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RALI book 1 section 9 scene 7
Twi convinces the Tower computer to trap everyone in doorless rooms.
One of the first things Twi had the computer do was hold open the teleporter command files called up by Skyme’s sudden departure. She then asked for a map of the building.
Currently deep within the Tower’s basement, she knew how to get from here back to the gardens and from the gardens to the ostentatious entrance, but she hoped to find a better way out. The map showed her a gigantic building covering more land than most cities. It stretched above the clouds and down into an aquifer. Sub-aquatic vehicles were docked below, providing passage through this underground ocean.
She was about to ask for a map of the surrounding area when another quirk caught her attention.
Scattered throughout the building were rooms that appeared to have no doors or windows. She zoomed up on a couple of them, but any markings indicating an entry were conspicuously absent.
Taking the coordinates from the map, Twi entered them into the teleporter command and found matches in its usage log. So that was how people got in and out of those rooms. Why were they even there? To flaunt the teleporter’s ability? To hold prisoners? To provide protection somehow?
Twi decided not to overthink it. They were there, and they would make getting out of here easier.
She told the computer to teleport everyone in the building, herself excluded, into one of those exitless rooms. She didn’t care who ended up in which room with whom so long as everyone was in one.
The computer denied her command. It made little sense. Where did this odd request come from? Malware programs took it upon themselves to find the answer.
Trying again, Twi upped the priority, making the computer believe there was some emergency. Those not in one of the specified rooms would die, and the computer could not allow that to happen. She did not have to be specific as to what threatened; the computer didn’t need to know; it was offered a problem and a simple solution.
This time it promptly complied. Hundreds of teleportations were added to the log.
With one last glance at the map, Twi |wiped| the computer’s memory bare, essentially killing it. It wouldn’t even remember how to turn on anymore, and without it no one could teleport out of their doorless rooms.
She hadn’t counted on the lights vanishing as well. The sudden, utter darkness was surprising and a trifle unsettling, but not a setback. O’ees and Mueta ran through the dark all the time, usually pursued by one another.
And run Twi would, down. She would hijack one of those sub-aquatic vehicles and see where it led her. Hopefully, that would be somewhere she could blend in until she could reclaim her oha or…
Her hand clasped around the triangular pendant on her necklace. Yes, she could |feel| its pulsing computer sphere dutifully sending the call for help.
But would help come?
Sep is only lost because no one searches for him, Twi recalled. Am I the same?
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