s face pushed out of Tana’s breast, forming into a full head as he reformed his body by budding off of Tana. The janitor leaned back, pulling biomass from the room through her seat. A minute later, Dan detached his foot from Tana’s breast and began forming his clothes. Dan, Tana, and Susan exchanged looks.