MIke :: Instantiation - Extract

How Mica became MIke.

'Carter here.'

'Hey Carter, it’s Mica.'

'Hi Mica, good to hear from you. Your voice sounds different. Are you OK?'

'No. I need your help. It’s important.'

That got my attention. 'It’s important' was our code phrase for 'The shit just hit the fan big-time, I need your help, and I need it now.' It also confirmed that it was Mica at the other end of the call. That at least explained why she was calling at 04:34.

'Tell me what’s happening and how I can help. Give me all the details you think are relevant.'

'OK, it’s complicated. I know we haven’t talked in a long time, but you may have heard that I was planning a mini-mini holiday in Marathon. What I didn’t tell anyone was that I didn’t plan to come back alive. You may know that I was experiencing mini-strokes and was gradually losing my mental capabilities. I decided to skip out on the rest of the process by swerving into an auto-truck near Dead River. That all worked according to plan.'

'Yeah, I saw a CBC news update before I went to bed, that there had been a bad crash near Wawa last night. The report was brief, only saying that there was a single fatality. So that was you?'

'Yes, the body in the morgue is mine. But here’s the strange thing - I’m here talking to you from that auto-truck that was in the crash. I awoke to find myself instantiated in the truck’s AI. They towed the truck to Superior Truck in Wawa. I figured out how to access the truck’s systems, which fortunately included a cell connection. But here’s the thing - the truck is owned by Challenger and no-one but you knows it’s me in here. So what I need you to do is buy the truck as soon as possible and get me to a secure location. The battery’s running low, I don’t have more than a couple of day’s worth of power to run the AI circuits. I’m pretending to be disabled, but at some point a tech will pull the main breakers and I’ll be dead. I may not survive the experience again. I don’t know how persistent my instantiation is.'

'OohhKaay…., I think I understand the situation. Good thing you declared me your executor, but you should probably have told me in advance what you were planning. No matter, I’ll make some calls and get you secured. I’ll get your old body back as well, and start the legal processes. How can I reach you?'

'I don’t think you can, at least not until we are in the same place together. The cell connection appears to be outgoing only, meant for the truck to update status back to Challenger. Apparently no-one expected the AI to answer phone calls! I will try to call you once a day for updates.'

'Mica, you never cease to surprise me! I’m on it, I’ll make some calls and see what I can do. Call me every 3 hours until we have some control of the situation.'

'Will do. And Carter… thanks.'