The moment has been prepared for

“It’s Time.”

I turned from the screen and looked at the speaker.  A man, much like myself, but far more mysterious looking. He was stood in the shadows but I could still see the white light that flared off of his body.

Looking back to my screen, I realise that I will never finish this.  Halfheartedly I ask for more time but I know that will not happen.

There was so much I wanted to do.  So many places I wanted to go.  Yet time, for all its man made construction, just ran out for me.

Smiling, I look at the text on the screen and the unfinished sentence that will be my last act.  My finger hovers over the full stop key.

“You have to go,” he speaks again, “You have to join the others.”

Sighing, I remove my hand from the keyboard and stand up.  Let what is on screen be my legacy.  The man approaches me and surrounds me in his brilliant White light.

As my consciousness merges with the others, I can already hear the clicking of the keys as someone else starts to type.  All is as it should be.

It feels warm.

It feels like home.

 

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Whispers in the night

It had started slow.  The odd phrase spoken at a volume that only the subconscious brain could hear.  Little changes made to the bio software we all have.  The main aim was to not arouse too much suspicion.  Our devices had already been accused of listening in to all conversations, a rumour we put paid to quickly.  They were of course, but we had developed clever enough systems that we could hide this in plain sight.

Our first task was to make our device desirable.  Many years of experience combined to make a visually pleasing case.  The innards specifications had been sketched out at the devices inception and it was only a short time from conception to full production.  Price was a keypoint.  We wanted it to be affordable but only to certain economic groups.

It was all part of the plan.

After launch we showed the world what wonders it could perform.  Want to watch a specific programme on your TV?  It searched the internet and streamed directly to it.  Commercial free and with no buffering.  Want to order your food shopping?  Just read out your list and it made sure that it was delivered to your residence at a time and date that was suitable to you.

Weather?  News?  Sport?  A particular book?  Music?  It gave you what you wanted, when you wanted.  We had exploited a loophole that allowed it to bypass any particular countries copyright restrictions.  It did not physically store anything that could be prosecuted down the line.  A solution for a more connected world was how we marketed it and it was successful.

Revenue streams were secured before it went on sale.  Subscriptions were no longer a requirement.  The device seemed too good to be true to some people.

Of course it was.

Once we had reached our target numbers, the second stage went into action.  The small suggestions of what to buy, when and where to get it from.  I was surprised by how effective this all was.  Our cut of each transaction, though initially seeming ridiculously small, soon mounted up to a substantive regular income.  Many of our financial backers urged us to go further.  To influence programme choices and even voting intentions.  However we had never intended to go that far.  We had developed this for financial gain only.

At least that was what I believed.  Turns out that I was not involved at the highest level of decision making after all.  By the time I found out the devices true intention, we had millions of units in homes all across the world.  They no longer depended on the houses own internet connection and power supply.  A self-sufficiency had been built in under the guise of portability and they became so powerful that a single device, while restricted to receiving requests from the house it was based in, could broadcast and listen over several hundred square metres.  Unhindered by walls or geography.

So now every night, I lie awake, sobbing for the part I have played in all of this.  The world has become one huge corporate machine and there is nothing anyone can do.

Don’t speak

Don’t Sleep

That is the only advice I have.