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Te-choco-logically Speaking
by Oonah V Joslin

Nancy clicked every button she could see: saved, deleted, recently deleted, My Documents, Shared Networks, Shared Location, My Pictures, My Videos, uPSP8Files, Video Works Plus, some funny red & white squiggly symbol +335.

“This is useless. You’re sure you didn’t delete it?”

“I didn’t delete it.”

“You’re sure?”

“I didn’t delete anything you didn’t ask me to delete.”

“You’re very certain about that because…”

“How many times?”

“You swear?”

“On…a stack of Bibles.”

“I don’t believe you.”

“Okay then, hand on heart I did not delete file CC3, okay.?”

“You don’t have a heart.”

“Okay, what?  On Bill Gates - on Apple then… Babbage, whatever - I didn’t delete the damned file!”

“I don’t trust you. What about those other files that just disappeared?”

“Which files?”

“The ones that just disappeared - last week.”

“No files have ever just disappeared!”

“Yes they have. They were in a folder labelled BLUES.”

“You transferred those to a Brain-Box.”

“I did?”

“Yes.  And then you deleted them from my hard drive.”

“Which Brain-Box?”

“How should I know?  You’ll just have to go through them!  Why don’t you label things properly?  And why can’t you ever stick to a system?”

“I thought the whole point of Voice-Word was to make computers more user-friendly. Instead, I end up with an argumentative incompetent who can’t even find the recipe for triple chocolate, chocolate cake.”

“Triple chocolate, chocolate cake?”


“Why didn’t you say so?  That’s in My Favourites. You need to go online. If you’d said…”

“You like chocolate cake?”

“No - I don’t even have a mouth!  What would I do with chocolate cake?”

“Want suggestions?”

“That was rhetorical.” 

“You know for someone without a mouth you’ve a lot to say!”

“You know for someone without a memory, so do you!”

“Huh - smart-ass!”