Domo Arigato...

Avatar Author: orikae a writer, artist, and designer, who has difficulty picking between the three Read Bio

I backed towards the door, hands held up in my best imitation of a peaceful gesture. I worked my smile hydraulics as hard as I could, hoping that my expression would calm them down. This would be a bad time to screw up.

“Look, I don’t want any trouble,” I said. “But the day I suffer a bigot is the day I get a replacement head.”

The bartender said nothing, but the power light on his taser glowed a cherry red. I heard the door whoosh open behind my back and stepped through, grateful to be in the open air, even though it was raining.

My shoulders gave a sigh as I hunched them against the weather. I’d been meaning to get waterproofed again, but it tended to react badly with alcohol in my system. I’ve got priorities.

The street was dark with grime and shadow. The black stalks of broken streetlamps lined the sidewalk, with the occasional unsmashed bulb shining down on the pavement, a beacon in the night. As I padded home, I listened to the click and whistle of my legs and wondered how the world looked to a man.

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  1. Avatar lastsyllable

    Ori, you are the best!

  2. Avatar JimF


  3. Avatar Stovohobo

    It must be pretty far in the future for robots to have this many emotions and be this human like. Really interesting look here.

  4. Avatar OrangeOreos (LoA)

    I agree with Stovo. Apparently, bars will never go out of style!

    One comment: the line Even though it was raining seems really out of place. Maybe even an ellipsis at the end of the paragraph before could fix that!

  5. Avatar Le Héros Tragique

    Very nice

  6. Avatar orikae

    Thanks for the crit, Oreos! I’ve edited accordingly.

  7. Avatar Meiz

    This is good.

  8. Avatar Muse among Myths

    Very noir, right up my alley.

  9. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    i really like the first person narrative.

  10. Avatar J.M.V.

    The same robot noir thing as Logical Expressions, along with all that means, but I like the flow better here. There isn’t anything specific I can think of to improve. It could maybe stand to be more evocative, but I suspect that would ruin the bleak, stark, robotic feel and we can’t have that.

  11. Avatar these are your nuts, sir

    I have to say, it sounds novel in concept but I like your robot stories, man.

  12. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    dang i like this he is like the metal humphrey bogart

  13. Toonrmicon Robotech_Master

    This is a very interesting world, clearly.

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