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Fade: A Flash Fiction

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She flickers.  "Nonononononononono."  My words blur like my typing fingers pulling up source code.

"I'm... tired, John."  She puts a hand to her head.  "I'm...dizzy."

Sweat beads on my forehead.  "It'll be okay, honey."

There's an edge to her fading voice.  "You're always working on the computer."

"I have a good reason."  Keep typing.  Keep debugging.

"Computer instead of me."  Her voice is half-static.  "You... time with me." 

I look.  Her eyes are 8-bit and translucent, and closing.

My wife, two years dead, derezzes again.

"I have a good reason."  I start typing through the tears.

"A good reason."

Based around Laurence Simon's weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. The player above should have the audio for this week; if it doesn't, you can find the audio here to download.

I am updating these in a podcast feed (dubbed "Radio Free Steven the Nuclear Man" by Laurence). You can subscribe with this link (http://feeds.feedburner.com/Ideatrash) in your podcatcher or phone. You can also read and hear the rest of the entries at the 100 Word Stories podcast site.

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