The swarm of drones hovered over the mountain, their cameras clicking and fans humming. The crowd at the scenic overlook took cover and watched them.
The tourists had all heard of the autonomous flying military robots, but most of them had only ever seen one on the news feeds. They were far from the front, and there weren’t any nearby military targets that they knew of.
After a tense moment, the drones swooped into a holding pattern. A loudspeaker on the largest one crackled to life.
“Sorry for startling you,” It said in a pleasant contralto voice. “We’re on vacation.”

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