“I’m sorry, Rylee,” said the robot pretending to be her fiance. “I didn’t want you to find out this way.”
Rylee slapped his hand away from her shoulder. “Get away from me! You’re not even human, let alone the man I loved.”
Cole cast his cold, empty eyes down to the ground. “I know. I can never replace him. I am sorry that I lied to you. It was programmed into me from the start.” He looked back into her watery eyes. “This isn’t a great place to discuss these matters. We should talk about it in a more private place. The staffing agency corridors should be fine.”
“And why should I trust you?” Rylee said, almost spitting. “You’re probably just leading me into a trap so Vai can capture me.”
It almost seemed like he would grab her hand, but he resisted. “Because despite the fact that I am a robot, I still love you. It is my primary command, after all.”
She sighed, letting him lead her from the room. At least she wouldn’t have to hear about how well the manufacturing recruitment staffing agency was going anymore.
When they were in the corridors, Cole turned back to her. “Listen, it’s true that I am a being of artificial intelligence designed to perfectly mimic your old boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean how I feel about you isn’t real.”
“How you feel about me?” Rylee almost wanted to throw a fist at him. “I betrayed my own sister to be with you! Maphira is probably having horrible things done to her right now because you lied to me!”
“I understand,” Cole said. “If you need to call things off, that’s okay. But how I feel is how I feel. I would fight my own creators to prove my love to you. If you want to save your sister, I’ll be right there with you.”
Rylee clenched a fist. “No, Cole. Forget it. Stay out of this, and stay out of my life. I don’t care how you feel. You’re just a mimicry of the man I loved. I never want to see you again.”
Ignoring the sadness in his expression, Rylee walked away, wiping more tears from her eyes.