Friday, 21 June 2013

Slightly Less Short Fridays: The Upgrade

"Good evening, Mr Turner."

"Call me Alfie, please.  Sir."

"Do you know why you're here?"

"Yes."

"Why?"

"It's for the upgrade, sir."

"It's for the upgrade.  And do you know what that means?"

"Yes."

"Have you met the previous component?"

"Yes sir."

"And what did you think of her?  How old do you think she is?"

"She looks in her eighties, sir."

"'Looks.'  An interesting choice of words."

"I understand she's much younger, sir."

"And yet you still volunteer."

"Yes."

"Why?"

"I want the knowledge, sir.  I want to know what it's like."

"Once you're plugged into the network, Mr Turner.  Once you're the official back-up..."

"There's no turning back, sir.  Yes.  I understand that, sir.  I wish to be installed as soon as possible."

"Very well."

"I just have one request, sir."

"Which is?"

"I'd like to keep my eyes open, sir.  I'd like to remain ... fully conscious."

"That would be irregular, Mr Turner.  I couldn't allow that.  I'm sorry."

"What if there were a second volunteer, sir?"

"A second volunteer?  Until today, Mr Turner, there had never been a first volunteer."

"I have someone in mind, sir."

"And they want to do it?"

"Not yet, sir."

"Very well.  We have time in hand.  You're an exceptional candidate.  I'll indulge you."

"Thank you, sir.  You won't regret it."

"I don't doubt it, Mr Turner.  But I couldn't confidently predict the same of you."



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