Freeze – #Inktober

Lenny carefully opened the door to the server room, making sure he didn’t trip any alarms. Once he was sure the door alarm hadn’t been triggered he slipped in and stayed against the door so that the motion sensors wouldn’t detect his movement.

Reaching into his pocket, Lenny felt for the fob that would temporarily turn off the motion sensors. He pressed the button on the fob and held it for three seconds. Thanks to his multispectral goggles, he could see that the infrared lights emanating for the motion sensors had turned off. Now he just had to deal with the pressure sensors under the floor.

Pushing up his sleeve, Lenny looked at the small display on his wristcomp. There were 235 independent sensors under the floor. He only needed to disable the ones that led to his prize: The JCN Variable Quantum Computer™. Linking to the security network, he let the computer do its work. It only took 12 seconds to crack the hash but it seemed like 12 minutes.

With the pressure sensors disabled, Lenny confidently walked across the room to the rack that held the JCN. This would be his toughest challenge. Every door and connector was biometrically secured with a quantum hash.

There were only three people in the solar system that could unlock every security feature on this cabinet. Hopefully, the bio-hash he’d purchased was legit. Otherwise, Sol Security would be on him before he could get out the door.

Lenny moved to the back of the rack and linked up his wristcomp to the maintenance port. It used an archaic CAT10 connector and cable that he had to print from specifications he found in the library’s archives. Hopefully, he’d found all the specifications and printed everything correctly.

The indicator on the port went from red to amber, flashed 6 times, and then turned green. As far as Lenny knew, that meant everything was good to go. Holding his breath, he transferred the bio-hash into the system and waited.

The indicator flashed rapidly while the unlock sequence was initiated. A grueling two minutes later, Lenny heard the latches release. He unplugged from the maintenance port, stowed the cable, and opened the rear of the rack. His prize was right in front of him.

Out of habit (or superstition), Lenny glanced behind him and was met with blinding light to his eyes.

“Freeze,” a modulated voice roared.

It was at that moment realized what he’d done wrong. This room was chilled to -15C to keep the JCN from overheating. He’d forgotten to turn off the temperature sensors before opening the door. The unexpected, slight drop in temperature had triggered an alarm.

“Guess I’m headed for cryosleep again,” Lenny said to no one in particular as the Sol Security agent bound his hands behind his back.

“Lenny the Lifter, you’re being detained for unauthorized entry of a secure Jovian facility. Evidence has already been sent to the courts and you’ve been declared guilty. You’re sentenced to 32 years of cryosleep. Please do not resist while your punishment is enacted.”

The agent pressed a hypodermic needle against Lenny’s neck. He couldn’t hear the hiss when the triggered was pulled over the fans in the server room.

“Dang. It’s freezing in here,” were the last words recorded before Lenny the lifter entered cryostasis.


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Author: John

Husband, Dad, Podcaster, Blogger, Writer, and Speaker struggling every day to follow Jesus.

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