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A brief respite (Friday Fictioneers)

January 5, 2023

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The steps are filthy.

I only hesitate only a moment before diving down them, my weapon held tightly in my hands. I press back against the bricks breathing hard.

Had I been seen?

Heat presses against my sweat-dampen skin reminding me of the oppressive heat under direct sunlight. Thankfully, this far down I’m shaded. The bounty hunter had found me and I don’t think I’ll escape this time. The smell seeping from the ground fills my nose and I gag.

A shadow moves.

A gun fires…

A robotic body falls.

I leap over the body on the steps. Keep running.

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

You can read more FF prompt responses here

Word count: 100

Have been in iso since 1st Jan with covid… please say hello! Honestly, as soon as I looked at Roger’s photo today I thought, how did he get in my room? Yes, my room currently looks somewhat similar to this stairwell.

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  1. Never send a robot to do a man’s job

  2. OMG … Where is this place ?

  3. The trouble with being hunted by robots, is that they are not open to negotiation; it’s their way or no way. Keep running, the robots learn and adapt to individual failures.

  4. Hope you’re feeling better Laurie. Happy New Year! Enjoyed Boss From Hell over the Christmas holidays, congratulations!

    Hopefully no more robots are following this one.

  5. An exciting story, Laurie. Nicely done.

  6. You really racked up the tension! Safe for now, but how much longer?

  7. A story full of tension Laurie, good read 🙂

  8. Felt the tension in this one. Good one.

  9. Adrenalin-pumping action as the human tries to outwit and escape the machine. If that isn’t a metaphor for modern times I don’t know what is.

  10. Poor robot! Sacrificed in the line of duty 🙂

  11. Dear Laurie,

    Tense and intriguing.



  12. Sorry to hear you’re down with Covid, Laurie. Hello, and I hope you have a quick recovery.

  13. michael1148humphris permalink

    That is one robot down, I hope that rust gets the rest

  14. Great action scene and you really have all the senses here (except for taste, but in this filthy environment, maybe not. 😂)

  15. Robot 0, Man 1

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