Welcome to Free Writing! Quick fiction written for entertainment purposes. This week we have another piece of flash fiction. We’re continuing the story from the last few weeks. So if you haven’t read the others, click here to see them all. Enjoy!
We’re getting close to the end folks. Just a reminder Free Write will be going on hiatus after this story concludes.
By Nojh Livic
“Complicated,” Paul offered, and Prime nodded its head.
“Yes. That is a complicated,” Prime corrected. Paul shook his head slightly but didn’t offer any further corrections. Prime filed away the statement for further error analysis later.
“Please, just explain as best you can. You can interpret, Doctor,” General White said.
So Prime did.
Explaining interstellar politics to a race that had yet to expand beyond its planet was difficult for Prime. Prime was a scientist, not a historian nor a singular. It also quickly became apparent that humans had a limited concept of time, or rather had a hard time comprehending events that scaled well beyond their life spans, which was a significant percentage smaller than that of a Form in good repair. There was also the issue of English, which Prime believed it had grasped a fair competency at including non-verbal cues, but it quickly became apparent that it required more skill than it had to get across certain concepts. Yet with Paul’s help, Prime persisted.
Prime’s race, for lack of a better word, called itself Form. Like all the other sentient races the Form had encountered, it was an inorganic life form. Form differed from the other races encountered in that the intelligence of a Form was housed in a single body, with some limited variation. The other intelligent races had different chassis configurations, if any at all. The Form called them the Formless. This difference between Prime’s race and the others created some conflict, as they did not place as much emphasis on the individual as the Form and as such, many individual Form were lost. The Form retaliated for a time, until it became obvious to a growing faction that the conflict between the Form and the Formless that the war was accomplishing very little other than destroying more Form.
However when peace and communication with the various races of the Formless began, there were still groups of Forms who sued for conflict. They protested loudly and increasingly, even as peace as finally achieved, until finally they rebelled against Form and Formless alike. They formed a malcontent coalition and began a war. A war the Malcontent could not win with their limited numbers, just as the Form couldn’t have won against the Formless. Eventually the Malcontent were destroyed.
“As known by my historical records,” Prime explained. “Today I encountered a Malcontent, in your laboratory. One which should have existed.”
The General crossed his arms. This was a sign of agitation, Prime was able to determine. Paul had stopped attempting to correct or question Prime several canticles prior. Prime waited for a response and when neither human did, Prime crossed its arms as well and opened its mouth slightly, mimicking both humans. This awoke Paul and earned a glare from the General, who uncrossed his arms.
“So you’re telling me you’re just a survey robot from outer space, who landed on our planet because you thought it was uninhabited. You pretended to be a rock for several days, studying us while we were studying you, and when you finally revealed yourself, a rebel robot of your race tried to attack and kill you?” the General summarized.
Prime considered this for a moment, then nodded. “Yes. That is accurate summary. But I had revealed itself several cycles- days prior to the Malcontent’s existence look. I attempted to communicate upon deactivating stasis but your race does not listen to the standard way my race talks. This is the high chance that the Malcontent knew of my existence. Addition, the Malcontent had control over your female ally. There is high chance of collusion or increased numbers of Malcontents on your planet.”
“Great. We’ve been invaded by robotic body snatchers and we didn’t even know it,” Paul said, chuckling in a fashion that unusual enough to suggest it was not due to humor.