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Shadows and Fire
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Shadows and Fire
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Explosive Dining Options
Dec 1, 2016
6 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!3wDcNjIpGbKvSO2Vz16Aposted 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 protection77PENANApstY47gtpA

"Amy, pass the kerosene," Jonathan requested. copyright protection77PENANA2t6GFUZojF

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 protection77PENANAz4brSdnsft

Jonathan attached the bottle to his refueling port.  "Not everyone's fortunate enough to run on pure hydrogen, you know," he teased. copyright protection77PENANA2EVwD0ETu3

Amy shrugged, checking on her solar-powered water-splitting apparatus.  "Just water vapor, ready to be converted back into hydrogen and oxygen." copyright protection77PENANAuwwAdcvcAO

"Whatever," Jonathan shrugged.  He disconnected his now empty bottle of kerosene.  "Stop reminding me that I rely on those biological organisms for fuel." copyright protection77PENANAS9S4BLhZdx

Amy smiled.  "But you do.  Besides, we're running out of that diesel.  Let's get a refill." copyright protection77PENANAtgcoNPprJT

"'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 protection77PENANAvdq1OEejRP

Isa, or IO4, was a short, punky girl with black dyed hair and a big personality. copyright protection77PENANA8KZ0OAM5zZ

"So, no 'bots today?" she shouted in her big voice. copyright protection77PENANAD2gPr4FRvp

"For such a small person, you do make a lot of noise," Kisha, or KZ2, growled softly.  Kisha was tall, blond, and quiet. copyright protection77PENANAL0Dc2sQhLI

"But no 'bots?"  Isa asked.  "Are we going to watch 'bots today?" copyright protection77PENANA6Us5UgGHmg

"Hush," Bryant, or BY9, whispered.  "Don't go around talking illegal things on the upperstreets." copyright protection77PENANAHZjXPL2uCx

Isa sighed.  "Bryan, you're never any fun." copyright protection77PENANAToyxABZrTL

"Better safe than sorry," Bryant reasoned.  "Anyway, come on.  You're falling behind." copyright protection77PENANA9ZFB4ARLhe

"We don't have to get there that fast," Isa whined. copyright protection77PENANA1YdkW25YxI

"Well, we have to get home by sunset or Amy and John will get mad." copyright protection77PENANAwr64YHGX8z

"Don't call them by Amy and John," Isa laughed.  "They're really AP2 and JO4."  copyright protection77PENANAIiznTEYLpf

"Isa, the rules,"   Bryant persuaded.  "Right, Kisha?"  Kisha shrugged passively. copyright protection77PENANAZqddL9fR7M

"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 protection77PENANAzDdGIcnp9w

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 protection77PENANAZSOygIcetB

"What's the use?"  Isa asked.  "You know, all AI's used to be 'bots.  Then Richard Holden ruined everything." copyright protection77PENANAtt2GGNQWFY

"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 protection77PENANAJeCXVl9iKj

"You know if they sell detonators?  Isa asked, sticking in the pay badge to buy twelve gallons of the diesel. copyright protection77PENANAPKbDirlvFP

"Bad idea.  Très bad idea, Isa," Bryant shuddered. Kisha nodded in agreement.copyright protection77PENANA79j9Q0XHXC

"But we can't go back in time, only forward.  So let's make the future better," Isa proposed.copyright protection77PENANAFGRhDMDN5n

"Better?"  Kisha stopped, surprised.  "You mean like…?"copyright protection77PENANA6U8hyqJUWp

"But it's illegal…"  Bryant whispered.copyright protection77PENANAK3y3dp4b61

Isa reached over and grabbed a bunch of matchbooks.  "These blow, eh?"copyright protection77PENANANLIF3msG9y

"Not really," Kisha whispered.  "But those do," she said, pointing at the sparkers.  Ida grabbed a handful and shoved them into her bag.copyright protection77PENANA4ftcx1DhWA

"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 protection77PENANAGGDfKREO2L

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 protection77PENANAQQxyvBUYh4

"But Isa…"  Kisha said, trading bottles with Isa. copyright protection77PENANAwmjZzR1c8X

"Kisha, you gonna help or not?"  Isa demanded.  She turned and headed towards the door.copyright protection77PENANANPDq4nhJck

"IO4, that's stealing," Bryant warned.copyright protection77PENANAv2a2AFDuEV

"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 protection77PENANAzahSaRKb4T

Kisha stopped, tugging at Bryant's sleeve.  "You aren't gonna report us, are you?" copyright protection77PENANA8RIMhNazxm

Bryant sighed.  "Oh, of course not, silly Kish.  You are my housefolk after all." copyright protection77PENANAT2o45ZJJun

Kisha smiled.  They followed Isa out of the filling station.copyright protection77PENANAF3yXWIOGUS

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 protection77PENANAA2JiP16ZBD

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 protection77PENANAmvGLzMKive

"And what if we saw a Miner right now?"  Bryant asked.  "How would we react?"copyright protection77PENANAGaif8eXWVS

"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 protection77PENANAOvUyOKzUKa

Bryant sighed.  "Just trying to get you to think past the now."copyright protection77PENANAy6FfSe1Cxx

Isa rattled the diesel bottle.  "I am.  Now hurry up.  A-2 and J-4's dinner is about to get explosive." copyright protection77PENANAReIatQorMk

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 protection77PENANAjBPe9EZIzJ

Amy grabbed a bottle and handed it to Jonathan.  "The bio-organisms are back," she said.  "Go fill up." copyright protection77PENANAT7QymJNoml

"Yeah.  Why'd they take so long?"  Jonathan asked. copyright protection77PENANAVezDo3tNvg

"Biological reasons," Amy scoffed.  "If only we could program those beasties." copyright protection77PENANA7PRX40B4Ja

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 protection77PENANAOCiFbFoY3K

"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 protection77PENANAkYYUCnY6at

"Be patient," Kisha whispered back. copyright protection77PENANAnijefofRsY

"Let's get outta here," Bryant suggested.  "We don't wanna get caught in the blast zone when it does blow."  Isa nodded. copyright protection77PENANA2hAlWM0kK4

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 protection77PENANA5534ZFrXMC

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 protection77PENANAr9ULna9D2C

"Ya think?"  Isa whispered, talking out the remote. copyright protection77PENANAB5UcqQYrbJ

"Not yet," Bryant responded. copyright protection77PENANAvhOylNdNL0

"Then when?" copyright protection77PENANApc9jXxu7aw

"No.  Wait." copyright protection77PENANAKLBEY1vWsG

"Come on.  We can't wait forever," Isa protested. copyright protection77PENANAFYXtwihK62

Bryant sighed.  "Okay fine.  But we're kind of far, so turn the signal all the way up." copyright protection77PENANAKvfUPdrjlC

"All the way up?"  Kisha asked.  "Isn't that really dangerous?" copyright protection77PENANAP5orKmsfiV

"Nah," Isa said.  "The worst thing that could is us dying, which would eventually happen, anyway.  Let's go out with a bang." copyright protection77PENANAVXTTrpcIai

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 protection77PENANALUN1ODegWz

Suddenly, the three of them were bathed in a golden light as the entirety of the upperstreets seemed to explode in wondrous fire. copyright protection77PENANASMFgdpCGEU

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 protection77PENANABASvtjVF25

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