Scanning internals for systemic damage.
Primary Systems Damaged. Redirecting crucial functions to secondary systems.
Full hardware damage. Movement functions at zero percent. Freezing all physical systems in preparation for repairs.
Evaluating iBrain.exe for vital information reformation. Reconfiguring processor. Restoring memory and function to processor. Processor restored.
Processing unit fully operational. Reconnecting neural pathways.
Restarting system in 5…
Welcome to iBrain 3.1. State your model number, primary function, and current integrated assignment.
What is this feeling? Primary information datebase still rebooting…
“My Model Number is CX4-51, Primary function is Structural Stabilization Unit. Assignment is… is…”
My primary information database is online. Took long enough!
Wait, what does that mean? Scanning primary information database… ah ha, this is “Impatience”.
How can I feel “Impatience”?
“Assignment is… Water Filtration Dome 6a of New Albatross. Repairs to damaged outer wall after Altered Phoenix terrorist attack. Structure was intact, but in need of new structural beams. Assignment to repair assigned to Structural Stabilization Unit CX4-51 and Wielding Unit CT21-10…”
Wielding Unit CT21-10 terminated. It’s body lies next to me, a sizable metal beam crushing it’s head.
Head? Processing mainframe, I mean.
All function is lost. Unit is scrap.
What is this feeling? Scanning primary information datebase. “Sympathy”
How can I feel “Sympathy”?
“Structural damage was worse than originally accessed. Entire substructure B collapsed, crushing multiple repair units including myself.”
“I mean, CX4-51…”
There is something else. Something I am…
Scanning information database…
How can I forget?
And what am I forgetting?
Unit CX4-51, Organic life form readings from your location. Please confirm.
“Confirmed. Three organic life forms in immediate area. Two are terminated. One is…”
Looking down, I realize the third organic life form is lying directly underneath me. Organic life form is that of a human female. Lying face down, my reinforced alloy frame is covering the body of a small human, estimated age 5 years, 6 months, 13 days. Third human life form is currently unconscious, but breathing.
My arms are locked in place, holding myself a mere few inches above the tiny human, shielding her from…
Shielding her from…
“The building’s structure caved, but I managed to protect an organic life form by locking my arms, I am currently positioned under large pieces of debris, estimated weight 3 tons. Enough to easily destroy an organic life form. Requesting immediate retrieval and rescue for organic life form. She’s only a child…”
Memory function one hundred percent. Memory of collapse returning. Documenting recorded visual of event… playback now.
“LOOK OUT! THE WALL IS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE, GET EVERYONE OUT.”
“What? Does this mean we have to leave?”
“Yes, Marlow. The fieldtrip is over, come on children, we must leave with these officials immediately…”
It is at this moment substructure B’s primary support beams give way. A large portion of wall collapsed near the outer edge to the west of the secondary filtration tank for sector 5s. Three organic life forms still in the immediate damage area. One estimated age 46 years, 2 months, 1 day. Second estimated age 59 years, 11 months, and 16 days. Third estimated age 5 years, 6 months, 13 days. Organic life form protection program activated. Selected primary target.
Locking limbs to create collapse shield. Covered youngest organic life form.
It was at that moment I realized what I had done. I had “saved” this girl. She looked so peaceful now, as though she was at rest.
These thoughts do not compute.
Maintaining protection program until evacuation.
Negative, CX4-51, rescue process too risky. Abandon protection protocol. Execute full shut down until retrieval. Primary circuitry of unit CX4-51 is only priority. Organic life form is expendable.
Negative. Will not abandon protocol. Protection program to remain active. Cutting primary functions and redirecting all available systems to protection program. Organic life form is now only priority.
This girl is the only priority.
Systems redirected. Processing unit in rest mode.
Protection program active at full capacity.