Leesandra remained hidden behind the shipping container. She wasn’t sure what else to do, CAL must have still been trying to get a dock superior to make their way in. She could probably just go back to the viewing platform, report the unauthorised access. At the same time she knew that if these people weren’t caught red handed then this would all be chalked up to some malfunctions, unless she gave access to her memory files. She shuddered at the thought.
“Seriously, how long…” The female voice began again
“It’s going to be done when it’s done.” He cut her off.
“Loader…” She started her audio command.
“Don’t you dare.”
“Time until fully loaded?”
“Approximately ten Minutes.” The loader responded in its usual dreary tone.
“Are you happy now?”
“Well good, cause now I have even more log scrubbing to do.”
“How is that my problem? You’re the one who wanted to stay here.”
“Oh and how would you have gotten out of this without me?”
“I’m sure we would have some up with something, can’t be too hard to sneak out of here.”
“The only reason you weren’t picked up immediately was luck. You weren’t caught in the next few hours because I managed to force a cleaning cycle. And you would be stuck here for the rest of your natural life if it wasn’t for my forethought to break this umbilical.” The man’s voice didn’t sound angry it just felt like it was coming from a place filled with it.
“Well thank you. Again.”
“You’re welcome.” Leesandra couldn’t possibly see them without giving herself up but she desperately wanted to see how she managed to calm him down after that.
“Task completed.” The loader declared and started to make its way back to it’s own hole in the wall. Leesandra wondered again about the nature of AI and why the loaders seemed to have such contempt for everything. Today just seemed like the day for that.
“Well you can go now.” The woman started again. “Remember we are going to need you to come out again soon.”
“How could I possibly forget?” The man was already moving away, his voice in a different location. His boots made two loud clangs as they magnetically pulled to the ground. “Stay quiet and safe.”
“You too.” She responded in kind, moving away as well.
The man had made his way over to the airlock between area ten and nine before Leesandra realised what was about to happen. She froze, there was no way to leave her position without being spotted. The airlocks at both ends of the area slid closed, the sound of the locking mechanisms making Leesandra quake.
“CAL.” She whispered. “CAL, I need you to open the airlock between area ten and eleven.” There was no response. “CAL!” She whispered as loud as she was willing to go.
The air started to hiss as the invisible ship started to undock.
“CAL!” She shouted this time. There may have been a response but she could not tell as air was rushing past her ears. She was pulled out from her hiding place.
Desperately she tried to grab onto something. She took in a deep breath and held it.
Leesandra flew out the broken umbilical into the center of the dock and was going to it hit the other side within minutes.