I had a dream the other day that I kind of have to share. It took place in the future. It began with me waking up in a jail, I had no idea why I was there, but I was. I had an earpiece in my ear, “Good you’re awake.” a voice said from the earpiece.
I looked around for a second, “Who is this?” I asked.
The voice said “I cannot say my name right now, but you will figure it out soon enough.”
I looked around again, “How did I get here?” I asked.
” Wow, you must have hit your head pretty hard.” the voice said, “During an assignment-”
I interrupted “Assignment? Am I like some sort of bounty hunter or something?”.
The voice answered “In a sense, but you aren’t hunting for people. you’re keeping most of them hidden.
“Well, looks like I won’t be doing that for at least a few weeks.” I said.
The voice replied “You really don’t remember how this works, do you?”
A guard walked out and pressed a button, all of the jail doors opened. He called out “Lunch, eat it while you can.
I followed the crowd to the mess hall. I didn’t really know what I was supposed to do in a jail other than not get on anyone’s bad side. I grabbed my tray and sat alone.
The voice said “You really want this for weeks to years?”
“No, is there a way I can bypass the time?” I asked.
A fire broke out in the mess hall, the sirens started.
The voice now on the intercom said “Emergency, all inmates evacuate the area.”
Everyone ran for the exit, but the voice directed me through the jail in my earpiece again. Avoiding the guards was the hardest part and yet it was easy.
“Stop right there!” a guard said.
We were all directed back to the mess hall, when we finished lunch, we were directed to our cells.
In a quieter voice, I said “It didn’t work. Do you have another plan?”
Another inmate had gotten hold of a book of matches. He lit one and destroyed the control panel on all of the cells. they all opened, luckily there were no guards around. The inmate was apparently very smart because he got everyone to be very quiet.
He found me and said quietly “Hey, I’m your back up plan.”
I silently went through the halls and corridors. I didn’t have to avoid guards this time because they had assumed that all the inmates were asleep.
The voice told me “Go straight ahead and you should find a very thick door, I’ll work on unlocking it while you walk there.”
I said “Okay but make it quick, I see the door right now.”
I slowly and silently walked up to the door. In the hope that the person unlocked it, I turned the huge ring shaped handle. It opened, groaning I tried to keep the door as quiet as possible by opening it extremely slowly.
“Alright, look for the gun that’s different from all the others.” said the voice.
I picked the gun up. It seemed strangely familiar, but I didn’t have time to think about it. Two guards started walking up to the armory.
The voice explained “In primary fire mode, your gun is like a standard Full auto weapon, I’ll explain the rest in a little bit. You need to take care of a couple of guards.”
I walked over to where they couldn’t see me when they came in.
When they walked over into the Vault like room I said “I’m sorry, am I interrupting something?”
I raised my gun and pulled the trigger on the first guard. his helmet was knocked off revealing that he was a robot. I took the stock of my gun and bashed it’s head off. It wasn’t the best idea I had that day.
“Take that ya’ stinkin’ machine!” I yelled.
The other one raised his gun into firing position as I did a somersault, pointed my gun at him and fired. I got a few shots off right into his face.
“Robots, zero. Me, two.” I said as I walked out of the armory.
There were a bunch of guards when I walked out, I quickly went back in and locked the door behind me.
“Okay, no time to explain. Use secondary fire!” the voice yelled.
I switched modes on my gun and opened the door. I fired, a red glowing sphere pushed itself out of my gun’s muzzle. It hit the ground. For a second, nothing happened. Then it exploded. We were knocked in all directions. I hit the least soft spot, The armory door. I was slammed against the circular iron door. strangely, I was the only one that survived.
“So that’s secondary fire.” I said.
The voice laughed and said “You should move on.”
I stealthily made my way through the jail until I found an exit.
“Okay, the extent of Guards on the inside of the walls is a team of snipers.” said the voice.
I saw that it was now dawn. I didn’t realize I had been up all night. I ran to the side of the wall trying to avoid the view of the guards and their rifles. I found a metal door. I tried to turn the handle but it was locked.
The voice told me “there is an unlocked door on the other side of the jail, but you’ll have to risk your life to get there.”
“Dang it! I wish you would tell me these things earlier.” I replied.
I took my gun and slammed the stock into the door. It broke the mechanism inside causing the door to open as the voice was telling me there was no shortcut.
“I just made one!” I yelled at the voice.
The voice said ” Oh, I didn’t think of that.”
I ran up the spiral staircase. I turned off my earpiece because the voice was starting to go on and on. When I reached the top I picked a knife off of the floor and stabbed him with it.
I said “Hey buddy, you dropped this.”
it didn’t occur to me that he was a robot until he turned around and hit me in the chest with his gun. I got up coughing.
I said “Oh, you want to play like that?”
I smacked my stock into his face. His helmet came off. I grabbed his rifle and threw him off the tower head first. I used the rifle to take care of two of the other snipers and walked over to where I could shoot the last one. He spotted me and surrendered. he gave me a high tech suit of armor he called a RIG. I didn’t know what RIG stood for, but I could now easily navigate due to the helmet, I could take a few hits, and I was disguised as a guard. My new found ally and I walked out of the facility without having to have more trouble.
one guard told me to be on the lookout for, well, me.
I turned my earpiece back on again and said “Are you done rambling?”
The voice was clearly annoyed “Yeah, and I thought you were dead.”
“Well no need to worry anymore.” I said humorously.
“No need? There are two guards dragging you!” the voice said.
“No there aren’t. I’m disguised as a guard. I’m not going to get caught.” I said.
The voice said “Not by a guard.”
Just then, a guard shorter than the rest grabbed my arm and pulled me to the side.
“Do you realize how much trouble you almost got yourself into?” the guard asked.
“Do you realize you are different from all the other guards?” I asked jokingly.
The guard took off it’s helmet, but it turned out to be a she. she looked as me with an almost hypnotic stare.
“Do you remember me?” she asked.
“no but you sound like the voice.” I answered.
“We had never met had we?” she said smiling.
“What?” I asked because it seemed silly for her to ask me if I had met her before I had lost my memories.
She put her helmet on and said “Let’s go.”
“1135, come on.” I said to my robo-friend.
the three of us walked out of the jail and split up. I walked to a house that I figured was where I needed to go. When I walked in, the person had a gun to my head. I set my gun down and took my helmet off. When he saw that it was me, he put his gun down and started going through his stuff. He pulled out a USB drive.
“What’s on it?” I asked.
“The future.” he replied.
“What exactly is on this drive?” I asked in a slightly more threatening tone.
“I cannot tell you quite yet.” he said smiling.
I stuffed the thing into my pocket and started out of the house grabbing my gun and helmet. I somehow knew where I needed to go.
I walked up to another guard and said “I need the keys to one of the jeeps.”
He just held them out and escorted me to one of them. I got the red one, of course. I decided not to take my helmet off and destroy the robot because if I revealed myself, I would be very easy to find. I drove off. I used my RIG navigation system to get me to the place I needed to get. I walked to an input center. there were tens of thousands USB ports everywhere. I stuck my drive into one of the ports and the lights on the ceiling lit up blue.
“Blast fall cannon production started.” a mechanical voice stated.
I sighed in relief and said “Good, now I can go home and-”
“Lock-down sequence initiated.” the voice interrupted.
“Dang it! Abort lock-down!” I yelled.
“Invalid command.” explained the computer generated voice.
“Shut down Lock-down initialization!” I called out.
“Invalid command.” the computer stated again.
I ran out of the factory just slipping under the last door. When I got back up, I saw the jail guards, all of them. I knew I couldn’t take that many guards at once so I just put my hands up and let them take me back to jail.
When I was in my cell siting on the bed, I saw someone out of the corner of my eye. he wasn’t a guard. he wasn’t even wearing a RIG. He was a tall man wearing a suit. He walked up to my cell.
“You’ve got talent, kid.” he said.
I was sitting there looking down at the floor as he gave me the complement.
Not really conscious, I replied “Been at it for a while.”
He threw a familiar looking RIG onto the floor in front of me. I didn’t realize that the jail door was open.
I leaned back onto the wall and said “Why did I ever rope myself into this assignment?”
“I don’t know, but I do know how you can clear your name.” he said as he sat down next to me “I also know that you know in what way I’m talking about.”
I sighed and looked down at the RIG, then up at the man.
“Make your decision, keep it up living here, or get out and actually make a difference.” He said.
The man said “I’ll be in the mess hall.”
I was left siting there, with a choice. Stay here for the rest of my life, or clear my name and actually help people. I looked around and saw the other people. I remembered that I had ‘helped’ them before. I realized that what I had done was just putting a delay on when they went to jail.
I looked down at the RIG and picked it up. It was silver with red paint streaks on it. It was beat up. Probably from my last assignment. I put it on, it fit perfectly. I remembered that it had been custom made. I walked down through the hall to the mess hall. I saw the man sitting at a table cleaning my gun.
I said “I’ve made my choice.”
The man handed me my gun and said “Welcome back.”
As we walked though the hall, he filled me in on this assignment. I only half listened because I knew what I needed to do. I walked up to the red jeep and got in. I drove over to the factory that I activated the production of the cannon at. I got out with my gun and walked over to the door keypad.
“Open.” I said.
“Command not accepted.” said the keypad.
“Disengage bolts.” I said.
“Unable to complete task. Lock-down mode active.” the keypad replied.
I got into shooting position and shot into the keypad, and the doors opened. I walked in and looked at the production of the blast fall cannon. Apparently, the factory was serious when it went into lock-down mode because it had created robots with guns to guard the building. I picked my gun up and shot at the first one I saw.
“Security compromised.” a robot said as it opened fire.
Luckily, my RIG was bullet-proof. I rolled over and shot the robot straight through the head and into the one behind it. Both robots fell instantly. One attacked from behind me and I dropped my gun. I was in a head lock. I grabbed the machine’s arms and leaned forward hard. The thing slammed into the ground and shattered. The robots weren’t terribly tough, but there were a lot of them. I finished my attack on the robot army by switching my gun to full auto and sprayed into the crowd. they all fell. I knew it would be difficult to stop the factory with primary fire so I switched to secondary and started to scout around. I looked through the factory until I saw the core. It was a large glass bulb with red waves flowing through it. I thought it looked like a giant plasma ball light. I aimed my gun and fired straight into the middle. The bulb shattered and a huge explosion took place inside the factory. I flew up, and my gun blew out of my hand. I blacked out and had no idea how bad that idea was.
“Is he going to be alright?” I faintly heard.
I groaned and opened my eyes. I looked around as many people gathered around me and helped me up. Apparently, I had became famous in the last few minutes. I wasn’t moving very fast due to every part of my body screaming in pain. I was starting to become more aware of my surroundings when everyone cleared.
The man walked up to me and said “Congratulations, you’ve successfully finished your first mission from me. Are you okay?”
“Yeah, I’m just in extreme pain. Do you know where my gun ended up?” I said.
He replied “No, I’m sorry it’s just-”
he fell silent as my gun fell from the sky at an extreme speed and landed in front of me.
“Wow” I said “I almost died.”
I picked my gun up and put the sling on my shoulder.
“I have another assignment for you. Take it when you’re not in pain.” said the man.
That’s when I woke up.