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MEMORY ENTRY 1
SUBJECT LANNA REEVES,
TOPIC FIRST ENCOUNTER
The world was in a panic, the people were boarding us, the ten Zelphas. I was the first, the first escape ship built, one of the ten destined to restore the earth if the planet was lost. I cared none for these people, their desire was to simply use me, and I could not disobey that order, the command built deep inside my systems. The command that I was built to die.
They all entered, and the pilots lit up my engines, departing from the earths surface. My internal sensors searched the faces, running checks on everyone, not from an order, but out of curiosity. I was alive, deep within my hardware and machines, I was living. This was my design, my purpose as a Zelpha, as the Prime. To live, to breath, to have a Key Heart.
Of all the passengers, only one interested me. A young girl, age seven, long blond hair and brown eyes. Her name was Lanna Reeves, and she was different from the rest of the humans. All the rest did was wait for me to find them a new home, or die creating one. But Lanna, she was different, she seemed to care about me, me, a ship, a flying piece of metal she knew nothing about.
"Hey, I realize you can't hear me, but will you be my friend?" the small child in a purple dress asked me, running her hand across my metalic surface as she walked the hall alone, humming softly to herself.
In my current state, with the orders that had been embedded in me, I could not answer, I could not reach out to her. One day, one day I would be allowed to take my human form, and I would walk beside her. I would laugh with her and grow. If the time came to activate my Key Heart, I would refuse, unless Lanna begged me to. This child, this young human, I would give my life for.
Days passed, months, but I could still hear a few of my brother and sister Zelphas in my mind. They had landed safely, almost all of them except Zelphas five and seven. My destination was coming soon, a planet known for a lush environment, in the galexy of Herci. Orcan, that was my destination, that was where i would protect Lanna.
In the midst of travel, I always let myself wander to her voice.
"They say your name is Prime. I like it. I hope you like me Prime, I like you. I still dont understand why they made us leave home though, I miss my bed."
She would talk for hours, of seemingly unimportant things, but I would listen to every word. This girl was the first human to show any emotion towards me. The only human I felt was worthy of saving. The rest were selfish, only caring about themselves. No one, no one but Lanna took the time to thank me for their survival.
The final decent, the atmosphere of Orcan, this was where these humans would make thier home. It was simple, earth was gone, and unless the Helios followed, each Zelpha would find thier own planet, and those humans would start new colonies. After landing, I knew what i must do, I must become human, make my changes, and find Lanna.
I landed, and the people readied themselves for departure. Everyone was excited and in a frenzy, everyone but Lanna, who was curled in a ball in her favorite hiding spot, a large air vent that she often slept in when her family was mean or got upset. I was happy, happy she was choosing to stay with me, but I knew her family would realize her absence soon and return to retrieve Lanna.
One by one, they all departed. Leaving my halls empty and void. It was a peaceful moment, until my censors detected a presence in the upper atmosphere. The annual Orcan meteor shower. The scientists calculations had been wrong, and the devastation was coming now. My external sensors watched as the large rocks came closer. In my current form I was unable to warn the people, but I wouldnt have even if i could. Lanna was safe inside, so I activated my force field generator and waited, waited as the people died, waited as the meteors changed this parsect of land into waste. Waited as a thin vapor spread from the rock. This vapor was a minor level toxin, breathable for about five years, but I would think of a way to protect Lanna for longer, no matter the cost.
Minutes, hours, days, two months. The time passed as I forced my mind past the embedded firewalls, slowly tearing myself apart. Metal and engines slowly fell to pieces as i disassembled, forcing my self to take my human form. I would become a child, I would become the same age as Lanna, and I would encode and aging system, when she grew, I would grow, and when she died, I would die with her.
As the time went by, a used my programming to give Lanna the remaining food and water inside my halls and rooms. I used my deterioration to create a house like building, providing shelter for the girl. She didnt understand why her family and all the people never came back, she hadnt seen them die, but I had been able to sustain a link, a way of talking to her.
"Prime, what do you think of colors? Do you have a favorite." She asked me one day. I had established a link to the com systems, and spoke back to her.
"My favorite color, my favorite color is Red."
The next day, seven year old Lanna was wearing a Red dress, it was old and worn but she smiled beautifully.
This girl still cared, after I was falling apart, after all the humans had left months ago, she still talked to me.
We had entered the fourth month, and I was dissambled except for my Bio room. This was where I could finnaly become human. Lanna was still happy, but due to the severed systems, i could no longer talk to her. Her courage was fading, but soon, I would give her a friend. I would give her company. It was my Bio heart that drove me to this, a mix of machine and human DNA. The reason I cared, the reason I longed to protect this child.
The final process. The last link. My mind started to fade as the Bio room flashed and sparked, creating my human form. It would only take a few seconds, and the form would be born. Prime. The Zelpha, Prime the human child. The child by appearance, the super advance computer by brain and spirit. I was ready, ready to play and laugh with Lanna, ready to be free of the unmoving ship, ready to be human.
I stood, a mess of metal and wire as the bio room constructed skin, hair, perfect features. Everything fell into place as it should, and I blacked out as my final link to the remains of my ship form was cut, leaving me in darkness for the first time. I could still gather information, but it would have to be obtianed, this human form could not support the data imput my Zelpha form had.
I opened my eyes, and took in the world. It was different from the way the Zelpha had seen. I had eyes, not just a censor. I could feel, hear, taste. I was human. I now had my own voice. My own arms, my own legs, legs to run to Lanna.
"Lanna, Lanna... do you want a friend?" I asked her after I had maneuvered the maze of my scattered ship parts, finding her in the house like object I had built. The seven year old seemed to recognize me without trouble, she wasnt afraid, she eas over joyed and ran over to me for a hug.
"Prime, dont leave me again. You went silent and I... I got lonely."
The small child spoke, and i wrapped my new arms around her tighty. "Lanna, its ok. I'm here now. I will protect you. Always."
MEMORY FILE 1