Warming Up

A dark green machine hums on a warm and quiet evening as a hand reaches out to flip five chromed switches on its facade. Five red diode LEDs blink to life announcing the movement of each internal fan they are linked to. The machine rumbles as its guts feel a fresh flow of air before announcing a 5 degree drop of temperature on its screen. If its memory had a conscience it would know what was about to be asked of it but the wires, circuit boards and electric current have yet to become sentient. The cores tick over as they have been programmed to do and the hard drives wait to register and record. The master and his slave are ready to connect to the virtual void but only one of these two has intent…

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