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wolframdioxide

Amateur author. Mainly focussed on science fiction and urban fantasy.


The drone tumbled, hissing aerosol, as the pre-programmed flight plan adjusted for turbulence. Righting itself, it spewed paint from four vents, creating a comic-book-esque pointillist effect. Tile 7F, on the north face of the tower, took on a deep red colour.

In the plaza, crowds gathered to watch as the drone painted the wall. Several among them had military bearing and concealed sidearms. As the shape of the image became visible, one crouched down, pulled out a walkie-talkie, and whispered a few words.

The plaza (it was whispered in coffeehouses and backrooms of universities) had once had a protest, in the heady days after revolution. One thing had led to another, and nobody knows who struck first, but warm blood had run down the cobblestones.

As the drone was being carefully destroyed and onlookers' cameraphones were confiscated to delete their photos, Fire Department waterhoses were brought to bear on the wall. Paint dribbled down the walls, mixing into a reddish slurry that ran down the cobblestones.


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ethelthefrog

ethelthefrog

Never let dissent have a voice. Down that track lies freedom, and we can't have that.

  • #1054 Posted 3 years ago
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Escapist

Escapist

So much running red. I hope that our future doesn't lead here, but you've presented it in a way that makes it entirely too believable.

  • #1059 Posted 3 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Like the idea of a drone painting, leaving the maker and brains behind this revolution a mystery, and hopefully a good chase for the authorities.

  • #1060 Posted 3 years ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Meanwhile, other drones are working elsewhere, painting a patina of revolution on walls that aren't so easily patrolled -- or erased. Viva la resistance!

  • #1062 Posted 3 years ago
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Storykeeper

Storykeeper

Hmm. Part of me isn't willing to make the jump to a drone acting of its own accord. Perhaps someone is behind it?

Ooh, perhaps a mere "mistake" made by someone on the inside of a system that makes no mistakes...

  • #1484 Posted 2 years ago
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