A response to Nathaniel Lee's "Cohabitation" in Mirror Shards:
The top half of the pill carrier dissolved in the gut leaving the bottom battle control center intact. General Scott took one last look at his legion of nano troops and wished them luck before he manipulated the Control Center's actuators to capture a cell from their host and transmitted the host's DNA codes to allow his chameleon troops to mimic their host's cells.
"Battalion Alpha," said General Scott, "do you read me?"
"Aye, Aye, General Sir. Ready for action."
"I want you to take the respiratory system. Be careful, don't get expelled out into the room. The cell samples indicate that our host is sixty-seven years old and has a history of smoking."
"Battalions Beta, Delta, and Gamma spread out through the circulatory system."
"Yes sir, General Sir," said the other battalion commanders in unison.
"The Control Center's sensors have not pinpointed the strain of the enemy, keep your eyes open and assume that there may be H1N1 lurking in our host."