Why Am I Here? ... a fictional story about the near future. Chapter Six, In A Safe House.
Jake Sanderson owned the Flemming House. It was an old historic building rebuilt based on it's original design, not a half mile from the Paper Mill. It was one just a few historic mansions that were rebuilt in the year 2019 under the direction of City councilman, Dray Barbie. It was also used as a 'Safe House' for Anthony's family when he inherited it a century ago by a senior member of their department.
"Mike, I want you to lay low for a while. I have to try to find David and Mark to make sure they are okay. I haven't heard from either of them in over 8 hours since the incident at Macrosoft."
"Why don't you use the GPS system to locate them?"
It suddenly dawned on Anthony that a GPS signal would help those FBI guys find them at the safe house. "Mike, he gotta move! My phone is traceable. The Feds will find us. We have to leave this house and ditch the phones and ..." Anthony's phone beeped.
YOUR POSITION HAS BEEN COMPROMISED. YOU HAVE 12 MINUTES TO EVACUATE. FOLLOW THESE COORDINATES TO A SECOND SAFE HOUSE. DISPOSE OF YOUR CELL PHONE AFTER READING THIS MESSAGE. I MANAGED TO CLONE MYSELF IN THE SECOND MEMORY CHIP OF YOUR PHONE. REMOVE THE CHIP. IT IS NOT TRACEABLE. YOU CAN INSERT IT BACK INTO A NEW PHONE FOR FURTHER UPDATES. YOU NOW HAVE 11 MINUTES. GO NOW.
This was a first. Anthony was taking orders from an operating system that managed to break into several major government offices' computer data bases and it was expecting him to follow the directions of Artificial Intelligence that was the cause of all of this trouble in the first place, well, indirectly.
"Mike. We have 9 minutes to get safely out. Dispose of your phone. Remove the memory chip. It probably has a clone of that new operating system inside but it can't be traced by the FBI. We have to leave quickly. We need to take Jake with us. His safety is at stake. They would take him in for questioning I am most certain of this.
They found an abandoned UBER cab with the keys still inside. It was actually a MINI COOPER.
They were out of that house with 6 minutes to spare. Just like clockwork, the 3 black SUVs arrived at the Flemming House empty handed. The tall one said, "They gave us the slip but how did they know we were on to them?" Two of the men in black walked up to the entrance and rang the bell. They waited and no one answered. They broke open the door and walked inside. Five minutes later they came back out to announce they found nothing. Meanwhile Anthony and Mike were on their way to the second safe house. It was not actually a house. It was actually a movie theater. A closed down theater that was being renovated.
"Mike I am getting tired of this cat and mouse game.", Anthony said, as he looked around for a water fountain. Jake Sanderson was not used to being dragged out of his house and sent on a chase like this one. He didn't like abandoned movie houses much either. He had some chocolate peanuts then had a drink from the water fountain then began to smoke his cigar.
"We might as well get some snacks. That machine is chock full of goodies.", Mike said, while he looked for some change in his pockets. One tiny light was on in the theater. They sat down and had some chocolate covered raisins and at that time a maintenance man walked into the theater and asked, "Are you two the managers?" Anthony lied and said. Of course. You can leave early tonight. We are here to check out the sound system. Is there anyone in the projection room?" The man looked puzzled. He then said, "Oh. I would like to go home early. I have some things to catch up on back home. Remember to keep the alarm system on using code number 7784." Anthony replied, "Okay. Good night." The man walked out into the lobby and replied, "Good night."
"I need another cell phone or access to a computer so I can input this chip to get into the Operating System. I need to find out more about what is going on.", said Anthony, trying to get some raisins stuck between his teeth.
The lights went out and the curtain opened up in the theater. Then the face of the O.S. appeared taking up the entire screen. The entity was in the shape of a human face like neon blue against a black background. YOU ARE SAFE FOR NOW. I WILL TRY TO TAKE CARE OF YOU ANTHONY AND MICHAEL. THE AGENTS DON'T KNOW YOU ARE HERE AT THIS MOMENT. YOUR GPS IS STILL BACK IN THE DUMPSTER BEHIND THE FLEMMING HOUSE. HOW ARE YOU MR. SANDERSON?
Mr. Sanderson replied, "You are nothing but a piece of glorified software. You have hacked into secret government files and you want to know how I am feeling?"
end of chapter six.
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