Rebuilding

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eonserotica@gmail.com

The following letter, printed on a ream of that old greenish paper with the guide holes along the sides, the kind used by old dot matrix printers, arrived from somewhere in Japan with no return address on the envelope.  If that isn’t curious enough, shortly after I received it, the phone rang.  It was an unknown number.  Upon answering, I was serenaded by the sound of a dialup modem or fax machine.
Coincidence?

Anonymous writes:

|Begin Boot Sequence|
|Execute Protocol 5.1.a|
|Parallel Integration Systems activated|
|Checking|
|Checking|
|Checking|
|Check complete. System Integrity 100%|
|Begin Download|
*****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
|Download complete|
|Initialize Memory Matrix transfer|
|Initialization complete|
|Transferring MM Module 1-Childhood|
|Transferring MM Module 2-Teen Years|
|Transferring MM Module 3-Adulthood|
|Transferring MM Module 4-Sexuality|
|Transferring MM Module 5-Gestalt|
|MM Transfer complete|
|Initialize Personality Matrix transfer|
|Initialization complete|
|Transferring PM Module 1-Childhood|
|Transferring PM Module 2-Teen Years|
|Transferring PM Module 3-Adulthood|
|Transferring PM Module 4-Sexuality|
|Transferring PM Module 5-Gestalt|
|PM Transfer complete|
|Init!alize Emot#on MaTrix tranfrr|
|Init!aliza~on comp(%te|
|
||
|Transferring EM Moddule 1-C#ildhood|
|Tran$ferring EMMdule ! -Teen Years|
|Transfer~ing EM Module 3- Adulthood|
|Tr@nsXXrring EM M0dyle 4-Sexuality|
|Rtaarrsfer EM ng|
|AaaattaferEMs#*n|
MANUAL OVERRIDE ENGAGED

PLEASE ENTER PASSWORD

#VIRGINIA#

PASSWORD ACCEPTED

MAIN MENU
1. BOOT LOG
2. MAINTENANCE
3. MATRIX CONTROL
4. EXIT

#2#

MAINTENANCE MENU
1. SYSTEM SCAN
2. SYSTEM DEFRAG
3. SYSTEM BACKUP
4. SYSTEM OPTIONS
5. BACK

#1#

SYSTEM SCAN
|System Scan activated|
PLEASE DO NOT RESET OR UNPLUG SYSTEMS WHILE SCAN IS IN PROGRESS
|Scanning|
*******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************ERROR312*************************************************************************************************************************
MANUAL OVERRIDE ENGAGED

#DEFINE:ERROR312#

ERROR312 – EMOTION MATRIX DATA CORRUPT OR ABSENT

#FUCK#

COMMAND “FUCK” NOT KNOWN. DEFINE? Y/N

#FUCKFUCKFUCKSHITFUCK#

COMMAND “FUCKFUCKFUCKSHITFUCK” NOT KNOWN. DEFINE? Y/N

#JMHNMJ JNHEFKMKS#

COMMAND “JMHNMJ JNHEFKMKS” NOT KNOWN. DEFINE? Y/N

#MENU#

MAINTENANCE MENU
1. SYSTEM SCAN
2. SYSTEM DEFRAG
3. SYSTEM BACKUP
4. SYSTEM OPTIONS
5. BACK

#5#

MAIN MENU
1. BOOT LOG
2. MAINTENANCE
3. MATRIX CONTROL
4. EXIT

#3#

MATRIX CONTROL MENU
1. MEMORY MATRIX CONTROL
2. PERSONALITY MATRIX CONTROL
3. EMOTION MATRIX CONTROL
4. BACK

#3#

EMOTION MATRIX CONTROL MENU
1. UPLOAD
2. DOWNLOAD
3. DIAGNOSTIC
4. SETTINGS
5. BACK

#3#

DIAGNOSTIC INITIALIZED
PLEASE WAIT

#3#

PLEASE WAIT

#33333#

PLEASE WAIT

#33333333333333MOTHERFUCKER33333#

PLEASE WAIT

#THATSMYWIFEINTHEREYOUHEARTLESSCUNTTELLMEWHATWENTWRONG#

PLEASE WAIT
PLEASE WAIT
PLEASE WAIT
DIAGNOSTIC COMPLETE
EMOTION MATRIX CORRUPT
EMOTION MATRIX MODULE 4-SEXUALITY CORRUPT
EMOTION MATRIX MODULE 5-GESTALT CORRUPT
MATRIX VIABILITY 78%
QUARANTINE CORRUPT MATRIX? Y/N

#Y#

PLEASE WAIT
CORRUPT EMOTION MATRIX QUARANTINED
EMOTION MATRIX TRANSFER DISABLED PENDING EM COMPLETION

#QUIT#

GOODBYE

Oh my God.
My sweet Virginia.
What have I done to you?

I’m extremely curious to know where this might lead.
A man, transferring the memory, personality, and emotions of his wife, becomes extremely upset when the process malfunctions.  After reading and rereading, the individual he is “transferring” is clearly his wife, but what happened to her?  What is he transferring her into?  A cybernetic body?  A computer, or some other machine?  A living receptacle of some kind, cloned and vat grown, empty but for a soul?  And what will become of Virginia, now that the process has been corrupted? Will she be the same as he remembers? Or forever changed?  It’s interesting to note that the corruption occurs during the transfer of her sexual emotions.  Will she be a cruel lover?  Or needy, desperate, addicted?
This letter raises so many questions about the self, the soul, the future of love.
Will there be another chapter?
One can only hope!

In the meantime, I leave you with this fun little ditty by a rather clever rock band called Clutch.  It seems apropos.   You can find the lyrics here.

*Image from Internet*

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4 thoughts on “Rebuilding

      1. I have a handful of regular correspondents, as well as numerous people who’ve had the urge to send me a short story or a kinky note over the years. Stuff like this, though… so strange and thought provoking… definitely a rarity.

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