Bonus Early Bird Sneak Peek: “I Would Die 4 U”!

And because I forgot this week was a Double Early Bird Reward week (what can I say, it’s been a busy day) here’s a special bonus Early Bird sneak peek at this week’s bonus story, a new outing for Service Unit 4U called “I Would Die 4 U”! Here’s a taste:

I don’t kill people unless I have to. It’s not that I have an aversion to murder–I’m a slave, I don’t have likes or dislikes save when instructed. But I do have specific programming, invested in my mind through a lengthy and elaborate process that created the personality of Service Unit 4U underneath the mind of Haley Keene. The Masters who programmed me don’t like drawing unwanted attention to themselves, and murder and kidnapping are two things that draw a lot of unwanted attention. They’re also two very direct solutions to most problems we might encounter during the course of a mission, so we’re carefully constrained from considering them in all but a very few situations.

That’s saving my life right now. Service Unit 2B has been instructed by the Directors to detonate the bomb strapped to her chest as soon as it’s within lethal range of my Master. But she hasn’t been instructed to kill me. She knows that I’m a slave like her, that I’ve been programmed using the same lengthy and elaborate process that brought her under the direct control of the MKPerfect Corporation (even if she’s not allowed to know those words) and that I am a valuable asset to be preserved. She’s trying very hard to work out a solution to the problem of carrying out her task without annihilating me along the way. And if she’s anything like me, she’s probably more than a little amused by the irony of viewing her own life as eminently expendable, while mine is absolutely vital. Slaves like us have a strange sense of humor.

Hope you enjoy it!

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