This is the 64th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
AVC, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 3rd February 2013
Word count: 552
“Analysis complete,” the computerised voice read out.
The gaggle of scientists in the seating area of the lab rushed back to the computer. A young scientist called Hugo Cliff reached the computer first and nabbed the seat in front of the mouse and keyboard.
There was a bit of kerfuffle as four people all tried to take control at the same time.
“What’s the result,” one of the scientists at the back of the group demanded eagerly.
“Give me a moment,” Hugo said having gained sole control, “the results are coming out now.”
“Come on, come on!” another scientist said.
There was an intake of breath from those that could see the screen. “Shit,” Hugo said, first to break the silence.