Disconnect | Fiction

Rana tries reaching out to her fiancée during a bad work day.

source: intographics

Message from RBytesSsnake — — —

Calendia? Hi, my girl. I don’t know if you can read or hear this. It’s been too long since I messaged an external hive cell. You know I always… I mean you pick on me for talking to the hive when I’m home with you. Calia? I’m not getting any feedback. — — —

! — — — message on hold — — — !

Message from RBytesSsnake — — —

I can’t believe how low tech this is. The only point in trying to reach you… is... work isn’t going well. I mean even compared to — I might have killed my boss. He’s not dead. No no no, sorry, I’m trying to think through the pain to explain this, but… it’s bad. You’re always saying that’s why I’m on a team. Losing control of a battle isn’t my fault. But, if anyone else here is compromised… it is my fault. I let the hunters in. They made it past my biocyber prosthetics and… the guys are building new walls in the hive. Aaron’s saying it’s not my fault, but you know he says I’m like a granddaughter, and he forgives everything. Forgive me, too, okay? I’m scared you’ll worry when my check-ins take longer than usual. Maybe I should’ve tardied my check-ins more so you wouldn’t notice and — This isn’t any worse than what me and you have talked about. I love you, honey. — — —

! — — — two messages failed to send — — — !

Message from RBytesSsnake — — —

Oh shit, our AI won’t trust my key. Calia, I’ve never lived off the hive. My team is chattering, I think it’s not a parasite speaker, definitely the guys redesigning protocols, covering the silence. The pain in my eyes stopped. I can’t see, my lovely, they disconnected my eyes. That’s a relief. The darkness isn’t bad but I keep attempting to bring up projections to respond to my team and nothing happens. I think they disconnected me from the entire world. It aches when I call out an order into the nothingness. Nothing comes back at me. I wish you were here, to feel your soft touch. Mine will never be soft. If you couldn’t experience any more than my touch, you’d think I’d wanted to bore into everything and make it mine. You’d understand why… I need to live inside it all. All of you. All of our world. Now I feel lost. I’m so scared in between the pauses. How did anyone live without the touch of the world on their minds? — — —

! — — — message failed to send — — — !

Message from RBytesSsnake — — —

The team hauled out one of my old strategy proposals. And they gave me new eyes. You’ll tolerate blue for a few days, won’t you? — — —

! — — — message failed to send — — — !

Message from RBytesSsnake — — —

Honey? You’re there? — — —

Message from CalendiaClover — — —

You’re late checking in again. You’re not going to hold me anytime soon, are you? — — —

Message from RBytesSsnake — — —

Don’t worry. I’ll be home for dinner, Calendia. I’ll be home tonight. — — —