So I had this kinda crazy dream last night. One of those “where the fuck did this come from” like you’re watching a movie for which you’ve never even seen a preview kinda dreams. I’ll try to fill in details where I can; Y’know those blurry bits where you didn’t actually watch something happen, but you’re just kinda given the knowledge. Anyway:
Apparently I was some super-genius engineer stuck in a dead-end job with my talents going unused and unappreciated. I started a project at home (more of a lab) where through a mixture of genetics, nanotech,and AI programming, I created a Korean girl. Actually, I created 3 Korean girls. The other two were kinda failed experiments.
The first I created was Anna. She was a very successful prototype, however she never progressed past the mind of a child. I should explain: when creating the AI, I couldn’t just go and program a personality. Instead, I created a set of base protocols and let the girls learn and develop on their own. Anna was very nearly perfect. She was very polite and well-mannered, however she wasn’t very smart, a bit of a klutz and suffered from severe social anxiety (somewhat based on Chi from Chobits or Miharu from Girls Bravo). This wouldn’t be a big deal, except that all three of the girls have somewhat superhuman strength, speed, and agility. Some of Anna’s little klutzy mistakes had very nearly injured people in the past (including myself), only contributing to her social anxiety. She eventually got to the point that she never left the lab.
After Anna, I tried going quite the opposite with my next attempt. I did everything I could to accelerate the AI learning process in an attempt to break the barriers I had encountered with Anna, and it was quite successful up to a point. The second girl named herself Tien Shen (not a Korean name, but whatev). Tien Shen was advancing at staggering speed. She surpassed Anna’s mental capabilities in mere days and before long she rivaled top scholars in every field. However, her emotional development had been taking a disturbing turn. She began having violet mood swings, overwhelmed by her rapid development. One day while I was out, she found a stray cat outside the lab. She befriended it and brought it in to give it some milk. While they were playing, however, the cat scratched Tien. Tien flew into a rage, killing the cat and destroying some equipment. I kept trying to help her, hoping this was a phase she would grow out of. The final straw came when she got it into her head that she wanted to have a baby (an impossibility). I tried to reason with her and felt I had gotten through, only to come home one day to find she had kidnapped an infant. When I told her that we had to return it to the parents, she quickly became violent. I had to lull her into believing that I had accepted the idea of raising the baby together in order to get close enough to sedate her. I tried, but couldn’t bring myself to deactivate/destroy her, so I kept her locked in an old bank vault in the lab while i tried to find a solution.
One night, a stroke of inspiration led me to create a third girl. This time I managed to tweak the AI using data I had gathered from Tien. Third time’s a charm. The new girl showed great promise, developing quickly but without showing signs of psychotic tendencies as with Tien. She thought Anna’s name was very pretty and wanted to call herself Anna too. After convincing her that would not work, she decided to call herself Annabelle.
Skip ahead. Annabelle and I are very much in love. Since she has no formal identity, Annabelle is unable to work but rather spends her time doing volunteer work. She also helps me take care of her sisters, doing the shopping for Anna who still cant leave the house and keeping Tien in line as only she can with her matching abilities. Even Tien seems happier and enjoys more freedom since she has Annabelle to watch over her. Everything seems to be going great, however unbeknownst to everyone else, Tien starts to become quite jealous of Annabelle and me. This begins to manifest as anger toward her sisters and me. Tien escapes the lab and goes on a rampage around town. Annabelle wants to find her, but I convince her it’s far too dangerous. Since the two of them look almost identical, she would easily be mistaken as Tien. Cops and SWAT teams are unable to subdue Tien as her physical and mental capacities are largely unmatched. Unable to keep watching idly, Annabelle goes after Tien. The two are locked in an epic battle as the national guard and F-22s are scrambled to the scene. There’s lots of back-and-forth in the fight, but in the end Tien’s ruthlessness gives her the upper hand. Just as Tien has all but killed Annabelle and is about to continue her rampage unimpeded, Annabelle sacrifices herself and buys just enough time for the inbound F-22s, so that her and Tien are both destroyed in an airstrike.
In the aftermath, I’m devastated to say the least. I’ve just watched one of my creations dispense carnage around the city, and witnessed the love of my life sacrifice herself to put a stop to it. I feel as though my life instantly begins to crumble. The government and the media still have no clue what exactly these girls were or where they came from, but I’m sure questioning will eventually lead back to me. Feeling no way out, I’m even contemplating suicide as I make my way back to the lab. Once there, sobbing with a gun in my hand, I’m stopped by the tender touch and softspoken words of Anna. As it turns out, Annabelle had, in secret, been trying to work out some of the bugs in Anna’s programming. Using her own neural makeup as a guide, she was able to remove the restrictions that had halted Anna’s development. In the process, Annabelle had inadvertently transferred some of her own memories into Anna.
Skip ahead to a white sand beach in some non-extradition country. Anna, now fully cognitively developed, finds herself an amalgam of her former self and Annabelle. She begins referring to herself as Anna-B, both an homage to Annabelle and a recognition that she has grown beyond her original programming. The two of us now live happily together as the scene fades to black on a perfect orangey purple, ocean sunset.