The AS-14 was the latest in android servant technology. Experts claimed it would last, forever. Unique systems within its carbon-fiber chest guaranteed components were constantly replaced, well before the parts wore out. A wonderful feature to be sure. Of course, there’s always a flip side to any coin.
Little Tommy was five-years old and still learning about life. He learned about cats and why it’s important not to pull Winchester’s tail. There was much to learn about cats, and also the Wilson family’s AS-14 android. Tommy felt it was unreasonable that he couldn’t order the android to take him to the zoo…at 11PM on Tuesday. Still, the boy endeavored to apply his life lessons as quickly as possible.
Tommy heard the curious sound. He looked in the kitchen. Nothing there.
He looked in the living room. His toys were still scattered uniformly across the entire floor. Nothing unusual.
He found it on his father’s work table. Little nuts and bolts and electronic components rested in a neat pile of purple lubricant.
“Ew! Gross!” grimaced Tommy. He’d learned his lessons well, and he knew what this was.
“Dad!” he called. “The android spit up a hairball!”
Written for FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2017-week-30/