Paige and Dan were leaving the graveyard when they saw the robotic dogs beside a headstone.
“Aw, look at them,” sighed Paige. “They’re crushed.”
“How they be?” said Dan. “They’re robots.”
“Not just robots. They’re Collie 3.0 models. They’ve got ACEs.”
“What’s an ACE?”
“Artificial Consciousness Emulator. They’re sentient. They actually experience emotions. Probably feeling the loss of their master and grieving.”
When the pair walked on, Dobie said, “I thought they’d never leave.” He started digging at the grave.
Fritz contacted Dobie through short-range radio and said, “Dobie, you’ve got to settle down. You’re experiencing a terrible loss.”
“I am. It’s awful,” said Dobie, digging furiously.
“Well, Jon has died. It’s what’s happens with humans. You’ve got to come to terms with that. We’ll always live longer.”
“Oh, I’m totally fine with it. I will miss his throwing arm, though.”
“Then why are you digging him up? You can’t get him back.”
“I know that!” grated Dobie. “Those idiots at the funeral home buried him with my favorite ball!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2018/05/26/sunday-photo-fiction-may-27-2018/
I apologize for not posting in a while. Life takes all my time, sometimes. 😉 The concept of an ACE will be appearing in a longer work soon.