Grim looked up and down the vehicles with Leyas sight first, and saw while some obscurements had been woven around them, the obscurements were rank amateur. Grim peered between the layers of twisted and bent Leyas and saw there was obvious technomancy at work here. Damn he hated technomancy.
Using his spirit scope he viewed the same spot, and quickly realized there was a human aura under the hood of the hovertruck. Popping the hood, he looked inside but wasn’t quite sure what all the parts were. Earther tech had so many more moving parts than Sylvan tech, or Falosini tech. The spirit scope allowed him to pinpoint the part that was giving off the human aura.
Grim pointed at the part and Eli McGraw advised, "That is the main control computer for the hovertruck. It transmits and translates the movement of the wheel, the accelerator, and the other controls into information the hover emitters can use to keep the vehicle flying level and in the direction desired. Most hovertruck drivers keep a spare in the trunk in case of malfunction. Its not exactly a part that is easy to tech forge out in the middle of no where, unless you have a portable computer manufacture plant available.
If you do have a portable computer manufacturing plant tell me, because that would fund all our future endeavors. I couldn’t find/afford one of those even when I was a multi-millionaire."
Grim could tell it was definitely that part that was a human being in disguise, or perhaps not disguised.
Finally the audio speakers on the hovertruck activated and a very child-like voice answered, “I am an advanced Hovertruck. My job is to drive folks back and forth. What is your destination?”
Even to their ears, it sounded like a person trying to give a bad cover story.
Nuria, who had some experience with victims of child abuse back home, could tell the kids (if they were kids) simply didn’t trust them. In fact if Grim hadn’t pointed out the part, and Eli hadn’t acknowledged what it was, they probably would have stayed silent and tried to simply hide, as children in deepest fear do. Now that the kids were “found out” they would do anything to keep the adults they were frightened of from knowing more.
It would take some good convincing to get the kids to be open about who and what they were. Then again Nuria thought back to the battle. These kids had witnessed Lurtor, Eli and Nuria openly slaughter their entire community with grenades, pistols, fire and violence.