There’s been a lot of talk recently of the great strides in AI and robotics…
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“Live, damn you, live! One-one-thousand, two-one-thousand…”
“What the hell are you doing?”
“Push the fluids! Another amp of epi! Charge to 360! Clear!”
“Stop! Um… she’s gone.”
“Gone? How do you know?”
“Firstly, her body is over here and her head is over there.”
“Can’t we just, you know, reattach it? With some glue?”
“Actually, yes. Because this is First Aid training and you just broke the Resusci Annie.”
“But she was so young! What have I done? Why, God, whhhhyyyyyyy…?”
“Hello, is that St Winifred’s Home for the Permanently Baffled? We have another one… mistaken Resusci Annie for his robotic girlfriend…”
Work is mad but I spent the end of my lunch break hammering out a little story. Well, not really a story. It’s a bit weird as you can probably tell from the title. Hey ho.
Here goes 🙂
What am I doing out here? would be a sensible question for a chair in this situation to ask, if a chair could ask such a question.
I wonder where all the people have gone? might be a reasonable thought for a chair, if a chair could think reasonable thoughts.
Maybe it had been left here as a prank, back when there were pranks, and kids to play them?
These questions are best left to the trees, ancient and indomitable, thinking thoughts lasting decades. And after all those decades of a world without humans, they reach the same conclusion.
Peace at last.
My story this week is a real downer. Yay!
Frank grimaced as his pain-racked body refused to cooperate. Why won’t they just let me go? he wondered. I’m an old man, crippled, in agony. Even the pill bottle he’d acquired had failed him, his fingers too gnarled, too weak.
The cold just made it worse.
Cold? They’ve left the window open…
He dragged himself slowly, painfully across the room and hauled himself onto the sill. One more metre…
The pain fell away, an incredible lightness overtook him. I can fly! He shot upwards, spiralling, joyful, pain-free!
Far below, someone screamed. A crowd gathered. Mobile phones recorded the scene.