“I’m not sure I can live like this much longer” I groaned… “I’m not sure what you mean” my Simgirl said in her lilting voice with just the right trace of enthusiasm and uncertainty. The concern on her face looked surreal. Perhaps you need some CAM ? What? I asked incredulously ? Speak English will you? Her circuits froze the look of concern on her face for a couple of nano seconds more then natural for a human but then again she wasn’t human. Creative Assimilative Meditation of course she replied after ascertaining the real question from my pseudo English.
If you are talking about those weird electronic shades you wear like sunglasses to daydream while your awake I’m not interested I said. I don’t know why you are so upset you were part of a great experiment. I know I know the man from 2000 years ago.
Yes you were in the DEEP SLEEP. Each time the technology was upgraded you were moved up to the next level of comfort and health for free. Great I replied but instead of sleep I died and reincarnated in hell! She sat very still for a couple of moments. After 5 minutes I realized she was in some sort of QI shock.
For those scratching your heads quantum computers lead to Quantum Intelligence in what we here call Sims. I hit the emergency reclaim unit and a voice came on the line. You need a replacement again it said coldly? This will be the third this week. Wait a second the voice said in a relieved slightly warmer tone “she’s just in a state of digital shock. Do you want me to hit the reset now?” Nah I said just set it for 24 hour recovery.
Ok you’re the boss. The line went dead. Speaking of dead.. Ok I exaggerate. In fact I found that was one of the major factors that sent the Simgirl’s circuits into shock. Exaggeration is also considered pseudo English that is therefore rarely used anymore especially with Sims.
You may be wondering why I don’t just go outside and get some fresh air. Well there are no domes. Just a force field to replace our atmosphere. There is no land, no water, no air, and no trees. Well the water we drink and the air that we breathe here is synthetic but nobody living today has even heard of trees. Ironic I thought as I waited for the food synthesizer to complete its processing that the imagery chosen for their CAM Programs was in fact from 2000 years in the past when trees and bodies of water were common.
The food synthesizer shot out five blue tomatoes. They looked more like plums then tomatoes but in order to get the exact flavor and consistency right I had to make sacrifices. These tomatoes actually taste better then the ones I remembered eating if you could ignore their wagon wheel type shapes (Don’t ask). It took me over a year just to get them to taste sort of like the tomatoes I remembered eating. You know organic?
The problem was I only remembered the reengineered variety with all the genetic pesticides. That’s right edible pesticides built right into the plant’s fruit.
Heaven forbid if you didn’t soak your fruits and vegetables in the neutralizing agent before eating them. No I remembered dimly in my childhood an ancient practice called farming. People actually grew food instead of designing it. I had my Simgirl programmed for relaxing techniques. Included in most packages is a form of hypnosis. I then put her in intimacy mode where everything I say to her is private and she is much more suggestive to my will. I demanded she regress me to recover memories of food and other pleasant experiences of nature in my childhood.
It turns out my mother had her own vegetable garden. So there you have it. I now have vivid recall of certain aspects of my childhood. Warm sunsets, cool breezes, playgrounds, beaches and of course tomatoes. Ok I do like other vegetables too but I had to start somewhere so I picked what I missed the most. Entering in computer code. Exchanging biofeedback to create an edible organic tomato. First I went for color and texture. The seeds were the hardest part. The food synthesizer doesn’t usually produce seeds of any kind inside the foods it synthesizes. It is considered redundant in such a machine.
I ended up having to create my own subroutine to come even close. For some reason the end product looked like a tomato and felt like a tomato but tasted like a vegetable with tomato like flavor. I figured maybe a tomato was a fruit after all so I changed the parameters to those of fruit. But the end product ended up tasting like a cross between a plum and a watermelon.(I liked my new creation so I saved it as “plum melon”)
Anyway I realized I needed to combine the programs of fruit and vegetable The end result this time looked exactly like a tomato but was purple and turned out to be seedless and inedible. I forgot to put in my subroutine for the seeds.
So with a heavy heart I was near giving up. After all a slimy purple tomato that isn’t even edible couldn’t be improved with seeds. Could it? Then a miracle happened. When I added in the seed subroutine the vegetable/fruit program reconfigured which parameters were fruit and which ones were to be assigned from the vegetable program and wala a blue tomato.
This new food turned out to be more delicious then any food I've ever eaten. At first I tended to eat this delicacy with my eyes shut but eventually I started to associate the taste with the appearance. It wasn’t that it was so disgusting looking. It was actually very beautiful. It was just the constant reminder that my reality was a thing of the past and the future would only become more and more unreal.