The Green Cloud

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Music screamed in my ears as I danced with my friends in a nightclub called The Shark. Like every other young man, it was meant to be a special day for me, because it was my 18th birthday. I grabbed my girlfriend’s hand and dragged her to a table. The sensor on the table knew we had come and the touch screens on the table automatically flared to life.

“Hello, my name is ATOM. What would you like today?”

ATOM was a relatively new technology being tested out. It stood for Automated Table Ordering Machine. Nightclubs in Detroit found it much more convenient now to let customers order by a machine instead of employing waiters.

Suddenly, I heard a scream from the dance floor. Dancers vacated the floor and I could see a young woman had fallen.

“Someone call a doctor!”

These words triggered a plan that immediately contacted emergency services. Within minutes, the whole building was cleared and everyone was ordered home.

I rushed outside the building, sweating. My vision started to blur and I knelt to the side of the pavement and vomited. My partner came to my side.

“You okay?” she asked.

“Yeah,” I replied.

Within minutes, we caught an aquasub, a vehicle made in the 2030’s that ran on water which was made to replace the ordinary bus.

The next day, I was watching the news in my TV booth when there was breaking news.

“In Metropolis Today, there have been over two hundred people today around the city who have been hospitalised due to an unknown condition. This virus is thought to have originated from North America and is highly contagious. Experts have found this virus to be resistant to any existing treatments. It is advised that you do not leave your house unless necessary.”

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