It was almost completely silent in the dark dining room, and the only sounds that could be heard were the occasional cars crunching down the road whose surface was dusted in salt and snow outside, and the sporadic clicking
of the keys of a slightly new computer. Yes, there was a computer, and it was on, and the screen illuminated the soft face of a teenaged girl, the pale blue light glistening off the tears that rolled down her cheeks like
dew. She sat there typing...waiting...reading..then typing again.
This computer was her only link to the outside world, and she knew it. She
was very tired of her cramped life, but had to stick it out for a few more
months...just a few more months...it was always just a few more. Through
this link that she had obtained, she spoke to her love. The internet wasn't
so bad, as everyone thought. Sure, there were rapists and pedophiles and
homicidal maniacs...but aren't those kind everywhere? Don't they lurk in
the deepest corners of human imagination? People say, "Why risk your
life by chatting in a fake room with fake people?" but then again...why
risk your life by living? If you're going to risk something, and just by
living you default to risk, why not risk big? That is what Katiri thought
and that is what she believed and no one could change her. Not even the
She sighed and broke the silence in the house, and it startled her. She
sat there and stared at the tiny window that conveyed ideas back and forth
from her to Jake and back again. Her fingers grew cold from the typing;
it happens after a long time. It was as if her fingers were tired of hitting
key upon key and just tried to stop working...or maybe it was just bad circulation
on Katiri's part. Either way, her hands were cold. But what relevance does
that have, anyway?
*Katiri has logged on 1-17-03, 11:45 PM EST, using Heaven's Gate Server
*Jake has logged on 1-17-03 11:47 PM EST, using BladesEdge Server to #CastleEclipse.
Jake: "I know I lied."
Kat: "I know you did too...and I know you're not sorry."
Jake: "How can you possibly know that?"
Kat: "I do know you, after all...so I can say what I know."
Jake: "You don't know me."
Kat: "Don't I? I've spoken to you for so long now...I can't remember
when I didn't."
Jake: "I'm just words on a screen...flat and uncaring...you do know
that, don't you? The internet is just words on a screen."
Kat: "I know...but there are people behind those words."
Jake: "And how do you know that? I could be a clever program Gates
designed to make internet look like it works, but maybe it doesn't."
Kat: "I know that I'm not a program, so maybe you're not one either."
Jake: "Yes, no, maybe so. Maybe you're not Katiri after all...maybe
you're Katiri.exe and you're not a person."
Kat: "But I am a person...I have feelings and heart."
Jake: "Programs can simulate feelings and hearts."
Kat: "I have a shadow."
Jake: "Computers have shadows."
Kat: "I know that...but I also know that my shadow is person-shaped."
Jake: "Do I have a shadow?"
Kat: "How can I answer that?"
Jake: "You can answer by looking into yourself and determining whether
or not you think I am real. Do I have a shadow?"
Kat: "Yes, you have a shadow. I'm going to bed now."
Jake: "Then I'll say goodnight."
*Katiri has logged off 1-18-03, 12:32 AM EST.
*Jake has performed an illegal action and will be terminated. If problem
persists, please contact system administrator.
*Jake.exe has logged off 1-18-03, 12:33 AM EST.