It’s true that magicians hide their secrets. This week’s prompt is all about those characters that are able to do the unthinkable all while leaving us with our jaws dropped. Here’s my response:
His fingers scattered across the keyboard, clicks of the keys singing their technological melody. The screen flashed white. Multiple windows popped up like digital popcorn. Without a word leaving his lips, Reid accessed the files before him with ease. Then the screen turned to black as a single line of green text displaying “ACCESS CODE” stopped him.
Bryan bit his lip. “See I told you it wouldn’t be that easy. Now what are we going to do?”
Reid shook his head. “We’re going to be fine. Just let me think.”
Hearing Bryan’s knuckles crack made Reid tense his shoulders. Best friends since they were nine and still not enough trust in him. Reid smirked knowing it was only going to be a matter of time until he got to see that stupid look on Bryan’s face when he once again saved them.
A fist on the door made them both jump. Shouts from the authorities demanded they turn themselves in. But Reid never liked the confines of a cell.
“Shit, man. Are you going to get this figured out?” Bryan paced in a zigzag line.
Reid’s fingertips tapped the keys as he played with different passcodes in his head. Of course he was going to figure this out. Having traveled dimensions dozens of times, a simple access code wasn’t going to get in his way. Now if only he had remembered the algorithm to bypass these pesky electronic speedbumps.
He smashed his fingers against the keyboard. A mix of consonants spilled onto the screen. Reid slammed the Enter key before leaning back in his chair.
Bryan pulled on the back of the chair. “What the hell are you doing? Can’t you see they’re about to come in here and detain us?”
Reid waved a dismissive hand. “Just trust me.”
“Trust you? Oh boy, that’s really going to save us right now,” Bryan said.
A loud thump hit the door. The hinges squeaked as the metal loosened. Reid looked over his shoulder as men grunted with another attempt to break down the door.
“All right. Let’s get out of here, buddy,” Reid whispered.
At the bottom of the screen, an access code tip appeared. Reid furrowed his brows as he read:
HINT: Mammal that attacks snakes.
Reid scratched his hairline. “Hmm, what’s that fuzzy animal that goes after snakes?”
Bryan leaned over his shoulder. “A honey badger?”
Reid’s fingers clicked away at the keys as he entered it in. A buzz emitted from the computer at another incorrect answer.
“Ah, guess again,” he said.
The door flew from its hinges before colliding with the floor. Officers rushed into the small apartment. Bryan cowered next to the desk and glared up at Reid.
“They’re in here!”
Unmoved by their guests’ arrival, Reid swirled his tongue in his mouth as he considered other options.
A raccoon? No, those aren’t known for attacking snakes. Opossum? Jeez, what do those things even eat? He cursed himself for not paying more attention in science class.
The boots of officers pounded against the floorboards. After shouting one final command, they readied their guns at them. Bryan tugged on the edge of Reid’s shirt.
“We’re screwed. Let’s just turn ourselves in,” he hissed.
Reid snapped his fingers. “Ah, a mongoose!”
He input the entry. The computer gave a happy chime before the screen began to swirl. A low hum emitted from the device as blue, green, and purple mixed together. Reid stood from his chair and clutched Bryan’s forearm. He turned his attention to the officers aiming their guns at them.
“Sorry boys, but we have a portal to catch.”
With an outstretched hand, he forced his arm into the computer screen. It sucked them in as their bodies shrunk. The sound of gunfire rang through the stream of code before the portal closed.
His stomach churned as they traveled, the unremitting nausea bringing bile up his throat once again. A dozen times later and he still wasn’t used to the sensation teleporting brought with it.
They slowed their momentum as their feet struck the ground. Pixel by pixel, their bodies reformed. Bryan’s jaw about fell past his knees.
“How the heck did you do it?!”
Reid smiled. “Just call me the wizards of the interwebs, buddy.”
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