9:18PM—SimTech Laboratories Main Hallway
“Yes, but does that make her an android, or a cyborg?”
“Well, if you look at it that way—“
The outer door slid open with a whispered hiss, almost as though mocking the agonizing look of panic emblazoned on the security guard’s face.
“What is it? What’s wrong?”
“She’s gone sir. She escaped.”
“What? How? This is a level D facility! You can’t just walk out of here!”
“She was in the machine, sir. It lit up like a bolt of lightning and then she was gone. Delivery truck had the hatch open. She must have gotten out that way. Desmond’s dead.”
Dammit, dammit, this was supposed to be routine
“Go! I want her found now, and I want the fools responsible fired!”
Android was not really a word that would describe Alice Fontenot-Corrigan even on her most apathetic days. In fact, ‘android’ was not a word she even used often, as it sounded strange against her tongue, which was used mostly for the praise and chastisement of her son, Johnny, and her husband, Reed.
Having repeatedly had the word thrust upon her that very morning, when strange men had thrown her into a squad car as it hovered in front of her son’s bus stop was another story altogether.
7:58PM—SimTech Laboratories Consultation Room
“Robot? Android? What the hell are you talking about? How many times do I have to tell you people I’m a… that I’m human?”
This particular ‘hell’ was only the thirtieth curse word that she had spoken in her entire twenty-seven years of life, and it was directed at one Liam Marcum, Lead Developer of Robotics. The sounds coming from her throat seemed foreign to her, as though her mouth was forming words in languages she didn’t recognize.
Two guards stood posted at either side of the room, guns drawn and tense at their sides
Liam’s mouth perked at the corners, a sly, knowing smile reserved entirely for scientists and people who know too much.
“Yes Mrs. Corrigan. You are an android.”
Pause. Check the dossier
“You are scheduled for deconstruction in an hour if you will not voluntarily submit to your processor wipe and the downloading of your memory files.”
Glare over the glasses
“If you are deemed unstable, you will be deconstructed.”
It was eight in the evening, and Alice Fontenot-Corrigan was the most believably human android they’d ever seen. That very night, she was going to be submitted for reprogramming so that she could be reassigned to another task. There was only one minor problem:
“Please—God, I’m not an android!”