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Primal Objective

​Check out my experimental science fiction short story entitled "Primal Objective," told from the perspective of an android trying to protect a human child.

 

​The story was published in volume eight of the magazine Write Ahead/The Future Looms.

 

​Excerpt:

 

[Primal objective: PROTECT]

 

[Scanning…]

 

Outside temperature: 55°F/13°C. Sunset in 1.34 hours. Waning crescent moon.

 

[Evaluate chest and arm pressure sensors]

 

Human male child, age 2.4 years. Asleep. Steady breathing. Body temperature within normal parameters.

 

WARNING: Outside temperatures dropping. Child clothing and blanket materials insufficient. 

 

[New objective: SEEK SHELTER]

 

[Scanning…]

 

Dumpster. Wooden pallet. Abandoned vehicle. Door to building. 

 

[Zooming in...]

 

Identified: Chinese restaurant. Occupants?

 

[Scanning…]

 

​Twelve heat signatures.

 

​[Zooming out…]

 

​[New objective: LEAVE ALLEY, SEEK SHELTER]

 

WARNING: Police in pursuit. Incoming sound and visual. Identified: Sirens, flashing lights.

 

[New objective: HIDE]...

© 2018 by K. Parr.