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Shadows and Fire
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Shadows and Fire
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Explosive Dining Options
Dec 1, 2016
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No Plagiarism!IRlQBUHPw7aZuFPINGKYposted on PENANA

Author's Note: Well, quite the late addition, but I hope it was worth it. More explosive stories with more explosions, coming right up. Enjoy! copyright protection93PENANAqmHQdQxmEJ

"Amy, pass the kerosene," Jonathan requested. copyright protection93PENANAYmBkdceU2L

Amy picked up the bottle of fuel and handed it to her friend, sighing.  "You know, all that kerosene is bad for you.  You should be taking more diesel, at least." copyright protection93PENANA2cKxRAgFg0

Jonathan attached the bottle to his refueling port.  "Not everyone's fortunate enough to run on pure hydrogen, you know," he teased. copyright protection93PENANAEHnmyAc6XQ

Amy shrugged, checking on her solar-powered water-splitting apparatus.  "Just water vapor, ready to be converted back into hydrogen and oxygen." copyright protection93PENANAPWcrgqDulF

"Whatever," Jonathan shrugged.  He disconnected his now empty bottle of kerosene.  "Stop reminding me that I rely on those biological organisms for fuel." copyright protection93PENANAfnR0VJAbpR

Amy smiled.  "But you do.  Besides, we're running out of that diesel.  Let's get a refill." copyright protection93PENANAb4zyq89Ce6

"'Kay," Jonathan said, grabbing three four-gallon bottles and handing them to his humans.  "Hey, IO4, KZ2, and BY9, go fill these up for us.  Diesel," he instructed.  The three humans rushed to grab the bottles and relished their chance to leave the AI's house. copyright protection93PENANAs42Fvj58Nq

Isa, or IO4, was a short, punky girl with black dyed hair and a big personality. copyright protection93PENANAO3OG4JqFUP

"So, no 'bots today?" she shouted in her big voice. copyright protection93PENANAx6T6FjeOVs

"For such a small person, you do make a lot of noise," Kisha, or KZ2, growled softly.  Kisha was tall, blond, and quiet. copyright protection93PENANAVoxY32i9b6

"But no 'bots?"  Isa asked.  "Are we going to watch 'bots today?" copyright protection93PENANAzZ9oGe76T2

"Hush," Bryant, or BY9, whispered.  "Don't go around talking illegal things on the upperstreets." copyright protection93PENANAWq9PwO9LD5

Isa sighed.  "Bryan, you're never any fun." copyright protection93PENANAeztLyxNQGZ

"Better safe than sorry," Bryant reasoned.  "Anyway, come on.  You're falling behind." copyright protection93PENANAWgZ6EFkMLd

"We don't have to get there that fast," Isa whined. copyright protection93PENANAPIDYxaMHVq

"Well, we have to get home by sunset or Amy and John will get mad." copyright protection93PENANAM9ZgVxNJou

"Don't call them by Amy and John," Isa laughed.  "They're really AP2 and JO4."  copyright protection93PENANAIkLIrpnLc9

"Isa, the rules,"   Bryant persuaded.  "Right, Kisha?"  Kisha shrugged passively. copyright protection93PENANAY1RCZpNM6I

"Yeah, BY9," Isa sneered.  "Besides, it's just right up there."  She skipped ahead and grabbed the door to the filling station.  Bryant and Kisha followed in behind. copyright protection93PENANAcTSc9OKXx8

Explosive dining options indeed.  Fuel of all sorts lined the shelves of the filling station, which was like a supermarket for robots with advanced AI.  There was liquid H2 and liquid O2.  Petroleum and diesel.  Kerosene and jet fuels.  Batteries and accessories.  On one side, there was a fountain of unpressurized liquid and gel fuels.  Bryant started filling up his bottle with diesel. copyright protection93PENANArgtdYUDlGP

"What's the use?"  Isa asked.  "You know, all AI's used to be 'bots.  Then Richard Holden ruined everything." copyright protection93PENANAvFRnhRM5ET

"What's the use?  To survive," Bryant said.  "We need to survive.  We can't just wish ourselves back in time."  Kisha finished filling up her bottle of diesel and reached for Isa's bottle.  Isa happily gave it up. copyright protection93PENANANRMG3VvOT2

"You know if they sell detonators?  Isa asked, sticking in the pay badge to buy twelve gallons of the diesel. copyright protection93PENANAWliqyhlbD1

"Bad idea.  Très bad idea, Isa," Bryant shuddered. Kisha nodded in agreement.copyright protection93PENANA08GSvYJi3n

"But we can't go back in time, only forward.  So let's make the future better," Isa proposed.copyright protection93PENANAbReYxiU26N

"Better?"  Kisha stopped, surprised.  "You mean like…?"copyright protection93PENANA538otHFOSi

"But it's illegal…"  Bryant whispered.copyright protection93PENANAPTrvLXtvfx

Isa reached over and grabbed a bunch of matchbooks.  "These blow, eh?"copyright protection93PENANASro7pVpjYv

"Not really," Kisha whispered.  "But those do," she said, pointing at the sparkers.  Ida grabbed a handful and shoved them into her bag.copyright protection93PENANA64yfs2W8QP

"Wait.  Stop.  This is not okay," Bryant said, stepping back from the two other human slaves.  "We are Workers.  This is our life.  You cannot do this.  I cannot do this." copyright protection93PENANArGIScuPG04

Isa dropped a sparker into Kisha's bottle and grabbed a universal wireless remote in her pocket.  "You don't havta.  But I'm gonna." copyright protection93PENANAdTwB0Vxqew

"But Isa…"  Kisha said, trading bottles with Isa. copyright protection93PENANAWkAvA3xwco

"Kisha, you gonna help or not?"  Isa demanded.  She turned and headed towards the door.copyright protection93PENANAmD55whzlYA

"IO4, that's stealing," Bryant warned.copyright protection93PENANAqbtWNuRkU6

"BY9, you're already aiding criminals by not reporting us immediately to the nearest AI," Isa sang.  "Com'on, you're missing all the fun!"  copyright protection93PENANARRrrm1vUyI

Kisha stopped, tugging at Bryant's sleeve.  "You aren't gonna report us, are you?" copyright protection93PENANAjUloZRGzdE

Bryant sighed.  "Oh, of course not, silly Kish.  You are my housefolk after all." copyright protection93PENANA9DQCAE7sZ1

Kisha smiled.  They followed Isa out of the filling station.copyright protection93PENANAyQSZif1N9z

Every AI seemed to state straight at them.  Their Pets also smiled smugly, showing off the fact that though they were humans, they escaped the crushing weight of being Workers, or worse yet, Miners, just because they were prettier or smarter.copyright protection93PENANAvstRRtJx2W

Isa grumbled.  "You know, it's not like a Pet's life is all that great.  And yet they havta rub it into our faces like that." copyright protection93PENANAccA3PaHWCG

"And what if we saw a Miner right now?"  Bryant asked.  "How would we react?"copyright protection93PENANAXbxQaP5bCf

"Here on the upperstreets?  Workers are barely allowed here, and Miners aren't allowed 'bove sublevel two," Isa said.  "Aren't you the one with the rules?"copyright protection93PENANAL8IfZzIJ7L

Bryant sighed.  "Just trying to get you to think past the now."copyright protection93PENANAFkXfnMp5I2

Isa rattled the diesel bottle.  "I am.  Now hurry up.  A-2 and J-4's dinner is about to get explosive." copyright protection93PENANAMGdjxo8DAL

Back at the AI's house on the upperstreets, Isa, Kisha, and Bryant dropped off their bottles of diesel.  Only Bryant's didn't have a sparker in it, but that wasn't important.  The bottles needed to be near empty to blow, anyway. copyright protection93PENANATlUBAUbjDi

Amy grabbed a bottle and handed it to Jonathan.  "The bio-organisms are back," she said.  "Go fill up." copyright protection93PENANA4iC1x0OX6x

"Yeah.  Why'd they take so long?"  Jonathan asked. copyright protection93PENANA0SeecMDlpd

"Biological reasons," Amy scoffed.  "If only we could program those beasties." copyright protection93PENANA6iz0UaU5ty

Jonathan attached the diesel bottle to his refueling port and the sparker settled in the neck of the bottle.  Behind a screen, Isa, Kisha, and Bryant were watching intently. copyright protection93PENANAoxQ0zo1om7

"Are they gonna unload the other one, too?"  Isa whispered.  "I havta blow both of 'em at the same time, so the other one has to be almost empty as well." copyright protection93PENANAVm0aBdWeym

"Be patient," Kisha whispered back. copyright protection93PENANAsEF2FzcAEF

"Let's get outta here," Bryant suggested.  "We don't wanna get caught in the blast zone when it does blow."  Isa nodded. copyright protection93PENANA83dZ3Mn5bJ

They moved to the lower level of the house and ran out onto the streets of sublevel one.  Hardly any AIs bothered to venture into the substreets other than police, so there were only humans around. copyright protection93PENANAd76dhIreXZ

They wandered away to a park and sat on the swings.  Some smart AI figured maintaining some infrastructure in the substreets would pacify the humans.  He was mostly correct. copyright protection93PENANAApEfrjPEUu

"Ya think?"  Isa whispered, talking out the remote. copyright protection93PENANAk2xx2BkpGv

"Not yet," Bryant responded. copyright protection93PENANA9TCg7UYy8V

"Then when?" copyright protection93PENANAyJlcYNvOsq

"No.  Wait." copyright protection93PENANAiMtPjvqEV7

"Come on.  We can't wait forever," Isa protested. copyright protection93PENANAa40Nl8HkHQ

Bryant sighed.  "Okay fine.  But we're kind of far, so turn the signal all the way up." copyright protection93PENANAgfzBrypXmR

"All the way up?"  Kisha asked.  "Isn't that really dangerous?" copyright protection93PENANAnEDQtXmUBh

"Nah," Isa said.  "The worst thing that could is us dying, which would eventually happen, anyway.  Let's go out with a bang." copyright protection93PENANA1Mm2zHag1S

Bryant nodded with Isa's assessment.  Kisha merely shrugged.  Isa turned the dial to scan all remotely detonatable devices.  "Here goes nothin'," Isa said, clicking the button. copyright protection93PENANA7h7GTzeiwA

Suddenly, the three of them were bathed in a golden light as the entirety of the upperstreets seemed to explode in wondrous fire. copyright protection93PENANAaUeNLIL7Dn

The universal detonator didn't need sparkers to work.  At that setting, all it needed was something that could explode.  And with all the AIs with hydrocarbon fuels, batteries, and such, there were more than enough explosive dining options to go around.copyright protection93PENANApE9LHJsS0u

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