Andrea

“Andrea, power on!” “I am not voice activated, Dave.” I looked up at it and she purred back at me. “Get me a coffee. Black and two sugars.” “That was not the function I was built for. I am not a coffee-maker. I can be more useful to you in other ways.” It said...

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Being Happy

I see them all day, and never with a smile on their weary faces. For me, the happiest time of day is when these nurses give me my candy. After the candy goes down, I’m happy all day. With all this endless singing, dancing, and laughing, this is definitely, no questions asked, the happiest...

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Purpose

The grey fog has troubled The Peacekeeper ever since it first appeared a few days back. He had experienced curses enough times to know that this was no natural fog – it was supernatural in nature. The fog was a great concern that needed to be dealt with, sooner rather than later. The fog...

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Escape

The sun floated on the horizon. “We need to hurry.” She grabbed her hand and they ran, their heavy breathing misting the icy morning air. “We won’t make it,” Mindy gasped, the metallic taste of blood in her mouth. Still running, Karen turned and gave Mindy an encouraging smile. “We will.” The train was...

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The Art of Cooking

In the beginning, there was only hunger. The fridge was completely empty. And so he saw that there was nothing and said, “Let there be food.” But the fridge remained empty. I mean, come on, this wasn’t no fairy tale and he wasn’t a magician nor some demigod. So he pulled himself out of...

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My Body

Today, he made me a new finger. It looked like all my other fingers, but without the red nail polish. “You need to be careful in the kitchen.” He smiled at me. He loved fixing my body in his image. “This is what a woman is supposed to look like.” He told me. After...

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Ungrateful

“Others would be thanking me right now you know.” “Can’t I have a choice in my own death?” Sparks flew as the mechanized warriors flung themselves into each other. Metal on metal. Clank after clank. Blow after blow, the ground shook from the shear force of the fight. A fight between two who were...

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Listening

Through the peeling wall I listen as you pop your knuckles one by one. Each pop makes me twitch. Twitches that I barely notice, perhaps because I have become so used to them over the year. Delicate pops of destruction echoing through the wall. A wall that I pray will never crumble. I am...

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Innocence

Adam smiled at me today. I can’t describe the immense feeling of bliss I get in the pit of my stomach whenever I’m around him. We’ve only been colleagues for a few weeks, but he is by far the most astounding man working here. I can’t help but wonder why he is still single....

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Laughter

Three years have passed since I last set foot in the United States. While backpacking in the outback, I somehow found myself overextending my stay on Jack and Olivia’s little farm. At first, I had no plans on staying more than a week. Two weeks tops. I had booked a stay in their renovated...

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Nervous Encounters

Somewhere in the Gobi desert, Anna Wen was unable to stop being nervous. This was a very disturbing fact to her because she didn’t get nervous, it wasn’t how she was built. Not even with the threat of an all-out global nuclear war looming, like at the super secret summit between the two Koreas...

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In Sync

Always a little too far away from you. Sometimes, half a world away. Other times, worlds away. We never seemed to be in sync. Bought my ticket to Mars this morning, but then received your holo-mail this afternoon. “It’s not you, it’s me.” You told me. A years wage wasted on a useless ticket....

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Time to Go

An unsettling dream woke Harold from his slumber. His eyes opened to a dark figure hovering over him, shrouded in the sunlight of that early morning. Shocked, he kept still, wrapped in his sheets, and let with a shaky voice asked, “H-H-Hello? Wh-Wh-Who are you? The valuables are all downstairs.” “I am Death and...

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Unfortunate Results

“Unfortunately, there is no mistake,” she said, closing the file. James sank into his chair as he heard the words leave the doctor’s mouth. The news caught James by surprise, evident by his enlarged eyes and blank stare. “Are you sure?” James asked, “Maybe there was a mix-up in the lab or something?” “I’m...

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