assmark #stories_from_near_future #sfnf #scifi
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Adrenaline coursed through Shale sending a shiver through her suddenly rigid body as she walked past her reflection in the Gallerie de LaFayette window.
01/02/18
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She took a deep breath, slowly turning to the neon rainbow ad dancing through the droplets on the glass.
01/02/18
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The lights pulsed over the reflection of her half-bare face, the face-cam burka's black tears streaking down her cheek.
01/02/18
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She cursed herself for being so sloppy. How long had she been walking around like this? How many networked cameras had she walked by?
01/02/18
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Fumbling for her phone with fingers gripped in panic, she stabbed at the screen: ASSMARK... SEARCH... "s-h"... Shale Strobus... ENTER.
12/27/17
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She stared at the price spike on the AssMark screen as though it ran through her heart. The bounty on her head had 10Xed the minute the rain had washed the face-cam off.
01/02/18
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Any AssMark operator hacking the municipal feed would have been alerted immediately.
01/02/18
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She watched the price of her life futures collapse in real time, settling to trade at just two satoshis.
12/27/17
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A fresh wave of panic submerged her body as the buzz of approaching drones bullied its way into her consciousness. Getting louder. Getting closer. Service drones?!
12/27/17
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POP POP POP
12/17/17
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She looked up from her phone just in time to see her reflection explode in a confetti of shattered glass.
12/27/17
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Now laying on her back, she watched her Guardian drone float over her smoking from the holes in its armor and both barrels.
01/02/18
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She turned her head to see scattered remains of killbots throwing sparks onto the pavement just yards away from where she had fallen to the ground. Must have been an operator close by trying to scoop the contract.
01/02/18
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Impossible to know the drones' make, but she knew they were cheap. The latest tech wouldn't have made a sound. Given the price on her head, the silent killers were inbound.
12/26/17
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She rolled onto her stomach and crawled to her phone: her last hope.
12/27/17
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POP POP POP
12/27/17
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She picked up the phone just in time to catch the reflection of her wounded Guardian crashing through a cascade of shattered glass disappearing into a wall of manikins.
01/03/18
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Her fingers danced furiously over the surface of her phone screen.
12/26/17
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Her breath caught, and her finger hovered, only for a second, over the DefMark interface, before she jammed down on SUBMIT just as four killbots silently rounded the corner.
01/03/18
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With the push of a button she had gone from one of the wealthiest heiresses in the world to having no money to her name.
12/27/17
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She rolled over onto her back once again letting the tension drain out of her body, it was out of her hands now.
01/03/18
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As the sky above her filled with tiny black dots, She wondered whether theDefMark contract she had launched was enough to save her.
01/03/18
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Moments later the street around her filled with drop pods hurtling from above, pulling up just short of the pavement on which she lay.
01/03/18
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As the droppods hit the ground swarms of small drones burst forth launching themselves at the kill bots.
12/27/17
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More and more killbots arrived only to be instantly vaporized by the kamikazi drones forming an uninterrupted ring of fire and bullets all around Shale.
01/03/18
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Maybe she had done it she thought. Maybe she had saved herself.
12/27/17
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It had only cost her everything.
01/03/18