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Metallic gashes glinted where the paint had rubbed off in combat. Firing into the crowd of civilians and officers alike, the android’s well oiled joints silently and smoothly maneuvered her into a crouch behind a display case. She dropped spent magazines and reloaded in less time than a trained operative.

Screams and cries followed by stampeding feet covered the dreaded mall music as humans with their emotions reacted without thought.

She was all thought. She calculated, timed, projected, and re-calculated in a matter of nanoseconds. 65 humans in the immediate vicinity, 3 of them guards, 8 of them officers called in to assist, and 35 of them dead. Her mission was not finished. She stood, taking 8 shots to her alloy frame, none of which hit an artery of oil or power.

She spotted her target. A woman who matched all 40 facial recognition parameters. She aimed to take her out. Then froze.

“That will be quite enough.”

Her circuits overridden.

A manufacturer!

Silently she began her own override sequence.

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  1. Avatar JonB

    This rattles along splendidly, before the plug is pulled.

    I love the matronly manufacturer, telling off her naughty creation with her motherly safe-phrase “That will be quite enough.” An early bath is clearly in order.

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Ooh, neat pause. A battle of wits/sub-routines ensues. Nicely done, and I like that the robot gets a female gender. Great action stuff here!

  3. Avatar Writearound

    Liked the woman robot ( although does that mean the It in the first paragraph should be ‘She’).
    Did love the Julie Andrew’s Mary Poppinsesque intervention from the Manufacturer.
    Also like the last sentence as it sets up a whole set of consequences that the robot has her own override system.
    An artery of oil or power reads so beautifully.

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Good catch writearound! Fixed a ‘she’ and a ‘her’. I picked a female because I wanted to project a smoothness to her motion and form and a badass-ness. :P

  5. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    Pretty cool. Damn those override parameters!