TITLE: To Disturb the Universe
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
Oak Ridge, Earth
Her world was a sea of light and time. The data underlying the universe surged toward her in waves of patterns and chaos, pounding against the shore of her mind.
Somewhere far from her protospatial prison, her body was screaming. Yulie hoped she broke their eardrums, the bastards--
"Your mind is creating a schema. Do not--"
LET ME OUT
LET ME OUT
"We can't do that. This is your job. Please do not interfere with the creation of the schema."
The barrage of nonsense assailing Yulie's mind resolved into input she could understand. All around her, a pale blue grid overlaying a vast darkness. Everywhere, bright points of light--the information-based particles called indicites--and quite close, the cluster of tiny stars that was the Renascent Andron.
"Simple, yet effective... well done. Schema complete. Begin transmission to the Aperture."
More raw data, then, clicking through her neurons like some kind of demented mathematical slideshow. She pushed back--NO STOP IT I WON'T DO IT--and the data started going a little slower, maybe...
Thirty-two volts of electricity, and she lost it.
The data turned binary. Mere petabytes--she could have held them in her hand--but when they crashed in, white flames at high tide, she was nothing but their conduit. She told her body to scream again. It didn't answer.
Deep within the Andron, she could feel a wormhole opening.