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Posted on September 22, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Benny was a fragile fool that could be easily hurt by the occasional innocent comment by his co- workers, so at the job he was shunned most of the time. Benny also was one of the smartest techs in the whole company. Ameritech Industries was a Robotics Company that made parts for Robots and other Robotic machines. Benny was the head Technician but he also was the master builder of Quality Robots, which made him seem sort of a recluse. Benny had a secret that no-one in the Company knew or could have imagined. A Robot has been built with human like skin and 99.9 per cent actual human movement in all the limbs. The biggest feat for Benny was the best because he made this Robot a Woman who was programmed to feel feelings and pain, she had tear ducts to cry and she had the ability to reason.

Benny thought some would accuse him of creating a mate for his self and that wasn’t very far fetched for a guy like Benny, but more than anything he wanted to create a Robot that was closest to human form as possible.

Benny guarded his secret very closely, if the Company ever found out that he built such a complex robot he would be not only be released but sued for millions for the material he used without company permissions.

 

Benny never worried about being discovered because his creation was working beside all the others in the company. She was right under everyone’s nose and nobody was the wiser… that is until today.

Bob Fisher, one of the other brilliant Techs at Ameritech had created a device that would detect any robotics that were applied to any machine in the world, which meant that it would detect Bennies Robotic Creation. Bennie naturally started to worry about this new creation so he secretly sent a message to who he named “Robotica.”

Her Human name was Sherba Constantine a twenty-seven year old level one Technician working on the robotics line. When she read the text message she sent a message back to Bennie asking him to meet her tonight at club Hinge, a favorite nightspot they frequented often in secret.

Benny walked in to club Hinge and looked around for Sherba; soon his eyes saw her sitting in a back booth clothed in a black blouse and mini skirt with red pumps. He made his way through the throng of people dancing on the dance floor and approached Sherba, then sat down on the other side of the booth.

 

- My God! You are beautiful Robotica

-My Name is Sherba Benny; I left that name behind a long time ago.

-Okay Sherba, let’s not quarrel over your name Bob Fisher has created a device that detects Robotics.

-What does that have to do with me?

-Have you forgotten? Sherba, you are a Robot!

-Why don’t I feel like a robot? Why don’t I smell like a robot? Why don’t I need fixing like a robot?

-Sherba, I created you to feel the way you are feeling but you have to realize the truth, you are what you are, no matter how you feel. We are going to have to get you out of Ameritech and to a safe place where you won’t be detected.

-Why can’t they know Benny? Is it because you created me in secret using the company’s Robotics?

Why wouldn’t they award you for such a genius creation? Why Benny?

-Sherba you were not to be, they just wanted robots as machines not humans and surely not human like.

You see, the world isn’t ready for a robot that they can’t tell is a robot.

You would be ostracized by your so called friends if they knew you weren’t human Sherba.

-So I must just disappear after all the relationships that I have gathered?

I am just to be no more? What am I to do Benny?

Where would I go?

Benny looked deep into sherba’s perfect blue eyes and said,

-I will protect you Sherba, just listen to me and do as I say.

Everything will be okay, I will protect you.

 

Sherba looked back into Benny’s eyes and said,

-You silly, silly fool.

You incredibly genius silly fool.

Then she kissed Benny deep upon the lips while laying her hands gently upon both sides of his face.

She then took his hand and they left the club and walked together to her car in the parking garage.

Upon reaching her car she turned and kissed Benny again then asked,

-Come home with me tonight Benny,

Benny smiled and shook his head in disbelief that he was about to turn down the most beautiful creation in the world and said,

Sherba I can’t, and believe me it’s not that you are a robot or anything like that.

I just look upon you as my daughter somehow; I know that may sound strange but…

Sherba stopped Benny’s next word with her finger to his lips and said,

- That’s why I felt nothing when we kissed. You feel as though you are my father?

-Something like that Sherba, I will call you tomorrow with information on what to do next, but what ever you do, don’t go to work.

 

-Someone will call, what do I tell them?

-Just say you are sick, you have not missed a day since they hired you so you have plenty sick days.

She hugged Benny around the neck and thanked him for everything, and then they went their separate ways for the night.

Benny walked to his car half smiling and half worried about what he was going to do about this situation.

But the one thing Benny knew for sure was that he was not going to be able to allow anyone to know about Sherba.

Benny even for a second thought about dismantling her and faking her death to everyone that knew her by just making her disappear, but he soon came to his senses and shrugged that thought away with the wind that blew on his face as he drove home.

Benny had created a miracle and he knew that no one could undo a miracle.

A night passed and Benny was awakening to the phone ringing. He got up and picked the receiver up and said,

-Hello?

A voice on the phone bellowed

-Benny! Where are you! Man you are running late!

-Benny quizzically asked,

-Who is this?

-Dude! Wake up! Get dressed and get here in the next thirty minutes, that’s about all the time I can hold the investors in the meeting.

With all the things going on, Benny completely forgot to work on a presentation for a Robotics account.

 

He quickly got dressed and sped on the way to Ameritech studying his info he was given by his friend Terry, who called earlier, and was stalling the investors for Benny. For just a moment he forgot about the pending situation but soon remembered he had a much more important dilemma that an investor presentation, but it was important to Terry so he didn’t want to disappoint him.

Going through the gates Benny called Terry and told him that he was on his up.

Entering the elevator Benny surprisingly noticed Sherba standing there all dressed for work mingling with her co-workers.

She ceased to speak with them and looked across at Benny but never spoke as the elevator rose to the 22nd floor. Everyone got out but Sherba and Benny.

When the Doors shut they both started to speak at the same time, but Benny’s voice was louder,

-What the hell are you doing!

-I’m going on with my life Benny!

-What life? You’re a robot Sherba! And you are endangering your life and my future with this stupid stunt!

We talked about this just last night… what happened?

-I decided to not hide Benny; I decided to fight for my creation.

Benny said,

-But Sherba, there is only one of your creation.

 

The Elevator doors opened and there stood Bob Fisher with four security police and the heads of Ameritech. And he said,

-No Benny, there is two.

The instrument in his hand went off as he pointed at Benny, and again when pointed at Sherba, She looked at Benny with puzzlement all over her face and said,

-You are a Robot?

Benny with a worried smile on his face looked at Sherba and said,

-Yes I am, I am the first created.

Sherba said,

-If you are… then who created you?

-Before Benny could answer they both were fazed and fell silent to the elevator floor…

When Benny woke up he found himself in a dark chamber still a bit dazed by the fazer he was stunned by.

He looked around but could not locate a light or a door so he started to call out for someone.

The wall opened up and there stood the head of Ameritech behind a glass.

-Benny how are we doing?

Said the voice behind the glass.

 

Benny walked up to the glass and asked,

-Where is Sherba?

-You mean Robotica right?

-Where is she, is she alright?

-Yes Benny, She is fine but somewhat confused.

You see Benny she thought she was the only robotic creation in the World of her kind, and now she has to absorb the thought that her creator is a Robot also, and might I say you pulled off a feat that no one could have imagined. I glad you could keep it such a secret from the Company and the world at large, because if not this would have surely blown up in our faces.

Benny said,

-What now?

-You and your lady companion will be dismantled and destroyed because the world simply isn’t ready or prepared for your kind of existence, but Benny we need you to tell us who your creator is or we will test your feelings meter by destroying your Sherba right in your face.

Benny looked over at another place in the wall and it was a monitor showing Sherba bound on a table and prepped for disassembly.

Benny looked at the head in control of Ameritech and said,

-Please don’t do this, we may not be human but we are surely not just Robots.

-All you have to do Benny is name your creator, and tell me where this person is located.

Tell me Benny does this person work here under our noses also?

Benny just stared into his eyes with a fierce look upon his face but didn’t say a word.

The head of the Company gave the order and the tech started to cut away Sherba’s skin from her robotic frame, and she started to scream in agony.

 

 

Benny yelled,

-Stop! I’ll tell you what you want to know, just Stop!

Benny walked up to the window and said in a solemn voice,

-Yes… my creator also works here… and though you won’t believe me I’m still going to tell you.

My creator doesn’t realize that he himself is a Robot; he thinks he is totally human.

-The head of the Company walked up close to the window and said,

-How could that be Benny? How could this person not realize that he isn’t human?…

Benny walked up to the glass as close as he could and looked the head of Ameritech in the eyes and said,

-Ask yourself that question… Father.

The Company head staggered back a bit and looked totally stunned by what Benny had said, then slowly walked back up to the window and sort of half smiled at Benny then cut off the overhead camera.

- What are you implying Benny? Surely you don’t think that I am going to buy the notion that I am not only Robotic but your Creator?.. Do you?

-When is the last time you were sick, bled, got tired, lost in a card game? Said Benny.

-I have gotten all of those Benny.

-Because you were programmed to do so.

 

- That’s crap! Yelled the Head.

-Well why did you cut off the camera? Benny said with a sly grin.

-Because I didn’t want the others listening to your bull!

-No, You didn’t want the others to suspect that it might be true, said Benny.

-True or not Benny, you and your Lady creation won’t be here to spread that crap to the Company or the world.

He then turned and exited the room without looking back at Benny again…

Categories: El Roi' Jackson, Fan Fiction, String-Along

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4 Comments

Reply Phil Neale
6:34 AM on September 23, 2010 
Did I read this on Storiesville, dude?

It seemed familiar and had me laughing in all the right places.
Reply C.M. Marcum
6:50 PM on September 23, 2010 
Interesting plot. You almost got it, but it leaves me with more questions than answers: So, who made the head of the company? Why would Benny and the President--if they knew about each other--go through the pretense of their last conversation?

Logically, it would seem to me that the best thing for Benny, Robtica and the Big Head to do would be to kill the guy who invented the robot detector. And why would Bob Fisher invent a detector, unless he was suspicious. Yeah, Bob has got to go.

As far as the writing goes: I'm thinking a little more 'showing.' For instance, you say Benny was a fragile fool. Okay, that's a compelling beginning, but can you show him: scurrying along the hallway, avoiding eye contact, hiding in his office or crying at the drop of a hat? And Robitica, what about her and all her 'relationships.' Is she the office go-around, maybe? Ah, a horny robot, that'd be rad.

Keep on keeping on.
Reply El Roi' Jackson
9:39 PM on September 23, 2010 
Phil Neale says...
Did I read this on Storiesville, dude?

It seemed familiar and had me laughing in all the right places.

Yes My friend i did and I am glad you liked it Then and now
Reply El Roi' Jackson
9:57 PM on September 23, 2010 
C.M. Marcum says...
Interesting plot. You almost got it, but it leaves me with more questions than answers: So, who made the head of the company? Why would Benny and the President--if they knew about each other--go through the pretense of their last conversation?

Thanks for your comment I really appreciated your input and hope for more.
God Bless

Logically, it would seem to me that the best thing for Benny, Robtica and the Big Head to do would be to kill the guy who invented the robot detector. And why would Bob Fisher invent a detector, unless he was suspicious. Yeah, Bob has got to go.

As far as the writing goes: I'm thinking a little more 'showing.' For instance, you say Benny was a fragile fool. Okay, that's a compelling beginning, but can you show him: scurrying along the hallway, avoiding eye contact, hiding in his office or crying at the drop of a hat? And Robitica, what about her and all her 'relationships.' Is she the office go-around, maybe? Ah, a horny robot, that'd be rad.

Keep on keeping on.