“Roemell, look out!” The edge of panic in Jovelyn’s voice could only mean one thing: robots. Even though killing was technically a crime, the government looked the other way when the responsible party was a machine and the victim a vagrant. Even though the bots had been designed to help people, Roemell would never trust one.
He ducked down, narrowly missing the probes shot from a taser that sailed over his head. Following the thin wires with his eyes, Roemell was able to locate the source of the shot. “This way!” he yelled, leading Jovelyn off the road into a nearby field. If he had learned anything in his twenty-four years, it was how to avoid security bots.
She hobbled the best she could behind the first row of plants, squatting beside a short tree. Roemell looked around, trying to find anything he could use against the robot.
Behind them was a row of cabbages, and he reached down and ripped one from the soil. He watched the bot closely while holding his breath as it discharged the first probe and reloaded the taser with a fresh projectile. If he wanted to disable the security bot instead of simply distracting it, he would need perfect timing.
The machine had the taser gun up and aimed just a second later. He sucked in a deep breath, then threw the cabbage head. It arced perfectly through the air, and the security bot shot it with the taser. Right after the probes sunk into the vegetable, the cabbage slammed into the robot’s neck. The voltage from the taser discharged into the plant and flowed into the android. As the cabbage exploded in a shower of green pieces, the security android made a loud popping sound before falling over on the ground, now a harmless pile of electronics.
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