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0x16.01 - Epilogue

Corinne HENIN

The #freedomnia HQ in the little more disused Moldovan hospital was teeming with life. In one corner, Cherry, Erin, Quentin, Phyl, Zara, Fahim and the others, were conversing quietly.

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0x15.0c - Together

Corinne HENIN

Finally, after an endless wait, Quentin ends up disconnecting. He stood up and walked straight to Erin.

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0x15.0b - Lost

Corinne HENIN

Quentin was lost on the network. The battle had taken him very far from where he started, and he couldn't find his way around. It had been a long time since he had lost track of Erin and Cherry. He felt so tired and almost wanted to lay there and not move

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0x15.0a - Unplugged

Corinne HENIN

On the network, suddenly, it was dead calm. The rage of the fighting now left perplexity. Erin and Cherry returned to the students, making them understand to return to their starting point.

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0x15.09 - Thanks Pierre

Corinne HENIN

In the main Academy building, Nightowl, tied up by Mr. Garceau, walked slowly towards the stairs leading to the basement. She had hoped to reach the server room, but not like this ...

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0x15.08 - HQ2

Corinne HENIN

Victor and Alexis had reached HQ 2, when it was completely overwhelmed.

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0x15.07 - On the net

Corinne HENIN

Erin and Cherry were overwhelmed on all sides.

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0x15.06 - Inside

Corinne HENIN

After separating from the rest of the group, she went more unnoticed. She managed to open a window, she climbed inside. Nobody ... how lucky ...

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0x15.05 - On Academy's side

Corinne HENIN

Nightowl was stamping impatiently. She had sent people all around the Academy to detect a breach in the electrified barrier.

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0x15.04 - Disconnected

Corinne HENIN

Alexis and Victor disconnected.

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0x15.03 - The next side of the network

Corinne HENIN

Alexis and Victor, meanwhile, had arrived in HQ number four.

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0x15.02 - Detected

Corinne HENIN

Shortly after, the tension rose.

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0x15.01 - To storm

Corinne HENIN

The long awaited and dreaded day had arrived. Thanks to Cherry's observation, they were able to come up with a plan.

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0x14.02 - Action plan

Corinne HENIN

After many days of research, the virtual path to the Academy was discovered. Finally, it was mostly an area of the net, where a higher percentage of Academy students had been spotted than elsewhere. This suggested that the Academy was located there.

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0x14.01 - Observation

Corinne HENIN

The days passed. They were now about a hundred who had been trained.

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0x13.03 - The project takes life

Corinne HENIN

— "I don't think you imagined that when you created #freedomnia," Erin said to Quentin.

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0x13.02 - Training

Corinne HENIN

After having to stop for the lunch break, Quentin returned to the simulator all afternoon.

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0x13.01 - Implant testing

Corinne HENIN

Today Quentin was going to test his implant.

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0x12.04 - Discovery of the places

Corinne HENIN

— "Hello Quentin. Glad to see you're okay, said Fahim.

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0x12.03 - Arrival in moldova

Corinne HENIN

Even though the experience had already turned out to be bad, they had no other way than hitchhiking to reach Moldova. They remained on their guard throughout, but encountered no further difficulties.

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0x12.02 - Make everything go wrong ...

Corinne HENIN

Quentin sat down behind the computer. It was an old thing, barely good at doing office stuff. But maybe he could use it for something.

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0x12.01 - Bad Luck ?

Corinne HENIN

Erin, Cherry and Quentin weren't lucky. The likelihood of hitchhiking and running into someone who recognized them was really low. Especially since they had been careful ...

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0x11.05 - Surprise

Corinne HENIN

Despite the fear of encountering difficulties on the network again, they spent the last few days finalizing their departure.

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0x11.04 - stalking

Corinne HENIN

The attack came sooner than expected. #freedomnia didn't expect the Academy to find them so quickly. She ran into them one evening, while they were still making preparations.

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0x11.03 - Final preparations

Corinne HENIN

They chose a remote location, close to the Moldovan-European border, for the new headquarters. On the Moldovan side, this avoided any direct interference from Europe, but made it possible to remain close when needed.

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0x11.02 - On the string

Corinne HENIN

Nightowl continued for a few days, then made a dumpling. She and her team contacted the wrong person.

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0x11.01 - Bad idea

Corinne HENIN

While Quentin and Erin were away, Nightowl had contacted the press and governments. It seemed unlikely to #freedomnia that all members of European governments would be corrupt. They even thought that there should not be many people to know the project as a whole. So they had decided to try something there.

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0x10.03 - Return

Corinne HENIN

Then Zara came running down the hall.

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0x10.02 - Thanks Zara

Corinne HENIN

Over the next few days, # freedomnia explored the possibilities. But they were going around in circles a bit.

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0x10.01 - Life-size test

Corinne HENIN

The work of Pierre and the other electronics engineers at # freedomnia was progressing. The first implant prototypes had just been completed.

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0x0f.05 - Back

Corinne HENIN

Quentin and Nightowl were stressing out. Not knowing what was going on, and the inability to act was straining their nerves. They should ask others to implement a console allowing them to speak directly with the implant wearers ...

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0x0f.04 - The hunt continues

Corinne HENIN

Erin and Cherry had managed to find a dozen teams on the darknet. While flushing them out was easy, convincing them would be much more difficult.

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0x0f.03 - On the web

Corinne HENIN

After some time, a first prototype program was mature enough that Erin, Cherry, Alexis and Victor could test it without fear.

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0x0f.02 - The workshop

Corinne HENIN

In the midst of the commotion, Pierre had also finally found a place. Having noticed that as long as he was not asked to connect to a computer there were no problems, he spent most of his time with a small group in the workshop, in the barn at the back, in order to dissect the plans of the implant and all the information relating to it, in order to find, on the one hand, a kind of antivirus allowing to free the others from the Academy, and on the other hand , create a completely secure implant.

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0x0f.01 - Skins and mods

Corinne HENIN

There was unrest in the HQ. The test and its implications were simply dizzying.

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0x0e.03 - Link

Corinne HENIN

They spent the last few days to studies all the datas.

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0x0e.02 - In the virtual world

Corinne HENIN

Over the next few days, they compared the demo to the programs Erin had retrieved from the Academy's main server. And they could see that these had more or less the same libraries and the same instruction suites. From there to saying that these programs were programs designed to be used with the implant, there was only one step.

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0x0e.01 - Demoscene

Corinne HENIN

The last week had consisted in recovering the volunteers of # freedomnia and to make them come stealthily in the new HQ.

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0x0d.05 - The warehouse

Corinne HENIN

Nightowl gave Quentin and Victor a little makeover; she applied a self-tanner to them, so that their complexion was tanned and they could more easily come off as people used to working outdoors. Since they hadn't really shaved since the Academy's getaway, that wasn't bad. Nightowl put hair extensions on Victor and dreadlocks on Quentin. It took quite a while, but in the end, they were unrecognizable.

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0x0d.04 - A question of equipment

Corinne HENIN

A few days later, with the network operational, Nightowl quickly landed.

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0x0d.03 - Visiting the neighbors

Corinne HENIN

Quentin waited for night. Erin had insisted on going with him. Even if she didn't know much about lockpicking, she could surely help him, or at least stand guard. And then, she loved his company ...

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0x0d.02 - Installation

Corinne HENIN

Pierre and Cherry spent the next few days roaming the countryside, looking for a small, deserted house on the edge of a village. They found their happiness about forty minutes from the Academy. It was an abandoned house on the edge of a small village. The proximity to the village would allow them to connect to all amenities, such as water, electricity or telephone. And there was even a small shed adjoining the house, perfect for doing electronics and hiding vehicles.

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A distant getaway

Corinne HENIN

A short story written for a competition.

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0x0d.01 - The squat

Corinne HENIN

After turning for a while, they found a squat in Brașov where they had holed up for a few days. While doing wardriving, Nightowl and Quentin had recovered the internet, via unsecured or poorly secured Wi-Fi networks. This allowed them to warn #freedomnia about the incident and reassure everyone.

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0x0c.02 - The fellowing

Corinne HENIN

Erin walked back to the kitchen and was about to go in when she saw Kwier and Nightowl chatting. Confused, she took a step back, ready to return to the main room.

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0x0c.02 - Bad Surprise

Corinne HENIN

Less than an hour later, they were woken up with a start by Nightowl.

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0x0c.01 - At HQ

Corinne HENIN

Erin had expected HQ to be teeming with life. Instead, it was pretty much empty. Aside from Kwier, there was hardly anyone there. But in the end, it wasn't that surprising.

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0x0b.05 - Break the deadlock

Corinne HENIN

The van followed the car for quite a while. In a way, it helped them. Because now they passed the roadblocks without any problem. But the depot where they were supposed to collect the supplies was approaching, and once there they would be surrounded by guards and it would no longer be possible to flee. It was indeed time to improvise, and as quickly as possible.

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0x0b.04 - Check

Corinne HENIN

The van had been driving for half an hour. They had spent a few patrols without it causing them any problems.

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0x0b.03 - Night walk

Corinne HENIN

After an hour's walk, they finally reached Luta. It was a tiny village of only a few inhabitants. A van was located there. It must have been # freedomnia.

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0x0b.02 - The escape

Corinne HENIN

They had decided to act quickly.

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0x0b.01 - The plan

Corinne HENIN

Kwier was relieved to hear from Erin, but the others at # freedomnia were a little disappointed that she had failed to put backdoor on the servers. In the many files she had brought back, they had found some useful things.

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0x0a.06 - night watch

Corinne HENIN

Evening arrived. The girls waited patiently until 10 p.m., and then a moment longer, for the supervisor to confirm that they were okay in their room. And then a little longer, that the round of overseers ends.

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0x0a.05 - Access forbidden

Corinne HENIN

The girls had contacted Kwier. # freedomnia had been busy while they and the others were out. They had studied the Academy plans provided by Erin, found the server room, and determined a route through the hallways between the surveillance cameras. They also discovered that access to the building was through an RFID badge and access to the server room, by voice command.

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0x0a.04 - and the rest?

Corinne HENIN

Much to her relief, Erin came in last.

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0x0a.03 - it's a mess

Corinne HENIN

Erin walked out of the room, while Cherry took a seat behind a PC. She wandered quietly through the halls, staring at the surveillance cameras for a long time before venturing further and further.

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0x0a.02 - Mutual aid

Corinne HENIN

Erin and Cherry were to join Pierre, Victor, Alexis, Zara and Fabien later in the evening.

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0x0a.01 - The plastic arts forum

Corinne HENIN

Erin was spending long, monotonous days. Mr. Garceau was always after her, perhaps because it had been a while since she had had her blackout and he was starting to find the time long. He would drop by regularly to check on "everything was okay", but Erin could see it was to keep an eye on her.

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0x09.03 - And two

Corinne HENIN

Erin offers to use the classrooms to deactivate Cherry's implant. By using one of the rooms from another dome, no suspicion would fall on them. She explained in detail to Cherry how she went about going out the other night, and after thinking about the question for a long time, they decided that Erin should go with Cherry in order to avoid her being caught.

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0x09.02 - Under surveillance

Corinne HENIN

After joining the great room of the dome France, Cherry left Erin to join Phyl. Erin, meanwhile, leaned back in an armchair with a book. She intended to see Pierre, Victor and the others and plan to deactivate their implant check-up routine.

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0x09.01 - The search

Corinne HENIN

Looking at her poor results, Erin now understood why Kwier had been reluctant to seek recruiting.

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0x08.04 - Recruitment begins

Corinne HENIN

The girls got dressed and went to the dining hall. Phyl was in a corner. Cherry kissed him, then left him with Erin, pretending to go for a walk in town.

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0x08.03 - What does Cherry think?

Corinne HENIN

The next day was the weekend. Erin stood up more serene; she had concealed or destroyed anything that could have harmed her.

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0x08.02 - Night getaway

Corinne HENIN

So ... she had to find allies. Which meant she was also going to have to reveal herself a bit. And if she picked the wrong people, she risked being exposed ... And if she did ... The Academy shouldn't be able to find anything compromising in her room.

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0x08.01 - Finally free ? and after that ?

Corinne HENIN

After waiting all night and long stressful hours of waiting, Erin finally had access to her implant. The tool provided by Kwier had done the job and disabled it.

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0x07.04 - Bypass protections?

Corinne HENIN

Erin spent the next two hours working on the Obfuscator. It was a part she had neglected until then.

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0x07.03 - The moment when everything changes

Corinne HENIN

And then it was white. The dreaded blackout ... Cherry, worried, had called for help and Erin was rushed to hospital. There, the medics updated her implant, and all the confusion around her faded.

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0x07.02 - Unsuccessful tests

Corinne HENIN

Erin was very diligent in class. And twice a day, thanks to the #freedomnia tool, she took a trip to the net to learn more. She hoped that with everything she learned, she could end the stress that gripped her.

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0x07.01 - Lots of questions and some answers

Corinne HENIN

It was 10 p.m. Erin started the obfuscation program, then joined dchat. Kwier was there.

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0x06.04 - A matter of trust

Corinne HENIN

Erin walked resolutely towards the fairground. She was determined to find Cherry and let her know.

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0x06.03 - The plot

Corinne HENIN

Erin looked at the time. It was time to meet up with Phyl to eat.

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0x06.02 - Kwier

Corinne HENIN

Cherry was out. Erin locked the door.

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0x06.01 - Early in the morning

Corinne HENIN

The sun was barely up and Cherry was still sleeping. She'd been home very late the night before, and then when she heard what happened she had worried about Phyl. Erin must have stopped him from going to the hospital.

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0x05.05 - Reading pub

Corinne HENIN

Erin was in no mood to go stupidly to her room to wait for a phone call from the hospital, which sure wouldn't come for hours. She therefore walked randomly along the fairgrounds. Well, random wasn't really the word; instinctively, she avoided the crowd, and chose the aisles less crowded with people.

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0x05.04 - Blackout

Corinne HENIN

Erin was not convinced of the merits of the surveillance the Academy wanted to put in place. Because she was beginning to have doubts about the very merits of the Academy. The confidentiality clauses were still valid, but the ban on talking to relatives, the precinct, censorship, the implant, the snitches, the permanent pressure and now the internal coping via the students themselves ...

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0x05.03 - Promotion

Corinne HENIN

The next day, Cherry woke up at dawn and literally jumped on Erin to wake her up. Cherry intended to make it first at the fairground to get past the influx of people.

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0x05.02 - In the evening

Corinne HENIN

Classes had just ended and they had two hours left before the performance. Phyl and Erin had agreed to meet right in front of the theater, so Erin could spend the evening with Cherry.

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0x05.01 - The day before the fair

Corinne HENIN

"Implant week," as it was now called, had passed for a while. We didn't talk about it anymore and the routine resumed; the lessons had started again, much more intensively since they had finished the refresher course, the practical work too. They had been able to take their first steps with their new implant in the practical work of the virtual reality course. And indeed, it was possible to immerse oneself in a truly believable way in a virtual world thanks to it.

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0x04.03 - Rendez-vous

Corinne HENIN

Erin had just checked her room and made sure there were no cameras when Cherry entered the room. She had been allowed to return to her room.

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0x04.02 - The day of the implant

Corinne HENIN

It had been a few hours now since Erin had been out of the hospital. The intervention had been relatively long, because it affected a sensitive area and the slightest misstep could have dramatic consequences or make the students paraplegic.

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0x04.01 - First month at the Academy

Corinne HENIN

Erin and Cherry had been sharing their room for almost a month.

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0x03.05 - Free time

Corinne HENIN

Cherry and Erin were resting in their room. It had been furnished with two beds, two desks with computer, a wardrobe and a sort of small living room.

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0x03.04 - Site visit

Corinne HENIN

Cherry pushed Erin forward, into the stream of people following their guide.

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0x03.03 - Welcome to the Academy

Corinne HENIN

From a distance it looked like a castle, or maybe a mansion, but up close the Academy looked much newer, because of the concrete and its rounded shapes, but mostly because of the many geodesic-shaped buildings that surrounded the main building...

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0x03.02 - Cherry

Corinne HENIN

After a relatively long journey, the taxi dropped them off at the entrance of a military airfield. About 20 students lined up to go through the security gate.

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0x03.01 - On departure day

Corinne HENIN

Erin got on the train. After hesitating for a long time, rereading the contract several times, she ended up signing it and sending it back.

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0x02.05 - Admitted ?

Corinne HENIN

Erin took a breath, took off her VR headset, and walked back to the real world a little disappointed. She hadn't reached the hundredth sunrise that would mark the end of the game.

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0x02.04 - in the VR

Corinne HENIN

Finally ! After following the tutorial, far too interventionist for her taste, Erin was finally going to be able to do what she wanted. Of course, she would never have been able to figure out how to program her little robots on her own, but these simplistic missions always bored her.

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0x02.03 - After a morning of hardship

Corinne HENIN

After a morning of taking the quizzes, Erin finally stepped out of the amphitheater. The buffet had been cleaned up and sandwiches and pizzas were used instead of croissants. She found Phyl there, who had already got a head start on the meal.

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0x02.02 - At Irisa

Corinne HENIN

Erin congratulated herself for insisting on leaving early. Finding the campus hadn't been complicated but after a walk from the bus stop that seemed endless to her, wanting to go as short as possible, they found themselves stranded on the wrong side of a locked door before a student does not tell them how to go around and find the public entrance to IRISA (Institute for Research in Computer Science and Random Systems).

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0x02.01 - The day of the competition

Corinne HENIN

Erin had finally agreed to participate and as the journey was long to Rennes, where the events for his region would take place, they had arrived the day before and had taken two rooms in a small hotel.

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0x01.03 - The competition

Corinne HENIN

Erin was still digging for information when a teacher interrupted her.

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0x01.02 - The fablab

Corinne HENIN

Erin watched the landscape pass through the window of the bus that brought her back to the city center. He dropped her off a stone’s throw from her house, and a block away, she entered her school, then headed for the fablab. She found Phyl there among the robots.

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0x01.01 - Erin

Corinne HENIN

Erin put down her coffee on the fifth of the day. Another hour, and she could finally go home. Not that she was unhappy in that little computer firm where she was doing her work-study program this year, but if there was one thing she didn’t like, it was staying for nothing.

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