Writing Prompt: A Mind of its Own
Your computer won’t shut down when you are getting ready to leave work at five. Instead, it is looping a message, and then attempts to tell you something. What is your computer doing? Write this scene. –Writer’s Digest
I stare anxiously at the clock that is located on the wall behind the water cooler. It seems as though time has stopped indefinitely at 4:59 p.m. So I grab my briefcase even tighter to get ready for when time decides to reinstate itself and move its minute hand up to meet the 12.
When the clock eventually strikes 12, I quickly stand up with my briefcase in hand, adjusting my black pencil skirt in the process, and reach for my computer mouse. I move the pointer on the to the startup button and select the option to shut down my computer. However, for some reason, the computer begins to shutdown, flashes some sort of error message, and then goes back to the desktop screen.
The minute hand is now sitting a little past the 12 on the clock. I try to shut down the computer again, but the same thing occurs. I pause frustratingly as I attempt to escape the office. I know you’re not supposed to, but I try to force shutdown the computer by pushing the power button. The computer flashes another error message and still somehow doesn’t turn off.
At this point I’m worried that I have now broken the computer. I peek up over my cubicle and see my fellow coworkers shutting down their computers with no problem. Everyone seems to be swiftly walking away from the computers, out the doors and into the parking lot.
I then turned back to my computer, brushing strands of my side bangs out of my face and back to meet the rest of the rest of my dark hair that was cut into a cute angled bob, and fixed my white blouse before sitting down again at my desk. I tried shutting down my computer once again when I finally noticed that the error message that had been showing up on my screen as I attempted to shut off my computer wasn’t actually an error message. It was a warning.
“They know about Mark. Do not use this computer anymore. You are being watched.”