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Edge: The Conclusion

This post contains the final five chapters of Edge. These chapters feature appearances by Erin and Dave Merrin from Love, Lust, and Erin. Further brief cameos by John Hamlin and Angela from The Second Place Sister and Doppelgänger, respectively, also figure into these chapters. There is also a small easter egg concerning a certain diner, first used in Korrupting Kayla. I hope you'll enjoy the final showdown between our band of sluts and the evil Harder, as the series moves into its final phase this year.

Chapter Twenty-Six: Outside Help


John Hamlin paced back and forth in the lab, stroking his chin as he thought. The first story he’d heard, from the girl named Jenna, had bordered on unbelievable. In light of what NewYou had done to his daughter, though, the unbelievable was something that he’d come to accept as very possible. The idea, though, that there was some kind of social engineering project going on, under the guise of a twisted game, and on such a large scale was horrifying.

The story that came next, from Angela, was a lot tougher to swallow. At the conclusion of Angela’s tale, everyone in the room was quiet, nearly unable to process the fact that this girl had actually traveled to a parallel world, much like their own. The evidence, though, was right in the lab with them.

The common thread, he realized, as he put all these pieces together, was the DomCo corporation. The same one that had been in the news with this Male Rights bill. That nugget, John knew from his own research, made sense. In his independent investigation of NewYou, he’d found that they were funded, in part, by DomCo. Calling this mishmash of companies and subsidiary companies massive was a gross understatement. DomCo was the third-largest corporate entity in the world.

They had a hand in, quite literally, everything. John Hamlin’s wealth was a pittance compared to theirs. They moved more money around in a day than some countries would ever see in the entirety of their existence, and if one were to engage in something as extensive and dangerous as Edge, it would require that kind of wealth and power. How did one fight that?

The girls all watched him pace, back and forth, back and forth, lost in thought, their eyes filled with hope, like he was going to save them. He was one man. How was he supposed to save them? He couldn’t even save one girl, his daughter, without a happy accident landing the cure in his lap, and then only by virtue of one girl’s spontaneous decision to pick up a cursed necklace that had transported her to an alternate reality. Then, for that same girl to get found by these three?

The odds seemed impossible. It was impossible. The last hour, though, had turned impossible into possible, and he’d found his entire system of belief and understanding of the universe suddenly thrown into question. These improbable events could hardly have happened by mere chance. Mathematically, he thought, it was inconceivable. He stopped pacing.

“Alright,” he said, “I don’t have a plan, yet, but we do need to know more. I have to admit, I’m not a software guy. I do hardware. Something like this, like Edge, it’s beyond my skill. I need to make a call. If we’re going to find out what this thing is, exactly, I need an expert. Would that be alright?”

The girls shared a look, doubtful.

“I trust him. Implicitly. He’s worked for me for a long time,” John assured them.

Jenna nodded and said, “Alright. Just, if they find out…”

John nodded, understanding the stakes, and the risk they were taking by mentioning the game to anyone. He took out his phone, dialed it, then someone picked up.

“Dave?” John said, “Yeah. I’m good. Hey, do you have some time to meet? I could really use your opinion on something, a project. It’s, well, a little… hush, hush,” he said, with a wink.


***

For the first time since being forcibly inducted into Edge, Jenna felt a glimmer of hope that she might escape, that they might all escape. Worry mingled with the hope, though. She’d just told someone else about Edge, and if that knowledge got back to the higher-ups, it could mean catastrophe, for all of them, as well as their families. She felt sick at the thought, but she realized, also, that she felt more in control than she had for weeks.

Whatever was in the pill that Kenny had supplied her with was doing a wonderful job keeping the intense arousal of the Recoder at bay. It was still there, as it always was, but it was manageable. Hamlin left the room to allow his contact in, then returned a short time later with another man in tow. The man was accompanied by a gorgeous blonde in tiny shorts and a slinky little top that displayed some mouth-watering cleavage.

“Right,” John said as they entered, “Quick introductions all around. Dave Marrin,” he motioned to the new man, “This is Jenna, Kara, Leanna, Angela, and my assistant, Kenny. Everyone, Dave Marrin, and,” he paused, “I’m sorry, hon, I didn’t catch your name.”

“Erin,” said the girl, obviously eye-fucking the other women in the room.

“My fiancé,” Dave said proudly.

“You old dog,” John said, grinning, “Why didn’t you tell me?”

Dave rubbed at the back of his neck nervously and said, “Well, it’s kind of a recent development.”

The girl elbowed him in the ribs and said, “Dave, you big nerd, don’t lie. He’s been perving over me for years.”

She gave him a wink and Dave flushed, embarrassed.

The girl swept her eyes over the assembled crowd and said, “Jesus, Mr. Hamlin, you didn’t tell us you were inviting us to an all-you-can-eat buffet!”

“I think I could like this one,” Kara commented.

Erin grinned.

“Can you keep your pants on long enough for us to talk business?” Dave asked.

Erin pouted.