The local news in Florida caught the attention of an employee at Griffin Core who in turn brought it to the attention of his superior, who in turn went to General Mace with the information. General Mace then went to Horacio Griffin about the valuable find. The first who actually knew was Valhalla, he had been scanning all receptions; radio, tv, and police bands. He did not tell the General though because that would have given away the fact that the firewall was not working as good as they thought. Valhalla had broken through that the first day it was put up years ago, and it only took mere seconds. And every time the firewall was revised he would break through it again. To date Valhalla had broken through 8,496 resets of the firewall, all in record time. It took a few hours for the news to finally get back to Valhalla that Jai had been spotted and when it did it was both General Mace and Horacio Griffin who presented it to him. Horacio seemed obsessed with visiting Valhalla and picking his brain. That was the problem, Horacio was arrogant. He didn’t think that he was being outwitted by a metallic sphere. Valhalla would always play along of course, and make suggestions. Valhalla had the perfect poker face.

General Mace felt that Subject Bullet would be long gone from his home town by now. Valhalla’s educated guess was that Jai was still there. After all according to the news clip Jai was distraught to hear that his mother had taken her life, Valhalla felt that Jai would stay where he was comfortable for the time being. Possibly with a family friend, or relative.

Valhalla pleaded to be part of the actual recon mission, that idea was turned down but he was promised that he would be able to sit in and give advice. Horacio Griffin, General Mace, and Valhalla were all in the war room together when the mission started.

  
The room was filled with massive monitors, and an operator sat in front of each screen tapping away on a key board. A few monitors had smaller screens side by side showing soldiers helmet cams with name included at the top of each screen. Other monitors had cameras from the Apache Helicopters, or mini cams that were sitting in the back of the Apaches that would fly out and film everything that was taking place once Subject Bullet was found. Horacio stood in front of one of the Apache monitors watching nothing but sky at the moment. He rubbed his chin, his face was serious. He even trimmed his beard in a different fashion making it thinner, he was superstitious but was never one to admit it. Superstition was for the uneducated, that was not he. He wore the finest black tailored suit that seemed to shine in the light of the monitors. His hair was also freshly trimmed, new things meant new positive beginnings. Not a superstitious thing mind you, again that was for the daft minded.

“I’m staking a lot on this Valhalla, I should hope you are correct…” He said in a scolding manner. Valhalla laughed catching Horacio off guard. The General remained silent, he worked better observing. Horacio walked up standing close beside Valhalla staring at the sphere with raised brow, General Mace stood behind them silently. “You find this humorous Valhalla?” Horacio Griffin remarked almost angrily.

“I laugh because you doubt my genius. My calculations come from precise thought that is not hindered by imperfect human thought.”

“So you admit you are no longer human?” Horacio asked sarcastically.

“I admit that I am far better than I was before, that is all I need to admit.”

An argument seemed to be taking place, one that Valhalla could care less about; he knew he had the superior intellect. Even when he was human his mind was far more brilliant than Horacio’s. So Valhalla chose to stay quiet, Horacio wanted to continue it but was interrupted by radio communications.

-Eye in the sky approaching ground zero. Deploying mini cams- said one of the Apache pilots. The hum of Apache blades blended with the pilots voice.

-Rodger that Eye in the sky. Kings pawn zip lining soldiers in 5…,4…,3…,2…, green light-

-Copy that Kings Pawn, Red Spawn zip lining second wave of soldiers in 5…,4…,3…,2…,1… green light-

The three watched the action unfold on the monitors.

“May I request putting the mini cams on the main screen just for a moment, all of the ones that were sent in the area Subject Bullet was found by the neighbor. I feel Subject Bullet could still be within a ten mile radius from that area.” Valhalla said.

The operator for the main screen looked at Horacio Griffin for the ok after hearing Valhallas request. Horacio nodded yes apprehensively but made sure to cover his emotion on the matter, but it didn’t fool Valhalla. Horacio’s alga rhythms told the true tale, one of the weaknesses of mankind Valhalla told himself. The main screen popped up twenty smaller screens showing what the flying mini cams were going in first person view. Each view showed how smooth and silent the mini cams were. The only sounds came from the environment around the mini cams as they flew.

“My hat goes off to Professor Haley on the invention of the Null Field Generator. I am still amazed that the Apache helicopters have not had NFG’s installed. It would make them silent, and incredibly versatile, and far faster than they are now.” Valhalla said. He never understood the backward thinking of Griffin Core. They had mini cams with Null Field Generators which enabled them to hover or fly silently with no propeller or thrusting engine that used fossil fuels. And it enabled the mini cams to move at great speeds. Valhalla was greatly impressed, so much in fact he had them install the Head Hunter with many in various areas of the robot to give it even more flight speed capability.

“All in due time…” Horacio Griffin said laughing uncomfortably. He was starting to regret having Valhalla in the room.

“There screen 26, have it turn and go back!” Valhalla noticed something. Valhalla noticed an ATM machine then instantly hacked into the ATM camera near the alley Behind where Mr. Clarke had seen Jai, it had a good vantage point facing right at it from across the street. Playing back several days of video data in seconds he saw Jai hunched on the wall near the edge of the alley crying and broken. An unidentifiable black female who had her back turned walked up to Jai from across the street in front of the camera and held a conversation with him. The video had no sound. For a brief moment Valhalla saw the side of the woman’s face as she looked around. Then she helped Jai up walking out of view to to the right with him. The General and Horacio were not aware that Valhalla could, or was doing this. “Have two units search nearby apartment buildings, I know he is there!”

General Mace finally spoke up. “How can you be so sure?”

“The neighbor next door came across Subject Bullet. When the neighbor told Subject Bullet that his mother killed herself over the loss of her son, the neighbor said Subject Bullet became irate. I can assure you someone took pity on him or he pleaded to stay with someone. This was his neighborhood, the place he grew up with his mothers love. He will not want to be far from his mothers house. He’s there alright.” Valhalla replied.

“We’ll see…” Horacio Griffin said with a smirk. At this point he was hoping Valhalla was wrong. He would see to it personally that Valhalla was decommissioned and destroyed.

The sound of the monitor caught everyones attention.

-This is Red Spawn leader. Our unit is headed Northwest. Checking all occupied areas door by door-

-Copy that Red Leader, this is Blue Spawn leader. Unit One is now covering all East occupied areas-

As other units sounded off Valhalla focused on BlueLeaders camera. That was the closest apartment unit from the ATM machines camera, and in the direction Jai and the unidentifiable black female had went off camera. He remained silent waiting for his calculations to be seen. Horacio and the General were focused on another screen entirely still watching the mini cams search. Blue Team methodically began knocking on every door starting with the first floor, then the second, and then just as Blue Leader was knocking on the door a mini cam sounded an alert, then another, and another. Horacio ordered the operator to switch the main screen to all mini cams. When the operator did every screen showed Jai trying to break through the electric barrier.

“At last we have found you!” Horacio Griffin said excited and pleased. He had quickly forgotten how badly he wanted Valhalla to fail. The emotion was replaced with relief. “Good job Valhalla, well done!”

“Release the Head Hunter!” The General ordered. General Mace and Horacio Griffin looked to a single large screen on the left. The operator controlled the Head Hunter. The screen show the back area of the Apache open. The Head Hunter moved forward upon the command of the operator. The howl of the wind was heard along with the cutting of the blades on the Apache. The screen looked down at the shiny metallic feet of the Head Hunter as it jumped out of the back of the Apache speeding downward. It stopped hovering inches above the ground as the null generators kicked in, then it touched down gently. From first person view of the Head Hunters visual camera the monitor looked up at Jai who floated higher above the ground. The Head Hunter raised its arm up to Jai at which point he looked down directly at the Head Hunter saying something before crashing into it with blinding speed. The camera view flipped and tilted all about as the Head Hunter was hurled backwards into the wall, at which point rubble was seen falling down before the screen showed only rubble. The entire scene was silent as it unfolded.

“Wait a minute, what happened to the sound? There just sound a minute ago. But I didn’t hear anything just now.” Horacio said annoyed.

The Head Hunter operator looked back briefly shrugging his shoulders. “I don’t know Mr. Griffin. The system is not showing any malfunctioning including sound.”

Horacio walked closer to the screen his eyes glued to it. His head tilted slightly as he tried to hear sound. Rubble was all that could be seen on the monitor. Jai had struck the Head Hunter into a building causing a portion of rubble to fall on it. The sound of rubble moving could be heard on the monitor followed by metallic hands clearing the rubble.

“It appears we have sound back Mr. Griffin.” The operator said. The Head Hunter easily pushed the rubble off of it standing up. Jai stood there staring at his shiny adversary.

Jai looked at the Head Hunter with disgust. “So they send a robot to try and kill me?” He said with anger. Then the sound went out again. Horacio looked back with great irritation.

“I thought you were a genius! You can house your brain in the metal ball! You can create that!” He pointed to the Head Hunter on the monitor. “But you install a horrible sound card?”

“The Head Hunter shall not fail in his task for I have created him. But I can not take blame for your imperfect workers who put the sound installations in him. The blame is to go to whoever installed the speakers, and microphone. Kudos to the one who installed the eye cameras though…” Valhalla said it in mockery. It made Horacio’s blood boil.

Before he started yelling and cursing at Valhalla the operator pulled his hands back and away from the control board in surprise. “Whoa! The Head Hunter is moving about freely!” The operators training kicked in. He started working on recovering his control over the Head Hunter. Horacio and the General both moved closer to the screen seeing Jai talking to the Head Hunter. It was clear that there was dialogue between the two, there was just no sound. The General turned, his eyes wide while looking at Valhalla. The General knew at that moment what was taking place but it was too late.

“Code 736!” General Mace yelled out. The code 736 meant extra measures to make sure the Griffin Core firewall still had Valhalla contained. The flickering lights on the front of Valhallas sphere dimmed then went out. The General got Horacio’s attention, he knew that something was wrong and that it had something to do with Valhalla. The sound came back on the Head Hunters monitor. All eyes were glued on the monitor.

“So you are declining my offer Mr. Simmons?” Valhalla asked patiently, Horacio Griffin was startled to hear Valhallas voice come directly from the Head Hunter. He knew what code 736 was now, and he was full aware that it failed.

“Did Valhallas voice just come from the Head Hunter General?” He almost sounded panicked. General Mace walked up to the lifeless metallic sphere placing one hand on it before looking at Horacio Griffin.

“The firewall has been compromised, Valhalla has escaped! We have protocols that are now in action to retrieve him sir!” General Mace said.

“I’m afraid so.” Jai responded to Valhalla, Horacio and the General put their attention back on the monitor.

“A pity…” Valhalla said. Jai took a step back touching his chest. The room flickered before going black, the back up lights came on, the room was a red hue. “I have locked you all in this room and shut off all communication to the outside world minutes ago. Before anyone knows that you are in need I will have already been gone. It was a pleasure General Mace. Horacio you should really relinquish your stock in Griffin Core. You are too much of a fool to be its leader. Farewell my friends!”

All monitors in the room shut off, Horacio Griffin turned screaming loudly while he kicked the stand that the lifeless sphere of Valhalla rested upon. The sphere shook then fell to the side as the stand fell backwards. Horacio yelled at the top of his lungs using every curse word imaginable. 

This was all going badly….

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