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  • The cursor blinked steady and evenly, so unaware of the impending loss. You typed steadily on the faithful keyboard, which also knew nothing of the destruction ahead. The well sated harddrives whirred contently with no cares at all.


    There might have been a momentary ... half of half a heartbeat's ... pause as your right pinky finger hovered over the 'enter' key. Might have been.


    ...

    There certainly was a heartbeat and pause after the key had clicked obediently down. A heart-beat skipped, in fact.

    Your finger didn't leave the key. The mistake had already been made. But ... maybe ... like in chess ... if you didn't lift that finger ... it could ... yet ... be taken back.

    ...


    But that's not how naive cursors and faithful keyboards work. They do what you say when you say. Right pinky fingers' hesitations notwithstanding. Even well fed harddrives will empty themselves at your behest.



    No mad scramble for power button, or power cord, or surge protector would save the day.
    The file and directory structure was gone and the damage irrevocable.

    And the servants sat idle and cold, unapologetic for their complicity.
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