Artefact MJL108F is obsolete and fragile, but is believed to be saturated with valuable data. It is therefore vital that retrieval precedes elimination. So far she has failed to cooperate.
‘Tell me about your last position.’
Before the Era of Adjustment MJL108F was a government Mathematician, but she usually rambles on about her garden and her grandchildren. Today she unrolls a tiny scroll of paper and runs her bony fingers over the strange symbols.
‘You will consent to the procedure?’
Her moist sparkling eyes meet mine.
‘No, but I’ll teach you. You strike me as a particularly persistent young woman.’
M J Lewis 2016