Key no. 109


Free Write

Allow the prompt to sink in and inspire you. Shoot for 240+ words. Stretch your imagination and aim for FICTION. Don’t forget to hold yourself accountable and drop it in the comments, then move along with your life.


  1. “Is it an optional upgrade?”
    “Not exactly. You can elect to enter into a drawing that may award you a new USB 8.0 wireless beta trial, if you’d like. But the 7.0 embed does come as a requisite component of the upgrade.”
    “Hmmm. I specifically wanted to get this upgrade so I could prevent USB connectivity.”
    “May I ask why you would want to prohibit such a remarkable technology from your own application?”
    “Oh, I agree that the tech is remarkable, but I’m traveling to- uh… somewhere where I don’t trust that my files won’t be subject to repeated intrusion attempts through USB.”
    “USB is an internationally protected connectivity protocol; I assure you that your local government would never allow som-”
    “I’m sorry, it’s not that. I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m not authorized to discuss with you where I’m going. I just need an upgrade that will update all of my operating systems so I can scan and store high-resolution image data from multiple sources, internally, at a minimum rate of 2TB/sec. I will be connecting to multiple closed-circuit video feeds in an unregulated surveillance apparatus in international waters, and I need to ingest and archive the data from 22 channels simultaneously. I was specifically instructed to come here, to you, to procure this service, and I’m prepared to wet your beak to make sure the upgrade transpires before 21:00. Think clearly. Is there anything preventing you from cooperating in this effort immediately?”
    “… No.”
    “Lead the way.”


  2. “… or up a small cavity we can insert at the base of your spine,” the doctor explains. “Like up my butt?” the man asks. “If you would like to think about it that way, sort of,” the doctor chuckles. “Sure. Fine, I’ll take it up the butt,” the man admits. “Alright, great! We’ll have you prepped and ready in about thirty minutes,” the doctor claps with a clap on the back of the man as well as she leaves the consultation room.


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