Sally and The Glass Box - Flash Fiction
'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'!
'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?'
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.
'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'!!
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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