Sally and The Glass Box - Flash Fiction

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'Jeesh, what a headache! What the hell have I been doing? Sally reached up with her right hand and touched her forehead. It felt okay, slightly cool but sticky with a strange feeling to it. 'What the hell...?' She opened her eyes but it was pitch black. 'Is it still night? She thought.

She tried to turn her head but for some reason it was locked solid into position. 'Oh my God! I must have had an accident but why aren't there any lights on?

'Don't panic, just don't start hyperventilating, you know what you are like when you get in a state'. But then Sally realised that actually she didn't know.

In fact she couldn't even remember the day before, where she lived or what her name was!

Had someone abducted her? She couldn't remember.

'Breath, come on breath'. She thought, trying to get her breath. 'If I faint now I am done for'!


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'Think, what is the last thing I remember?' Sally tried to think, but her head felt strange, as though it was full of cotton wool. 'Okay, lets try touch, what can I feel?' She tried to reach as far as possible without jarring her head, but it was difficult. Then...

'Okay, what the hell is that?' She thought, reaching out and touching something cold. 'Glass, its glass!'

Running her fingers round the space she realised with a sense of horror that she was surrounded by it, front, back and sides. Nothing but glass.

'I must be dreaming, this cannot be happening to me. Where am I, who is doing this to me?' 'Scream, just scream someone will have to come and help me'.

Taking a deep breath Sally yelled as loud as she could.

'HELP ME, SOMEONE HELP ME.......'

But nothing happened. No one came. Darkness enveloped her and she started to cry.

'I want to go home' She wailed. 'Someone, anyone, please please help...'

Slowly she became calmer. 'Okay there must be some explanation, if I try to sit up more maybe that will tell me what's happening'.

Sally tried to pull herself up. But as she reached down to pull the bed clothes off, she realised something strange.

'Why can't I feel my body?' It was there, but draped in some sort of strange material. 'What's going on?'

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Sweat began to form on her forehead and drip down into her eyes. Her breathing became shallow, and she could feel a scream bubbling up from her sternum.

'I need to get out of here, but where the hell is here?' Reaching out, Sally tried punching the glass, but it was too strong and too solid. All she could hear was a muffled noise as her hand hit it. She tried wiggling her feet but for some reason she couldn't feel them either.

That sent panic shooting up through her body. 'Why can't I feel my feet? I must be in some sort of life support system, that's it, they are trying to save my life!'

Sally leaned back and tried to relax. She realised that there must be a good reason for it all.

Suddenly she heard a noise, and trying to turn her head to see where it came from, all she could do was move her eyes. There! Over in the corner of the room there appeared a light beneath the door. It was a door! 'Phew, someone at last'! She thought and took a shuddering breath.

The door opened and two men walked in, both wearing overalls and carrying mechanical equipment.


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'Over here Steve, just put it...yeah that will do'. The two men started unravelling what looked like a roll of thick wire.

Sally reached out and tapped on the glass. 'Help me! She whispered, her voice choking, please help me'.

'What the hell was that?' Steve asked the other guy who's name was Tom. 'Dunno mate, rats?' He replied.

'No, its coming from that box over there'. Steve walked over towards where Sally was trying desperately to see out of the glass.

''Oh thank God'! She yelled, 'Help me'!

Steve grabbed the glass box and stood it up against the wall. Sally banged on the glass again and stared at Steve with a look of anguish on her face.

'What's that?' Tom asked.

Steve burst out laughing.

'My God, they make them lifelike these days'!!

'What?'

These new Robots made for the Robotic Fortune Teller stall at the festival, this is one of the first in the series to be as lifelike as possible. Some say that they even have their own mind and memories! But I think its just reaction to movement, bit like those sensors when you walk past something, did scare me a bit though, and she does look so real doesn't she'?

Steve and his companion stood back and watched as Psychic Sally the new line in Robotics stared back at them in horror. As they pushed a button on her box Sally leaned forward, and without being able to stop went into automatic.


'Can I help you boys? What question would you like to ask Sally?'

Inside she was screaming.....'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO'

'


Robots v Humans

I hope you liked my story. This isn't so far fetched. Japan seems to be leading the world with their super human looking Robots. In fact they look and act so real it takes a second to realise that you are looking at a robot!

We have all seen the films. And it doesn't seem to be that far off before we are coming face to face with these robot humanoids.

Scary stuff eh?

Just think, if they look sound and feel like humans, will they have memories too? One day the line will be broken between humans and robots. I just hope they know what they are doing!

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ValKaras 5 months ago from Canada

Nell - Just the other night I watched an episode of "Ancient Aliens" that came up with this idea that alien visitors of the distant past could have been robots, not "real ETs" flesh and green blood. Then they supported that speculation with Japanese latest models of humanoid robots.

A great hub you wrote Nell. Something to think about.


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Sunshine625 5 months ago from Orlando, FL

Wow! I was feeling anxious while reading! Well done, Nell. Very powerful and descriptive! :)


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rebeccamealey 5 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Nice job, Nell! I enjoyed that little story. Futuristic and an entertaining quick read. You helped me grasp the concept of flash fiction with this one!


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DreamerMeg 5 months ago from Northern Ireland

That was a real horror story! I could imagine that happening.


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Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

Awesome flash fiction, Nell. The ending was unexpected which a good sign of a great flash fiction. This one kept one on edge.

It is scary these robots are so lifelike ...will they take over one day?


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phoenix2327 5 months ago from United Kingdom

Scary stuff. I've seen videos of robots that mimic human movement and speech. The thought of them actually becoming sentient is a disturbing one.


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Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very scary story, until it got revealed that she is a robotic human. I wonder can robots feel and imagine themselves as humans. Very good imagination and creation on your part. Enjoyed from starting to end.


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DDE 5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Nell you certainly surprised with this hub!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi ValKaras, Wow that's amazing! I will have to watch out for that episode, and thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi LInda, thanks so much and glad you liked it, I needed to write my own thing, been a while! lol!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thanks rebecca, lol! I had to look up flash fiction to make sure I titled it right! its just another word for short story really, well only shorter and quicker, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi Meg, thanks so much! and yes scary stuff that could happen in the future, japan is so far advanced with these, thanks, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi Faith, hope not! lol! one day someone will think, 'well maybe if I insert concsiousness....'! arghhhh! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi phoenix, yes its pretty horrible isn't it? can you imagine a real life sentient being like that, how awful! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi Venkatachari, thanks so much! I just got the idea in my head and thought, wow! now I wonder what would happen? etc. thanks, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi DDE, thanks so much, glad you liked it, nell


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Frank Atanacio 5 months ago from Shelton

my goodness Nell Rose.. this was so relevant and an eye-opening short story.. loved it!!!!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thanks so much Frank, glad you liked it, nell


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savvydating 5 months ago

This story practically scared me to death. To be mistaken for a robot and trapped? How unbearable! I hear that, in Japan, some people are even marrying these humanoids. Kind of pathetic, to say the least.

Great story, Nell. Excellent pace. This sort of thing would make for great television, too.


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AliciaC 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting and scary story with a great ending, Nell. I enjoyed reading it very much.


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tebo 5 months ago from New Zealand

Great story Nell Rose. Very intriguing. It does make you start to wonder what the future holds in this department. The robots in the videos are very life like that is for sure.


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Wow! thanks Savvy! scared you to death? perfect! Haha! just what I was aiming for, pretty scary stuff eh? thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thank you Alicia, glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thanks tebo, yes each year they are getting more and more life like, scary stuff! thanks for reading, nell


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emge 5 months ago from Abu Dhabi

Lovely short story Neil. Enjoyed it


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MizBejabbers 5 months ago from Arkansas

That gave me claustrophobia. I still can't decide if they trapped a real human soul inside the robot or if it were really the AI. Great job.


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thanks for reading emge, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi Miz, lol! ah thats the point! or perhaps it was both? one of these days someone is going to implant part of a human brain in a robot, this would be the result I think, lol! arghh! bad thought though isn't it? thanks for reading, nell


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

This is an incredible tale that doesn't seem too far fetched! Remember Star Wars, the original? We thought it was far-out then, but today we think nothing about living in space. I loved your flash fiction. Way to go Nell!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

The girl in that first picture has mesmerizing eyes.....once I got past her picture I was able to read the story and wowzers, it was a dandy!!!! That's right, you got a WOWZERS for this one!!!!! :)


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MartieCoetser 5 months ago from South Africa

Oh, my goodness, this is how it must feel to be buried alive, waking up in that coffin 6ft underground - one of my frequent nightmares! I was probably buried alive in my previous life. Lol!

Well, if they create robot housekeepers and chefs, I may very well buy one. But yes, the question is, how real can robots really be? What if they do develop thoughts and feelings?

Scary!


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clivewilliams 5 months ago from Nibiru

This sounded just like tales from the darkside! Nicely done. Good plot, good ending.


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thanks Ruby, glad you liked it, I always like the weird and spooky, but this is a bit too close to home! lol!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Wow! Bill! thanks so much! lol! from you thats an awesome compliment! now for the next flash fiction! lol!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi Martie, ouch! not a good thought is it? a scary thought, just think if they can use their minds what will they do?! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Aw thanks so much Clive, glad you liked it, I love this sort of stuff!


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Blond Logic 5 months ago from Brazil

Well that was spooky, now I probably will have nightmares! Thanks a bunch.

I find robots rather unnerving to tell the truth. I don't even like watching computer generated graphics as I don't want to begin thinking they look like humans.

Where the heck are we humans heading?


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MsDora 5 months ago from The Caribbean

Nell, I sure hope they know what they're doing. And I hope it doesn't happen the other way around where they mistake humans for robots. Good read!


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Jodah 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

A great short story..Nell..scored high on my "freakometer". Loved it. Those Japanese androids are amazingly real too.


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

lol! sorry about that Blond Logic! yes they are pretty creepy aren't they? I think the Japanese ones are really creepy purely because they do the best creep out films, so it reminds me of them! lol!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thanks so much MsDora, you never know it may happen that one day someone will be mistaken for a robot, or the other way round! scary either way! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi John, thanks so much, I love my freaky stuff! lol! glad you liked it, nell


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Oh wow Nell, you outdid yourself on this one. What a great story line.

Are you going to make it into a series? I can just see it how she tries to escape from the carnival.

Blessings my friend


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fpherj48 5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Whoa Nell!!! OK, help me out here. Is this a human who was put in the glass box & paralyzed to appear to be a robot? OR....a Robot who thought she was human? Are you trying to confuse an old lady Nell?

I just want you to know it worked!

Love your flash fiction!! Paula


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

lol! Thanks Shyron, you got a point there! you never know! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

HIya Paula, lol! no don't panic its a robot! phew! you always make me laugh! thanks as always, nell


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fpherj48 5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL....good Nell...that's my job!! :)


suzettenaples 5 months ago

Great story Nell! I never saw that ending coming!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

LOL! Paula!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thanks Suzette, that's what I hoped for! LOL! thanks for reading, nell


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

Great job on this creepy tale. I was given anesthesia one time that didn't take all the way so that I heard and felt what was going on (blunted but I felt it!) and this reminded me of that awful trapped feeling.


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Ow! sorry to hear that Flourish! that must have been terrifying! thanks for liking my story and hope it didn't give you the creeps!


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Vellur 5 months ago from Dubai

Great flash fiction, spellbound till the very end. My God what an experience for Sally and you are right the days are not far off when Robots will take over many of our tasks and maybe rule the world!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thanks Vellur, yes scary thought isn't it? glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nell


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lawrence01 5 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Nell

I enjoyed the story, kind of reminiscent of Asimov's 'Bicentennial Man" in some ways.

Enjoyed it and can see the idea but still think there'll be a fundamental difference in the 'soul'

Great story

Lawrence


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aviannovice 5 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Nothing is out of the realm of possibility any more. I just hope that they don't get to find out what the negative parts of humanity are like and they adopt them.


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ChitrangadaSharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful and absorbing story and you kept the interest till the end. And that explains why it is an excellent example of flash fiction.

Thank you so much!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi Chitrangada, aw thanks so much! glad you liked it, thanks


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Good points Deb, just hope they are nice when they make them! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi lawrence, yes you are probably right, but it was a fun write! LOL! thanks as always, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 5 months ago from The Beautiful South

What a great little story nell! I really liked it with the shocking ending. I did not know what to expect but certainly not how it was so that is a great story teller! Surprise and shock...makes us want more of this!


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Thanks Jackie, glad you liked it, and always great to see you!


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bravewarrior 4 months ago from Central Florida

Nell, your story is freaky. I think that was a real woman trapped in the box and not a robot at all. I'd panic, for sure!

Why do we need human looking robots? What purpose do they serve? I'd be pretty creeped out if I came across one.


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Nell Rose 4 months ago from England Author

Thanks Shauna, its a robot but the makers gave it a bit of human brain to make it 'more real!' lol! which to be honest will probably what they will end up doing! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Billrrrr 3 months ago from Cape Cod

Nell you nailed it. Soon human beings as we know them, will cease to exist. They will be flesh and binary.


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Nell Rose 3 months ago from England Author

Thanks Bill, yes it will get pretty scary won't it? thanks for reading, nell


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cam8510 3 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Great concept for a flash fiction story, Nell, and very well executed. The videos are amazing. I had no idea anyone was seriously pursuing this. By the way, the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge begins on July 22. Late registration ends on July 21. http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/FFC/Challe... Just thought I'd pass the info along in case you are interested.


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Nell Rose 3 months ago from England Author

Hi Cam, thanks for reading, yes its getting pretty scary isn't it? and thanks for the link too, I will go take a look, nell


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johnmariow 2 months ago from Connecticut

A scary gripping story. Very well written with a nice twist at the end reminiscent of the TV series 'The Twilight Zone.' Thanks for sharing!


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Nell Rose 2 months ago from England Author

Hi john, thanks so much for reading, nell

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