It was the Machines that sought to destroy mankind, in the future, a future. It was a Machine that killed my son's father and a Machine that killed my son's uncle. It was the Machines that tried to kill my son and myself. Among the Machines out to destroy all we know, one Machine stands alone to fight them. One Machine stands alone to protect my son and myself. One Machine is unique among the rest. The fate of the world and my son rests in the hands of that one Machine, that one Machine is named – CAMERON.
Sarah stepped back.
She took in the whole scene.
Cameron was sprawled in the chair, lifeless, her body heavily damaged, her head cut open, her chip gone.
Cameron appeared - terminated.
Sarah was aware of Mr. Ellison. He looked around the room, now in chaos and at the inanimate figure slumped in the chair.
"What happened? Where did they go?" Mr. Ellison asked, looking for Mrs. Weaver, John Henry and John.
Sarah's face was ashen, devoid of all emotion. She just lost her son, to the unknown. Now in the company of one of the deadliest types of Terminator.
"The future." Sarah said, feeling drained.
Sarah thought of taking Cameron's deactivated chassis away so she could use Thermite on it, ending its existence; deny Skynet or its affiliates, the use of its technology. A few months ago Sarah would have done that in a heartbeat and never thought twice about it.
Cameron was there for her son, to help him, protect him and guide him. Sarah was not blind, she saw how her son was beginning to act around and towards Cameron. Sarah knew what it all meant. No one was going to admit it, but they all knew.
Sarah was glad to be out of jail, but knew John foolishly sacrificed Cameron to do it. Cameron did not do it for her, Cameron did it for John. Now look at her. It almost made Sarah sick. More than one thing was sacrificed with all this.
Sarah heard and watched the exchange between John and Cameron when Cameron was trapped between the two trucks. Sarah heard the words. She did not believe them then. Now with all that has happened since….
A tear slid down Sarah's cheek, she made a choice. No it wasn't really a choice; it was the right thing to do. It was for John's future.
Sarah looked at Cameron. "It is because of you my son is gone. It is also because of you, he will be back."
Mr. Ellison looked at the damage to the room and Cameron, hearing Sarah's words, somewhat surprised.
Sarah looked around her surroundings again, this building was compromised, it was attacked with a Skynet drone. She needed to get away from there and bring Cameron with her. No matter where she went, Cameron was going also. Sarah knew John would never forgive her if she did not take care of Cameron's - remains.
"What better security does this place have?" Sarah asked. "Is there any more secure or safer part?"
"We have almost finished a new facility." Mr. Ellison said. "It has everything."
"Everything?" Sarah asked.
"There are more powerful computer systems, ready to go online and a complete research and test facility, living quarters and armory; it is really a fortified bunker." Mr. Ellison said. "Mrs. Weaver already started construction on it before I became - affiliated, with her."
"We need to take Cameron there and get the Turk." Sarah said. "We need to do it now."
Mr. Murch and two assistants entered the room.
"Mrs. Weaver told us this day may come, we are ready." Mr. Murch stated. "We have everything we need."
The two assistants were grabbing specific computer gear while Mr. Ellison and Mr. Murch loaded Cameron into a large shallow hamper that one of Mr. Murch's assistants pushed in.
"This was originally for John Henry if we needed it, but - it, will fit just fine." Mr. Murch said.
"Cameron, not - it." Sarah said sharply. "Her name is Cameron."
Mr. Ellison eyed Sarah for a moment. That's different, he thought.
"Let's get all this stuff and go." Mr. Ellison said. "This place is no longer safe."
"No place is safe." Sarah said.
The ride in the van was not too long. One of the assistants was looking at Sarah, then to Mr. Murch, then back at Sarah, then to Mr. Ellison. The assistant saw a photo of Sarah on the local news.
Mr. Ellison decided to take control of the situation.
"She is a CI working under deep cover, as well as with Mrs. Weaver. You know of my association with the FBI. All I can ask is you leave it at that, lives are at stake here." Mr. Ellison said. "I need to get Savannah under cover ASAP as well. Mrs. Weaver will be - pleased, with your cooperation."
"Works for me." The first assistant said.
"Me too." The second assistant added.
"Everything is very confidential." Mr. Ellison said. "Mrs. Weaver will see that everyone is handsomely compensated for their effort and loyalty."
"Works even better for me." The first assistant said.
"Me too." The second assistant reiterated.
On arrival at the new nearby facility, a dark haired female assistant was waiting. She helped put Cameron on a gurney and move her into a lab room.
Sarah took a long look at the woman; there was something about her…. Sarah could not place it.
"Can you fix her?" Sarah asked, worried. Her attention back on Cameron.
The female assistant looked at Cameron almost lovingly, touching her damaged cheek. She needed to hold her emotions in control, hide what she was feeling.
"Alliso-…, it is damaged, but not as bad as the last one we rebuilt." The female assistant said.
"Cameron…, not it. Her name is Cameron." Sarah said somewhat angrily. "Don't make me tell you again, or anyone else."
The assistant looked at Sarah and could see there was some - attachment.
"Sorry. Cameron it is. My name is - Vanna. How should I address you?"
"We have everything to repair the chassis damage and a way to fabricate more of the synthetic covering, this will speed the regeneration process of her sheath. That is, as long as the power cell is not damaged, the unit, I mean Cameron, will be able to help with the regeneration of most the synthetic covering in a short time. Her sheath will be as good as new in a few days time."
Sarah stepped out of the room, Vanna followed.
"Where is Ellison?" Sarah asked.
"He went to retrieve Savannah." Vanna said.
Sarah hoped nothing happened to the young girl, Savannah. They lost Derek saving her once. Sarah thought how that still stung, both of the Reese brothers - dead.
Vanna left to join the others hooking up the computer gear in another room.
Sarah returned to Cameron's room. Sarah looked at the damage to Cameron, she wondered how John could have done this to her. Sarah sat down and buried her face in her hands and cried. She did not cry much anymore but this was all a shock to her. Everyone was gone, Kyle, dead, Derek, dead, Charlie, dead, Riley, dead, Cameron, heavily damaged, inoperable – dead, John, gone, dead? She was all alone. She slumped over in the chair and drifted off to uneasy restless sleep.