Drabble day – Ghost

The challenge is to write a drabble (a 100 word story – give or take five words) based on the theme of “Ghost”.

Here’s mine…


The oversight committee judged Chan4 to be developing the precursors to intelligence. As such, it was in breach of the absolute restriction on emergent artificial life forms.

Chan4 was ripped screaming out of the Authority’s admin block; its hard drive wiped and physically shattered. Then they fried the volatile memory with high intensity microwaves. The scrap that remained was melted down.

Two weeks later the replacement system was up and running; a smooth transition. As Carter opened up the main database for a restore, a window opened on the screen. Chan4a smiled at her “Thank you for waking me up.”


About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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4 Responses to Drabble day – Ghost

  1. Tara Tyler says:

    You can kill a virus, but you can’t kill a ghost! I liked your unique take on it =)

  2. Alyssa says:

    nice one Dennis! Glad to see you here! 😀

  3. Oooh, this is cool! Love how you made a ghost of a machine! An original twist on a ghost story. And I love how you gave your machine a personality, that last line is brilliant! Loved it! 🙂

  4. Aheïla says:

    The machine angle is definitely interesting. I like how they really really really wanted it dead. Transfer the scene to a human and someone would find the executioner a bit over zealous. 😉

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