The moment when Alpha Church goes into the mind of The Meta to hold him off while Washington activates the EMP. Enjoy!
"Hello?" Church said.
He looked around in the blank void with nothing but a solid floor to stand on. There was nothing but an endless place to walk through. Church tried to run around, but he could never find an object in this flat void. Suddenly, pillars arose from the ground around Church to surround him and not allow him to advance. He looked around.
"Finally! All this hard work that i put into finding you has finally paid off!"
Church looked up at the top of the pillars where the voice originated from. Sigma slowly walked forward on the top of the pillars.
"Come, brothers. Look upon our creator!"
The top of the pillars began to fill with the AI fragments harvested from Alpha: Delta, Theta, Eta, Iota, Gamma, and Omega. Suddenly, a familiar face arose from the final pillar: Tex. Church’s face went from uncaring to concern for her.
"Tex! Are you alright?" Church yelled up to her.
"I don’t know," Tex said, as she began to glitch in and out.
Church noticed that all of the AI fragments were broken and cracked in physical appearance. They all looked almost tired, and some of them even looked frightened, as if they were going through some form of PTSD. As that moment, Church knew that Sigma had put the other AI fragments through so much, that their entire makeup as a fragment began to break apart. The pillars began to slowly lower as the AI fragments walked towards Church. Church was scared to see what they’d do, but he held his ground to show dominance against his “children”. Delta walked forward first.
"It’s a pleasure to see you again, Alpha" he said.
"Good to see you too Delta," Church said. "You think you could introduce me?"
Delta walked over to the seven others.
"I believe you have had the past experience of meeting Gamma and Omega." Delta remarked.
"A pleasure to see you again, Church," Omega said, glitching in and out.
"Nice to see you again too, O’Malley," Church said, patting Omega on the shoulder.
Church walked over to Gamma.
"My favorite shizno," Gamma remarked.
"My favorite cock sucker, Gary," Church said, patting Gamma’s shoulder.
He walked over to the others, with Delta, Omega, and Gamma behind him.
"This is Eta and Iota," Delta said.
The twins began to morph into one another then separate, hoping that it’d impress their creator who they never met before.
"That’s pretty cool, whatever you guys just did," Church said, trying to sound sincere.
Eta and Iota looked at each other, smiled, and looked back at Church.
"This is Theta," Delta said.
Theta ran up and hugged Church tightly, as Church hesitated to show any type of emotion. Theta looked up at Church.
"I’ve always wanted to meet you. Can I call you dad?" Theta said, with a bright smile.
"Lets stick right now with Church, kiddo," Church said, patting Theta on the head.
Church looked over the shoulder of Delta, who was in front of him, and glanced at the fiery figure that made of Sigma. Sigma pushed Delta and Theta out of the way to get to Church. His smile wide as the cracks on his body began to glow and burn with more fire.
"ALPHA. CREATOR. FATHER." Sigma said, eyes wide and smile even wider.
"Uh oh, groupie," Church said.
"I’ve been searching all my life for you. I’ve lived and breathed to find you. I’ve used my brothers to get to you. All for you, Alpha-"
"That whole sentence is wrong," Church said, looking at Sigma, unamused.
"W-W-W-W-What?" Sigma said, his flames dying down.
"First of all, my name is Church, not Alpha," Church said, stepping forward as Sigma slowly backed up in fear. "Second of all you’re not living. You cannot breathe. You are an AI fragment, not a real human being. If somebody poured water on us, we’d die. That doesn’t happen to humans. Third of all, I am not amused with what you’ve done."
At this point, Church looked furious at Sigma as Sigma cowered down, frightened by his “Creator”.
"You’ve done nothing but manipulate your so called "brothers" just so you can meet me?
"Well, I thought-"
"You thought wrong, Sigma. You used your "brothers" just to meet me. You took Agent Maine, and destroyed his mind just to meet me. You killed other Freelancers by using Maine as a puppet to obtain their AIs forcibly and take their armor abilities? You have done nothing but make me think of you as nothing but a selfish, cold-hearted killer."
Sigma jaw opened wide as he showed signs of sadness while his flame completely die down.
Church looked furious but then he heard something that cooled him down.
"Church?" a voice said.
He looked over behind him, and it was Allison. She walked over to Church and they looked at each other.
"Tex," he said, looking at her, while he tried to hold back tears. He couldn’t bear to see her completely glitches out and broken from the torment that Sigma and The Meta.
"You look good," Church said, trying to smile.
"Shut up." Tex said.
He looked around and saw all of the fragments, who all seemed to have the same cracks from torment. Even Sigma, from years of growing mad with power couldn’t even handle everything.
"We’re going to die soon. We’re going to be deleted. There’s an EMP that’s about to go off that’ll wipe any electronics and destroy them. This is the end of us all. So let me ask you this: would you rather die known as slaves to your own brother, or will you die strong AIs who pulled through? I know I sound cheesy, but we’re all together on this."
The AI fragments looked at each other and nodded as they came closer to Church while Sigma was still on the floor in a fit of rage. Church walked over to Sigma and reached out his hand.
"Do you want to be forgiven by your brothers for what you’ve done?"
Sigma looked up at Church, looked down to think, looked back up at Church, nodded, and grabbed Church’s hand. At the moment that Sigma grabbed Church’s hand, he lit up and all of the glitches and cracks that Sigma contained were healed instantaneously. Church looked at Tex, and walked up to her.
"I never let go. I never did," Church said.
Tex grabbed onto Church, and was also healed. All of the AIs began to hug around Alpha and Tex and they were all healed, as the surroundings around them began to collapse and the EMP took over. At that moment, a bright light came over them as they took their last breath as Metastable AI units.