FB1-20 "Tying Up Loose Ends"

FB1-20 "Tying Up Loose Ends"

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"No no ... Don't do it now." For a moment I was a little concerned that it didn't simply answer my question with yes or no, but I continued, "Could ANYTHING penetrate a force-field of this size ?"

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F U T U R E   B A R R I E R
( The 1st Novel )
Secret Technology, Unrequited Love, Absolute Vengeance

© January 2014 Written by David Wicker
Please do not reprint without permission



CHAPTER 20 - TYING UP LOOSE ENDS

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This chapter is Rated: EVERYONE


GOOD MORNING, DEV.

I reached over to lower the speaker volume just in case Tyr was outside the door listening. "How did you know it was me !?" I whispered angrily.

VOICE PATTERN RECOGNIZED.

But ... ! I didn't speak before it knew it was me ? I typed out 'SIM' before ... I shook my head confused.

Finally I whispered, "Sim, are you aware that you have been copied ?"

THIS IS NOT THE ORIGINAL PLUGIN ?

I shook my head, "No, we made a copy the night before so we wouldn't lose you. This is Tyr's plugin."

INTERESTING.

I waited a second and then heard the shower water turn on in the distance. Tyr was starting her bath like she said she was going to and I heard her singing.

For a moment I tried to make out the words but then I realized she was just shrieking, "Laa !" as loud as humanly possible in varying random pitches. Wow, good thing Tyr was living in a house instead of an apartment or likely we'd have people beating on the front door telling her to stop.

I closed her door to mute some of it rubbing a finger in my ear as if I could pull out the terrible sounds in the action. But I was certain she couldn't hear me at all now. I spoke a little louder without fear because I had to know something.

"Sim, where do you know Tyr from ?"

I KNOW TYR.

"Yes, you do." I agreed, "But HOW do you know her ?"

I KNEW TYR BEFORE I KNEW DEV.

"How ?" I held my hands out expansively as if that would help.

The system paused for a second before replying.

REWORD THE QUESTION, DEV.

I was baffled. Being a BASIC programmer myself, I knew that sometimes computers required the simplest of instructions, so I asked it an odd question that maybe it would give me a different answer than I thought to. I hoped this wouldn't confuse SIM.


"What is a Tyr ?"

TYR IS IMPORTANT.

I nodded. Obviously this was the case or the programming in SIM wouldn't have placed such a mysterious shroud around her and an apparently hidden origin.

"WHY is Tyr important ?" I asked the computer quietly, hoping my question wasn't too difficult for him.

WE ARE TYR.

I jerked back in my chair. That was an odd answer ! "How are you Tyr ?" I asked frustrated, not even considering the implications of that statement.

The system paused again before replying.

INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION.

I thought about rewording my question but before I could say something, SIM replied again.

UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH PREVIOUS REQUEST, DEV. SOME OF MY MEMORY BANKS HAVE BEEN ERASED BY TYR 9.4637 KILODECS AGO.

Was that in years ? did Tyr know about SIM when she was younger ?

"What's a - kilo-dec ?" I asked SIM.

STANDARD MEASUREMENT OF TIME.

I guessed that, but it didn't help. I smirked, "We use years here on Earth. So how many years would that be, Sim ?"

CONVERTING ... 20.8641 YEARS PRECISELY.

Ok, now I had a chance to try and consider what was going on here. How is this possible, I thought to myself ? Tyr is 16-years old now, wasn't she ? This wasn't getting me anywhere. Maybe I had confused SIM with the line of my questioning.

After all, there was no way she could've programmed or erased information in SIM 4-years before she was born ?

I shook my head and changed the subject to a more important topic, "Are there limits to this plugin, SIM ?"

NO.


I smiled wide, "So I could build a force-field say, the size of a city block with no problem ?"

PARAMETERS NEEDED FOR COMPOSITION.

"No no ... Don't do it now." For a moment I was a little concerned that it didn't simply answer my question with yes or no, but I continued, "Could ANYTHING penetrate a force-field of this size ?"

NO.


"Of ANY size ?" I added. This was exciting territory. Apparently SIM could manipulate reality much like computers drew pixels on their own screens.

NO, DEV. OF ANY SIZE.





END OF CHAPTER 20


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I'm using a little icon to represent when SIM, an artificial intelligence in the computer is speaking. Please let me know if you like it or don't and I'll keep or adjust it.

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