Max stood in the command tent with Captain Ryan, Jack and the Blonde women called Ruby, they were discussing how best to approach the SID building.
The computer projected an image of the building onto the large table in the centre of the room, Ruby used a display system that appeared on the desk
in front of her.
“Civilian access to that area is restricted sir, our movements would be detected before we got close” she said
“I have an idea” Max offered “ can you still access the internet” he asked curiously
“ Of course! Why?!” she enquired
“May I?” he used the display she was using and executed a command to access a secure cloud drive, he entered his password. “ how do you give
this system voice commands?” he looked at Ruby knowing it would be her who provided the answer. She handed him a small pink device, “ Put this in
your ear” she told him as if she was teaching a child how perform the simplest of tasks. Max decided that she thought he was an idiot and he was
determined to prove her wrong, he put the device in his ear and immediately heard a soft buzzing tone and felt a small electric shock in his neck.
When he opened his eyes he felt a wave of hyper awareness before he realised he had a direct neural link with the rebel computer system. “Wow” was
all he could say, “ Execute Alpha protocol” he spoke directly and instantly the entire system rebooted itself.
“Identity confirmation required” He heard the voice in his ear and turned to see if the others had heard it, from the looks on their faces they
had and were worried.
“Code in Alpha Charlie Mike 25175837”
“Voice analysis match, identity confirmed Max Mitchell.” the voice was female and spoke with an upper-class English accent, Captain Ryan rounded
on Max his eyes filled with fury
“Who the hell is that?” his voice was panicked and harsh
“That's Alice she's a self aware artificial intelligence that can gain access to any system anywhere in the world. Essentially she is a master key
for any digital file or system you could ever want access to but more importantly she is going to give you an edge in this rebellion that neither
myself or my sister could ever give you.” Max spoke directly to the captain without dropping his gaze
“And how exactly is she going to do that?” he asked sounding unconvinced
“First she is going to erase all of your men from the imperial watch lists and then she is going to open a back door in to the drone defence network
and finally she is going to help me turn your refugees into soldiers!” Max paused for a moment to let the captain digest the information before
continuing “ but before she does any of that she is going to analyze the data and figure out the best plan to safely rescue Kat, Then and only then
will I allow you and your men access to her.”
New York city was a completely different city, the population less than half of what it was in 2013. The entire island of Manhattan was a militarized
zone with constant foot patrols and countless drones circling overhead, which was why Alice decided their best chance for a successful outcome was to
travel through the old subway lines. The trains didn't run anymore so there was no danger except maybe from the several hundred people living
underneath the city.
The plan was simple Jack, Ruby and five other rebels were to create a distraction by blowing some explosive charges in the building across the street
from SID HQ, Alice would take control of the drones and turn them on imperial security forces While Max infiltrated the building and extracted
Max heard the explosions just as he reached the floor Alice had told him Kat was located “Alice what is Kat's current location?”
“Down the hall fifteen meters turn left, two guards in the hallway Kat is Located in the room numbered 137 B” Alice replied as she used the drones
outside to mow-down a group of loyalists trying to flank Ruby's position.
“Copy that” Max acknowledged, he reached the corridor and crept up behind the two guards. Silently he drew his blade and sliced opened the first
guards throat, the second guard tried to call for help but he was dead before he could get to his comm device. Max opened the door to find Kat bound
to a chair and blindfolded, She screamed as he approached.
“It's ok Kat it's me calm down.” he said softly
“Max, is that really you?” she questioned him sounding terrified, he cut her ties and removed her blindfold. She gasped and threw her arms around
his neck, “Max, I am so glad to see you I thought you were dead.”
“No time to chat, we need to move now.” he grabbed her arm and took off down the corridor
“Alice, send up the elevator” he spoke through the comm interface
“Did you just say Alice?” Kat asked confused
“Yes , Alice now stop with the questions and move” he pulled her around the corner as the elevator doors opened and a guard stepped out, before he
could draw his weapon Kat grabbed the knife from Max's waist and threw it. She hit her mark, the knife impaled the guards throat and he went down
without a scream.
Kat and Max took the elevator down to the sub-basement. “ it's good to know that even though the world has changed elevator music still makes me
want to kill myself, next time we take the stairs” Kat said with a smile at her brother that told him she wasn't seriously hurt and that she was
going to be fine. The elevator doors opened and they ran for the entrance to the subway tunnels
“Alice we are clear get everyone to the rendezvous point”
“Understood commander” Alice responded before asking “ Is Katherine ok?”
“She's fine Alice you can speak with her as soon as we get the hell out of this death-trap city.”
Back at the rebel base Max and Kat sat on a rooftop looking at the stars and drinking whiskey
“Thanks for getting me out of there” She said her voice hiding a secret trauma
“Well I wasn't going to leave you there, you are my ticket home” Max said with his trademark childish grin
“We can't ever go home Max, I don't even know how we got here in the first place. Of course I knew time travel was theoretically possible but only
forward, Never back”
“I know, I asked Alice to look into it for me she said the same.”
“Well we are together that's what matters” she stated trying to sound calm
“True, plus we have Alice I figure considering we fell through the looking glass and ended up in wonderland having Alice along for the ride might be
the smart move not to mention she is practically the only friend either of us has.” Max added
“It's not so bad here” Kat said as she took a gulp of whiskey and looked at the stars
“Yes, I'm sure you will make plenty of friends little miss popular” Max laughed as she punched him in the arm
“So what now little brother?” she asked
“Sleep and then tomorrow I have to train an army” he spoke with a renewed sense of purpose, Kat looked at him and noticed for the first time a
painful determination in his eyes.
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