Replacement Parts

They smiled at her, like parents watching their second child’s first steps. They loved her curiosity, the way she clenched her new fingers (metal) and curved her new torso (carbon fiber). 

But they wouldn’t look at her face. She wanted them to, so they could see the way she screamed at them with her eyes. If only they hadn’t taken her eyes, too. 

4 thoughts on “Replacement Parts

  1. This is awesome. The first lines feel like cutting edge scientists *building* something, building a robot. The parental pride, the smiles, its wholly positive.

    But the last lines – awesomely cruel. This is not built, it is something, *someone* who has been reduced, adjusted, altered. Taking the eyes, a gold bit of detail here.

    Seriously loved this.

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    1. KT, I can’t thank you enough for these words. I was worried about this piece and my ability to write anything in general lately, been getting some not great rejections.

      I’m so glad it worked for you.

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