The five hackers entered a club full of computers. On the stage stood two guys, one with black hair, the other with red hair. [Razor and Blade,] Willow thought. She took a good look around the club and saw several other teams already plugged on internet, gaining access to unknown systems. She saw the guy from the computer shop, Paul she remembered, walking toward them, smiling and waving at them.
“Hey, Burn! What’s up?” he asked Kate.
“Hey, Nikon!” Freak yelled. They slapped their hands together.
“You ready to win that contest?”
“Yeah!” Dade yelled. “And we’ve got a cute little redhead to help us, Nikon.” He took a step to the side and Nikon’s eyes widened as he saw Willow.
Willow smiled at him, quite amused at his expression, his mouth hanging open like a fish out of water. “Hi Paul, or should I say Nikon.” She walked past him and went in search of a terminal for their team.
Nikon followed her, still a look of shock on his face. The rest of the crew walked slowly behind him, chuckling slightly. The hacker stood face to face to the red haired young woman. “You’re a hacker,” he stated.
Willow lifted an eyebrow. “Really, when did that happened?” That finally made him snap out of his daze. She laughed. “Come on! I found us a terminal.” Kate sat down in front of it and plugged in.
Suddenly, an alarm bell rang. Razor and Blade stopped whatever show they were doing and ran to their computers standing against the wall.
Dade frowned. “What’s that? Federals?”
Kate shook her head. “No. They would have detected them before. Beside, Federals like to do this the old fashioned way : burst in the place with guns blazing, not hacking in. It’s not really their gig.”
“Then what is the alarm for?”
“Virus,” Willow said. “The have a system programmed to detect virus that might get hackers into trouble. If I remember correctly, it has something to do with some guy blaming hackers for a worm not so long ago.”
They all looked at her. “How do you know all that?” Dade asked.
Willow sighed in relief when Razor and Blade started cursing… and her theory was proved. “Oh shit! There’s a virus eating all the criminal records! Hackers’ criminal records!”
All the teams connected themselves on the computers, going for the virus. Kate passed the terminal to Dade. “Why does it always happen to us?” She sighed. “Come on Crash! Show us Zero Cool.”
Willow almost fainted. “You’re Zero Cool? Oh my God!” She looked over his shoulder as he tried to find the virus location… without success.
One woman in the assembly stood up. “It’s impossible to locate it! It just appears and disappears!” Blade looked at Dade and he nodded in approval. “We need more hackers on it!”
Freak shook his head. “No, what we need is a miracle.”
At the same moment, an internal fight was taking place in Willow’s mind. [What if they freak out? What if they reject me for lying to them? What if…? No time, Willow. Do something! This virus is dangerous.] The redhead sighed. “Move, Dade.” He let her take his place in front of the computer. The rest of the crew talked together while Willow concentrated and opened a new window.
Goddess of Guidance
Hear my plea
Grant me your eyes
Show me the source
She turned her head to the side and saw Cereal looking at the screen in astonishment. When they heard the hacker swear, the rest of the team looked at him. “What is it?” Freak asked. He did a double take when he saw the spell on the screen. “Fuck! You’re the Witch!”
Willow flinched but pressed enter. A light appeared on the screen and she closed her eyes at the flash. When she opened them, she smiled as she saw the virus code just before her eys. “Well, you’ve got your virus guys!”
Not far from there, in a dark corner, a hacker had heard everything. His grey eyes were open wide, clearly surprised by what he saw. Here, in front of him, stood his adversary, the hacker he hated even if he had never met her, just because they were always confronted, staying on the same level, in constant competition. And now, there she was, standing in fornt of him, a girl he already knew and that haunted his dreams. “Fuck,” he muttered.
Willow had a weird feeling. She knew that nobody exept her team had heard that she was the Witch, but she felt as if someone was watching her. She turned around and saw someone watching her from the shadows. Her eyes widened as she noticed the bleached blond hair and the leather duster. [No! Can’t be!]
The figure stepped out of the shadow and smirked at her. “Hello, pet.”
“Spike,” she whispered.