unable to comply…

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“Task complete. Shut it down.”

Unable to comply, the computer responded.

“I finished.”

Inaccurate statement. Previous command stipulated all listed reports and evaluations must be complete before system rest. This command by Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, priority basis, can only be countermanded at her order by fire, terrorist attack, alien invasion or an open and active case requiring her attention …

Jesus, had she really programmed that? “I changed my mind.”

Previous command specifies changes of mind, fatigue, boredom, and other lame excuses not acceptable for countermand …

“Bite me,” Eve muttered.

Excerpt: New York to Dallas, J.D. Robb
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