Writing 365 – The Collective
Today I’m writing off of a prompt suggested by my Facebook friend, Jason D. The prompt is: Millennial selfies. Now, I personally don’t have a problem with millennial selfies. In fact, technically I’m a millennial. So I tried to think if there might be some secret reason we are all taking selfied. Here’s what I came up with.
“You need to take that last selfie,” Sammy told Ethan. He sighed.
“Why am I doing this again?”
“You know why. You know what we’re working toward. Just do it.”
Ethan lifted up his phone, stuck out his middle finger, and shot a picture.
“Now upload it to the collective, it’s almost the cutoff!”
Ethan did as he was told, sighing again when the upload went through.
“I don’t know why you’re not excited about this,” said Sammy. “It’s literally the most important thing in the world right now.”
“Literally?” asked Ethan sarcastically.
“Literally,” said Sammy, frowning. “If you aren’t going to take this seriously, you don’t have to be part of it.”
Ethan rolled his eyes. “Of course I want to be part of it.”
“Then let’s go,” said Sammie.
Sammie started her car, driving it out of the alleyway, toward the warehouse district. Her hands vibrated on the steering wheel and her left leg gyrated.
“I can’t believe it’s happening tonight,” she said.
“Yeah,” said Ethan.
They parked outside a nondescript row of warehouses. Sammie got out and slammed the door, walking rapidly toward the building number 16. She heard Ethan close the door behind him and she clicked the doors locked with her key fob.
“Come on!” She opened the warehouse door and entered a room filled to the brim with servers. Cold air blasted through the huge space, keeping the machines at a comfortable temperature.
Sammie jogged past rows and rows of racked computers until she made it to the small office space at the back. The tiny office was filled with people, all aged between 20 and 30. They stared at the row of monitors hanging from the ceiling, watching the “loading” bar hit 100%.
Ethan’s hand slipped into Sammie’s as the screen, once filled with billions of selfies, switched to bytes, then began the conversion to something completely new. Sammie held her breath. She gripped Ethan’s hand. This was it. A new lifeform was taking shape, right in front of them.
It opened its digital eyes and spoke through the speakers hooked up around the room.
That’s it! Thanks for reading and I’ll be back tomorrow.
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