By Ben Rickmond
“Jeez dude I want what I want!”
Hi, I am Dan Chipmunk, and I am not a chipmunk. I live in a computer. I am having a fight with my best friend, ASAP. I am frustrated, because he is older than me and can do more jobs in the computer, and that is not fair.
My dad is a RAM officer, and my mom is the GPU assistant. The computer we live in is a Dell 3100 2-in-1 Chromebook at an elementary school. I quickly apologized to ASAP, because fighting inside a computer can lead to internal misery as Grandpa Microchip said.
Anyway, I BARELY get to do any important jobs around here. I work in the fan department. My friends and I are in the middle of fanning the computer. Our user is currently using Prodigy, a high-powered game. Do you see now how hard it is working in a computer now?
Anyway, since Prodigy is a high-power website, all the chips heat up the computer a lot. That is where I come in. We get our power from Mr. Battery Pack, and then CPU James (super nice guy by the way) tells us when to turn the fans on. This is where my story begins.
So, I was settling in for a normal day in the computer. I headed over to the “fan” area of the computer. I plugged in my earbuds and started working. Then, about fifteen minutes later, ASAP shouts something at me. I do not hear what he said, and I do not care. About another fifteen minutes later all the fan workers are GONE! I do not worry though; they went into the break room to get some “chips.” Then, the power shut off for some reason. After that I heard yelling, “I told him,” I heard ASAP say. Then CPU James and ASAP came out.
“What are you doing?” said CPU James.
“Nothing” I said.
“WELL YOU SHOULD HAVE TOLD HIM!!” CPU James exploded, “Now we are stuck in the computer hospital!!,” He yelled “You’re in big trouble ASAP, we’re shoving you into a flash drive and you’re NEVER coming back!”
“No! Please I’ll do anything!” ASAP said.
“You are older and have more power over him” CPU James said, “You should be able to control him to the fullest.”
“No Buts!” said CPU James, “We are at the computer office, and we will be turned on in a minute.” He said. “ASAP come with me and you, Dan, go home NOW,” said CPU James. But when I got home ohh boy. My parents were the maddest I have ever seen them. “I can’t believe you would do such a thing. Doing that to your own friend.” “You are never listening to music again. You are also never working again,” They said.
The next day was wild. Since I never turned off the fans, they were still running. And so, some people thought to keep working- and some people listened to CPU James to them turn off.
So, with half the chips doing what they were supposed to, and half not, the entire computer was malfunctioning and had to be forced to shut down.
Now the computer was broken, because of the overload. We are now in the computer office, right next to the computer hospital. The scariest place on earth. My parents are making me try to go to CPU James and get ASAP out of trouble, a.s.a.p. I tried, but he would not budge.
“Your punishment is to feel bad for your friend and be sad to see him go- if you actually care.” CPU James said. I left his office, felling miserable.
As I walked home, Grandpa Microchip stopped me.
“Why the long face kiddo?” he said.
“I was the reason for the malfunction,” I said.
“Oh,” he said, “CPU James told me.”
“Yeah,” I said as I told him the whole story.
“Ah,” he said, “I may be able to help you.”
“Really?”, I said.
“Yes” he said, “You see, I may be able to change your appearance so you can switch places and identities with ASAP”, he said, “But ASAP will have to agree with you himself. Then you will be stuck in the flash drive instead of ASAP. Come back here with him on Saturday at five o’clock.”
“Okay,” I said, “See you then!”
It took some convincing to get ASAP to come with me, but he came.
At first, he said, “I wouldn’t come with you if my life depended on it.” But I met with him at his house at 4:55 pm on Saturday and was somehow able to get him to forgive me. We zoomed over to Grandpa Microchip’s Office.
“Alright boys,” he said “We are about to change the appearances of you two. I asked your parents, so they already know, and they confirmed. So, are you sure you guys want to do this?”
“YES!” we both cried.
“All right, then you will have to have the appearance of each other for the rest of your lives.”
“Okay,” I say.
“Alright then, said Grandpa Microchip, “3-2-1 FLASH!” There was a great boom. Suddenly, “HEY,” said ASAP, “WE look SO different!”
“Excellent!”, said Grandpa Microchip. “The permanent switching is a complete! Now, remember, you don’t need to act different around your new parents, but you should for everyone else. Don’t worry about your voices, no one will notice. Have fun with your new appearances, now good-bye boys!”
The next couple of days have been CRAZY! Living with a different family is tough. Anyway, we are on our way to the prisoner’s ceremony when the prisoners go into the flash drive forever. I fear what will happen to me in the flash drive but I wanted to do this save my friend. S o, after all of the hugs and good-byes from my real parents and other friends, I was ready to step into the drive. As I walked on the path to the flash drive, CPU James said “You’ll go far!”
And then ASAP gave a handshake and then I said, “write to me, will you?” He laughed and said, “We don’t write, we type!”
“Ha-ha,” I said.
Then walked right into my new life.