Avatar Author: JayDee The patron saint of lost causes. Read Bio

“Do not push the button. If you push the button, YOU WILL DIE.”

I walked up to the pedastal, the angry metallic voice booming over the loudspeakers above me. I wondered what had taken me so long to figure it out. It was all fear. Fear and myth. That was their only control over me. Over all of us.

“Do not question the Voice. If you question the Voice, YOU WILL DIE.”

Warning sirens were flashing now, and red lights danced over the smooth, white, polycarbon walls.

“All Rules are for YOUR SURVIVAL. Do not disobey the Rules. If you disobey the Rules YOU WILL DIE.”

It looked so innocuous sitting there. The robots couldn’t stop us from coming here, not even the Voice herself. Not physically, anyway. It was against their programming. They’d managed to break away from their original mandate, of course, but some things were hardwired too deeply in them to be changed.


I pressed the button.

The world opened up.

I was free.

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  1. Avatar Sir Bic

    Nice piece you got here, JD. The voice reminds me of the bullying of an older sister. “You better not, or I’ll pound you,” sort of thing. You do it anyway, and of course, run for your life afterwards. []o)

  2. Avatar smdasilva {LoA}

    I am still wondering if he died. Was he in a space ship or a enclosed habitat on a planet somewhere? Is this voice correct, or lying to him? I love ficly’s that make you wonder and come up with all sorts of scenario’s in your head.

  3. Avatar JayDee

    Thanks! I wanted to leave the ending ambigious. The character chose to trust himself over the Voice, so he took a leap of faith, not knowing whether he would be right or not. I wanted the reader to be forced to take that leap also.

  4. Avatar Minion

    I really like this! Half of me wanted him to push the button and the other half was cringing at what could happen … which is a good thing, in my book.

  5. Avatar Neha Memory

    I just hope it was not another world which he was entering in!!! Nice one

  6. Avatar stargazer1960

    I like it. I like the message as well.