Supercomputer I BIOS 1.014
- Peripheral Hardware Check -
Economic monitoring Online
Weather control Online
Fluffy pink bunny Online
- System Software -
Economic model Loading...Done
Planetary weather model Loading...Done
could feel his consciousness spreading out through the circuits
of the supercomputer, like new and bizarre limbs. It never got easier,
for some reason. They always felt unfamiliar. They always resisted
him ... at first. Soon, though, he was insinuated in every widely
dispersed branch of the great machine. It always took some time
to remember who he was, where he was, who had trapped him here.
He was Vohaul. Sludge Vohaul. And the man responsible for his current
predicament was Roger Wilco. WILCO MUST PAY!!!
been stuck here for ... years. He didn't know how long. Time was
different in here. He should know how many times it was by now,
but he hadn't been counting. All he really knew was who he was,
where he was, and who he should destroy to stop it.
first things first. Some equipment was needed before the mission
could begin. Drones. Robots. Cyborgs. Slaves. The population of
the planet would serve for most of that nicely, and then there were
the automated factories he was plugged into. There was much to do.
Revenge and anger needed to simmer for a while.
He knew he was in a loop. Memories like those don't stay
locked forever. But he had hope - every time, it turned out slightly
differently. Most of the time, it was more to his advantage. Every
time so far, though, he had ended up back at the beginning of the
loop. A rebel breaks into the control room, downloads him to a disk
and blasts him back into space and back in time. The supercomputer
itself had once disgorged him - probably due to a security program
fault. Sometimes he had been forced to restart the time loop himself
- to avoid repercussions of his own actions. Still, the end result
was always the same he always ended up back in the box, in space,
at the same point in time.
it would be *different* this time. Yes, this time he would find
Wilco *himself*, rather than let those rebels bring him out. That
was usually what they did, anyway, since Wilco was the last one
to defeat him. This time, the advantage would be *his*. He went
through the complex search to locate Wilco in the designated time
period four. Magmetheus. Some seedy tavern. Typical. The man had
no style. Vohaul dispatched two Sequel Police with a cross-time
holodisk communicator, and waited. This time it would be different.
He should have known. When had he ever settled for understatement?
He could have blown that whole place to bits in one go. Now Wilco
was loose in the timestream. At least he didn't have access to any
of the equipment. Maybe this would be good enough, as long as the
rebels couldn't follow him. Whenever Wilco ended up, it would most
likely be out of the way. And he'd be stuck. The road should be
To: Master Vohaul, Despot Of the Universe, Chief High Entity,
Ruler Of Eternity, Guardian Of Time, God In All But Name
Re: Wilco (jnr)
Memo: Despite the escape of Wilco (snr), Wilco (jnr) has been captured
alive, as per backup directive B. He will be transported immediately
to time period twelve.
Master Vohaul, Despot Of the Universe, Chief High Entity, etc.
Re: The Wilco threat
Memo: It appears that Wilco (snr) has been transported to this very
time period, and has so far avoided capture and/or elimination.
At present, Wilco is not visible on any scans of the area. However,
no crosstime transports have taken place on which Wilco could be
present. Searches continue.
Master Vohaul, Despot O. Universe, Chief High Entity, etc.
Re: Wilco (snr) escape
Memo: Wilco (snr)'s successful theft of a timepod and escape from
this time period leaves his whereabouts currently unknown, but most
likely between time periods eight and eleven. Searches continue.
Master Vohaul, Despot O. Universe, C. H. E. etc.
Re: Wilco (snr) located
Memo: Wilco (snr) has been located in time period ten. Capture operations
Master Vohaul, D. O. U., C. H. E.
Re: Wilco (snr) evasion
Memo: Wilco (snr) has once again evaded capture in time period ten.
Timepod lost. Request pickup immediately.
Re: Imminent Death (yours)
Memo: Pickup denied.
It hadn't been going well. Wilco somehow managed to escape
every time the Sequel Police went after him. But now he was back
in time period twelve, and coming to the inner sanctum. If he managed
to get past the security droids somehow, and managed to endanger
the computer storage, *and* found his way to the main holographic
interface, there were still some surprises in store for him.
Wilco never ceased to amaze Vohaul. Much in the same way
as a particularly intelligent ape can surprise the scientists who
study it. He'd managed to disable the security droids, set a timer
to format the main storage of the computer, and it seemed he was
making his way determinedly here, to the main holo-interface. Only
one thing for it, then. Vohaul downloaded his mind into the body
of Wilco Junior, and waited.
stepped into the room, and appeared momentarily surprised to see
his rescuer suspended in a light beam. When the beam was deactivated
and Vohaul could move again, he took great pleasure in the expressions
of surprise and disgust that fought for place on Wilco's face as
the situation was explained. But it couldn't be all talk. This was
the end of Wilco, and Vohaul wasn't going to mince too many words.
wrestled, and Vohaul was surprised by the ability of Wilco to outmaneuver
him. It was probably due to the time Vohaul had spent being an enormous
supercomputer, thus becoming unaccustomed to human limbs. In the
end, Vohaul was forced back into the beam, and had to watch helplessly
as Wilco began to manipulate the controls on the pedestal.
Once again, the time in space passed without consciousness.
Then there was the light. The circuits. The spreading out. This
time it would be different. This time for sure.