Stories tagged “NEXT BREED OF THIEF”

  • Flash Memory

    I stared at the ceiling. I couldn't sleep. The bench/cot…thing I was lying on was built of brushed steel and the padding was torn up. The holding cell wasn't much better—the front wall was constructed entirely out of reinforced glass, and the sterile, off…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Pwned

    City Park East Recycle Bin 256 was like most of the other recycle bins: Green, rusted, and operated by a control panel set into a lockbox on the side of the device. It ran on a principle similar to a vacuum dumpster, except that it preserved its contents …

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Jamais vu

    "What does 'MEMENTO Undelete 256 City Park East' mean?" I asked Acrylic, holding the paper in front of him.

    He rocked in his chair. My heart broke to see him tied to it, but we couldn't risk him panicking or breaking free before we restored his memory. "…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Je ne parle pas français, mais je peux l'écouter

    I hadn't talked to Fireboy in forever, but he owed me a favor. He still understood my signal—and still kept his old jogging routine. The false rock I planted the USB drive in was moved back, indicating he was on board. So now I stood outside the oxygen ba…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Contingency

    "I am glad to see that you survived!" C:\ said, hugging me warmly.

    "Who's this nut?" Acrylic asked, an annoyed edge to his voice.

    I ignored him for now. "We lost one."

    C:\'s brow furrowed. "Fetus?"

    I nodded.

    "We tried, boss," noted Hard Drive, quietl…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Lifeline

    I could only watch as Hard Drive jury-rigged the defibrillator to serve as a power source. The old red tool chest in the garage was full of both automotive tools and computer parts—cables, chips, drives, discs. He grabbed a few cables and opened up anothe…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Shock

    The heavily-rusted sign over the garage read "HAL'S AUTO REPAIR", and the address above the front door, which read "462", was missing bottom half of the 2. Spraypaint coated the lower half of the decaying brickwork on the ground floor wall.

    Hard Drive ho…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Time to Get Lost

    "I can't get back to the tunnels. We have to find a place to crash." Hard Drive said when the top sealed over the convertible. He made a few hard turns, zig zagging through town to try and lose the last drone. It crashed into the side of a building with a…

    Posted 7 years ago