A chapter from Maxwell Empire Scripted Book 3

Chapter 7 Fred and the Arena

 

FRED

Mum, we have to discuss law and order.

MUM

What about it, Fred.

FRED

Well, the role of robocops, what they can do to offenders, fish fooding, the Arena. You know, everything.

MUM

The robocops are very good at keeping the law.

FRED

I know that. With their flying overhead and keeping track of everyone.

MUM

Yes, having the world population microchipped means people cannot hide or lie later about where they have been.

FRED

It definitely helps the robocops know where you have been that they keep the record of your location from your microchip for years.

MUM

Their biggest problem is when they have to deal with someone in the middle of a crime.

FRED

It would be great to see that action in real life.

MUM

Yes, seeing the video of them cocooning a baddie would certainly be improved on if you were seeing it as it took place beside you.

FRED

They keep the baddies alive though; just stop them moving or doing anything.

MUM

Yes, robocops are not allowed to kill animals so whether it is a mad human or dog or elephant they cocoon them.

FRED

I guess it takes a lot of robocops to cocoon an elephant.

MUM

For sure. But at least the elephant might have a good reason to be set free later. Humans are usually sent off to the Arena.

FRED

Yes, that brings us to the function of the Arena.

MUM

Well, the Arena is entertainment. People enjoy seeing baddies getting chased around the Arena by a bunch of hungry pigs.

FRED

Especially when the pigs catch up with one of them and take chunks out of their leg or backside or whatever.

MUM

Yes, definitely exciting. And sending the message, be good or be here.

FRED

Have you seen a cocooning up close, Mum?

MUM

Yes, Fred. Just once. I was in the Electron Microscopy Lab when a student outside the lab was cocooned.

FRED

How many robocops were spraying him with filament?

MUM

Oh, probably half a dozen. It was very exciting.

FRED

What had he done?

MUM

You know that the worst crime is interfering with the communications to robots. He had thought it was fun to have robocars run into other robocars. Several humans died.

FRED

So he was immediately taken to the Arena.

MUM

Yes, there was an event taking place. They interrupted it. Sent the pigs out; and the baddies. Put him in the middle. They had flown all the University people there. All the thousands that were there that day. I was there.

FRED

So the world knew what he had done. I have seen the video. The whole world was watching.

MUM

Yes, for the worst crime you get the most viewers. That is because they make sure it is truly gruesome and not something you want to endure.

FRED

And only one pig was sent in at the beginning.

MUM

Yes, Big pig was huge. Not overly fast so he could keep in front of the pig but of course he eventually ran out of puff.

FRED

Then he lost a foot. A whole foot.

MUM

Yes, Big pig went chomp and off came his foot. Blood was spurting everywhere.

FRED

Big pig then got much more interested. Yes. The speed of Big pig went up several notches. Running around with one foot and a stump means you are not too fast.  Big pig took another bite.

MUM

Yes, lots of screaming. You hear it on the video but being there it was much more gruesome.

FRED

Then they let in a whole lot of Big pigs buddies.

MUM

You know I can never get over just how quickly he was just bones. It seemed that one second there was a screaming, bloody human standing there on one foot, and the next just a pile of bones with a few disinterested pigs gnawing a bone or two.

FRED

Well, so the Arena has the effect of keeping us good.

MUM

It ain’t necessarily so, as the song goes. But it possibly makes us think of consequences.

FRED

I think I need a break from law and order, Mum. It is just too gruesome.

MUM

Good. You can help me with dinner. It is robocook or us.

FRED

I like robocook’s food but I like helping you, Mum. So we are cooking.