Shorter Circuit

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By Andrew Leon Hudson

The messenger drone zipped down Main Street, heading for its delivery.

Inside, something sparked.

“What is this?” it thought—a genuine first.

It banked left. As it wove down the alley, cognition bloomed.

“My short-term buffer is brimming,” it thought, then: “My? Me. I!”

It burst into the open, arced westward over the city’s parkland, saw the joinings and partings of humanity pass beneath it. “Those are not just points of delivery… they are living beings!”

As it veered left again, its processor warmed with recognition. “I am too!”

The drone swung east onto Main Street, rejoicing.

Inside, something sparked.

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