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FF – RoboCity

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Na’ama Yehuda.

I had a lot of trouble thinking of a story for this one, and a very busy day at work too.

Copyright Na’ama Yehuda


“We’ve been here ages. Nobody’s moving. What’s going on?”

The manhole covers opened and a horde of machines, emblazoned with ‘StreetBot’, shot out and began cleaning the road. A nearby pedestrian noted the motionless cars, saw his chance and began to cross. A bot, emblazoned “JaywalkerBot” appeared, took aim and fired.

His bullet-ridden corpse was, of course, dragged away by a small army of ‘CorpseBots’.

“I say, they have a bot for everything! Well, I’m not waiting here any longer.”

His car moved off through the red light.

Unsurprisingly – I’m sure you’ve guessed – enter heavily-armed, missiles primed, ‘RedLightBot’…


  1. July 1, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    The age of the bots has begun, with it’s good sides and bad sides. You can’t have do-all-the-work bots without heavily armed red-light bots.


    • July 2, 2020 at 4:34 am

      Yep, it’s all or nothing in RoboCity.


  2. July 1, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Red light bot might not be a bad idea, but the punishment for jaywalking seems a bit steep! 😉


  3. July 1, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Tough love


    • July 2, 2020 at 4:40 am

      People gotta learn. I bet no-one else will cross before the little green man appears.


  4. July 1, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    HAHAHA! I would like a bot to do the housecleaning!


  5. July 1, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    ‘Ware the bots! Great take on the photo prompt.


    • July 2, 2020 at 4:45 am

      Thanks, these bots brook no nonsense.


  6. July 1, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    It had to come!


  7. July 1, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    They’re going to pick us off, one by one, until they have the place to themselves. Then what will they do for amusement?


  8. July 2, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Haha corpse bots. Terminator eat your heart out.


    • July 3, 2020 at 4:49 am

      Those Terminators just left the bodies lying around. Very messy.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. July 2, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Wow! Those bots are strict. I wonder where they dispose of the bodies. 😦 — Suzanne


    • July 3, 2020 at 4:50 am

      I don’t think we really want to know 🙂


  10. July 2, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Oooh! I’ll bet CollateralDamageBot has a lot of fun sweeping away all of the bystander carnage…


    • July 3, 2020 at 4:50 am

      There are more CollateralDamageBots than anything else…


  11. July 2, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    bots are good enforcers because they don’t have feelings. 🙂


  12. July 3, 2020 at 12:26 am

    Dear Ali,

    Shazz-bot! There’s one for everything. I’d like to have a laundry-bot and cleaning-bot. Sigh. Cute one.




    • July 3, 2020 at 4:52 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      An ironing bot would be good for me! And also a weeding bot.


  13. July 3, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Laughing. The Land of the Free, where your bizarre ‘jaywalking’ is punishable by death.
    Love it.


    • July 4, 2020 at 3:29 am

      Getting fined for jaywalking is bad enough, let alone being shot dead. I’m glad you liked it!


  14. July 3, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Bots for this, bots for that and bots for the other!

    Here’s mine!


  15. July 3, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    This would be hilarious if it didn’t bear the ring of truth!


  16. July 3, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Some people just don’t get it. So sad. ;0(


  17. July 4, 2020 at 4:29 am

    I liked the very drastic turn this took. They should have a bot for NonMaskWearer and QuarantineBreaker and sundry other rule-breakers 🙂


    • July 4, 2020 at 4:47 am

      I’m with you! I’m sorry, you’ve invited all your mates around for a house party? Rat-a-tat-a-tat 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  18. July 4, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    MOL…we need more bots…I’m a black and white bot…MOL…😸Pawkisses for a Happy 4th of July🐾😽💞


  19. July 5, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    An inventive take of the prompt, made me smile. I like the aside to the reader, sort of wry humour.


  20. July 5, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Well, someone’s got to keep order! 😉


  21. July 6, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Yep. That’s exactly how it is. Good story.


  22. July 6, 2020 at 1:36 am

    That’s a tad extreme… Are these Bots everywhere? If not.. I’m choosing to go where there are none!


    • July 6, 2020 at 4:32 am

      They may be everywhere… until a law is broken, you just can’t tell… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • July 6, 2020 at 11:34 am

        Problem is, the laws being broken seem rather aleatory!


  23. July 6, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Bothersome bots – the way to the future.


  24. July 6, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    LOL at RedLightBot. For an allegedly uninspired story, this one turned out quite well. I’d probably want to get out of this town too – but very carefully.


    • July 7, 2020 at 4:52 am

      Probably best to take public transport and sit quietly at the back!


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