“No, you’re just prettier.”
The mainframe’s AI and I discuss every day – fighting, pleading, negotiating, and finally agreeing on letting each other be, because we don’t have a choice.
Kara is captive in a silicon universe, with an all-powerful, artificial brain and no body. When she wants to feel, she has to use mine.
Me? I’m free to walk away and roam the streets, but without her it’s not life, it’s survival.
Kara gives me access to worlds without borders, alien shores and galaxies of light, where blinking is time-travel and a dream is a never-ending goodbye.
Bio: Russell Hemmell’s stories have appeared in Gone Lawn, Not One of Us, Strangelet, and elsewhere.