Repairs

“Sorry about this Sally.” The engineer said as he pried the chest piece open on my robot friend. Gin started intently on some wiring inside. Sally’s face twitched. Her expression was unmistakable. Pain… Why? “Cid, is she in pain?” I asked. “Yes” he answered…

The Engineer

The city is much quieter than I expected… Buildings all around, but almost no sign of life. Perhaps everyone hides indoors. Underground? No robots either. Except Sally. Sally is a good robot. She leads me to a back alley door. She knocks. The engineer…

Third Variable

She tells me her name is Sally. I feel embarrassed that I didn’t ask her sooner. But why should I feel embarrassed? She’s a robot. She obviously isn’t affected by it. She tells me we’re only a short distance from the city. Twenty minutes…

Second Variable

Close to noon the sun burst through the clouds in full force. I thought about what the lady said about her needing water and sunlight for her plants. Then I thought about how stupid I was for giving her my water. Not only was…

First Variable

No more than a half an hour into our final stretch to the city, we were startled to find a wretched and naked women, withering and slithering, strewn about the landscape- her body covered in bruises and patches of mud. She seemed to be…

First Encounter

This isn’t what I expected. Maybe a half day’s walk from the city I happened upon a pair of the most helpless, hopeless eyes. Fixed on me and struggling in the dirt lay the most miserable piece of metal I could ever imagine. A…

Luxury

I often envy people who can remember the world before all of this. I’ve only ever known wastelands, desolation and primitive life. If you are lucky to meet someone old enough, they might be able to tell you about luxury and what it felt…

Feathered Company

As I trekked on, I noticed a small bird following me from above. It was a pleasant looking thing with a strangely positive demeanor. I was certain he was waiting for me to die for a chance at scavenging my remains, but as the…

Detour

And so I set off. Left my felled home into the veldt of the unknown. With my trusty boots on and a backpack of tools and a variety of items to trade, I felt prepared to finally venture out and live my life. My…