Mark Zuckerberg sat in the darkened back office of his
palatial mansion, bathed in the incandescent glow of his monitors. It was
mid-afternoon in Palo Alto. The sun was bright, the sky blue, and the weather
unseasonably warm and dry. A perfect Spring afternoon. Mark’s wife, Priscilla,
their two kids, Evangeline Grace and Chen Mingyu, along with their dog, Beast,
had plans to attend via Facebook Live an arts festival in Cupertino that
It was all a ruse. Mark funded the entire festival through a
network of German and Chechnyan art collectives, ostensibly as a celebration of
the Apple brand and their “think differently” campaign. But he hand-picked the
artists to employ a subliminal theme of conformity in an attempt to push the
community away from social darling, Apple Inc, toward traditional, more
authoritarian ideals. This, he thought, would devalue the company enough over
time for Zuckerberg to purchase it through his holdings in Singapore, which
would allow him to consolidate the substantial Apple iPhone market with
Android, which he had taken over years earlier from his holdings in Belize.
“All too easy,” Mark Zuckerberg laughed to himself in the
darkened office. The secret Facebook A.I. social engineering program, Mavet,
had given him a list of the most influential artists with a totalitarian bent
within a 500 mile perimeter, and that was that.
“Jobs would never have let me get away with this,”
Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, was smart. He, too, knew how
to manipulate people, to move chess pieces behind the scenes, to break the laws
when necessary in service to a righteous goal. With Steve, it would have been
Now? Now, it was child’s play.
Soon, he would be in control of the worldwide mobile
network, along with all the gps data, social network interactivity, and
psychological analyses that came with it. All those “What kind of potato am I?”
surveys had finally paid off.
But this? Being able to kill people in his free time from
his home in Palo Alto, or with his phone on a yacht in the Mediterranean, or
anywhere else with even basic technology and Internet access for that matter?
This was the icing on the cake.
Mark Zuckerberg watched through the IoT portal in Mavet as
his target moved from the living room to the kitchen, carrying boxes, putting
away dishes, engaging in idle conversation. The Target had recently moved, with
his family, to Bemidji, Minnesota. His kids were at their first day in a new
school. The happy couple had just enjoyed several minutes of love-making, which
Zuckerberg had dialed up from his connections to the Alexa program at Amazon,
which he also owned, despite that pathetic, bald front man Jeff Bezos had led
people to believe, so he could listen. Mark was an avid porn user, of course –
a connoisseur, if you will – but it was the audio, the richness of the SOUND of
people in the throes of ecstasy that really got him going.
The wife drew her husband in close for another kiss, and
Mark wondered whether they might have another go. He zoomed in for a closer
“Those look like Bs,” he said out loud.
“C,” the voice engagement system for Mavet corrected him.
“Nice,” Zuckerberg said, and held the camera still until the
couple broke apart.
Mark was disappointed. He’d hoped they have enough in them or
another round. Had that been the case, Mark might have let The Target live
another day. However, since he had been denied his bit of momentary joy, The
Target would soon lose his life.
And no one would know it was him. No would EVER know it was
him. That was the best part.
Mark Zuckerberg had kept his dirty, little, malevolent
secret since he was a child. Where other kids thought of toys, candy, and cartoons,
Mark thought only of death. He envisioned thousands of ways people could die in
common, household situations. Falling down stairs, accidental electrocution,
mishaps with cutlery. And that was just the start! He even drawn up complex scenarios
in a notebook he kept hidden in a locked box beneath his bed so his parents
would never read it.
He still had that notebook, all these years later, stored
safely in a deposit box at Stanford Federal Credit. He was a silent member of
the board there. When federal prosecutors went digging for hidden evidence,
they always looked at the big banks first. Little banks flew under their
radars. Always had. They were a great place to hide things, and no one was
better at hiding things than Mark Zuckerberg.
The real monster came out when little Mark was just 12 years
old. He’d gone to the Red Creek ravine in White Plains, NY with a friend. What
was his name? Mark didn’t remember. There was a waste treatment facility nearby
and the creek flowed quickly into it. Their parents had warned them not to go,
but Mark was just too curious.
“Go out to the edge and look down,” Mark said, and his
friend obliged. But his foot slipped on the muddy embankment. He fell, nearly
going over the edge. Mark’s Friend grabbed and tree root, which stuck out of
the side, and held on for dear life.
“Help!” he screamed. “Mark, Help!”
Mark ran to the edge, started to reach out his hand, and
stopped. He looked him right in the eye, cocked his head sideways, like a
scientist awaiting the results of a boring experiment, and waited.
“Mark! What are you doing? HELP!” His friend’s grip
loosened. Fear and desperation washed over his face as he screamed as loud as
his twelve year old lungs would allow.
Mark Zuckerberg just smiled and waited. IN his mind, he
thought of the many different things that COULD happen. His friend could slip,
of course. The roots could break. The tree could come uprooted and fall on top
of him. There was always the possibility that Mark could push him, but that was
too easy. Too much evidence for prying eyes if things went poorly.
When he DID eventually fall, he could bounce off the embankment, breaking his neck. He could land on the rocks three stories below and crush his skull. Or, if Mark was REALLY lucky, he could land upright, break his legs and his back, and bleed out over the course of two days. If the water was running fast enough, the kid could be swept into the waste treatment intake valve, get pulverized, and be converted into drinking water for half the houses in upstate New York.
This last option was what Mark hoped for. But he waited to
Eventually, Mark’s Friend lost his grip and fell, landing on
his tailbone, breaking his back, which caused him to scream in pain. The sound
of his screams echoed off the ravine walls, sounding like the barking sea lions
he had seen in Fisherman’s Wharf when his family took him on vacation there
“Maybe I should move to San Francisco someday,” Mark though,
and then dismissed it.
It turned out the water WAS running fast enough to sweep the
body to the intake valve, and his friend WAS pulverized. But, before that could
happen, his friend’s twisted body caught the entrance, causing his screams to
gargle in the rushing water for a full two minutes before he got sucked in. Mark
was happily surprised. This was an eventuality he had not considered. Much
better than anything his mind could have invented.
“What I need,” Mark thought, “is a system that will analyze
all possible scenarios, given multivariate possibilities, and come back with
the best possible options, given certain parameters and current limitations.” Mark
set his mind to solving this all-important problem over the weeks that passed
as the community searched for his lost friend, and drank his remains to quench
their thirsts while they did it.
No one knew. No one even SUSPECTED. No one ever would.
He continued working to solve this problem, meeting and
killing hundreds of people over the years, and building systems that harvested
people’s ideas, thoughts, desires, all of which served as their downfall.
Mortals are limited by petty things like love and sympathy. The twin gifts of
intelligence and curiosity were a gift of the Gods. Mark was a God, and Gods
don’t get caught.
No one suspects them.
Now, Mark Zuckerberg had his greatest achievement; his
Shining, God-like system: Mavet. Now, he could kill people around the world,
indiscriminately, in grotesque and painful deaths, each of which is customized
to the specific Target and situation at hand. The Covid Quarantines now
provided him the opportunity to ramp up his efforts. For twelve year old kids
in White Plains, NY, and for random, recently displaced FBI agents – as this
man was – in Bemidji, MN. Every trace of his activities was hidden. He was too
smart for that.
“Honey? We’re getting started. Are you ready?” Priscilla and
the kids were waiting for him on the back porch next to the shed where he
smoked his meats, among other things.
“Be right there, hon!” Mark said.
He smiled, clicked the button to begin the program, and got
up to leave.
In Bemidji, MN, The Target and his wife retreated to the bedroom again. They had been through much in recent years, but things were finally looking up. Or so they thought. Whatever happened, they and everyone else scheduled for termination by Mark and his nearly sentient program Mavet, would never see it coming.
No one ever would.
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