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This story is No. 2 in the series "The Key to the Matrix". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: Just because someone can catch a knife doesn’t mean they’re the Chosen One.

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Title: Clarke’s Third Law

Author: TombCrank the Crafty

Summary: Just because someone can catch a knife doesn’t mean they’re the Chosen One.

Rating: F15

Disclaimer: I own nothing. People other than me own The Matrix series and Buffy. I just play here. Title is an obvious reference to the awesomeness that is Arthur C. Clarke. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, well, I suggest you seek help.

Notes: I suggest reading “Skeleton Key” first, but it’s not necessary.


The man in the suit had initially sent her into a cold panic when he knocked on her door. She had thought he was a Fed, tracking down the illusive hacker who had cracked the IRS database. The British accent had somewhat belayed that fear. That and the fact that everyone in the hacker community, up to and including the FBI agents trying to go undercover, thought she was a guy, not a fifteen year old girl with absent parents and time to kill. She sat through his crazy spiel with a great deal of skepticism, trying not to grin at the story. Vampires? A destiny as a great warrior for good? To be honest, it had sounded like something out of a bad fantasy novel.

And then the absolutely nutty Brit had thrown a knife at her.

Somehow, though some freak chance of luck and physics, Carrie-Anne Moss managed to catch it.

Throughout her time with Morpheus on the Nebuchadnezzar, she had rationalized away her miraculous feat, figuring she had manipulated the Matrix despite still being plugged in. Just like the orphans in the Oracle’s care were able to. Especially once she had been finally proven *not* to be the Chosen One, what with Neo running around performing miracles right and left. She had dismissed magic and vampires as programs in the Matrix not long after she had been unplugged. After all, the Merovingian had vampiric creatures in his employ and magic was just sufficiently advanced technology to the untrained (and unplugged) mind.

But years later, when a teenaged girl with bright blue eyes and long brown hair managed to accomplish the impossible, doing things even Neo couldn’t do, with a offhand explanation of “magic”, Trinity wondered if the old British man in tweed had been right all along.

Word Count: 300


Author’s Notes: Yeah. This started life as a drabble. Obviously, it grew up a bit. And hey, I’m still around! There’s a vague idea for a sequel to Skeleton Key simmering around in the back of my mind, but I’m not sure if it’ll develop into something more substantial than an indistinct concept. Hope you like it.

TombCrank the Crafty

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