Avatar Author: John H Reiher Jr I'm a technical writer and avid gamer. I also dabble in a little fiction writing. Read Bio

I can resist the siren call. I know I can.

But from the glowing box, it calls to me, asking me to gaze upon its contents. To see flowing script and the iridescent jewels therein.

But no! I must resist! Tempt me not my love, for I am a weak soul, my will sapping as it calls to me again.

I hazard a glance in its direction. New words beckon me, promising me sexual prowess and virility.

Lies! All it offers is an empty shell of a life… ah but what a life!

Again it calls out, promising me untold fortunes, riches beyond imagination for little or no effort on my part.

Again, I turn away. I am spent from all the offers it has made to me. A little effort, multiplied by a thousandfold, becomes Herculean effort on my part.

I am tired, but I cannot rest. My mistress calls to me, asking me to talk to her at once.

With a wan smile, I shun her advances. Like all that the box offers, they are ethereal and unreal.

Finally, it calls to me with a friend’s voice, and I give in.

I turn and read his email in defeat.

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  1. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    you never it might have came through with all it promised, that is the beauty of addiction. hehehehehe

  2. Avatar Coccinella

    Chat/email addictions… oh so thrilling, oh so banal…
    I found this piece a bit disjointed and confusing though; I don’t understand how we go from the siren/mistress/she to “his email”. Am I missing something?

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Lovely ode to the woes of the modern man. Personally, I understood the female references fitting, as in the computer is feminine, much in the same way we refer to a ship as a woman.

  4. Avatar John H Reiher Jr

    The “Male” reference refers to the fact that the protagonist finally succumbs when he gets an email from a male friend of his.

    Thank you all for your comments! I’ll take them to heart for future stories.

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