Scene 16. Belle of the Boom
Micron-level printers, micro-polishing of mating surfaces, resin reenforced with amophorous-diamond thread mesh pressed in a mold made by the printers, the skeleton shape of the human female assembled quickly. Each member of the group that called themselves “The Gate Watchers”.
In a day, they had the skeleton in position on the table. Checking every step of the way, making sure the frame of the half-constructed project had the same density of bone as a human. The group regularly discussed shapes of printable organs and density of each.
The one they called Sif posed as a model with enhanced appeal, increasing the curve of the hip and size of the bust, appealing to the male of the religion as a woman of good child-bearing genes.
“What is this solution that you’re growing skin in?“ Thor asked. A small man, who had the look of not quite passing puberty. Twenty-two, he was younger that Lone Wolf, but talented in chemistry, his major in school.
“Dextrose, five-percent in normal saline.” Steve answered. “The flesh will multiply at a cube of the original every two-hours. At this rate, the sample I removed from my hip, will continue to grow, it is only a gram at the moment, but in about nine-hours we will have a full skin with a touch extra, we can overlay the musculature that is growing on the frame now.
“I like chemistry, but this is just creepy.” Thor said. “I’ll go back to my bio-circuitry. I think that is the way to avoid being hacked by the government.” The blond-haired computer designer muttered as he turned away.
“The government would give your system a virus.” Alvin said.
“Bite me Al.” Thor laughed.
“Just Wolf?” Steve the Android asked. “If we use the muscle sample and cut it in sections, it will grow faster over the frame.”
“The name’s just Wolf.” Walter the Lone Wolf corrected him.
“Yes, I’ll put that in permanent memory. Just Wolf.” Steve answered.
“Right. Just Wolf, you got it. “
“Just Wolf, the Dextrose mix ratio is dropping, it is now four-point-nine. The tissue is growing, but it will slow down.”
“You still have it wrong. Call me just Wolf okay?” Wolf said.
“Yes. Call you Just Wolf.” The android answered.
“Right.” Wolf nodded. “Now this system’s set up with a mixer. The dextrose is in this bottle.”
He looked it over and noted a kink in the line that fed the bottle to the water filter and purifier.
Hours of checks and rechecks passed as they programmed the binary unit with sub-routines, main programming, they nearly filled the restrictive memory banks with all the needs that could be foreseen.
A binary system, less adaptable to a dynamic changing system that is the soul of mankind. This robot, less advanced, would not have the options to flex with change that Steve or Sleeper could do.
But she would not have to do much. No spy software, no eating, no interaction except for those that she needed to speak with.
“We should make her a companion, another female, perhaps?” Alvin asked. “That part of the world, a lone woman is going to get beat with a stick.”
“Make it so.” The leader of the group said. “We will make a second and maybe a third. Send them all at the same time.”
“Where do you plan to get the money for this?” Sif asked.
“I have credit.” Steve nodded.”I will pay the fare to send them on the transporters.”
“We have passports printing now, they are excellent quality.” Christopher “Burning Chip” Krag spoke up. The muscular teens shadow, Robert “Running Man” Akita was a brilliant mind with moderate Asperger’s, and the two had been friends since Robert and Christopher were childhood neighbors.
“We can also put them in the system. The hack for input is easy, they are only protecting against theft, not input.” He smiled. His perpetual smile. When Robert was around Christopher, Robert wore a constant smile, his only wish, for people to call him by his hacker name Running Man when he was coding. Stolen from an old novel.
Steve looked out of the Faraday cage, to the outside through the clear glass mounted in the wall.
“Tin man, we need you back over here. Do not think you can get away by breaking through that glass. It is six-inches thick of some weird material that is not glass, it can stop an RPG.
“ALON, transparent aluminum. Very tough. I have never seen any that thick before.” Steve looked out. “It is clear at the near-infrared through to near-ultraviolet. Interesting.”
Robert filled Steve the Android in on the history of the material and how it was first mentioned in the previous century one time in a science fiction movie.
“Interesting.” Steve would say every five minutes while Robert kept talking when steve was trying to program.
“Are you listening to me?” Robert finally asked.
“Yes.” Steve did not look at Robert as he answered the question.
“What did I say?”
When Steve stopped typing for the briefest of seconds, Robert thought he had the bigger male at the disadvantage.
Then Steve answered with perfect clarity of tone everything that Running Man said.
“I can code that more quickly, you are using a code that works best with a balanced base-three system. You can’t use a base-three code in a base-two hardware and retain efficiency. May I try?”
“You have to do this best in assembly language, I can do that quickly for you. How many lines of code to you want to use?” Running Man asked Steve.
“I want it up by Morning.”
“Get me some coffee then.” And Running Man was typing nearly as fast as Steve the Android could.
Thirty hours passed, two women of Middle-east descent walked into the room. Coders and chemists, framework builders and an android stood and talked to them.
“Fully charged.” Lone Wolf introduced the pair of girls. “They will function for eleven days before their charge becomes critical. They will have a need to charge right away.”
“We need to put a weapon in one now.” Alvin said.
“Time to take it out of me and put it in one of these two robots.” Steve nodded.
Sitting on a chair, four rolls of paper towels around in his lap, steve took off his shirt and asked for ice.
“You are going to do it yourself?” Alvin gasped.
“Yes, you are not qualified. I need someone to hold the mirror, I think you can do it. There will be little blood, the fluid is not blood, no matter what its color is.
“M-m-me?” Alvin stammered. “Steve, you don’t want me to do that, I faint at the sight of blood.”
“It’s not blood. It’s a coolant fluid that also helps bring nutrients to the cells of the flesh. The flesh is not needed to run the frame, it approximates the flexing and appearance of being a human.”
“Looks close enough, to me.” Alvin made a noise best described as “Eep.” When Steve the android took a box cutter out of a blister package and extended the blade.
“Wait!” Running Man yelled. “You will cause an infection.”
“I don’t get infected.” The android answered back quickly. Trying to approximate a smile.
“You don’t know, germs are adaptable. This is organic tissue, right?” the young man’s hands did not seem to know where to touch himself. He put them in his pockets, behind his neck, on top of his head, then he folded his arms in agitation.
“Agreed.” The android paused. “If we poured some high-proof liquor over the site, would it be acceptable?”
“Yes.” Running man said.
Pouring a bottle of rum over the blade of the box cutter and his own stomach that satisfied the human boy, The android called Steve cut an incision to the left of center, then reached in and made a move with his hand, pushing his hand up past his wrist in the hold he cut in his chest.
Slowly nodding, everyone stood around watching him, then something happened.
Steve gave an electronic squeal, went rigid.
Teh women screamed, Lone Wolf joined in the chorus.
Then Steve stood up and nodded.
The group broke up laughing except for Lady Sif and Running Man.
“That was not funny!” Sif yelled at Steve.
“Actually that was great.” Alvin said as Steve handed him the thimble sized warhead.
“Dayum, and you say this has the kaboom of a four-ton bomb?” Alvin asked.
“Yes, almost half the size of the GBU-43/b bomb.” Steve answered.
“Would it be that hard to get twice as much in this package?” Lone Wolf asked as Thor hung over the shoulders of everyone.
“There is so very little of the material in the world, its cost is prohibitive.” Steve answered.
“How did your people get it.” Christopher Burning Chip asked.
“I was not powered up then, I do not have that information.” Steve answered, then added. “Suffice it to say, I would wager it was not an honest transaction.”
“Something so small and light.” Lir said as they passed it around. “How much power does it draw?”
“Five volts and six-hundred miliamps” Steve answered as one of he nubile, young-looking robots lay on the table.
“Okay, a small cut. You will heal in fifteen-minutes.”
She grunted slightly, he fished out a single wire and he attached the plug to the end of the warhead. He carefully slipped the wired bomb back under the skin that he then smoothed over and held in place with the fat part of his own thumb for two minutes.
Then he wiped the blood-colored fluid away and the incision was fully healed.
“Holy crap on a cracker.” Thor said. “I have never seen anything like that.”
“It is a military design, I know nothing more than that. Flesh that heals a hundred times faster than normal.” Steve answered as the girl got up off the table.
“They are now fully functional. They need clothing,” Burning Chip said. “And we are printing cards now, thanks to my bro here, Running Man.”
The one called Running Man bounced up and down, pleased at the recognition.
“Now, we send them home.” Alvin said.
Lone Wolf smiled and spoke.
“Make it so.”