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Stolen Words

A 21st century heist.

By Lena FolkertPublished 8 months ago β€’ Updated 8 months ago β€’ 1 min read
Stolen Words
Photo by Bermix Studio on Unsplash

He let out a wry chuckle as he extended his right forefinger over the mouse button.

He looked around the dark room before him. The outline of his dresser and bed were the only lines he could make out. The rest was nothing more than blurred shadows and hazy impressions.

He puffed his chest out softly as he leaned forward and quickly tapped his finger against the mouse.


The screen flashed white briefly as the page reloaded, and he sat back in his chair, laughing softly to himself.

He knew it would be taken down soon enough. But it didn't matter. Just a few days would be enough.

The glare from his computer blinded him to the rest of the dark room, but his eyes still flicked to its location.

On the wall opposite him, his new jacket hung. He could smell the new leather. He wouldn't normally afford himself such a luxury. Name brand clothes. Real leather. He was a new man. Almost legitimate. Almost.

He navigated to the home page and explored the newest top stories, before selecting the one that seemed the most clickable. He cracked his knuckles as he highlighted the article.

Copy. Paste.



About the Creator

Lena Folkert

Alaskan Grown Freelance Writer 🀍 Lover of Prose

Former Deckhand & Barista 🀍 Always a Pleaser & Eggshell-Walker

Lifelong Animal Lover & Whisperer 🀍 Ever the Student & Seeker

Traveler 🀍 Dreamer 🀍 Wanderer

Happily Lost 🀍 Luckily in Love

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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock8 months ago

    Oh, to be a computer programming whiz who could embed a virus in a most clickable article that would only be triggered If someone copied & pasted it.

  • Mariann Carroll8 months ago

    That sound about right, excellent heist story

  • A certain people will have no problem with that. Great story and probably another Top Story

  • sleepy drafts8 months ago

    Ouuuu this was so well done. But also grrr those copy-pasters, lol! Awesome work, Lena!

  • Great one those thieves need to be stopped 🚫 πŸ“–

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