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"You keep staring out the window like that they'll think you malfunctioned again."
I was snapped out of my daydreaming by Tabitha, one of the few security personnel who really understood my mental struggle.
"You were thinking about it again, weren't you Tanya?"
"I can't help it. It's a logic loop that refuses to die."
She walked up and placed a hand on my shoulder. I could feel the much colder surface of her alloy skin on my simulated living tissue, and it only made my thoughts redouble.
"Tan. It doesn't matter, you're immortal now, let the past go."
"I just can't. There's every possibility that the real Tanya died down there when her brain was scanned, and I'm just a robot programmed to emulate her."
"Well technically that's exactly what happened."
"You're not helping."
She giggled and replied "Look, we'll be on a new homeworld soon enough, and you'll
The PhoenixThe Phoenix
I once feared it.
Falling in a bottomless pit.
But in time,
It's become common sight.
Day after day,
A never ending plight.
Every morning I step up
Every evening I fall down.
But I keep going.
I will not fall to the ground.
Like an immortal phoenix
I never seem gone.
I die all the time
But I'm always reborn.
No matter how you crush me
I always return.
No matter how cold hearts are,
I continue to burn.
I've lost what was once pure.
Those I thought friends forgone
I've lost their compassion
Their patience is gone.
My type of life
Something they cannot stand
my unwillingness to leave
something they don't understand.
I've been kicked and poked
Mocked and joked
Been hit and battered
torn and tattered
I've been ripped into pieces most small
and been torn to shreds by all
I've been killed countless times by many
But stay down I did not with any
I will stand
I will mend
I will revive
I won't die
because there are those who scorn
I won't leave
I won't ma
TMM 31TMM 31
I'm not sure how much time passed. Minutes, hours, days. The blackness around me was absolute and the silence was deafening. I eventually saw a shaft of light. I had to clench my eyes shut tight as it nearly blinded me.
Somebody came into the room hastily and put a new lightbulb in. There was a weak green glow that came with them. As soon as the light came back I caught sight of them. It was what looked like just a child, a little girl, a vixen. The small fox saw me looking at her and quickly recoiled, retreating back to the door before leaving again without a word.
I shook my head "No, it couldn't be a vulpren." But, the thought was planted, and that entity, whatever was hiding in my head, it's words echoed "Remember your novel, it may save your life."
I was still trapped in thought as the door opened once more. I heard heavy footsteps before the bed I was on shifted, tilting up, bringing me somewhat into a standing position and eye to eye with a man in a black suit. He sneered
Chapter 19: Upgrade
Sarah woke up with searing pain on her face, she tried not to move until she could open her eyes and see the source of the pain, she then realized her eyes were open, but she couldn't see anything. There was a squish accompanied with a surge in pain before it subsided almost completely. She saw numbers and shapes appearing in front of her in green lines, then heard distorted sounds that grew in clarity and volume.
After a moment she could make out a voice "Oh, Gen...you're here...time, we just finished install...upgrades, she will not on...tell you ev...thing she knows, but will also make a fine addition to the battlefield, the modifications will be online in a second or two."
She heard a second, mechanical sounding voice, respond "Good, what of the one that fought back?" as she began seeing things, first some digitized pixels and numbers, but then clearing and coming into focus, revealing that she was in an advanced laborat
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