A Modern Moral Fairy Tale

18.0

And the boy forsook the internet café, spending all of his nights dodging the salmon through the murky mercury-laden waters of his dreams and his days watching the clear water for the salmon, and yelling out when he saw one—but there was no one there to hear him.

18. The final isolation Send: Packet of celebration.  No response.  Command: Resend packet.   No response. Command: Retrace packet transmission history.  No response.   Command: Identify communication problem.  No response. Command: Run language diagnostics. No response.  Command: Run hardware diagnostics. No response.  No response. Command: Access Owner Manual.  No response.  Query: Is anyone out there?  No response. Query: Anyone at all?   No response.

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