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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5651

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02

"No. It is a primarily automated system. Only one human operator, " she clarified.

"Why would they do that?"

"Fewer witnesses, " Karter said simply as he boarded the bus, Solby on his usual perch. "Standard operating procedure when you've got wetwork to do. Take an automated vehicle, cut the surveillance systems and long-range communications, and hand control over to your trigger man. If things go south, you can always claim a glitch caused the AI to go rogue, and there will be no evidence to the contrary."

The bus started up and began to whisk back toward the lab.

"How the hell do you know that?"

"Classified, " he said, stroking Solby and leaning back.

"Why are you so calm?"

"Because they're after you, not me."

"Karter, these people killed a whole shuttle of people to take out the person who gave me the package. Do you really think they are going to be precise when they come after me? Clearly they don't care about collateral damage."

Karter stared thoughtfully at Lex for the remainder of the short ride, seemingly considering the statement. It wasn't until the doors hissed open again and the inventor stepped out that he finally spoke, turning to his guest.

"You've got a point, Lex. Fortunately, I've got something which ought to make them open to negotiation."

"Thank god! What?"

"You, " he said, shutting the door and tapping a panel on the outside, illuminating a sign reading "Door Secured."

"No. No!" Lex screamed, banging desperately at the door. "Ma! Don't let him do this!"

"I'm sorry, Mr. Alexander. I will do my best to see to it that both of you survive this exchange, but currently this appears to be the only arrangement t

hite fur drifted slowly to the frosty ground. Karter stood statue still, eyes locked on the clump of hair. His cheek twitched slightly.

"You will take me seriously, " Fisk growled.

"Ma, " Karter uttered, eyes never leaving the patch of fur, "it appears that a rather large piece of junk has made it through the moat. Take care of it."

"Acknowledged, " the computer replied.

The agent began to bark another command, and there was the distinct sound of weapons charging, but an instant later both were wiped out by a network of intense beams of light converging on the ship. Every single roof-mounted laser had targeted him, firing in unison and tracing lines along the hull of the ship, leaving trails of molten metal behind. A force field flicked into existence a moment later, but it only managed to hold off the lasers long enough for the ship to fire up its engines and try to escape. When the shield collapsed, the lasers sliced into one of the engines, sending the ship spiraling off course. It arced up over the roof of the lab and corkscrewed to the ground somewhere behind with a sound of screeching metal.

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