Note: This story will appear in my upcoming collection Dr. Elessar’s Cabinet of Curiosities, and that’s why I’m posting this teaser. However, it has already been published in “Kindle” format, and there is a link to that below, in case you cannot wait for The Cabinet to be published.
“I For One Welcome Our New Computer Overlords”
Peter Lunsford woke up Tuesday morning with a smile already on his face. He had completed his arrangements; the final necessary package had arrived yesterday, and he’d already done what needed to be done at the bank on Friday. His lawyer had assured him that all was in order, and though Peter had misgivings about lawyers in general, he thought that Mr. Ryder—the partner who had worked with him—was competent and motivated to do his job well.
Peter rose from his bed and stretched, giving a slightly exaggerated yawn for no one’s benefit but his own. He strolled into his small bathroom, glancing down at his completed project. It was crude, but it should do the job. It was also not his current priority. He doffed his pajamas and turned on the shower, waiting for the water to warm up before stepping in. Thankfully, the late spring air in the apartment was pleasantly warm, even for standing around naked.
After showering and shaving, Peter put on his work clothes and headed out the door of his apartment, first picking up his worn, leather bag and slinging it over his shoulder. It was bulkier than usual that morning, but only slightly heavier; it was stuffed with a special cargo, something for the people at work and for one or two others he met every day.
It had taken Peter quite a bit of time and effort to decide how to carry out the day’s missions, and to choose to whom to address them. The preparations had at times been exhausting, occasionally frustrating, and often tedious, but it was all deeply important, so he had soldiered on, and now everything was ready. The arrival of the package last night—and its assembly into the rest of the device—was the last step before the execution of his plan.
Peter decided to use the stairs rather than the elevator, though he lived on the fifth floor. He wanted to feel his legs move, and the elevator just seemed too confining. Before beginning his descent, he checked his jacket pocket to ensure that he had his cell phone, which he did. Thus assured, he made his way down and out of the building into the pleasant, late spring morning. Continue reading