“Does she know yet?”
“I don’t think she does,” Tim said. “I think we should leave it that way, at least for now.”
Tabatha woke from a restless sleep, the cot was nothing compared to her bed at home and that wasn’t much. She sat up, every muscle in her body crying out to her to lie back down.
“She’ll find out eventually.”
“I know, but let’s give her some time. She is different from the others,” Tim said.
Tabatha looked towards the voices, her mind barely registering what was being said. She stood and made her way to the fridge. There wasn’t much in the fridge. Other than a few bottles of water there were a few yogurts and some fruit. She grabbed a yogurt and an apple and sat down at the table still trying to figure out exactly who and what Tim was talking about.
“It doesn’t matter right now anyway. We are planning on going in tonight and we will need to make sure everything is ready,” Tim said.
“I agree. We can deal with this at another time, but I think that it should be sooner rather than later.”
Footsteps echoed through the building and then Tim and another android appeared in the entryway. The other android was an even older model than Tim. He wore clothes that gave him the appearance of being human, but the light reflected off of his metallic head.
“Good morning Tabatha,” Tim said and then pointed to the other android. “This is Phil.”
“Hello Tabatha, I am pleased to meet you.”
The apple made a hollow thumping sound as it fell from Tabatha’s hand and hit the table. “I thought the older models couldn’t talk.”
“Phil and those like him had the programming to talk, they just lacked the hardware. We have been able to scavenge a few old voice boxes to implant in them.”
“I know this must be hard for you,” Phil said.
“No, I mean yes, but…”Tabatha stammered then stood. “I mean it’s nice to meet you Phil.”
Phil smiled and extended his metallic hand.
Tabatha grasped the cold metal giving a half smile. Releasing the grip she absently rubbed it with her other hand trying to warm it.
“We need to prepare for tonight. The child is being moved tomorrow and this will be our last opportunity to get to him.”
To Be Continued………