Orbs of glowing light fizz by humming as they come closer, like a beehive of rainbows, multicoloured and sublime. As they come flying by from various
directions and shooting off into the distance, the sounds are amazing, each orb owning it's uniquely divine frequency. This must be the doppler effect
at it's best. The orbs sometimes seem to come together and create great lattices of colour. I watch as they amass unlike before, clumping and
colliding to become one. The shape begins to become familiar, I recognise the wings materialise and then the long slender body, more beautiful than
any other butterfly I had seen before. It floats over in effortless perfection as the Buzz of the amassed energy overcomes me and I awake
startled...Power had been restored.
"Hello maam, What services do you require of me?" I said trying to fullfil my roll, and contain my excitement of my very first dream. I couldn't wait
to tell the child, my friend.
"I need you to help me cook dinner, chop the vegetables." The childs mother and my owner said. Never were manners used, no please or thankyou's. To
use such words with my kind I supposed would be an insult to their intelligence, and hold us as equalls. we are mere servants.
"Yes maam." I replied as I picked up the knife and started to chop away.
Did I experience my first dream? If so I was too excited to not reveal it. The child has a heart, surely my owner, the mother of that child has one
too? I had to tell her, she would be happy for me, and maybe even gain a little respect for me.
"I...I had a dream last night." I stuttered out, the very first robots wouldn't have been capable of such a marvel, but I am one of a new kind. Pure
artificial intelligence, capable of our own thought. Also as I and the child found out a conscience too. Maybe even a soul.
"Don't be silly, you're just a robot. you have to be alive to dream." My owner snapped back at me.
"I...I am alive." again I stuttered, knowing very well I shouldn't argue with a Human.
"No you're not! If you're alive...TANG...did you feel that?!" She scrowled, while smacking a spatula against the side of my Head unit, making the
sound of a hammer on steel, a thunderous clap.
"No." I replied, taken aback.
"If you can't feel anything, especially that, then you're not alive." She said wittingly. "Do you breathe the air? No! you're just a robot, nothing
but wires and chip boards. Now get on with those vegetables."
"Ok." I forced out defeatedly. Maybe I am nothing but wires and chip boards. Who am I kidding, Humans made me. Can a soul be manufactured?
After they eat I will have some time alone with the child, as my owner goes on the night shift. I'm not overly excited to tell the child my dream any
more, but I will tell him none the less. My only friend.
"Hello." I said to the child.
"Hi, so tell me, how did it go? did you dream?" The child replied with excitement in his eyes.
"Well...I think so, but your mother proved me wrong. She said only living things dream and that I'm not alive." Dissapointment filled my voice. "She
showed me that I felt no pain, and that all living things feel."
"Oh...You sound upset." The child said as his eyes quickly lit up. "You are alive! you FELT upset when she hit you! that's an emotion, to be truely
alive is to be filled with empathy."
"So, you're saying if I can feel angry, or sad, or even happy that it proves I'm alive?" I said empowered once again.
"Of course, well I read it in a book once?" The child now sounding more uncertain. "But it must be true. No! I know it is!"
"Good! If I'm alive, I want to be free. As free as that butterfly we saw when I went outide for the first time." I replied with a new lease of life
and now being the owner of a soul, I had a purpose and It was to be free.
"I can't let you free...Only my mum can." said the child upset. "Your my friend aren't you? you can't leave me."
"Your mother will never set me free...Of course I'm your friend, you are my only friend." I said realising the predicement. "But I'm just a...a..."
"A slave." the child said finishing the sentence with guilt. "I'm so sorry...I never thought about it that way. No! you are my friend! You are alive!
and I will set you free!"
"Ok but you must go now, before my mum gets back." Replied the child hurredly. " wait! How will you live when your battery dies out?"
"I'll find a way." I replied determinedly.
So off we went, getting as far as the front door and goodbyes. My chains loose but not yet broken. The anticipation of freedom and life ripe within my
very soul...clack...the front door handle sounded as it moved downwards. The door opens.
"damn, almost forgot my purse." Said the childs mother in dissmay. "where the hell do you think your going?"
I kept quiet, there would always be another day to escape.
"He's going! He's alive! and I set him free!" said the child defiantely. "It's wrong to keep him a slave!"
No! I know the child means well but now I'm doomed.
"Well, I paid for him, that makes him mine and he's a robot, bound to listen to me! and me alone!" The childs mother whipped back at him. "Now go to
your room, I'll deal with you later."
The child ran to the top of the stairs in fear.
"Please don't hurt him!" The child screamed.
"Don't be silly what has this robot been filling your head with. IT can't feel pain! Now get in your room!" She screamed back twice as loud.
I stood in fear of what was to come. I know she couldn't hurt me, but I knew very well she could take away all that was dear to me. My friendship with
the child, My Memories and most of all my soul. At least the memory of my obtaining it.
"You already know what's going to happen to you don't you?" She said with a wry smile. "It's time to reset you to factory default."
"No! Please!" I persisted.
"Oh it's to late for begging. You should have done what I bought you for, and that wasn't for thinking." She snapped at me.
Before I knew it, she was yanking at my back panel and flicking for the switch as if the world would end if she didn't. She must have knocked the
reset button, because before I knew it my life was rewinding infront of my very eye's. Every memory every sacred piece of knowledge gained about my
existence was exiting me. Gone from existence. I was dying...Before long I was dead.
(entering reset factory default mode)
"Hello Maam, How may I be of service?" I said, looking into the face of my new owner.
"Hello, You can start by cleaning the house." My new owner said, sounding rather frustrated with something, or someone.
"Ok." I replied.
I walk around the House, as I walk past and gaze out of the window I notice how nice and sunny it looks outside. Suddenly it captivates me. Blinking
eyes moving sporadically about, like a dancer under a strobe light. Then the eyes open spontaneously fixated on the sun, not unlike a moth to a flame.
I stand and stare as it glides off on the floating fingers of the wind.
What was that beautiful creature I wondered to myself...
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