Kai made his way along Jack Road, and the familiar feeling of dread filled him. In front of him was the derelict building he hated walking past every day to school. He quickened his pace and distracted himself by thinking of the interesting history lesson about the AI War that his teacher had taught. The scientists had invented something unimaginable, something even smarter than humans. As Kai thought about it, he became sucked into his own world and hadn’t realised he had reached his destination. Seeing the metal gates of his school gave him a sense of reassurance. He finally let out the air that he was holding in, relieved to be away from the creepy derelict building.
Kai entered his school and sauntered towards his classroom. The piercing sound of the school bell told Kai to hurry. He was late. He put on a burst of speed and entered the classroom. He was relieved when he saw that his teacher was not there yet. As he settled down, he looked around. His classmates were sprawled around, looking terribly bored as they crushed up papers and threw them to their partners. Kai had a dazed look of bewilderment on his face as he wondered what could be boring about the AI War. Finally, Mr. Jones rushed in, opened his laptop and cleared his throat. “Good morning, class. Today we will continue the discussion about the AI War.” Kai gulped, intrigued.
“The AI malfunctioned and went out of control. When our country tried to shut it down, it only got stronger, sending out robots to defend itself. As you all know, the robots were merciless and aggressive. To keep our country safe, the government had to set up multiple training centres all over the country.” Kai gasped. He had not known that. But thinking about what Mr. Jones said, Kai realised he had never seen a training Centre in his whole life.
“Mr. Jones, were there a lot of training centres?”
“Yes, there were many. There’s even one abandoned Centre near here, around Jack Road.”
Kai froze. Jack road. And then his shock was replaced with realisation. The creepy derelict building. Kai was sure that was the old training Centre. “Mr. Jones, what if the robots come back? Why is the training building abandoned?” Kai blurted out. Mr. Jones head snapped up, and he barked out a laugh. “They won’t come back, Kai. There’s no way.” Kai bit his tongue, and the classroom exploded into laughter. And at that very moment kai knew he was alone.
The history lesson dragged on, but Kai wasn’t paying any attention. He balled up his fists, thinking about how arrogant Mr. Jones was. When the recess bell rang, Kai ran out of the classroom, his shoes pounding heavily on the ground, face contorted with rage. He knew the government had shut down all the training centres, but for what reason kai didn’t know, and that made him clench his jaw. He knew it was not Mr. Jones fault for being so unprepared and over-confident, but the government’s. But a bigger thought pushed into Kai’s mind. What if he was being over-dramatic? After all, the government officials were more experienced than Kai. Kai’s shoulders sagged as he realised that he was possibly
overthinking too much, as usual. Lost in thought again, he hadn’t been paying any attention of his surroundings. He was already in the cafeteria.
Kai scanned the area for an empty table. He didn’t feel comfortable sitting with his classmates after the humiliating history lesson. When he finally found a table and got ready to sit down, the ground shook. Kai thought he was hallucinating. But he was wrong.
The ground shook again. This time, harder. Kai yelped and tumbled to the ground. His heart crashed. An earthquake. It was only then he saw a piece of metal, the sun shining off its surface.
Everyone was wrong. They had been wrong about it their whole life. It was no earthquake. It was a leg, and not just any leg. It was the leg of a robot.