Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dead Rite chapter 156.02

“No problem.” Dill forced his plasticine face into a smile and wondered, obliquely, how grotesque it looked. Something between Morph and Heath Ledger's Joker, he suspected, with a drop of Brandon Lee's Crow mixed in. “I just need a means of paying for it.”

“Can't we just ask Devious to fetch it for us?”

“Not really. It's a service, not a product.” Dill sucked in air, grateful for the inclusion of makeshift lungs. “Well, it is a product, just not a physical one.”

“I don't follow.”

“It's like...” Dill struggled to find an analogy. Talking to Frederick was like talking to a five year old, except the ghost had a better vocabulary than just repeating 'why?' “It's like the internet. The bits on either end are physical routers and servers, hard drives and computers but the actual internet itself is a continual stream of data that can't actually be manipulated physically. You can't got the the supermarket and buy a box of blogs or a packet of video feeds. You have to pay for access.”

“We don't. Harold piggybacked the cable from the telephone box outside the manor.”

“Oh. Well, what about the subscription for the game he plays? Surely he has to pay to connect to the game servers?”

“Oh, you may be right there. I don't know.” Frederick frowned so heavily, his translucent eyebrows actually folded into his translucent face making a darker patch where the two layers overlapped. “I know Ada use to have to pay the other kids in the street to play with him so I expect that's the case still.”

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