If you prick me… – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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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 little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

Image © Ronda Del Boccio Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Ronda Del Boccio’s permission.

If you prick me…

He’s holding me down, shielding me with his body as if his wounds didn’t hurt just as much–as if his death wasn’t just as final as mine.

They haven’t found us yet but they’re close. Hiding under this spindly shrub I pray that the spying eye passes us by. With his tracker removed there’s a small chance.

I feel his warm breath on my neck and wish I could look into his eyes, wish I could feel his lips on mine: seeking for truth, tasting the forbidden fruit.

Loving him is a crime punishable by death.

He’s an android.

(100 words)

(Adding this here so I don’t always have to look for the link on the InLinkz… not working… more research needed.)

I pledge

If you prick us, do we not bleed is of course a Shylock quote. But Data from Star Trek made it into: If you prick me… do I not… leak?

I’m fascinated by everything AI, can you tell?



87 thoughts on “If you prick me… – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. If we can build machines that have a sense of self, I guess they could also have emotions. It depends on the programming and on how much freedom that programming gives them.


  1. I didn’t expect that ending. I remember that line from Data (my favorite character from Star Trek: TNG). This reminds me of the episode when Data had a human girlfriend. Not surprisingly, things didn’t work out.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I remember that episode, too. Data didn’t have emotions, I think that might have stopped that relationship. But who says that self-aware artificial intelligence can’t have emotions?


  2. Fascinating. I’ve often reflected on the possibility of falling in love with a robot – there’s something strangely er…. erotic… about that. No talking back, you see… 🙂

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  3. Interesting story. I was just thinking of this a while back, wondering if once robots become more viable, if there will be laws about marriage with them, either for or against. It’s an interesting topic.

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      1. Dear Gabi
        I hope you don’t mind if I argue the point? Yes, it is one of the archetype stories with the android as ‘the other’. But we’ve reached a level of technology where we can envisage the situation as reality. Your story thus has overtones of how society exploits differences to experience the reality of power. The android is ‘The Android ‘
        With best wishes

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        1. I don’t mind at all, Penny, quite the contrary. Thank you for taking the time and really ‘going into’ the story and what it could mean. Of course we’d need to define exactly what the fictional AIs are capable of, self-awareness-wise and emotion-wise. My idea here was ‘same as us’ just different biology/chemistry/mechanics.
          “Society exploits differences to experience the reality of power” — exactly. Old story, just with a different twist. This time it wouldn’t be colour of skin, religion, criminal record, country of origin, it would be scentient beings we created ourselves.
          We call fellow humans animals. We call animals unfeeling. And happily abuse and exploit. If we called the androids, robot, cyborgs, whatever just machines, we’d have the same excuse.
          I wonder how we’d deal with friendly space aliens who wouldn’t force us to do things their way at gun point.

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  4. Death for loving for an android? Only happens in the iOS world.
    Jokes apart, it is a powerful story as the ‘forbidden love’ angle is still played upon today all across the world. Take the harsh new criminal law in Brunei — which includes death by stoning for sex between men or for adultery. Who knows in the future there will be one regulating contact between humans and androids.

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    1. ROFL!
      Yes, exactly what your say. People are not supposed to be happy with each other in consensual, adult relationships for the insanest reasons. And if we can’t get treat our fellow humans decently, I very much doubt we’d be able to do that with androids or other kinds of self-aware, intelligent AI.


  5. Perfect twist at the end – I’m a sucker for AI stories. And I love how you showed his worthiness to be loved in your opening – his protective position, the pain of his wounds and the finality of his death. Terrific story.

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    1. It depends on his biology/chemistry. He can be a cyborg with humanoid appearance, can have aritificial (human) tissue, artificial nerves/brain — programmed through genetic code. Then there’d be lungs, pain etc. Why we would want to create such beings is another question. 🙂 Thanks Dawn.

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    1. It’s from Deflyne Coppens on Pixabay
      I love the picture, too, and at the top, right hand side I decided to put up links to the pictures I use as headers. I always get them from pixabay. Some time ago I got bored by rotating the same pictures and decided to look for headers that fit the theme of the FF story. 🙂 It’s become part of the fun.

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