16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 – Hogswatch Night
Ponder and his fellow students watched Hex carefully.
“It can’t just, you know, stop,” said Adrian ‘Mad Drongo’ Turnipseed.
“The ants are just standing still,” said Ponder. He sighed. “All right, put the wretched thing back.”
Adrian carefully replaced the small fluffy teddy bear above Hex’s keyboard. Things immediately began to whirr. The ants started to trot again. The mouse squeaked.
They’d tried this three times.
Ponder looked again at the single sentence Hex had written.
+++ Mine! Waaaah! +++
“I don’t actually think,” he said gloomily, “that I want to tell the Archchancellor that this machine stops working if we take its fluffy teddy bear away. I just don’t think I want to live in that kind of world.”
“Er,” said Mad Drongo, “you could always, you know, sort of say it needs to work with the FTB enabled …?”
“You think that’s better?” said Ponder, reluctantly. It wasn’t as if it was even a very realistic interpretation of a bear.
“You mean, better than ‘fluffy teddy bear’?”
Ponder nodded. “It’s better,” he said.
Finished — and there will have to be an instant reread. My life needs this right now. Urgently.
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