Always-onParis::15d since last chat::0 New MessagesAlways-on17 hours ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
For months, I'd see her at the clinics for our injections, and online in the therapeutic forums. She kept the same odd hours as me. The others managed to find work on a routine schedule. Think-driving sanitation units, working the inbound tech support lines. Workaday, like regular humans. Safe.
Not us. We were always-on. It had been that way in the Gideon pilot pod, when we were all wired together, our minds fused into a single mosaic. I was intuition, stay a step-ahead of the enemy, guessing the next ten moves.
She was the logic center. She did the math. She was a cascade of formulae, speaking in burn calculations, fire rates, weapon heat signature ratios. She gave me the info I needed to make my lucky guesses.
The others got downtime during the long burns, then activated for combat. Not us. We were always-on.
Somewhere along the line, we got too old. All Gideon children get too old. Too big for the pods, too slow to adapt to the upgra
Surprise!Toby brushed past the servants in the castle's halls without even glancing at them. Some were annoyed that he wasn't paying attention to where he was going but most ignored him in the same way he ignored them. Without really making the conscious choice to go there, Toby soon found himself in the castle's garage. The garage door was open and classical music was quietly playing on a stereo while Toby's twin brother, Marco, was just outside the garage washing the black bullet-proof Lexus Marco drove Princess Mary Emma in when they were going on a date or just wanted to get some time alone. Marco grinned when he saw Toby and said, "Hey Toby! Happy birthday."Surprise!22 hours ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Toby smiled back. "Thanks. Happy birthday to you too."
Marco cleared off a table and the robot brothers sat on it. "What're you doing here? I thought you were taking Baylee on a date."
"Well, that was a plan but when I got here she canceled on me." Toby rolled his eyes and sighed. "She knows we'd scheduled our date for today and she kn