A 500 word short story by Scott A. Gese
I had just gotten to work when my boss approached me.
“Don't take off that jacket. I have a lead for you.”
“what have you got?”
“Have you ever heard of a company called Mobile Sentinel Security?”
“Nope, can't say I have.”
“They've been under the radar for years developing high tech security stuff. They say they've developed an interesting product and for reasons they're not sharing they want to take it public. I told them we'd take a look. Here's the address. Bring me back something good.”
I walked into Mobile Sentinel Security and introduced myself to the receptionist. She looked at me as if trying to recall something. When it hit her she smiled, came around the desk and shook my hand. “Yes, Scott from the Daily News. You're expected. We have high security here, you'll have to put on this name badge.”
This doesn't seem like high security to me, I thought.
I put on the badge and followed her.
“Is that Paul Sebastian after shave you're wearing?” She asked.
“Yes it is, you have a good sense of smell.”
“Yes, I do,” she replied.
We entered a conference room where two men introduced themselves as Jack Robinson and Paul Basco. Paul asked me to take a seat. He started right in. “Scott, you've been invited here today because it's time for MSS to go public with our newest security product. This product has been under development for the past ten years. It's the most sophisticated high tech security product in the world. It goes well beyond anything the general public is aware of. That's about to change.”
“So what's the product?” I asked.
“I'll unveil it to you in a minute. First let me tell you what it's capable of. From the moment you walked in the front door you've gone through a sophisticated series of security clearances which includes a face recognition scan, retina scan, voice scan, fingerprint scan, smell detection scan, sound scan and a detailed background check. We've learned more about you in the past ten minutes than those who've known you for years.”
“How's that possible?” I asked. “All I did was put on this badge. That doesn't seem like State of the art security to me?”
Jack suddenly spoke up. “Scott, let me introduce you to our newest product.”
“This is Paul.” He stood up, removed Paul's scalp and opened the back of his head revealing an array of sophisticated electronics and the fact that for the past fifteen minutes I'd been interacting with a robot.
I was amazed. “Do you mean to tell me all the while I've been sitting here this robot has been scanning me?”
“We prefer to call then androids, and the answer is no. We had total access to your information before you entered the room. It was all done by Haley, our android receptionist.
Needless to say, I had my story.
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