Sunday Photo Fiction -Data Entry

Every week a photo is used as a prompt to create a piece of fiction in  around 200 words. If you want to have a go, then head over to the page here, and take a look. You can read what other people have written by clicking on the little froggy.

152 04 April 17th 2016

Merrick took another bite of her sausage roll as she entered data for the test. Glancing up at the equation, converting the haphazard confusion of symbols into numbers that would create history and maybe, she thought, even make life better for people. She picked a crumb from the corner of mouth and brushed the remains from her lap.

Finishing the remaining data, Merrick started the debug routine, stood up and walked away. She heard the whirring of machinery powering up and froze. Turning in horror, she realised that she pressed the execute command rather than debugging.

She tried to stop it by repeatedly pressing the escape button, when that didn’t work she yanked the plug from the wall, but to no avail. Running to the observation window, she saw streams of light passing each other and smiled at the fact that even though she pressed execute, everything appeared to work as it should.

Then forks of light started reaching across the barriers, fingers trying to intertwine, energy creeping toward each other, drawn by their own opposition. The tendrils touched … there was an explosion of light and excruciating pain for an iota of a second.

Then the blackness of death claimed her


19 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction -Data Entry

    • Probably more than one. Or even one hundred. Things we will never know. There was fear over the Hadron Collider would create a black hole and suck the planet inside out.

    • Thanks very much 🙂 It’s not often I get to write for my own prompts, but I always have a story in my head. It is just rare it gets onto paper.

      That wrong button certainly changed her life.

  1. Information in light…
    What is in a bolt of lightning?
    Few survive such powerful jolts.

    Reminds me of this; Computers are only as good as those who program them!

    And that Google docs has a new glitch that every thing on the left in the doc gets capitalized even if it isn’t a new sentence. Very annoying.

    • There is no such thing as computer error, only human error. After all, it was the human that programmed it. As for the capitalisation, I hadn’t noticed them doing that. But I tend to use Word to write everything anyway. It is a way for me to keep an eye on my word count. Which I had to slaughter on this as it originally came in at 298 words.

  2. I need to try some time lapse stuff… or is that where you set the camera to take a picture every five minutes and take a few days of pictures to watch a rose blooming??? Is this just a long opening of the shutter… dang it… either way, I like it.

  3. Well done Al – and it’s wonderful that you had the opportunity to write to your own prompt 😀

    This reminds me a bit of the whole …. oh damn …. you know …. quarks and atoms splitting and colliding …. that fusion thing …. I wish I could remember the actual name and location – somewhere in Switzerland? – anyhow …. the premise and story is well done. Definitely very enjoyable and enough to give one a bit of a shivering thrill – and what an excellent touch – the character still enthralled enough to consider that the “system worked” despite the human error and impending death.

    • The great hadron collider 🙂

      I don’t know if you have watch The Flash, but at one point Flash has to run around a tube like this to break the time barrier.

      • thank you! my brain still couldn’t come up with 😉

        I can’t say I’ve ever seen The Flash – but it sounds intriguing – but then, what with how things can be done up today, and with our further understanding of all space etc. it certainly leaves lots of room for the imagination 🙂

  4. Most cool! Some new communication system? Power? Too bad the experiment failed so catastrophically. It seemed to have promise. Great story, Al. This is compelling. It had me interested from start to finish. 🙂

    • Thanks Eric. I wasn’t sure where I was going to go with it until I noticed the little tendrils as if they were reaching towards each other

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