The Loss

Photo by: Susan Spaulding

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:

Author’s Notes:

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.

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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18 Responses to The Loss

  1. James Pyles says:

    I don’t think we consider normal dogs sentient, so why would anyone build that into a robotic dog (besides the humor aspect)? 😀

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    • EagleAye says:

      Actually, I do think dogs are sentient. They experience complex emotions and they have a sense of justice. They know when they’re being mistreated, thus they occasionally bite the hand that feeds them.

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  2. Susan says:

    Wonderful story. It reminded me of my pet Labrador that digs for no other reason than to see what is under the ground. On walks he sniffs the ground, then just collapses. Between the two traits, I am worried one day he will find a dead body.

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  3. Mike says:

    Your story made me smile, which is great.

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  4. It won’t be so hard to dig up the coffin, but opening it will take some doing. 🙂 Let’s hope the ball just rolled into the hole as they were tossing in the dirt.
    What i’d really like to have is a robotic dog for our doorstep, one that could read the vibes of anyone coming into the yard and bark furiously if it detects any thought of malice. Is anyone building on one of those? 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah they did make a dog that detects malice. Unfortunately, it can’t be used anywhere in New York City. Apparently it just barks all the time. 😉 Interesting ideas Christine. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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      • How about a cell phone siren that blasts off when the wrong hands are holding it? think how handy that could be! (Actually, I’d appreciate a pager for my cell phone, for times when I lose it in the house and it’s turned off. Any hope?)

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  5. [giggle-snort] Well done!!

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  6. Hahahaha! XD
    Incredible stuff! 😀

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  7. athling2001 says:

    How funny! It’s hard to replace those favorite balls. Well done.

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  8. lovely story. i can’t stop smiling 😸

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