Sunday, October 26, 2014
"Sir, we've got it."
"Finally." I swiveled in my chair and faced the large, NASA-like screen. Nothing happened.
"Where is it?" The screen was black. As though it was turned off.
"I'm not sure, sir."
"Well, figure it out." I went back to my Sudoku puzzle.
"Ah, here it is."
I glanced back up. The screen had gone blue, then the rainbow Microsoft logo flickered in the middle, sounding its familiar chime. Finally, the picture of a desktop appeared, the pristine beaches of the Seychelles Islands set as background.
Some day, I would go there. If there was anything left.
A file appeared on the screen. README.txt.
"What is that?"
"It's what we found, sir. It's what was stored in the woman's DNA."
"Open it up."
I scooted forward to the edge of my chair and leaned onto the desk. And I waited. Finally a little box showed up on screen. I squinted, but couldn't read the tiny print from so far away.
"What seems to be the problem, Jeffs?"
"It's requesting a password."
"You've got to be kidding," I muttered. "Any ideas?" I asked louder.
"Try 'All the world's a stage'," someone shouted.
"No, 'In the beginning'," someone else shouted.
"It's going to be forty-two!" someone stated.
"I think it will be 'love'," the woman next to me said.
"Jeffs? What have you tried?"
"All of them, sir. Nothing is working."
I looked at the file and leaned back in my chair. "Type: I want to read you."
After a moment, Jeffs gasped. "It worked!"
The file opened. In Hieroglyphics.
"Anyone know Egyptian?" I asked with a sigh.