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Title: Whispers in the Sea of Sand
Fandom: DC, maybe AU-ish, maybe just off-panel.
Rating: PG13
Summary: How I found the Oracle, and what happened afterward.
Author Notes: Inspired by a post from jarodrussell.
Warnigns: Slighly IT-geeky (but hey, this is Oracle!), unbeated, and possible more fan self-service than anything else.


You want to know how good I am? This is how good I am: when the Pentagon's "Sixth Side" hired me to look for the Oracle, I conducted my search from a Starbucks. Cramped apartments full of computers loaded with incriminating software are for amateurs. I have entire racks in data centers I've never set a foot in, contracted under assumed names, hosting machines I've never seen.

All I had with me was an average MacBook running an slightly patched version of a very common game; you'd have had to be very, very, very clever to notice that instead of managing an interplanetary empire I was engaged on some very profitable counter-espionage.

I chose Starbucks because I like their coffee, and because spending eight hours a day in there is something Apple fans are supposed to do. So I could command my computers to plant seeds of information for Oracle to find, sit patiently to see where they'd appear (you can hide much, but not the shape of information), and then use those blips to triangulate the Oracle's position in what you'd call "cyberspace." Slow work, not very VR-like, but something I like and am good at.

I thought I was good at that. I even thought I was getting somewhere quite fast, enough that after a few hours I dedicated a few braincells to flirt with a redhead sitting next to a window who was way too cute for her wheelchair.

A few minutes later I got a message from one the "alien warlords" I traded and fought with in the "game." Which scared the shit out of me, let me tell you, because the game's aliens weren't supposed to do that.

"YOU SEEK ME," said the game window. "I'M HERE," it said.

Then the redhead's computer beeped. "I'M THERE," added the program.

"I'M EVERYWHERE," said a synthesized voice message that somehow had replaced my phone's ringtone. The redhead looked at me with a weird face.

"THANKS FOR THE CYCLES," added the program, and then the window disappeared.

I ran from the Starbucks, leaving behind my laptop and my phone. I rebuilt my racks from zero, changing hardware providers, and rewriting all key libraries again.

I still can feel the Oracle everywhere I log, and whenever I'm running a complex job, I wonder what I'm really doing, and whom I'm working for.

.finis.

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__marcelo
Aug. 11th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Would it be too cliche to quote "Mess with the best, die like the rest"?
dessieoctavia
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
COOL.
__marcelo
Aug. 11th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
In no reasonable universe should Oracle be anything other than cool.
outlawpoet
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
making DC main continuity an unreasonable universe?

POW
__marcelo
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Heh. Sadly, that seems to be the case way too often.
mymatedave
Aug. 11th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Oh I like that.
__marcelo
Aug. 11th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
mrsfrankenstien
Aug. 11th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Perfect.

(I rarely comment, but this icon has never been more relevant.)
__marcelo
Aug. 11th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thanks! And yeah, that's a very apropos icon :).
rubynye
Aug. 12th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Kapow! *cheers*
__marcelo
Aug. 12th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
kirax2
Aug. 13th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Oracle should always be just this awesome.
__marcelo
Aug. 13th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
greyandgold
Aug. 16th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Some people just don't like to learn the easy way....
__marcelo
Aug. 16th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Very much so.
qem_chibati
Nov. 5th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
This drabble is seriously amazing. Oracle! ♥♥♥ :D
__marcelo
Nov. 5th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
*g* Glad you liked it!
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