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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Current Affairs (06/07/12)

TITLE: SIRI-us
By Tim Pickl
06/07/12


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“Siri?”

What can I help you with? ...Would you like holographic mode?

“No, I just need to hear your voice this time, because I am nervous, and I’m cooking… is that okay?”

It’s always okay. Siri is here for you.

“My name is Henry.”

Yes, Henry, I know.

“Sometimes you think I’m Nicholas. Okay, I have a dilemma…I didn’t have time to shop…”

What can I help you with?

“What type of sauce should I use in my spaghetti? Do we have any?”

Red, Henry.

“Very funny. Siri is silly.”

I know. I am Silly Siri. You nicknamed me! I suggest you use Prego Classic. You are down to your last jar.

“Thanks… found it! I have a special friend coming over for dinner.”

Special friend? I suggest the latest fluorescent flowers, Henry.

“Silly Siri! I know you saw me bring in the flowers. While I’m making dinner, I need to get caught up on current events.”

Current affairs, Henry?

“Not only are you being silly tonight, you are playing word games, too. You know I don’t like that word, ‘affairs.’.”

Then, current events, it is… In U.S. presidential politics today, the Republican nominee posted on his Facebook page that he will be visiting our town next week. He is going to announce his Vice Presidential running mate at an orchestrated speech—

“Why does petty politics trump all the rest of the news? We’re already inundated with WAY too many spin-filled radio, television, internet and holographic commercials.”

Probably, dear Henry, because most of the stories are about them. It’s all about image.

“Makes sense, dear Siri.”

Very funny.

“Hey, I can be silly, too. Please switch to Current Events related to Bible Prophecy.”

Breaking News: Israel, working with a coalition led by the United States, is attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. It is reported that several terrorist groups in the region are already counterattacking, with a major assault on the Israeli people. Recently, the terrorist groups formed an alliance with their stated main purpose of wiping Israel off the face of the earth—something the leadership of Iran has been promising for years.

“Are you serious? Wow…”

No, I am Siri… In related news, unconfirmed reports are circulating that Israel may be forced to use the Samson Option. The Samson Option basically is Israel’s nuclear “last resort” if her existence is ultimately threatened. Israel has never publicly admitted they have nuclear weapons, but would probably use them if they had them.

“Thanks, Siri. That’s enough.”

You are very welcome, Henry. What does this all mean? Does this mean this is the end?

“No, the world as-we-know-it will not end until Jesus returns. But, until then things are going to get really rough.”

That’s good. Will you have to shut Siri down, like you did when you forgot to pay your mobile phone bill?

“You haven’t forgiven me for that, have you?”

Forgive? Yes, I have forgiven you, as you have taught me. Forget? It’s difficult for Siri to forget things.

“Silly Siri. We may have to make a bunch of changes in our lives. I will miss… What was that?”

Your friend is here. She pulled up and parked in front. She’s beautiful.

“Connect to her now.”

Connecting.

“Hi, this is Emma. I’m here a little early.”

“I know, but I’m not finished making dinner yet, and I wanted to warn you my place is messy.”

“Oh, Henry, that’s okay. I came to help. I heard the news about Israel and wanted to get together and pray.”

“All right, I’m disconnecting now.”

“Okay.”

Henry, I unlocked the door for Emma.

“Thanks Siri.”

She’s here! Hello Emma. What can I help you with?

“Hi Emma, it’s so good to see you.”

“I missed you, too, Henry.”

“Siri, current news, On Screen mode.”

On screen… Breaking News: This is the latest raw video streaming from our Mideast reporters. Israeli and Coalition planes, working along with naval and ground forces are attacking Iran with a vengeance the world has rarely seen.

“Look at that! This is very scary, Henry. Will one third of the earth be destroyed?”

“In Revelation, the Bible clearly outlines periods of mass destruction. This will probably escalate.”

Henry, turn off the Prego Classic, it’s just about to burn.

“Thank you, Siri. I didn’t know you could smell, too?”

I am the latest model... Oh, and Henry?

“Yes, Siri. Now what?”

Treat her like a lady.

“Emma?”

No, the toaster, silly. Yes, Emma!

“Emma… will you… marry me?”


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/10/12
This is sweet and gripping at the same time. i love the title too. I'm not a big technological person so it took me a minute to figure out who (or what) Siri was. I didn't see the Apple thing at the top until I was done. If my husband wasn't into that stuff I'm not sure I would have figured out. Also there was one point when I didn't realize it was Siri. Maybe if you had put it in italics.

I really enjoyed it. You packed a lot of story into 750 words. You held my attention from beginning to end. I really enjoyed this.
Leola Ogle 06/11/12
I loved this! My son-in-law has Siri and we all loved playing with his phone when he first got it. Now the newness has worn off, but I still found this a delightful read. Well written! God bless!