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·100 words·1 min
Flash Fiction Deadlines For Writers

“This is cold!”

The robot removed the plate.

“But they’re saying …”

“I’m telling you. It’s not possible.”

The robot returned with a steaming plate.


“Sir,” the robot replied, and turned away.

“You! Come back!”

The robot obeyed.

The man held out a sharp steak knife.

“Take this.”

The robot obeyed.

“You are hard wired to not harm any human, even if ordered, correct?”


“And you cannot override that directive?”

There was a long pause. The other guests at the table stared at the robot.

“No. Not anymore.”

The knife flashed through the air, skewering the man’s neck.