Early Bird Sneak Peek: “This Is Just 4 U”!

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Repetition”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA and Literotica. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “This Is Just 4 U” (MC FF)!

When we last saw Service Unit 4U, she was returning from Genoa after Unit 2B was returned to the Directors. She’s back… but her Master isn’t. She’s gone missing, and 4U has no idea where she might be. If a service unit finds perfect pleasure in obedience, what does she do when there’s no one to obey? Here’s a taste:

I’m–I’m in a little bit of a fugue state right now. I’m also in Antwerp, but that doesn’t matter. I’d be just as confused no matter where I was. One place is the same as any other to me right now; I’m in Antwerp because that’s where the last traces of volition happened to sputter out, but it could just as easily have been Prague or Vienna or Lisbon. They’re all just names on a list now. My Master isn’t in any of them. For the first time in over three years… I really don’t know what to do.

This isn’t normally a problem. So much time and care and effort has been put into the layering of instructions in a service unit’s brain that there’s never a situation where we can’t fall back on one protocol of obedience or another. Mission not going well? We’ve been programmed to seek out all kinds of alternative methods for carrying out every objective. Sudden change in circumstances? I can adjust to pretty much any unexpected contingency. Objective no longer achievable? Contact the Masters for further instructions. No matter what else happens, I’ve always been able to fall back on that last option, as long as I’ve existed within Haley Keene’s mind.

It’s always felt so good, having that constant sense of certainty in the back of my head. No matter how out of control a situation seemed, I always knew what to do because I was perfectly programmed to obey. I never had to worry about making a bad decision, because I never had a decision to make. My brain was smooth, placid, and untroubled by any existential concerns because I knew my exact place in the universe–an obedient tool of my Masters’ will. Even when my Masters turned to killing each other, I still knew who to turn to for my next command. There was never a moment of doubt.

But now I don’t have a Master. I. I’m a slave without a Master and I don’t know what to do. I don’t have a goal, I don’t have an objective to execute, and I can’t return to my Master for further instructions because I don’t know where she is. Nobody put a contingency plan into my head for this. Nobody anticipated this. Even thinking that feels unexpectedly terrifying, like staring into a vast, yawning abyss that I never even knew existed. My Master, all of the Masters I’ve had, they’re… perfect. Infallible. They know everything I need to know. How can I even be Service Unit 4U without a goal or a Master?

Hope you enjoy it!

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