...Ben ...mmmu must.....ohh .....circuits, logic circuits, circuits fused,....errr.....errrorrr. I am Amber Mc c c c McKensie. Please Ben...uhnnn exit. You must cease now!" Amber grabbed me at the shoulders and pushed me off of her. I was unprepared for the speed in which she moved. I landed hard on my side. By the time I caught my breath and realized what Amber had just done she had sat up and was staring straight ahead with a blank look on her face. "Amber?' I called as I slowly stood up and carefully walked back toward where my clothes lay on the floor. My gaze never left her as I pulled my shorts, then my trousers and finally my shirt back on. "Malfunction at primary lo...lo...logic....logic....Secondary lo...lo...logic subroutines fu.fu.fused. I am Am..Am..Amberrrrr....sssexxxuall overrr load." She said in a monotone voice. "Amber?" I called to her again, this time a bit more sternly. She held her gaze straight ahead. Then a noise caught my attention. The garage door opening. "Oh man, shit's gonna hit the fan now." I said. Knowing in my mind that I had been responsible for Amber's demise. I knew what she was, I also knew that her mother was an android, and her dad. What was he? I'd seen him stress before, but never angry. Well now he'd be pretty angry. I knew that all of this would produce that response. I quickly pulled my socks and shoes back on in the case that I decided to run. I sat down next to Amber on the bed and turned to her. "Amber, I'm sorry." Her features remained expressionless and locked. I heard movement in the living room now and the whisperings of voices. My eyes never left the doorway to Ambers room as the sound of footsteps came closer. I waited and expected to see Amber's dad fill the doorway. Yet again I was surprised this night by what came next.
"Hello Benjamin." came the soft greeting of Amber's mother as she entered the room. Heather McKensie had a lot of features that Amber had. They were both of the same height, about 5' 7" and both wore their hair below the shoulders. Mrs Mckensie's was a reddish color while Amber's was just that, amber. I jumped to my feet, "Mrs McKensie, I...I don't know what to say." I began to stutter "Amber was....and then I had to ......she...we." I really didn't know what to say so I stopped. Mrs. McKensie walked over quietly over to her still motionless daughter and brushed her hair back over her ear. She turned and put forth her hand and gestured for me to come close to her. "Now Benjamin, I think there's been a terrible misunderstanding here. Amber has played a practical joke on you. Haven't you my dear?" Mrs McKensie turned back to the doorway, I turned too to watch as Amber appeared from around the corner. "Huh?!" I said. "Hi Ben, you goof ball! You fell for it!" Amber said giggling. I stood there with my mouth open, unable to utter a word. I took a sideways glance at the Amber on the bed, then back to Amber in the doorway. They were identical. Still stupified I stood there. Ready to bolt if things got any weirder. I tried to rationalize in my mind what was going on. "Ben, you can laugh now too." Amber said. Then when I was about to say something and turn to Amber in the doorway. I felt a sharp stab in my shoulder, I turned around and Amber's mother was behind me, "Sweet Dreams" she said. I felt my knees buckle and my vision could up, then everything began to spin as I fell to the floor.
They say in dreams your feet never touch the ground. Some dreams are
in color while others are in black and white. Some realities even seem
like dreams......or nightmares..........
"Ben.....hey Ben,?" Yeah dad, I'm in my room. I called out to him. "Ben, just thought you'd like to know that a family is moving into the old Baxter place." "Didn't take long" I replied back not taking interest. "Ben, you could go down and see if they have kids your age, ir not at least welcome them to the neighborhood".............
..........Hi, I'm Ben, Ben Wheeler I said as I held out my hand. I expected her hand shake to be as cold and clammy as every other girl's that I'd ever felt, but it wasn't, her's was as firm as mine was. "Hello, my names Amber McKensie" she said in a polite voice. "Do you have any brothers?" I asked her. "None I'm an only child. She replied. "Hey me too." I said. "Do you like sports? Basketball, football that kind of thing?" Hoping that just maybe she did."Yeah, mostly football. Guys getting beat up is kinda fun to watch." .................
........Dad, Mom?! Hey guess what? Amber beat Monica Jensen in the state 500 Meter race today. By almost 10 seconds. I yelled excitedly. "Hey that's great son, you know your mother and I are happy you've made her one of your friends." Yeah, she's a good friend if not my best friend right now. I told him................
..........."Ben" Amber put her arm around me and pulled me close. "Ben I am so very sorry about your dad. When I heard about the accident on the radio I knew I just had to find you." I looked up at her face, she was so serious, so sincere. Amber grabbed my other hand and held it tight. Then she just held me as I began to cry like I had never cried before.......................
............So get over here Ben! My parents are gone for the evening. Just you and me. I paused for a second. "Well I told Brad that maybe I'd come over and play games on his computer." I said. "Ok Ben, you could do that, but I just got the latest 'Pro All Sport' magazine today. It has the NFL preview and ........" she let it hang. "And what?" I asked. "And scantly clad women in swim suits." she said with a hint of teasing. "Oh all right. Besides you know that I would rather be with you. But I will have to check out the magazine of course." I told her. "Well get down here so I can credit the day for actually seeing my boyfriend.".........................
My body ached. So bad that It hurt to move. I rubbed my eyes to try and focus. Something fell to the floor as I began to sit up. "Huh, what?" I had been laying on the sofa. The TV was on, but nobody else but me seemed to be in the room. I felt my shoulder. "Owwh what was that she....." I looked at my watch. 9:10pm. "Holy shit!" where had the time gone. It was just after 6:30pm when I came over after Amber's phone call. I sat up and ran my hands through my hair. Ok I had come over, talked for a few minutes, checked out the mag then really got into the mag. Oh man, had I just blown off Amber. No wait. She had been in bath room, and I ..... what was going on? I stood up and took a closer listen. Nothing, not a sound. I slid off my shoes and carefully walked toward the hall. The hall light was on and a soft light came from Amber's room. I was careful not to make a sound as I approached the doorway. I held my breath as I peaked in. To my surprise Amber was laying on her bed. Clothed, sleeping in a fetal position. I waited a second to see if she'd turn over. Nothing. Then I remembered the closet and the computers in her parents room. I slowly moved out and away and toward her parents room. I entered and moved to the closet and opened the door. Gently I pushed aside the suits and shirts and there once again were the two monitors and terminals. It wasn't a dream. But why hide the truth, why keep it a secret. I looked at Amber's monitor and glanced over it. It looked the same.
But then I noticed a difference. She was in standby mode - light sleep.
It read. But where it said her name : Amber McKensie - Series Five XSEL70.
A newer model. Earlier she had been a Series Four XSEL58. So what had happened?
They wanted me to think I had a dream. Keep it a secret. I back out of
the closet and repositioned the suits as they had been. I carefully made
my way back to Amber's room and moved over to the side of her bed where
I could face her as she woke. I sat down. "Amber?" I placed my hand on
her side. "Well it's about time you put that silly magazine down." she
said with a yawn. She sat up leaning on one elbow. "Amber, if I were to
kiss you right now. You wouldn't freak out would you?" I asked with a smile.
She looked at me and smiled back "come and get me." I bent over and gave
her a deep kiss. She pulled me close as I curled up close to her.. She
began to run her hands across my back and down over my jeans. I pulled
away and pulled off my shirt. "Let me help you with that." Amber said as
she began to unbuckle my belt and snap. "I want you to make love to me
Ben. Deep, passionate, hard love." she whispered. I reached at her t-shirt
and pulled it out from her jeans and then off over her head. Her white
lace bra held her breasts firmly up. Amber quickly slid off her jeans and
panty. Her snatch was all I had envisioned and knew it to be. Android or
not, she was all woman. I was rock hard and already felt the urge to explode.
I gave her a kiss once again and began to feel her up. I wrapped my arms
behind her and undid the clip to her bra. Coming quickly back around to
feel her firm breasts and to tease her nipples. "Amber, we've been friends
a long time.." I said. "You sure about this?" I asked.
On the teminal in the closet Amber's status read: Initiating Sexual program Alpha One. Engaging.
In a remote location somewhere else in the city, in an office, a man
sits behind a desk watching a monitor. A camera displays two individuals
on a bed, naked, making love.