Mani and I reached the small area that contained 70% humidity, and the temperature was reaching -35°F. One single chain of mountains stood there,
covered in ice and snow, elevating itself to 12 kilometres, and about 30 kilometres long. But even with the mass, we could see a blue glow between the
"Let's climb the highest peak", decided Mani, a smile on his lips.
I followed dutifully, not knowing that it was Mani's first step into knowing if he could change me. Not knowing that it was specifically because of
that unknown blue glow that he first chose that galaxy.
We climbed the mountain, which was relatively easy, and after one last step, the mountain was finally beneath our feet, there was no more rock hiding
the sky from our eyes. And there, I saw it. Because I'm still new to emotions, I cannot describe completely what I saw, so here's the picture my
sensor took of the sky:
Even a brainwashed android could not stay impassible toward the sight of a shining galaxy in formation. For some unknown reason, in this galaxy, you
could actually see another near galaxy with your own eyes, and that big.
And on that day, something in my wiring changed. For the first time, I admired something else than a statue of Sanat or Dranog. For the first time...
I felt guilt. I realised that the government was going to control that galaxy, and slowly, extinguish its silver light to replace it with darkness and
shadow. I turned toward Mani, who was looking too at the sky, and saw his green gem shine with great force, and the snake was looking directly at me.
But my default system was now back to take over my newly-found emotions, and I snapped back to my analytic self.
"The electrical field comes from the proximity of the galaxy to the planet. We won't be able to survive here."
"That's too bad", lied Mani, patting his snake, his gem fading back to translucid. "It's a beautiful sight, isn't ISIS?"
My default self shrugged in dismission, and I climbed back down the mountain.
But to Mani, as he told me later, that day, half of the battle had been won. And I came back to the Sanat HQ a different android. I could feel it. My
default setting was fighting the new virus that infected me. But the elite never noticed. How could they? The fight wasn't physical, there was no
clue physically that I was getting de-programmed. It was all on the mind side. And this was how I knew, I was more different than those false and
immortals monsters that Dranog and Sanat replaced humans with. But I wouldn't realise this for another year.
Each month or so, Mani would discover a new galaxy. In fact, as he explained to me, he had access to all of them; he only chose those that would
affect my wiring.
In one galaxy, I saw an entire planet composed of no elites. Each and every single one of its inhabitants would occupy an important place in their
society. And debates ran all day long, evolving more and more complex. Each idea was debated upon, improved, evolving. Not one dogma, not one belief.
And it staggered me; because they weren't sad. It seemed as if nothing could be lacking. And under a soft smile from Mani, I began to doubt Sanat's
rule over Earth and my galaxy.
But it wasn't finished. Mani was the only one to know my struggle; he created it. So, he would always show me more and more beautiful worlds, worlds
that I reported as not suited for conquest. Sure, there was some worlds, inhabited, that we reported back to the HQ, but by the time the elite made
its choice, it was too late for them.
But enough side-notes: I must finish my story.
So, after each voyages, my default programming was getting erased more and more, and the new programming was taking over. A programming that finally
knew compassion, kindness, and morality. Every new world strengthened my will to change my programming, and always did I had Mani to thank for. For he
cared for me. For some unknown reasons, even to him, he looked beyond the horror that I physically was, and saw the good inside me.
And at each voyages, I will see a new wonder. Like this time, when Mani and I literally floated through space, and saw from far a winged being,
half-naked, with a tentacle-like back, who was overlooking a newborn star. Despite her half weirdness, Mani assured me she was as kind as a flower.
She was the guardian of stars, overlooking their birth.
Another, during a supposed recognition for Sanat, in a village, its leader took us for a tour. It was on a water moon, and when we looked at the
horizon, we laid eyes on the sight of the moon's planet, which filled half of the horizon. Amongst the lights, the water, and the stars, it was a
There were many more like so, but the one that I will always remember, was the moon upon which I admitted to Mani my love for him. And had my first
Yes, you did read correctly. The virus not only had completely de-programmed my default setting, it gave me emotions... a soul. And souls always had
soul mates. Mani was mine, and I was his.
It was on a hill overlooking the sea, which was covered with low clouds. We were lying under an old tree with falling pink flowers, and on the
horizon, we could see the great shining ball that was the moon's planet. This, was where my life began:
It was there, that an idea passed through my head, and, propping on one elbow, I took Mani's hand.
"Yeah?" he replied, his emerald eyes closed, a soft smile playing on his lips.
And then, it sounded stupid. I mean, really? A High Librarian, however kind, would never be in love with an android.
"Me too", Mani suddenly said. He too was now propped on an elbow and looking at me, his snake languorously lying under the sun.
Under my mechanical look of surprise, he smiled, and caressed my hand.
"You were going to say that you love me. I love you too. More than anything".
"But..." I stammered, shamely turning myself away from him, and looking down at my metallic and horrifying body. "I'm..."
"...beautiful on the inside", Mani completed, turning my face back to him. "Your past is long gone; the monster Sanat created have been destroyed
since a long time. Do you want the proof?"
I nodded eagerly.
"You were about to tell me that you loved me. How many elite members has done so? How many androids?"
And of course, he was right. And I smiled, finally happy. That's when he kissed me, in case you were wondering where that part was coming.
But don't go, the story is not yet finished. For I finally learned how Mani became the only elite to stop worshipping Sanat.