I have signed up for Shut Up & Write 30 Days of Writing Challenge! It is an amazing opportunity to develop good writing habits, with really interesting exercises to give your brain a little workout! Check it out here: http://www.shutupwrite.com/
Day 3 came with an interesting assignment – pick two numbers for a character and a conflict, and go from there. I thought I was doomed, because I got:
A construction worker gets the subconscious transferred into a robot!
The Faculty of Engineering is the pride and joy of Green Hill University, and probably the reason people know about this town. That is why everyone was so shocked when the news broke about the explosion inside the Department of Robotics. The reasons were unclarified but surprisingly, no one got hurt. Apparently, some student messed up with a few circuits. But who knows what really happens in those facilities…
A couple of weeks later, Rico and Johnny got a call from their boss to go work on a contract he had just gotten, in no other than the Department of Robotics. As neighbors and good friends, the two met early in the morning to commute to work. The Faculty of Engineering occupies a whole campus location and is very well connected to the rest of the town through one of the four metro lines in no time. The campus is vast and busy, with students, academics, and visitors running around everywhere. It was only natural that Rico and Johnny took long to find the Department of Robotics. As they impatiently waited at the reception for some guidance, the two young men suddenly heard a weirdly paced, loud, metallic voice behind them, and turned around in a quick motion.
“Greetings, visitors! My name is Walter.” The voice belonged to one of the first humanoid guide robots that walk around the Faculty, and the beloved mascot of the Robotics.
“What is your name?” Asked Walter, with well-programmed humor. The men reluctantly reply, still recovering from the shock.
“What is your quest?” Asked the robot again, in clear nerdy fashion. “I have texted the person in charge, she will come to meet you soon.”
Sooner than that, Dr. Dhanya Kaur was arriving at the lobby to meet our boys, looking busy as usual, with a grumpiness that she did not bother to hide. Fair enough, as she was the one who got blamed after one of her alleged undergraduate students exploded one lab and destroyed the other two beside it.
“Follow me, gentlemen.” Said Dr. Kaur after her introduction, already turning around and walking away. They took the elevator on the East side of the building, which was still operational. Rico broke the silence:
“Our boss will be here tomorrow, he told us to simply remove the items – “
“I know.” Interrupted Dhanya. Rico turned his face to Johnny as soon as the elevator doors opened. His eyes instantly said, “I hate her”.
“Items in these rooms are classified, you must not speak of what you see here.” Instructed the scientist, looking straight ahead. “Move them to the first room, touch nothing else, and if something appears to be on, you call me immediately.” Dr. Kaur received a text at that precise moment and left, angrily calling for Walter.
“Well, let´s get to it, I guess.” Said Johnny, already exploring the assets. “Look at all these cool stuff!”
“Don´t start, Johnny.” Rico replied, in an unwilling voice. He was still hungover and completely amnesiac from the night before, after Johnny made him drink all those shots at the bar. Somehow, he could always convince Rico to go along with him.
As Johnny was turning and tossing the explosion debris around, he noticed this shiny, round, blue metal object hidden underneath. “Whoa, look at this cool Mega Man helmet over here!”
“Yeah, old man.” Joked Rico, showing up a tiny smirk.
“I´m not old, just cultured.” The other replied, unaffected. Johnny quickly grabbed the helmet. “Put it on and I will take a picture!”.
“We are clearly not supposed t-“ Rico tried to reply, in vain. Johnny bursts out a loud laugh at the sight of Rico with the helmet on, and the two start to play around. Not for long, however, as they are surprised again by a sneaky Walter.
“Greetings, visitors!” interrupted the robot again. Rico and Johnny turned around, startled. Rico put his hands on the helmet to try to remove it, but a small light beam got switched on at the front. Walter portrayed the best panic face he could, as the light got increasingly bigger. Suddenly, for a split second, the entire room got completely, blindingly bright.
After a couple of minutes, the men were brought back from complete paralysis after hearing the sound of an angry Dr. Kaur´s footsteps on the otherwise empty aisle. In a swiping motion, Johnny took the helmet out of Rico´s head and threw it to a corner. Dhanya stormed in.
“It seems my instructions were not clear enough, because I can hear you two from downstairs. Walter, I sent you here to supervise them, not to play along!” She said, with a cold face. After a quick scan through the room, Dhanya spotted the helmet at the corner. Trying not to show any concerns, she picked it up and left without saying anything else. Rico and Johnny sighed in relieve. Walter sighed too, in adoration.
“That was close.” Said Rico. “Man, she is stuck up. And we are stuck with her.”
“I disagree.” Screamed the robot, getting on the young men´s nerves. “She is like a beautiful angel in this otherwise horrible day. The mere sight of her changed my entire existence. That caramel skin, that lustrous, dark hair, that cute little frown…”
“Okay, creep.” Joked Johnny. “We got a masochist robot over here. She treats you like junk!” He added, finally engaging with Walter.
“And that´s what I am, a big piece of junk, a nobody, a weirdo. What would she say if she could see me dancing on the top of that table yesterday?”
Johnny´s eyes widened. “Wait, what did you say?”
“C´mon, you were there, at Mad Hill´s bar. I slow danced to that Cranberries song.” Continued Walter, ashamed. Johnny turned to Rico, completely pale.
“Hum, Rico, you really don´t remember what happened yesterday night?” He asked, with a worried tone.
“No…” replied Rico, clearly confused. How does the robot know the bar? What is up with Johnny? He has never seen him that pale.
“Rico.” Said Johnny, with his most serious look ever. “We have a problem.”