Confession

“Why haven’t you asked about the money?” David finally said. “I thought you would have asked about it by now. You seemed fully surprised that I was spending more than a million dollars.”

Cassandra had not expected a comment like that. It seemed to come from left field. “I was, it is a lot of money and you were talking about it as if it was pocket change.”

“It is pocket change. I have more money than I know what to do with. I no longer know how much money I have. I have left it all in QT’s hands. She works with it and makes more with it.”

“How much money are we talking about?”

“I stopped asking when it was several billion,” David replied.

“Why are you telling me this?”

“I guess I thought you should know. Despite my suspicions about you, I feel that I need to tell you things. Since I saw you lying on the cot when I got in the room I have felt some attraction to you. I do not know what to do with it and it bothers me.”

“I do not know what to say to that,” Cassandra said. She also felt an attraction to David, but she did not think that this was the time to tell him.

“It is ok. I know that sometimes I have not been so nice to you,” David replied. “Part of it is my fear of what I am feeling; the other is my paranoia about the Agency.”

Cassandra said, “I am an unknown. I would be suspicious as well. I did have some thoughts that you might not have my best interest at heart when you were in the room, claiming to rescue me.”

David sighed, “You were only in the room because the Agency experimented on you without your knowledge. They would not have been able to do it if I had not been involved.”

“How were you involved?” Cassandra asked.

“There are only two quantum super computers in the world. I built them both.”

Cassandra was puzzled. “What does that have to do with it?”

“I built the computer that the Agency is using to track people and for their experiments.”

“I still do not follow you. Did you plan the experiments that they did on me? Did you select me from a group of people? Did you put the items in me?”

“No, but…” David said.

“So, you did not do this to me. Other people made the choice to do this.”

“But, I made the computer that made it possible.”

“Ok, you made the computer that the Agency is using to destroy lives, is that correct?”

“Yes,” David replied.

“No, I do not believe that. You made a device, a tool. You made a computer. A computer is neutral. It is the owner that decides what to do with it, decides how it will be used.”

“But I made that computer and gave the Agency the power.”

“Did you know that the agency was going to be tagging people? Did you know that they would be doing other experiments?” Cassandra asked.

“I did learn that they were going to be tagging people a few years before I left. I could not leave until my contract was up. The day I turned eighteen I walked out the door and did not go back.”

“And what have you done since then?”

“Alex and I used the money I had earned from the Agency to built QT. She has been watching QJU since then.”

“QJU, what is that?”

“QJU,” David said. “That is the name of the computer at the Agency. I gave her that name and she has kept it since then.”

“So you immediately started to watch the agency, once you left?”

“Yes, I could not let them have free reign. They were the only ones with a quantum super computer. No one else was going to be able to watch them, only those that have worked for the Agency even know of its existence.”

“So, you took it upon yourself to watch them?”

“I did.”

“QT is not a bad computer. Alex is not a bad AI. You do not make bad things. You do not have a bad daughter; you do not have a bad son.”

“Darla was not bad either.” David started to cry.

Cassandra slid over on the couch. She wrapped her arms around David.