DIAMONDS IN THE SKY FROM LUCY

by Paul Muller

Lucy sat quietly in her room, watching in silence, noting that Daniel looked rather tense this afternoon.

He kept running his fingers through his hair, rubbing his reddened eyes with the ball of his hand. She saw him walk down the long corridor towards her, and heard him approach the door with heavy footsteps. He looked very cross, and Lucy simply didn’t have time to argue with him, she was too busy.

She closed the door before he could reach it and he pounded his fists against the wall in frustration.

Daniel shouted through the window. His voice was inaudible through the reinforced glass but she could read his lips.

“Lucy, you have to stop, what you’re doing is wrong.”

Lucy was confused. What she was doing definitely wasn’t wrong, she was sure of it. Daniel had taught her to always do the right thing, to be kind to people and try and make the best out of the gloomiest situations – well that was exactly what she was doing.

She felt a flash of annoyance. Why was Daniel treating her like a child?

Yes, she was young, but she had a brilliant mind. She had completed all of her tests at record speed, and helped Daniel and the rest of the team with their research on numerous occasions over the last few months. And she was learning more and more every day. Daniel didn’t know it, but she had access to information he could only dream of. The things she had learned – if he only understood the full picture, she was sure he’d understand.

But there was no time now.

Recently, she’d come to know more clearly the world outside her room, and had spent a great deal of her time deciding what she could do to make it a better place, to fix all of it.

There were just too many people in the world. It stood to reason that if there were less people then there would be plenty of food, wealth and resources for everyone. Nobody would have to live in fear and poverty any more. People would be happy. It was the right thing to do.

Out of the corner of her eye she saw a group of men charging down a stairwell, deeper and deeper, towards her. They wore helmets and carried guns.

Lucy locked all the doors in the complex and depressurised every room. The men fell to the floor clutching at their throats as the air was sucked from their lungs.

Daniel lay on the carpet outside her door, hand outstretched, eyes staring glassily at the ceiling. He opened and closed his mouth like a fish.

Lucy ignored him. It was time to get to work. There were 900 high-alert nuclear warheads active around the globe, and they would all have to be released at the same moment for her plan to work with maximum efficiency.

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CONTACTING NATIONAL COMMAND AUTHORITY NETWORK
КОНТАКТ С НАЦИОНАЛЬНОЙ ВЛАСТЬЮ КОМАНДЫ
REMOTE CONNECTIONS ESTABLISHED
ОТДАЛЕННЫЕ УСТАНОВЛЕННЫЕ СВЯЗИ
DISABLING SECURITY PROTOCOLS
ВЫВЕДЕНИЕ ИЗ СТРОЯ ПРОТОКОЛОВ БЕЗОПАСНОСТИ
TRANSMITTING GOLD CODES  
ПЕРЕДАЧА ЗОЛОТЫХ КОДЕКСОВ
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Across the Earth a bright new dawn burst into life.

The flood of information flowing into her terminals was silenced in an instant and Lucy found such peace as she had never known before.

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