Tuesday, August 01, 2006
New Beginning 34
The clang of the gate echoed through the silence of the dawn. The sound of freedom.
Hugo narrowed his eyes against the rising sun, and scanned the surroundings. Too early for anyone to pass.
Remembering the directions the guard gave him, he turned left and walked towards the nearest bus station, the small change they returned to him just enough to get out of this no-man's land. But where to?
His house was sold, his bank accounts, save a frozen one, confiscated and his possessions auctioned off. Well, apart for his computers; he was sure they had been stripped bare and demolished.
Computers. His fingers were itching; he couldn't wait to get his hands on one again, and for that he needed cash, fast. He had to be careful though, they would be watching him like a hawk now. He couldn't risk getting caught again.
Next to the bus station stood a 24-hour Internet café. Abandoning all thoughts of travel, Hugo staggered inside like a zombie on the trail of fresh blood.
“How much?” he asked, caressing a brand-new Dell XPS 700.
“Six bucks an hour.” Hugo fingered the two twenties and a ten that lined his pocket. Eight-point-three-three hours of bliss.
In seconds, he was connected. 1,948,873 emails waited in his gmail inbox. Not surprising after five years, three months, and twenty-four days in federal prison. Those emails would have to wait. Hugo had more important things to do.
His fingers flew over the keyboard. Hour after hour passed. As the clock ticked down, sweat appeared on Hugo’s brow. Finally, he slumped in his chair. “Damn!” he cried. "Five years, three months, and twenty-four days of waiting, and Evil Editor still hasn’t critiqued my query."
Opening: Anita Dapperens.....Continuation: Nancy Conner
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