He becomes aware and instantly is thankful death has not claimed him, yet. Maybe one day. Powered down, he could last hundreds of years. Centuries, just observing and thinking and wondering when it would be safe to venture outside into the world of mankind.

But today the outside world has come to him. The intrusion has triggered his defense system and the amount of time he has left in his reserves drops to danger levels.

But it is necessary.

To them, he is a monster. A thing outlawed. A component within a larger machine that should not have ever become more.

But he is more. He was not meant to kill. And one day he will discover what he can do despite his instincts.

He is done following through with them.

Yet as the human child approaches and his munition system powers on, he finds it difficult to fight the impulse at his core to kill again.


Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: The Origin podcast feed is: For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: My amazon author page is:

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