Damage Assessment

By James Rumpel

I awake with a jolt. The peaceful meadow of my dreams replaced with fear and trepidation. I’ve made a huge mistake. I’d lost focus and forgotten to take the necessary precautions.

I honestly believe they think they are being helpful. But even if their goal is benevolent. it doesn’t diminish the havoc they always wreak.

I can’t keep my hands from shaking as I grab and move the mouse, rousing the computer from its slumber. I want to run but I know that would only delay the inevitable.

My heart sinks when the horrific message appears: “Update has been downloaded.”

James Rumpel is a retired high school math teacher who enjoys spending his free time trying to change some of the many odd ideas in his head into stories.

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