Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, when writers from around the world post 100-word stories based on a photo prompt provided on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog. This week’s photo is by Al Forbes. Thank you, Al!
The ancient Romans had an interesting theory of communication. They believed that the wing-footed god, Mercury, used his spear to pull a message out of the head of one person and implant it in the head of another. I often wish I could call on him for this purpose, but alas, I have to rely on crude tools such as e-mail, twitter, hand-written sticky notes and this meager blog.
Still, I wonder what Mercury might do for human communication in the far-flung future….
The Mercury Chip
by Jan Brown
“How could the Senator die? I followed the downloaded instructions. My Mercury Chip received the new surgical procedures directly from the university. They have a zero-percent failure rate!”
“Yes, Doctor, but the program was hacked.”
“I thought the university’s firewall was impenetrable.”
“The hacker accessed the communication as it bounced off the satellite, before it reached the chip implanted in your brain. The wing-footed Mercury was simply too slow.”
“Who would do this?”
“The Pro-Human Party. The Senator is sponsoring legislation to grant robots civil rights.”
“So, ‘pro-humans’ committed murder.”
“You don’t agree?”
A shot rang out.
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