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Personal writing - Mistake

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Mistake He sat there, eyes locked onto the screen. It cast an eerie glow onto his face, the only source of light in the otherwise dark room. His eyes never moving, he ran his fingers over the keys, hammering them clumsily. The long day at school had taken its toll on him. No one understood him. It filled him with a burning hate. His fellow students avoided him as if he had some sort of hideous abnormality. The teachers picked on him just because he did things differently. Accusing him of cheating, of plagiarism, of copying that woman, his maths teacher had kept him in an hour after school. Upon arriving home he had wisely to go quickly to his room, avoiding contact with his parents completely. He knew he was not missing much. His mum would have furiously asked why he was late. His dad would have hit him again. No one understood him. Then there was the computer. It had drawn him with its inviting electronic glow and its beautiful accuracy. It did not avoid him. It did not scorn him. It understood him. Its sole purpose was to help him limitlessly and to act as a guardian to protect him from the harsh outside world. ...read more.


"Incorrect Password" it read. He had slipped up. Stunned, he sat there for a moment. It had caught him off guard. He didn't know failure. He sat there, motionless, his chest hardly moving, his brain hardly working, his heart hardly beating. The trace tracker pulled him from his coma its shrill beep drew his eyes. It read 30 seconds. Slowly his mind started to work again. He tried to work out what had gone wrong. Did the '2' go before the 's'? Had he missed out the 'Q'? His fingers hung suspended above the keys, before once more resuming their normal, lightning speed. He tried again. There was a half second pause between entering the password and receiving the response, but to him it seemed more like an hour. Then, once more came the electronic buzz. This time it seemed to hurt him physically. Then he realized it was his unkept nails burrowing into his rough palms and his stained teeth biting into his lower lip, sending bursts of sharp pain through his body. His mind drifted back in time, to his anonymous informant. He had paid good money for the password, but it had seemed like a worthy sacrifice at the time. ...read more.


But that left the risk of being traced. If he were caught, he would face a fine, a long prison sentence and a life long ban from the use of computers. This didn't seem very tempting to him either. The thought of losing the most powerful tool that he knew was devastating, and the thought of prison made him shudder. The excess of people and the lack of electronics made him think of his empty days at school. His last chance was to disconnect immediately. If he did this, all the passwords that he had entered, all the passwords that he had spent time and money finding would be automatically reset and he would not be able to get back in. In this event he would have to face the wrath of his employers. He knew choosing this path would be the most painful. He had heard the atrocious stories. He summed up his choices and began to debate quickly and furiously with himself. His eyes shot nervously around the room, too fast for his powerful brain to register. Walls, desk, hands, monitor all a blur. Clenching his fists and biting down on his soft bottom lip with raw fury, knowing that he had made a terrible mistake, and that he had been beaten for it he asked himself one final question. How had the best been taken down by carelessness? He made his decision. ...read more.

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