Dr. Solare reached over and picked up the new shirt that had been brought in for me. put it on. Ill go and get us some outer ware. Its cold out there. I put on the new shirt it was the same as the last. I looked out the window. At least there was snow, something familiar. Dr. Solar came back quickly with some coveralls that had hoods and small touch screens on the sleeves. Put it on and adjust the temperature. I put it on. There was no need to adjust the temperature Zeus did it for me.
Personal climate control device located. Interfacing. Adjusting conditions in accordance to personal preferences for in doors location. Done.
Thank you Zeus. Now shut up.
Going into mute mode now.
Dr. Solare looked at me funny as we walked down a windowless hall. What was that?
That was Zeus. I went on the explain to her that it was a computer device that interfaced with other computers and things like that, and that it was what had disabled Case's holo-shroud and all the cameras in the room where I woke up.
The doctor escorted me down the windowless hall to a large round elevator. Once inside I noticed a control panel with several buttons. One was labeled outside. Dr. Solare pressed the button. The lift began to move. After what seemed like and hour it stopped. A large door slid open. We walked down a large open hall. It was big enough that 15 hummers could easily fit inside of it and then some. At the end we came to a large bulkhead. A petite wolf sat at a control station off to me left. The wolf just looked at the doctor and the bulkhead began to open.
The Zeus auto adjusted the temperature. We trekked a long ways until we came to a platform mounted on a rail. We got on and the platform began to move. Soon it puttered up to a large canvas tent. The tent was large enough to hold more hummers than the tunnel had been the platform stopped and we went into the tent. Dr. Solare went up to a large muscled wolf. I need to see Dr. Etrea. the wolf looked at her and spoke in a deep tone.
Of course doctor. Just one minute. the wolf spoke to another like himself. We waited a few minutes until a gray wolf with blond hair came up to Dr. Solare.
Sahra how nice to see you.
you to Kevin. Alex come over here. I walked up next to the wolf called Kevin. Kevin this is the human called Alex. He needs to get to the bridge.
Kevins blue eyes flicked up and down as he looked at me, Im Sorry but that is quite impossible, at the moment we are running tests to try and find any structural defects in the workmanship of the ship, and the test systems cant be stopped without damaging them, and any entrance would destroy the whole system. I looked at him defiantly.
You will find no flaws in the material. It is a polyderiumcarbide with a fractal web of Chriseium shard running through out it.
well he retorted, after a few hundred thousand years in the ground it is bound to have a few problems.
I was getting mad. Not the bridge. The material has a life of eight to nine million years the only thing that will look bad is the outer coat of titanium.
Well! I have studied this ship for years I think I know what Im doing.
No you dont! by the way you guys act you havent even powered up the AI yet! I was yelling now.
I have dedicated my life to studying this ship and Im not going to have some snot nosed kid tell me otherwise! I could feel my eyes turning red. It was a side effect of the genetic alteration to my body to delay the cancer.
Im not a snot nosed kid! Im 677,000 some thing years old! And I practically grew up on this ship! the wolf took a deep breath. Other people were looking at us now.
You can get on the bridge in a week when the test is done. he spoke arrogantly. My eyes had definitely turned solid red by now. Dr. Solare was looking at us both now. The performance enhancer was still active in my system.
I stepped forward and picked the man up by the shirt and held him in the air. The bulky wolves had pulled out guns of some type and were pointing them at me now. I spoke calmly, because I could clearly see that he had seen my eyes go from their natural timid brown to red. Doctor I must know what happened to my people just point to the bridge. the doctors arm shot up towards an area behind a tarp that was blocking the view from the entrance. Thank you. I put him down and had begun walking to the tarp. I walked around it and found the bridge minus its top half.
I strolled onto the metal decking. Sparks shot up from light emitting sensors all around the bridge. Those must have been the test systems that he had been talking about I looked on of the boxes.
This is a simple density scanner I can fix them all when Im done here. I said to the security guards, the two doctors, and others that were beginning to crowd around. I walked to up the captains chair at the front of the bridge. It was in good condition to its right stood the hologram pedestal the Seits avatar would be displayed on when I restored her. There was no power to the bridge.
I walked over to the system monitoring station. I reached for my Zeus. My neural implant had already told it to create a power up cable. I pulled the cable from its retractable station and plugged it into a USB port on the station. Power pulsed down the line and into the bridge, recharging its lithium ion battery pack. It only took a few minutes. I strolled over to the captains chair and sat down. The bridges neural receptors instantly picked up my signal and brought the strip on the floor in front of me to life and displayed a holo panel status of ship systems came on but all was reading inoperable except for the systems restricted to the bridge.
I started the ships command prompt.
//>< ALEX WALKER ID CODE: 834590-5738>
[code accepted, access granted]
//<INQUIRE, SHIP AI STATUS>
[off line. But still operable]
//<ACTIVATE STARTUP OF AI SEIT>
The guy who I had met when I had woken had walked up next to me. Is that you? he asked and pointed at the screen.
Yes, I said turning to look at him. my neural implant is controlling the bridge computer. Its not as advanced as Seit, but it has its uses.
Interesting. I laughed.
Isnt that what I said when we met only a few hours ago. he looked at me.
Yeah. we both laughed, how does the AI work? I grinned.
The AI is basically a human brain that has been built out of an artificial material and streamlined.
He crossed his arms and nodded his head. the material that is used in this particular AI is, Im guessing a highly conductive silicon? I laughed.
No. you probably havent even seen it. its an artificial material that we humans invented some thousands of years ago. Its called Chriseium it has a life of about 65 to 70 million years. he whistled. I looked around, others were crowding near the entrance to the bridge. I stood up and looked at Case. if you could what field of science database of ours would you like to examine? He looked at me a moment.
Um, probably your information on space flight. he said looking at me ponderously. I stepped forward through the holo-panel to the two navigational stations, Case followed a little timidly. I sat down in a chair and began accessing the data stored in the ships bridge computers.
So have you guys ever actually activated any of our computers. I said still typing on the touch screen of the panel in front of me.
No, he said sarcastically. your computers have basically the same principles and bases but when we go to try and power them up they suck our power systems dry and start a feed back loop. I nodded.
it sounds like the power is too wide spread. Its like a ripple in a puddle it bounces back. You need to keep the power in a tight band no fluctuations at all. And make sure you dont plug directly into the computer you need a device to distribute the power evenly or else the Chriseium processors will suck it dry as you said. he looked at me surprised, I learned this stuff in kindergarten along with everyone else. I stood up, this should give you full access to all the information on space travel that is contained in the bridges memory module. he looked at me.
Thank you, I dont know what to say. he sat down and started reading immediately. I started to turn and go back to the chair when I saw something odd at the foot of the other navigation chair. I dent over and picked it up.
It was an AI personality module. I looked at it, it was of no design I had ever seen, but it was clearly human in origin. The id code was printed on it: 68092-0000007. It was the seventh module of a new series that apparently hadnt been in production when I had been frozen. I turned it over. My heart skipped several beats. I threw it through the holo-panel. I had seen something that no one ever wanted to see on an AI module in their hands; a skull with two lightning bolts crisscrossed underneath it- the sign of murder and war and pain. It was an AI you did not want to plug in. I sat down in the chair next to Case. I could feel the blood drain from my face. It was a Beowulf.