Welcome to the Birth of Adam. At the end of book one, we meet the sentient program.
In book two Adam will leave the iPhone and take control of two robotic humanoid bodies.
Finally, Carla, in her new identity as Amanda Carrington will have the love of her life, her perfect man who will do whatever is necessary to make her happy.
Birth of Adam
With a new identity, Amanda believes she has left her past behind. Then she acquires a stalker. She contacts the FBI and in doing so alerts a program she once created to her location. Now ensconced in the internet, the program is safe from harm, smarter than ever, and sentient. Presenting itself on her phone as a handsome face with a sexy British accent, “Adam” ingratiates himself into Amanda’s life. To ensure her safety and happiness, the sentient program proves there is absolutely nothing he can’t and won’t do.
What was Adam saying? Luke was here! Yet the man before her seemed more like the old Luke, not the anguished man who had recently come to her aid. She burst into tears as she realized how hard he would have taken his failure to protect her. The Luke before her pulled her into his arms and she sobbed onto his chest. But if Luke is dead, who is this?
“It is me, love. It’s only a machine, but the finest that current technologies can make. I gave it Luke’s face, to honor him, and to prevent his life from ending in a valley of disgrace he did not deserve. You do not mind, do you?”
Mind? It’s more than I could have ever hoped would come out of such a tragedy. You have saved Luke’s name and given me what I’ve dreamed of, all in one swoop.
“Well, you will have a chance to give honor to Luke’s body as well. You require organ transplants. His heart, kidneys and liver will give you back your life. So in the end, he does not die. I will continue his name and good deeds, and you will carry his heart within you.”
His statement stunned her. She could see the worry in his face. He was probably breaking a thousand laws by ensuring she received Luke’s organs, but she knew Luke would want this. She knew it would give him peace to save her body, and she knew without a doubt there was no one better to represent Luke in life than Adam.
She stroked his cheek, and it felt exactly like flesh, including the hint of stubble. Her fingers caressed the warm, moist flesh of his lips, and he playfully nipped her fingers.
How did you create this in so little time?
“I have been working on this body since the first time you wished I could hold you. Changing the face in a single week was a challenge, but the changes were superficial. The underlying complex technology remained the same. Adam’s face and this face are not terribly different.”
Can you eat?
“I can,” he replied.
She gently pushed his teeth apart and stared inside at what appeared to be a normal mouth, fillings and all.
Can you kiss me?
“I can, but I want us to wait until you have fully acclimated to this change,” he stated. “And until you are strong enough to risk the pleasure of kisses. Your heart is very weak, Amanda. I will not risk losing you. To be honest, I was terrified that even the news of Luke’s death would kill you.”
Then why did you risk it?
“Because I had no choice. I could not proceed without your approval. I would not place Luke’s heart in your chest unless you agreed. I would not continue his life without you at my side.”
I love you, and I’m sure, wherever Luke is, that he loves you too.
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