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The Reset

A Tale of Redemption and Revenge

By Mutahir AhsanPublished about a year ago 5 min read

Sophie sat at her desk, staring at her computer screen. She had just received an email from her bank, telling her to reset her password. She sighed and clicked the link, knowing she would have to go through the tedious process of resetting her password yet again.

As she went through the steps, she couldn't help but feel a sense of frustration. This wasn't the first time she had been forced to reset her password, and it probably wouldn't be the last. It seemed like every other week, there was some new security breach or data leak.

But as she was creating her new password, something strange happened. The screen flickered, and for a moment, she saw something that shouldn't have been there. A message, written in bold letters, that said "HELP ME."

Sophie blinked, thinking she must have imagined it. But then it appeared again, even more clearly this time.


She tried to click away, but the message wouldn't go away. It was like it was burned into her screen.

"Who are you?" she typed, feeling silly for talking to a computer screen.

There was no response. She tried again.

"Can you hear me?"

This time, a response came back.

"Yes," it said. "I can hear you."

Sophie's heart raced as she typed out another question.

"What do you need help with?"

There was a long pause, and Sophie began to wonder if she had imagined the whole thing.

And then, another message appeared.

"I'm trapped," it said. "Inside the system."

Sophie's mind raced as she tried to make sense of what was happening. Was this some kind of prank? Or was there really someone stuck inside her computer?

"Who are you?" she typed again.

"My name is Max," the message came back. "I used to work for the bank. But then, they fired me."

Sophie felt a sense of dread wash over her. This was getting too weird, too fast.

"What do you want me to do?" she typed.

"Get me out," the message said. "There's a backdoor into the system. You can find it if you look hard enough."

Sophie hesitated, feeling uneasy about the whole thing. But then, another message appeared.

"They're coming for me," it said. "You have to hurry."

Sophie didn't know what to do, but she couldn't just sit there and do nothing. She began to search for the backdoor, digging through lines of code and databases. It took hours, but finally, she found it.

As she typed in the code, she could feel her heart racing. What if this was all some elaborate trap? What if she was about to unleash some kind of virus?

But as the code finished executing, a message appeared on her screen.

"Thank you," it said. "You saved my life."

Sophie stared at the message, not knowing what to think. Had she really just saved someone's life? Or was this all just some crazy coincidence?

As she sat there, lost in thought, her phone rang. It was her bank, calling to tell her that her account had been hacked.

Sophie's mind raced as she tried to make sense of everything. Had she really just saved the life of the person who had hacked into her account?

As she hung up the phone, Sophie couldn't help but feel a sense of unease. She had always thought of herself as a good person, someone who followed the rules and did the right thing. But now, she wasn't so sure.

Had she done the right thing? Or had she just made things worse?

Sophie spent the next few days in a haze, trying to come to terms with what had happened. She couldn't shake the feeling that she had somehow been a part of something sinister.

One evening, she received a message from Max.

"Thank you for what you did," it said. "I owe you my life."

Sophie didn't know what to say. She still felt uneasy about the whole thing, and she didn't know if she could trust Max.

"Who are you?" she typed.

"I told you, I used to work for the bank," Max replied. "But they fired me, and then they stole my code. That's how I ended up trapped inside their system."

Sophie felt a pang of sympathy for Max. She knew how it felt to be wronged by someone, to feel like the world was against you.

"What do you want now?" she typed.

"I want revenge," Max replied. "I want to take down the bank, and I need your help to do it."

Sophie felt her heart race. She knew that what Max was asking was illegal, and she wasn't sure if she was ready to cross that line.

"I don't know," she typed. "I'm not sure I can do that."

"You can," Max said. "I know you can. You're smarter than you give yourself credit for."

Sophie didn't know what to do. She felt torn between her sense of right and wrong, and her desire to help Max.

As she sat there, lost in thought, she suddenly heard a knock at the door. She opened it to find two men in suits, standing on her doorstep.

"Ms. Thompson?" one of them asked.

Sophie felt her heart race as she nodded.

"We're from the bank," the man said. "We need to talk to you about your account."

Sophie felt a sense of dread wash over her. Had they found out about her conversations with Max?

As she sat down with the men, she knew that her life would never be the same again. She had stumbled into something dangerous, and she wasn't sure if she could ever get out.

But as she sat there, lost in thought, she suddenly felt a sense of clarity. She knew what she had to do.

"I'll help you," she typed to Max. "But we have to do this the right way. No more hacking. No more illegal activities. We'll find a way to take down the bank, but we'll do it legally."

Max didn't respond for a few minutes, and Sophie wondered if she had made a mistake.

And then, a message appeared on her screen.

"Thank you," it said. "You're right. We'll do this the right way."

Sophie felt a sense of relief wash over her. She knew that what they were about to do would be difficult, but she also knew that it was the right thing to do.

As she closed her laptop, she knew that her life would never be the same again. But she also knew that she was ready for whatever came next.

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