8. Hacking the media
“Hi,” Jerry says, “Quick update; good news. One of the scientists in agreement with us has some computer geek friends. They’ve hacked the system and plastered all of the info all over the Web, TV and even inserted it into the radio announcers pre-prepared scripts. The majority of the public are blind to what is going on, so this should create some awareness, at least. Just thought I should give you a heads-up as it’ll be going live in five mins.”
“Wow, thanks Jerry, just enough time to tell Avanna and Infinity.”
“Least I could do,” he said gruffly, “Bye.”
I hear Avanna coming back from her shower, as soon as she has closed the door behind her I start the update.“One of our allies has hacked the whole of the media, they’re gonna spill the dirt on the goverment.”
“Wha?” she says, with a towel between her teeth.
“Jerry called,” I explain.
“Ohh, Okay,” she says, and starts towel drying her hair.
Next, I call infinity and pass all the information on to her.
“Wow!” she says, “That’s great!”
“I know, Fin!” I say.
“Wait, the news has just come on, I’m going to go listen to it, bye!” Infinity says.
A minute passes and I hear the sound of china smashing on a hard surface. Probably the kitchen, I think, and run downstairs. Mum is standing in between the sink and the drying rack, with a broken plate at her feet. The radio is on.
Desalinating the water is not necessary, and harmful to the environment. The world, the atmosphere, is righting itself, slowly, but surely. It’s undoing all the damage that the generations before ours did. The radio announcer sounded slightly confused, but carried on anyway. The desalination process is just an excuse for them to use nuclear energy. The government knows this, and now so do you. The voice changed. That was Ellie Brooks with the headlines. And now… the weather with Carl.
“You did it, didn’t you?” Mum says, her tone is not angry, just rife with realisation and, possibly, tinged with pride. “You helped that get out.” She holds me at arms length and smiles “I knew you two were up to something.” I look over my shoulder, Avanna smiles at me. “We couldn’t have done it without Fin though,” she says.
“And I couldn’t have done it without my little sister,” I laugh.
“Only by twelve minutes!” She reminds me.
Mum giggles, “Quit it, sillies.”
“Whatever Mum,” we both say and Avanna offers me a high five.
“Maybe getting into trouble is a twin thing,” Mum suggests.
And maybe it is. (Or maybe it’s just Avanna’s natural attitude.)
(Thankyou for reading)