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Word of the Day: Friday, February 03, 2017
cloudland
Definitions for cloudland: the sky, a region of unreality, imagination, etc.; dreamland. A realm of imagination or fantasy.

Author Note: A second teaser piece for the planned collaboration Science Fiction Project, the first piece was The Rocket Ship so I’d recommend you read that first. Let me know what you think in the comments below and on social media!


Looking down at the black chip in his hands, he still couldn’t believe it contained more knowledge than all of Earths universities combined, maybe even the government databases too. Smooth and sleek in appearance, there were no distinguishing marks, just a perfect circle, no bigger than a finger nail, no thicker than a coin.

He balanced it on one finger tip and slowly brought it to his temple, waiting for it to latch into place. The sensation had unnerved him the first time, but you soon got used to it. He blinked a few times, waiting for the database to overlap with his vision. As he turned his head, he could still see the ship around him as normal, only now there was a blue tint to everything. A cursor flickered in the bottom left of his vision.

‘Gen. Search files. Subject, Cloudland.’

‘Yes Professor, please state your authorisation password.’

‘Cappuccino#75’

‘Voice recognition and password confirmed, locating subject Cloudland.’

His vision remained the same, just a small search bar in the bottom right gradually increasing.

‘4 files found Professor. Would you like to see the file details?’

‘Please’

‘Command not understood. Would you like to see the file details?’

He chuckled to himself, it was easy to forget he wasn’t talking to a non-AI being ‘New command. Yes.’

Text appeared in his view…

Journey to Cloudland
[renamed from 'Journey to Terra13' in Year X20]
Author: Research Vessel 7
Date: X18

Cloudland: Natural resources
Author: Research Vessel 18
Date: X24

Cloudland: Native species
Author: Research Vessel 18
Date: X24

Operation HC15 [Classified]
Author: Classified
Date: Classified

Looking at the list, he knew he shouldn’t…it clearly said ‘Classified’…

…then again…he was a scientist. If he never gave in to curiosity he wouldn’t have made half the discoveries he had…

‘Gen. Open file. Operation HC15.’

‘Yes Professor, please state your authorisation password.’

‘Cappuccino#75’

Silence.

‘Gen? I repeat, Cappuccino#75.’

Silence.

He was starting to get the feeling he had crossed a line…

The file he had tried to access suddenly disappeared from his view, leaving only three remaining.

‘Authorisation password rejected. Please choose an alternative file to open’

He looked at the Cloudland file names, he was sure they were interesting, he needed to prepare for their upcoming landing…but damn his curiosity….

‘Gen. New file search. Operation Manual. Code Definition, HC.’

He held his breathe as the search bar started to load…


Prompt taken from Think Written: 365 Creative Writing Prompts

Image taken from Pixabay (Free Stock Photos)

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