Incoming message from hub 24

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From: Cylink regional hub #24
To : Brian CY-4A5E, Wendy CY-4A01
Data: Katherine CY-50FE absconded voluntarily with enemy at 2213 today. Pursuit forced CY unit over All Saints Road node #F258E2. Node activated CY unit defence plan #3. Biological unit will terminate by 0430 unless it returns to hub or active node before 0300. No tracking data available after node #F258E2. Report data concerning CY-50FE.


From: Wendy CY-4A01
To : Cylink regional hub #24
Data: Katherine CY-50FE left home node at 1703 on bicycle. She has been avoiding contact with 4A01 and 4A5E recently: assumed teenage angst. Location unknown, will report if seen. No data in 50FE’s room.


Brian handed Wendy a clean plate to dry. They both hesitated for a moment when the download came in. Wendy sent the reply and, somewhat mechanically, dried the plate. The washing up carried on uninterrupted.

Later, as the couple got ready for bed, Brian pretended not to notice the solitary tear rolling slowly down his wife’s cheek.

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  1. Avatar ethelthefrog

    The first node in this linked list is at:

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Bizarre techno stuff, but if I followed it right, but still winds up a painful touching on parental worry.

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    bad parents! knowing about her bug! htey deserve to worry.

  4. Avatar ethelthefrog

    The parents have cyborg implants too (remember, the mother has the same little bump as the daughter does).

    What I was aiming for with this piece was to show the mechanical reactions of the cyborg parents, but show a little of the mother’s humanity breaking through. Tricky somewhat in 1024 chars. Note that the e-mail conversation happened during a brief hesitation during the washing up, they didn’t have to go to a terminal to receive or send the message.

  5. Avatar Nancy

    This is a great series. For some reason I feel like it should be “CyLink” instead of “Cylink”. I know, I know… so modern and overdone but it really fits here.

  6. Avatar Nancy

    p.s. I’m dying for the next installment!

  7. Avatar ethelthefrog

    Cleaned carpets, put up Christmas tree, time now to feed the children. Maybe one in a little while…

  8. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    oh i know, ethel, that she has the same bump, that’s what I meant.. i like the cyborg communications, just when i read it the first time, i was startled by the jump in storytelling format. :)

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