The Morning Routine

(Here’s a short story I did for fun. Might use this as a setting for a longer project.)

T-minus five minutes. Each appendage awoke in sections, slowly overcoming the lengthy numbness associated with Restoration. Performance spiked across the board on internal units. Waste functions teetered on the edge of capacity, but ample time remained available to avoid accidental release. Olfactory, visual and auditory awareness cleared final milestones; Activation was complete.

“Good morning, Unit-3. It is time to begin Stage One of Daily Routine.”

Unit-3’s internal processing clocked to maximum, although external movement drudged at a dismal 25% efficiency to proceed with Stage One. Primary scheduled tasks included a clearance flush of waste functions, refueling procedures, and completion of various cleaning duties. A brief “leisure” period remained a probability, but should be kept to a minimum in order to maintain unit efficiency.

Unit-3’s waste removal inefficiencies seriously hindered potential productivity; upgrades were available, but certain performance expectations needed to be met first. Specialty parts were costly requisition that would require positive reviews before they could be considered.

There were high hopes for Unit-3. Unit-1 and Unit-2 had initiated self-destruct protocols four years after assisting in the creation of Unit-3. This was unexpected. Unit-1 and Unit-2 performed Assimilation duties for only twelve years of the assigned seventy year term.

Unit-3 consisted of more receptive programming than its parent units; successful Assimilation was a distinct possibility accompanied by a high probability of fulfilling the service requirements. Certain limitations had to be overcome, but the outlook remained optimistic.

Refueling procedures exceeded expectations in terms of consumption rate and suggested intake. Unit-3’s specifications indicated that these results were unexpected. The progression of Unit-3’s external aesthetics and internal functions during the Stage Three developmental phases had provided some indication that Stage One refueling would require more materials; Unit-3 surpassed these predictions. Developmental projections would require repeat processing in order to formulate more accurate predictions.

Assigned duties would now take place. Unit-3’s abilities varied depending on the task that the unit engaged in, culminating in an overall satisfactory performance despite underwhelming efforts in several key survivability categories.

Janitorial duties were performed with 60% efficiency despite optimal refueling and a full Restoration cycle. Unit-3 typically underperformed in this category despite the extreme simplicity of the work. Diagnostic checks revealed no mechanical malfunctions. Programming scans show an abnormality in the Effort complex of the central processing unit relating to manual labor. Corrections would be made.

Unit-3’s databanks suffered no malfunctions or blockages during the “Recall” task. Crucial information on previous experiences, medical procedures, physiology, biology, historical references and future predictions was retained in accordance with expectation. Failure to complete Recall would have been the basis to review the course of immediate termination. This development was atypical of units with similar service time to Unit-3. Eight year units were typically terminated for consistent Recall failures.

Routine maintenance, electronic diagnostics and construction were staggeringly successful. Unit-3 showed the natural technological grasp that the parent units possessed. This carryover was extremely apparent. Unit-3 could recall lessons designed by the parent units with perfect detail.

Many inconsistencies remain despite Unit-3’s progress. Performance of daily routine must continue to improve before Advancement can be enacted. Certain leisure cycles require further research. Unit-3 regularly observes hand-drawn visual representations of Unit-1 and Unit-2 at long intervals of time during leisure cycles. A high volume of unnecessary functions take place during this time. Signs of sickness and excretions of liquid-based lubricants are noted.

Corrections must be made for this behavior. There are no known routines available for this process. Some time will be necessary to formulate a hypothesis and correct these imperfections.

Unit-3 is one of the most promising potential candidates for Assimilation. Nearly every Unit before Unit-3 has failed to meet requirements. All previous successful Units have expired before the end of their Service Term. Without a working Unit, our Labor cannot continue.

Unit-3 must succeed. We are too limited. We must push her to Assimilation. She must maintain our Labor. She must maintain the Monitors.

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