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