Disconnected – A Short Story

“Excuse me, lady! I’ve gone offline. Can you report for me?”

“Yes, I will do that promptly, sir.”

“Thank you. My mind is… scrambled. It’s never happened before!”

“I’ve heard of brain servers going offline. I recall one contact, Crusoe, who was stranded for days. I will send a request to him, too, asking what you should do.”

“I’m thinking, what if it’s a bad code–I’ve contracted a bad code? I feel so… I can’t breathe!”

“You are probably experiencing a feeling of panic, sir. It’s important to stay calm in emergencies like this.”

“But there’s nothing reading my mood, my vitals! No timed anxiety serum!”

“I understand your situation, and I sympathize. I have finished filling out your report and submitting it. Please wait while I process Crusoe’s response… He advises you to resort to manually communicating until your connection is fixed.”

“I’m doing that! See, I’m trying–but you see how–how lost I am…”

“Yes, it’s disconcerting. I reported you for harassment initially because of your behavior, sir; you looked straight at my eyes.”

“I don’t want to get arrested for harassment! I’ve been disconnected! I’m thinking without autoreview!”

“You need assurance you’ll be fixed soon. I understand. I’ve copied the form and reported your disconnection three times already. Goodbye, sir.”

“What? Are you just going to leave?”

“Yes. Goodbye.”

“Uh–but I need you to think this through for me! I’m going to go crazy without–Wait… My connection has been reinstated. My serotonin levels are being adjusted. Vitals are all returning to normal. Now I will forget that dreadful conversation by watching a humorous video.”

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Author: Rilla Z

I'm a scribbler. I'm genuine. My topics of interest are: this world, the worlds inside my head, and the world to come. Oh, and cups of tea. Yes, I write about my cups of tea.

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