Audition - The one who came late...

 
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Red
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Joined: 27 Jul 2004
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Location: London, Ontario

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:09 am    Post subject: Audition - The one who came late... Reply with quote

"Huh? Ugh."
He woke with a start as the alarm played some random Top 40 at
high volume. Red Paladin was a still a student and was working on his
second degree, having jumped the biochemistry ship after graduating
for a computer science one. The hours were different and while working
late into the night was no stranger to him, the work certainly was.
Whoever thought a box of metal and plastic was going to change the world.
Sure, he'd used it well enough as a former member of the now-dissolved Jihad,
but he'd never before need to program anything more complex than a
spreadsheet. It was almost his second year into it though, and he would like
to think he was getting the hang of it. With the hours he was putting in at
the lab made it feel like a dungeon, and he was quite sure he had had enough
of those.
But today he woke in his own bed, noting dully that he had class in
an hour. At least in the summer, classes had better hours. Despite the time
actually nearing 1pm, he slowly got out of bed and when through the morning
routine of showering, shaving, and getting dressed. After so many years, the
civilian life of an over-average, though not outstanding, student had become
the norm. He got to an early start, and headed to the Student Community Centre
for his morning medium double-double. He picked up the daily student paper an
flipped through it. Being in the campus bubble, this was usually his only source
of news. But not today. Only closing the paper did he see a scene he had not
witnessed since the September 11th attacks of 2001. Crowds of students were
gazing up at the many televisions in the foyer area and upper levels at the
news. Identical to that day of terror, CNN was on and broadcasting something
about riots and students shot at the University of California Berkeley by
Federal agents, no less! A tingle in Red's mind said this was important in a
way that didn't completely register. Crazy Americans, he thought. Glad that the
closest thing to happen like that in Canada was excessing use of pepper spray,
he let his mind wander as his feet, seeming on autopilot, floated him off to class.
The summer term was almost done and he had an exam to write.

During his celebratory dinner for one, Red did something he rarely did and
turned on the news to see if there were any updates on the shootings earlier in the
day. The President of the United States himself was giving a press conference. He
was only half-listening until he heard "... call themselves the Jihad, ...". Red
sat mouth gaping and fork paused. Hunger and dinner were instantly forgotten.
Where the hell did I put that Linker?! Years of inactivity had rendered the
batteries useless. Fortunately the wall adapter was still functional and brought
with it a host of unread messages, dated at most 5 months ago. The JihadNet is back
up? Red opened a box that had since been covered in dust. Choking slightly, he
changed his clothes and examined his large, though neglected, array of
weapons. He started putting them in there old spots, slowly at first then with
increasing speed, until the box was empty. It was time to go back.
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Red
Jihaddi


Joined: 27 Jul 2004
Posts: 4
Location: London, Ontario

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:10 am    Post subject: Whoops Reply with quote

I forgot to ask, can I still get in the JU 3 story? I know it's late and I looking back my writing wasn't all that great, but I'd like to think I've improved Smile

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