This is my response for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #127.
This picture reminded me of one that was posted some time ago on the Friday Fictioneers challenge. Back then I wrote a 100-word flash fiction piece called ‘Singularity‘. So I wrote a sequel to that story. I hope, it isn’t too confusing.
“Bobby, not again!”
“What has he done now?”
“Dressed up for Halloween and sat down on the front lawn. Trying to scare us. Again.”
“Maybe that so-called self-aware robot isn’t so smart after all, hm?”
“He’s an AI, an android, technically not a robot. And you underestimate him, he’s extremely smart. Just not worldly-wise. More like a child…”
“If you say so.”
“I say so. Bobby, that scare only works once. A second time it isn’t even funny…”
“To whom are you talking, Amanda, if I may ask?”
“Bobby? Gosh, you scared me, you shouldn’t sneak up on people from behind.”
“I’m sorry, Amanda.”
“So you dressed up a puppet this time, hm?”
“Don’t patronize him, Sam. Uh… that puppet is laughing. Who is it?”
“Sam, Amanda, meet my new friend, the lab’s newest AI model, Andri.”