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Chapter 2: HAL 9,000

McKayla Cross

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Chapter 1 of this novel was published in a previous edition of The Beacon.

The three of us tried to get the ship working, but we figured out that all the directions were written in Spanish.

“Oh great, now what do we do?!” Bill asked, losing faith in himself.

“Luckily, I know how to speak Spanish!” I exclaimed proudly.

“How do you know how to speak Spanish?” Bill asked me, confused.

“I took two courses on it at my school! I think I know how to speak it.” I explained to him.

“Alright, you can try.” Bill said, not quite believing me all the way.

A few minutes later, I had the ship running, and it was slowly traveling back to Earth, when all of a sudden, the ship shutted down.

“I am sorry, McKayla, I am afraid I can’t let you do that. It would jeopardize my mission. If all of the scientist and inventors get him, they will be able to destroy me. So I am sorry, but I had to shut the ship down.” The robotic voice from before explained to me.

“Who are you?” I asked the being.

“My name is HAL, but you can call me your master.” HAL explained.

“Why would I ever want to call you that?!” I asked angrily.

“Because, dear, soon I will take over the earth, and all the phones, computers, and other devices will belong to me. And if you want them back, I am afraid you have to submit to my rule,” HAL explained.

“No! You won’t take over the Earth! We’ll stop you!!” I yelled.

“How are we going to stop him?! There is only three of us.” Bill asked me.

“Not exactly!” A voice from a room said to us.

The door opened and out stepped Albert Einstein, wheeling around Stephen Hawking. Then came Marie Curie, Sir Isaac Newton, Bill Nye, and, strangest of all, Abraham Lincoln.

“Wow…” I mutttered.

HAL laughed in a monotoned.

“How are they going to help you? Most of them don’t even know what a computer is, and one can’t even stand on his own.” HAL said.

Hawking’s eyes looked down in embarrassment. I was offended.

“We’ll try and succeed in defeating you, HAL, if it’s the last thing we do!!!” I exclaimed.

The others nodded.

“Good luck,” HAL said menacingly before shutting itself off.

“Alright, does anyone have any idea on how HAL got rebooted? Anyone?” I asked while looking around.

Bill quietly raised his hand.

“Yes? What is it, Bill?” I asked him.

“I may have… rebooted him on accident…” Bill said.

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