Geeks and Hackers

The page opens and I watch as the hospital title appears. I know that this doesn’t necessarily mean that the internet is working. Typing in the address of a well-known search engine I keep everything crossed. It loads.

Making no sound I punch the air. Now I just have to find someone on. First though I type in BBC news.

Page not found.

Shit. Next I try my social media. Nothing. Finally I just type in yesterday’s date. There are only ten options and one of them is a forum. I click that one.

Do you want to join or use anonymously?

I click on the second and I’m in.

There is only one new heading – what is happening?

I enter and type:

Guest 234: Is anyone there?

J.H.: I am, comes the answer.

Guest 234: Who are you?

J.H.: John, you?

Guest 234: Bitsy. Do you know what’s happened?

J.H.: Some sort of virus. Where are you?

Guest 234: London. I type, looking around to make sure I am still alone.

J.H.: Shit! That’s bad. I’m in Wales. We are hiding.

Guest 234: Same here, but those things are everywhere.

J.H.: It’s a shit-storm.

Guest 234: Strange question but do you know if the WHO centre in Cardiff is still there?

J.H.: No idea. Tried to search?

Guest 234: Hold up…

I open another tab and type in the search. It comes up with the details. There is a pad next to the computer and I write down the address and the telephone number. You never know, I might find a phone that works. They also have a contact form. Opening it out I fill it in, saying that we are on our way and who we have traveling with us. I then give them the forum’s address and say I will be here for the next half hour.

I then go back to the forum.

Guest 234: You still here, John?

J.H.: Yeah. Any luck?

Guest 234: Hope so. You alone?

J.H.: No, my wife and two kids are here.

I am about to answer when there is a beep and a text box flashes across the screen.

Guest 235 has just logged in.

Guest 234: Hi.

Guest 235: Are you Bitsy?

Guest 234: Yes.

Guest 235: You need to get here as fast as you can. Keep him and the vial safe. We can’t come get you.

Guest 234: I understand.

Guest 235 has logged off.

J.H.: What was that?

Guest 234: WHO.

J.H.: And what have you got? Lol

Guest 234: The cure…

I know I shouldn’t have said it but I want to give him hope. Hell, I want to give myself hope.

J.H.: Are you alone?

Guest 234: No, there is me, Max and a nurse.

J.H.: Any of you military?

Guest 234: No.

I think of the soldiers back at the airport.

Guest 234: They have gone a little crazy.

J.H.: Okay… I know some people who could help. Go to the Tate Modern.

Guest 234: I’m near Heathrow… That would take me away from where I need to go.

J.H.: I’m not sure you’ll make it without them.

Guest 234: I’ll think about it. I gotta go.

J.H.: Get there.

I power off the computer and look outside. The shadows are lengthening and I have a nasty feeling that the walk back is going to be worse than the walk in.


About Kate

Kate Murray has recently completed her Masters in Creative Writing and is currently working as an illustrator and writer. Her first anthology of short stories ‘The Phantom Horse’ was published in December 2013 and she subsequently has had another anthology published by Raging Aardvark; “Love Just Is” looks at the truth of love, in all its guises from romantic to obsessive. She is currently working on an anthology of ghost stories which should be published at the end of October 2014 and is also writing her first novel. Kate runs two blogs, one is about her life as a writer ( and the other is a serialisation of a novel, “The Gone”; a disaster hits the world while Bitsy is on a flight from Italy. She lands to find that the world is completely altered and she must learn to survive in a place where everyone is not who they appear to be ( Kate has had short stories published in magazines and e-zines, including ‘The Lampeter Review’, ‘Jotter’s United’, and ‘What The Dickens’. She has had short stories included in the ‘Twisted Tales 2013’ anthology published by Raging Aardvark, and the ‘Busker Anthology’ and ‘Spooky Tales Anthology’ published by What the Dickens. Kate’s artwork has been exhibited at the Museum Of Modern Art in Machynlleth where she was selected after entering the art competition and at Aberglasney Gardens as part of the Mid Wales Art group. Her artwork has been published by companies from Norway to Australia and her latest works will have illustrations in it. She has also had a series of line drawings published by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in their biodiversity action plan. Kate currently works in the foothill of the Cambrian Mountains where she has a purpose built workshop that she affectionately calls her ‘house’ as she spends far more time in there than anywhere else.
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One Response to Geeks and Hackers

  1. Kate says:

    Reblogged this on Kate Murray and commented:

    Will Bitsy find anyone on the internet? Is the internet even working?

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