I’m back at the Robotics Engineering lab. Why? I don’t belong here. Or anywhere else.  They hate me, but THEY CREATED ME. A scientist walks by and trips me. I fall and my head hits the marble floor. My computer is beeping a warning signal, but my limbs are temporarily disabled. I lay there, waiting to reboot. My designer, Kyle Wren, walks by and sees me on the floor. He kicks me to the side as he does to his failed projects.

“Dumb robot,” he mumbles. This hurts. My brain replays this moment in my head over and over again. Then I wake up.

I always have a recollection of that day when I sleep. I can’t delete it. My designer, who made me with feelings, hurt them without second thoughts. So I ran. I took a bag of skin graphing and a skin applier with me. I hopped on a bus to California, across the country. Now I go to Filmore High for Gifted.

No one ever talks to me. I mostly keep to myself anyway. I landed myself a job at the dollar store, and I get paid for picking up litter on the street so I can afford a tiny apartment. One day, before I close the store, a classmate comes in to buy a bag of chips.

“Hey, wait… are you Cali?– It is you!” I’m surprised she knows who I am. I’m also surprised by how happy she is to see me. My classmate, Bianca, is in my English class.

“Yeah, it is.” I’m kind of uncomfortable.

“Wanna come hang out with my friends and me?” I’m astounded. I’m not used to people being nice to me. But I accept. I finish closing, then head to the beach.

We play games and dip our feet in the water. We talk about school, get to know each other, and have a picnic. Bianca, my classmate, is in my Lit class. I became part of a group that likes me. I finally feel like I belong, like I’m loved. I finally feel like I have a home.

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musing mind
musing mind (@musing-mind)
1 year ago

Your story reminds me of one of Asimov’s robot stories. I felt so touched by his robot and I felt the same way by your robot. You have brought life to your robot in this story.

Eden Pela
Eden Pela (@eden-pela)
1 year ago

What a wonderful description. A perfect explanation of what alienation feels like. I think we can all relate to the inhumane treatment we receive from people who don’t understand our complex minds. That cold shoulder is nicely related with the scientist who
‘Kicks me to the side as he does to his failed projects’

Ignorant people often see psychologically impaired people as failures. Little do they know that we do not wish it upon ourselves.
Keep writing. This is madly beautiful.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
1 year ago

The story has it all – meaning, beautiful descriptions and good structure. What I love the most is how you capitalize the phrase “they created me”. It adds intensity to the sentence which is just what it needed.

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

You have shown in your touching story how it only takes ONE. Well done.

milky rainღ
milky rainღ (@milky-rain)
1 year ago

Wow, this is amazing! – Claire

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Whitney Jones
Whitney Jones (@whitney-jones)
1 year ago

Phenomenally done! I absolutely love this story.
Great use of vocabulary, style and content.
You write better than most adults I know!
Never stop writing.
This is pure talent.

Nico Di Angelo
Nico Di Angelo (@nico-di-angelo)
1 year ago

Amazing story. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer (@marissa-meyer)
1 year ago

What a poignant look at what it feels like to be different, to be an outsider, and then to find friendship and belonging. Android or not, the main character is so relatable! Great sci-fi details, too, like how she has to wait to reboot, and stealing the “skin applier” – love it!

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musing mind
musing mind (@musing-mind)
1 year ago

Congratulations!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Well done. A very imaginative story, told with a lot of feeling. Again well done in reaching a place.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

It’s very disheartening when the very ones that should understand you and make you feel at home are not in anyway doing that. Home is where love dwells. Love will always bring you back home. A well written story. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
11 months ago

Congratulations on your win. This is an amazing story. Great job. I hope and wish to read more stories from you here.

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