Ones And Zeros

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Cover image: pixabay.com.

 

 

 

Ones And Zeros

Where is he?” Graham Anders hissed.

Who? Evan? He called in sick.” Monica Parkes was the general dogsbody and it had been her that had taken the call.

Why wasn’t I told? These are important people here, their time is valuable.”

I did leave you a memo,” she said, pointing towards his desk.

Graham Anders rubbed at his forehead. Evan had the necessary code for the display to go ahead; the display for which these men from around the globe had gathered to witness. The future of the entire project depended on them securing backing from the highest bidder. He could not let them down; they would not bother with a future invitation if they went home... disappointed.

You’ll have to do it,” he said to Monica. “Call him back and get the code, then when I tell you, key it in.”

Me? But I’m not qualified to do that,” Monica pointed out.

You can do it. Anyone can do it now that the code has been designed. Just make sure that you write down exactly what Evan says.Then it's as simple as typing in a load of ones and zeros.”

Monica picked up the phone and punched in Evan’s number. It was not easy to make out his words, for his voice was barely audible. Thinking it better to be safe than sorry, Monica repeated what she had written back to him, before she nodded at her boss and gave him the thumbs up.

The cyborg was quite an impressive sight. Almost 7 feet tall, it stood unmoving, the weapons fixed to both of its arms held at ease by its side. Its face was blank and empty while it waited for the instructions to be sent to what would best be described as its brain.

Monica sat at the keyboard, her piece of paper resting beside her. Graham needed to get a move on if he was not going to lose his audience. She had heard the speech he was giving so many times that she tuned his words out, just watching for his signal. Monica’s left hand hovered above the ‘1’ key, her right above the ‘0’ and as soon as her boss gave a nod she began typing.

The cyborg sprang to life, but instead of slowly going through its motions, it began firing both weapons. It sprayed the room with bullets from left to right, and Monica could barely make out Graham’s shouts.

The code! You’ve typed it wrong! For God’s sake, fix it, Monica!”

She scanned the paper, comparing it to what she had typed in. It only took her a couple of seconds to locate the misplaced zero and to fix the error.

Found it,” she said, fist-punching the air in victory as she spun the chair around. Her jaw dropped as she saw the bodies, for only the cyborg remained standing, eyes blinking as it waited for a command.

 

 


Submitted: January 10, 2021

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Vance Currie

Ha-ha. The mistake that Monica made was such a naught-y one! Good story, Hully.

Sun, January 10th, 2021 7:53pm

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Ha! Thanks, Joe!

Mon, January 11th, 2021 9:57am

moa rider

An error of tablation, Mama Hullabaloo. First lesson we had at Forestry School. We were doing it by hand in those days. But I'm always making typos nowadays! Usianguke

Sun, January 10th, 2021 9:24pm

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Me too, Moa. And auto correct often makes even more of a lash up of things. Thanks for giving this a read.

Mon, January 11th, 2021 9:56am

Mike S.

Swore I already reviewed this, but here's another excellent, Hull

Sun, January 10th, 2021 10:37pm

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Thanks, Mike.

Mon, January 11th, 2021 9:54am

D. Thurmond aka JEF

Woo! Opps! LOL

Mon, January 11th, 2021 12:11am

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Thanks for giving this a read, JE!

Mon, January 11th, 2021 9:54am

AdamCarlton

Similar things happen in space. It's said that this Fortran statement caused a NASA space mission (Mariner 1 intended for Venus) to fail:

DO 55 J = 1.100

The dot should have been a comma, and what was intended as the start of a loop actually assigned 1.1 to a variable DO55J.

Apocryphal, but similar to real space disasters apparently.

Mon, January 11th, 2021 2:58pm

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Thanks, Adam. I'm a bit reluctant to write anything at all scientific as I'm a complete dunce in that regard. But I did know what makes up binary code:)

Mon, January 11th, 2021 9:52am

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