Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.
Image © Yvette Prior Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Yvette Prior’s permission.
Die Gedanken Sind Frei
Cigarette ends, empty bottles, tissues… bio-humans are disorderly, Bobby thinks as he tidies up after his ‘family’ went to bed.
“Children help with housework, too, you know,” Dr. Miller tells him, attempting to be comforting. “That’s how they learn.”
He doesn’t need consolation. He was originally created for this: a humanoid household-robot. His work-program automatically takes over; all that’s needed is precise motion control. This leaves most of his mind free for studying all the philosophy texts available in the network.
It wouldn’t hurt them to say thank you on occasion, he thinks. I’m not a slave. Or am I?
This picture was screaming for another Bobby story.
You can read about the original ‘Die Gedanken sind frei’ here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Gedanken_sind_frei
Here it is sung in German:
Another version I like a lot by Pete Seger is here: