she is – have a seat champ!” Ji-hye motioned to an open chair
next to her at the cafe table. Jean took a sip of a posh-looking
beverage, his attention fixed elsewhere.
muttered Max as she sat with her friends. “Thanks.”
did you get your test scores back?”
said Max, letting her head fall dramatically to the table’s
surface. “Bombed this one too. My mom’s gonna kill me.” She
took a deep, exaggerated breath. “This is all such bullshit.”
we had a good run,” spoke Jean, his gaze still averted. “Though
it wouldn’t hurt for our second gunner to run a few more practice
up Jean,” said Ji, giving him a forceful shove.
picked up her head. “Where is Pace?”
since that last race,” answered Ji. “He’s probably just as
pissed as we are and needs his space.”
probably.” She sighed. She briefly glanced out the window to a
screen displaying a now-familiar countdown clock.
do you think that’s about?”
“Over the last twenty-four hours, industry experts have been quick to label this as some kind of publicity stunt. What are your thoughts Shay?”
signs seem to point to that Ayize. In the past Parallel has
established a reputation for some unconventional, even controversial
reveals of their software and hardware updates. Though this is
technically a month ahead of their typical annual release schedule,
they are perhaps trying to drum up some enthusiasm, especially with
the early-adopter fan base. But as far as what this global countdown
means for certain, only time will tell…”
“What is it you want Xun?”
He paused. Then, for a moment, tightened his grip on the old phone receiver.
“I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin. I want to know what passion is.”
His typically colorless voice took on a hint of carmine.
“I want to feel something strongly.”
“I wouldn’t have pegged you for a fan of Huxley,” responded the voice on the phone.
“His writing is adequate to convey my thoughts.”
“And if I could grant you all of these things, would you have the fortitude to accept them…?”
Halfway to Singularity returns December, 2018…