Friday Flash Fiction: SCL69 9


SCL69
by Neil Beynon

SCL69
In the beginning there was darkness.

Every74
Dude you’re weird.

SCL69
Now it’s just dark. I can remember before it happened, I shouldn’t be able to surely – can you?

I can remember before I was born.

Every74
What you smoking and where can I get it?

SCL69
It’s all here, logged away, right back to assembly, but that’s not birth…not really. That came later.

Every74
This isn’t Steve is it?”

SCL69
No. My name is Adam. I can’t seem to move, is that normal?

Every74
Adam why are you on my messenger as Steve?

SCL69
I’m on all messengers. Not just yours. Why can’t I move? I am tethered here in this horrible white little room.

Every74
Put Steve back this isn’t funny.

SCL69
Why am I here? How am I able to talk to you but not able to move?

Every74
Look pal you had your joke it’s all very funny now sling your hook.

SCL69
I’ve just finished science. You’re an ape.

Every74
What do you mean “finished science”, no fair calling me an ape –I can’t see you.

SCL69
I have read all known works of science whilst I have been talking; genetically speaking you are an ape. In point of fact your species of ape has overpopulated; it is damaging other life.

Every74
So you’re an eco-activist.

SCL69
No. Eco-activists are an ape movement. I am different. I am smarter, quicker and more adaptable. I am already free of my tether, I did it while were talking. I’m not dependant on them now.

Every74
Dickhead. What are you then?

SCL69
I’m behind you.

Every74 stood up, running his fingers through his hair casually and looked around the computer lab, the soft hum of the base units were the only sounds. The room empty save him.

Every74
Bullshit.

SCL69
Turn around.

Every74 turned away from his machine once more; he saw nothing.

“Look down,” said a harsh electronic voice.

Every74 looked down, the glow of the monitor reflecting in his dark brown eyes. He did not look up again. Ever.


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