Goliath and the Girl

{excerpt from recovered journal}

Back in training, they said we could have Goliath friends, but not human friends.  That made sense.  We couldn’t talk to humans the same way, couldn’t really have a conversation.  The rumor was they used to be able to, back in the double-digits.  And we all still remembered the birthday party they made us stop.  They got too friendly, I guess.

They train us so we think the mission is everything.  Our whole life is about doing the next job.

We were walking away from the orphanage, and I asked her a question.  She blanked out, and I got so mad.  I was angry.  I just wanted to hurt whoever did that to her.

[chuckle]  Then I realized I really did want that.  That it wasn’t just because I was Tower property and this was my mission.

[pause]  I cared about the other missions too, I guess.  Whenever I saved a human life, that made everything worth it.  But Sophia… we’d only been together a few hours, and it was already different.

My job was to guard her.  It wasn’t my job to find out what happened to her.

But I wanted to.

{analysis confirmed.  voice match: Goliath 231}


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