Corbin’s mother was completely dead. She wouldn’t turn on, no matter how many times he pressed the reset button. Her several robotic arms were stiff, splayed out at different angles, and her large LED monitor remained a cold black. Corbin stared at his reflection in it and told himself not to cry. After all it was his mother who told him there was no time for crying on a mission as important as his. He paged Nika instead…

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