The gang over at READerlicious.com decided to write fractured fairy tales this month. Mine is loosely based on The Glass Coffin. You may be more familiar with a rendition of it called Sleeping Beauty. I hope you enjoy Rebooting the Boy in the Glass Coffin. If you like the beginning of the story, click the link at the bottom to read the rest. Also, make sure to enter my August giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card.
Rebooting the Boy in the Glass Coffin
Server City, August 2033
“How many Admins have monitored Server City?” I ask, glancing at my co-worker. The touchscreen before me glows in the half-lit room.
“I’ve worked with three others.” Darcy leaves her post at the transportation hub screen to stand closer. “But you’re the best one. You have what the others lack.”
“Oh? And what is that?” I chuckle at her compliment. She’s my best friend, confidant, and ally. It’s the two of us against the world of hackers who would attempt to bring down the City.
“Strength of character. Allegiance. Honesty.”
“Ah. You didn’t say intelligence.” I slide my finger across the touchscreen to manage the tasks in queue. I’m in charge of telemersion technology, a fairly outdated conferencing environment for the Politicals.
“We have machines for intelligence. Who needs to know everything?”
“You know everything. When I ask a question, you always have the answer.”
“You know what they say: jack of all trades, master of a few hundred.” Darcy snorts, juggling eight squishy stress balls in the air like a circus performer.
“Only a few hundred?” I ask this with a fair amount of skepticism. Darcy makes these statements because she is overly humble and doesn’t want anyone to know about the sheer enormity of her knowledge. Petabytes of knowledge. More skill means more work and I’ve been stuck in the stacks for two-hundred forty days and fifty-two minutes.
I know this may seem inconsequential to someone who can literally live lifetimes. Modern medicine makes death a nightmare of the past.
Time seems endless in Server City.
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