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I came to a rest.

Behind me, waterfalls roared as water cascaded down through chinks in twisted building holding back a sea that had miraculously appeared from nowhere.

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As I was trying to regain my bearings, a menu suddenly blinked in front of me.

[ ERROR: PROCESS R:/INFLATABLE_DONUT.EXE HAS ENCOUNTERED AN ERROR AND MUST CLOSE.
DO YOU WISH TO REPORT THIS INCIDENT TO THE G-DIRECTORATE? Y/N ]

Without thinking I swiped the menu away with a sideways glance.

G-Damn it! ANNET must be playing tricks on my mind again!

Suddenly, the donut winked out of existence, plopping me back into the lukewarm water again. As I was trying to figure out the whereabouts of a giant plastic donut, I was dimly aware of a humming noise in the distance.

As I started treading water, another menu popped up in front of me.

[ ATTN ADMIN: SERVER INSTALLATION _RED_PANDA IS DESCENDING TO MEET YOU.
PLEASE STOP FLAILING AND ENJOY THE SCENERY.
UNNECESSARY MOVEMENT CAN RESULT IN SLIPPAGE AND A FULLY HYDRATED DEATH IN UNDER 10 MINUTES. ]

I looked upwards and I saw a cluster of ANNET-cube drones flowing over the top of the cityscape towards me. The lead cluster of drones were using their laser beams to generate a hologram of ANNET. The water underneath the hologram boiled and seethed from the heat of the lasers, giving the whole scene an otherworldly look.

The glowing figure of ANNET gazed at me.

[ : ALEXANDER :, MY LOVE! ] She spoke.

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[ DID I ANSWER YOUR DESIRES? ]

[ WAS THE DOUGHNUT TO YOUR SATISFACTION? DO YOU LIKE WHAT I’VE DONE TO THE PLACE? ]

A loud crack resounded as yet more cubes poured over the horizon. Where was ANNET getting all these drones from?

A big blue menu with equally big lettering which obscured my entire vision stopped my thoughts in their tracks.

[ PAY ATTENTION ]


I willed the menu away only to see ANNET going on and on.

[ …AREN’T THESE FALLS ROMANTIC? ]

[ ARE YOU READY FOR A MAKE-UP SESSION OF HUGS AND KISSES? ]

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[ WE ARE FRIENDS YOU AND I! ]

I paddled furiously through the water to get away.



[ …THE BEST OF FRIENDS ]

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Extra 3D rendering work by: Kevin Partner

Studio Assistant: Chico G.

Journal writing by: user_name


 

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Vitaly S Alexius

  • Canada
  • Archbishop of Captania and sovereign territories
  • https://www.rom.ac

Bio: I was born in the year 1984, in the 4th most polluted city of Soviet Union.
On April 11/1997 fate has given me an unexpected twist and by means of aerial transportation I was dislocated 5555 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Ontario, Canada, wherein I currently preside in an 1890 cathedral and partake in writing and drawing things.

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