SIGNAL
BY LAEF E. S. KUCHERAN


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Chapter One

THE SIGNAL

Chapter Two

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, Can I Trust You At All

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CHAPTER TWO

Mirror, mirror on the wall, can I trust you at all?

I woke up, on the second morning, with the news that no news was today’s news. In other words, "We've run the signal through the standard analysis. Nothing new except the signal has a new pattern. Something like this." The communications officer started imitating a frenzied beeping that had no apparent pattern. I sighed and turned off my communicator; the day was off to a bad start.

As I prepared to repeat my captain’s log, I caught sight of myself in the mirror. I looked slightly frazzled and rather tired. I decided to do a written report instead of a video log.

Feeling thankful of our old Electronics and Engineering officer, I turned to my keyboard and screen. I pressed "CAPTIANS LOG" and prepared to type:


Captains log, Written Report

Thirteenth day of flight
October 01
1999th year of Christ

Continue writing | Back | Save | Revert | Toolbar


I paused, looking blankly at the screen. What to write... maybe I should use the video log. At least then I wouldn’t have to stop to think but just barge through it...

For something to do I clicked “Toolbar”. What a day already...


LOG REPORT:


    TOOL BAR:

    LOG TOOLS:

    Bold | Italic | Underscored | Auto Sign| | Auto Date | Add Status Report



    LARGE TOOLS:


    Status Report | Computer Report | Local Computer Report | Camera Check | Date And Time | Kill All | End | SUDO End



    Continue Writing | Close Log Report | End System Check



I sighed and clicked “Status Report”. Maybe I could review the situation... or maybe I should close this and start up a Textual Game.


STATUS REPORT:



Problem Encountered
Number: 436b
Description: Cannot read "Status Check"
(/home/inter5/statchecks/1999/sep/Statcheck05)
Reason: "Statcheck05 incomplete.



“What?!” I said. I reread the Dialog. Then I sat back and thought... It could just be a file read problem. I sat up and typed in:


pend: inter 5


It answered me immediately. “Inter 5 connected: inter 5@desktop:”

I read it then typed in:


cd: /home/inter5/statchecks/1999/sep


It responded “inter 5@desktop@/home/inter5/statchecks/1999/sep:” I quickly wrote “ls”.

This took a bit longer. Finally it said:


/home/inter5/statchecks/1999/sep:


Statcheck01.txt Statcheck04.txt

Statcheck02.txt Statcheck05.txt

Statcheck03.txt Date_Read_(1999Sep).txt


inter 5@desktop@/home/inter5/statchecks/1999/sep:”


I wrote “Rpr Statcheck05.txt”


It responded:


Repairing Statcheck05.txt...


Checking for bugs...

Done: None found! Checking for errors...

Done: None found! Checking font pointers...

Done: No problems! Checking for special characters...

Done: 21 Found! Checking special character pointers for errors...

Done: None Found! Checking for special character files...

Done: All necessary found.

Rechecking for all problems...

Done: None found...

Saving edits...

Complete!


inter 5@desktop@/home/inter5/statchecks/1999/sep:”


Rerun Status Report” I wrote.


Cannot be done. Error 436b. Rep?:”



I sighed and closed it down. Maybe I should just finish my Captain’s log.





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