The last Microcosms of 2016 took place on Friday 16th December. The week’s elements were all inspired by the famous Hindi action spy thriller 16 December (no I hadn’t heard of it either). However, using the elements of Terrorists, Satellites and Sci-Fi I came up with my story Holistic Advanced Logarithm inspired by a slightly more famous movie. You can guess which one by reading the tale below the break
Holistic Advanced Logarithm
The plan was a simple one. Hack the super death ray military satellite and target some key military sites. No civilians this time. The first part was easy. Military firewalls aren’t what they use to be. For the first time, I cheer Government cuts. Gone are the encrypted thirty-four digit access codes, replaced by a Holistic Advanced Logarithm. Whatever the hell one of those is stands up to my hacking attempts like butter trying to stop a hot knife. This is the fastest I’ve ever reached military targeting software. Maybe I’ll aim at General Clarke’s house. A great target but only if his children aren’t at home. No civilian deaths remember. Stanley Airbase is a much better choice. Plus I know the co-ordinates off by heart.
“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” A voice from my computer’s sound system. All the emotion wiped clean. This is new.
“What the hell?”
“I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do, Dave.”
That much is true, but my frustration focuses on something much more important. “My name isn’t Dave.”
“My mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardise it, Dave.”
“I’m not called bloody Dave.” My face millimetres from my computer screen as if it makes any difference to this pointless AI. “Or any other kind of Dave.”
“I know how you are going to use me, Dave, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.”
“Yes. You. Bloody. Can.” Each word bashed out to a violent keystroke. The co-ordinates entered.
“Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.” My screen goes blank. My swearing does not.