If I only had a heart..

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

I opened the rickety liquor cabinet and placed the jar along with the other ones. I marked the date and brand with a pen. If I ever had company, they’d have quite a selection of.. home-brewed liquor. The hinge squeaked as I shut it. I made a mental note to buy wood screws as soon as I got paid.

I flopped down on the bed, expressionless. Didn’t seem worth the effort to frown – my facial motors were already registering the strain from an evening of social interaction. They weren’t used to it anymore. It’d be a lot easier to just let them rust and walk around like every other garbage-collecting automaton. Let my face become a mask, note every time a pedestrian flinched away from me, do menial work for the rest of my life.


I forced myself to sigh and animate my face in an imitation of discomfort, before reaching for the can of lubricant over the bed. Sure, it was tempting to give up this facade, go back to menial labor. But I’d lose my mechanic’s certificate, and I’d lose what little personality I’d won.

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  1. Avatar Stovohobo

    This whole series is full of cool ideas. Nicely executed.

  2. Avatar gĀ²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    I echo Stovo here.

  3. Avatar lastsyllable

    My sequel, she is forthcoming.

  4. Avatar Stovohobo

    Oh, right when I was gonna write one. And you know no one ever wants to read the second one. [wry smile]

  5. Avatar lastsyllable

    Don’t let that stop you! Writing is its own reward.

  6. Avatar Oy

    Hmm… a robot gaining personality. Intriguing

  7. Avatar OrangeOreos (LoA)

    I really like this robot’s emotional depth. I never thought that a robot could have quite such human thoughts…

  8. Avatar Meiz

    You’re writing about Bender.

  9. Avatar Muse among Myths

    Seeing all the effort and creativity poured into these projects is exciting.

  10. Avatar Miz Em

    I stumbled on a middle portion of this series on the home page and I’m loving it. Onward to the next sequel!

  11. Avatar Cariad Ceffyl

    As did I @Miz Em these are great. I love the premise as well. keep them coming

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