It was a meaningless day, I'd nothing else to do and it was getting hard to breath the loneliness away. So I decided it's time to have a exploration. I didn't ask mother, neither did I inform dad.11Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡF5RwgZHHII
I finally got courage, or rather a reason to find peace in a everyday struggle, or whatever the truth was.
I drove, well let the car drive itself; to the country's biggest institute, industry, organization and academy, the famous 'robot .incl'.
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You could call the facility and its surroundings a whole state, it was too vast.
Far from the city, the buildings here held a different atmosphere. It was a world of robots, mechanism and steel. I've had only passed a 4 km through the gate; I confronted hundreds of bots with different duties and features.
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There were even those old robots, which you can only find in museums.
I think for dad, it must be somewhat of a paradise.
Can't blame him for not coming home for years.
And finally I came across dad's lab, it wasn't any hard to find. As he was really famous around with the nick name "roboteer".11Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡX3GPAXPhFx
I don't really know what the word meant, must be some cult language. Who cares!
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The automatic door titled, "Mr. Karl Buck" opened as I stood in front it.
A large room, some kind of a aircraft hanger at first sight; filled with robots, spare parts and the holographic screens with formulas and images everywhere, it looked like a secret base.
I came across one hologram with our family picture, the me in it was 7 years old!
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I heard a queer shrieking voice startling me for a moment, and followed it.
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"Hold, hold on!!"
It was dad his hoarse voice.
Comforting a bot as he reassembled its wrecked arm, he looks like a metal doctor! He had grey and white hair, beard, he was wearing a long lab coat. Maybe I didn't notice all on the interconnection.
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He noticed me from the bots reaction as its lens are meant to scan every moving action around it!
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"F - Florn!" He stood up in a blink, smiled brightly showing his teeth, really childish!
"Yup!" I tried to be mature.
All I could show was an awkward coy!
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"You gave me such a surprise; I can't believe my eyes!!" He was blushing with happiness, "j- junior you're here!!"
He could've jumped, his boggling eyes seemed even bigger through his glasses!
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"What did you meant by 'junior'?"
I took a step back, in no condition would I ever become a nerd!
"Ah! Ha-ha-ha-hahh!!" He smiled or rather laughed out.
"Okay, hey would you like some tea?"
Leading him to laughter once again.
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"Anyways why don't you ask your bots to clean this mess up?"
I said as it felt too awkward to see him laugh like that!
"Well he broke his arms! I just fixed him!" Dad faced his chin toward the bot he was repairing earlier, and said,
"Jankk! Get this things done!"
The bot followed his orders and rushed up to clean the place.
Where does he finds such strange names, I wonder!
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I sat on the table, while he stood in front me examining me, it was kind of awkward.
I hope he's not planning to turn me into a cyborg! Or something. Of course he isn't!
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"So what bought you here!?"
He looked like a boy asking his friend about the life and stuff.
"I was getting bored!" I said, when a female looking bot came holding a tray with coffee and cheese cake!
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"Have a cup of coffee!" Dad offered the coffee and put the snack on my lap!
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I've always wondered what made these bots cook tastier and finer than most of the chefs, and went on to ask him!
"So ah- dad!"
He turned curious with my exclamation!
"I uh- it just, you know I was wondering what makes these robots a finer chef!"
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He smiled with a friendly expression before putting his answers,
"Well, it goes back to 120 years, when the first house hold robot was invented and got approved widely...
A committee was set to list all those important and necessary things one should know to become a house keeper then! They put all those important and rare data into those bots! And the tradition continues throughout years and will continue to forever!" He said looking at his working bot,
"Otherwise, I believe we would've lost most of those precious things a long while ago!"
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". . . "
I gazed away, he really makes you feel things bigger than they actually seem, those workers I met early were right about him being the vision of this place!
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I wonder if I'll ever be like him, dedicating all his life for his dream, for his passion. And then again I yet has to find my dream.
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"They're like... Somewhat of time capsules of our tradition..!"
He smiled with his eyes shut.
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His words made goosebumps to my ear, time capsules of our tradition, I wouldn't be questioning that with all that rebellion happening around to preserve our tradition in the world.
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Time capsules of our tradition?
If that's what you believe then I think I understand why you keep sending me those robots...
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"Are you going to do the same, too?" I asked him with curiousness, "putting our life and memories to them to safekeep!?"
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"You know, son,"
He looked as if he just overcome with pride,
"Am going to let them learn people, though there are humanoids who study us and copy our actions and try their better to get around us!" He said, sitting beside me,
"However, the ones now exist are; like just as you mention aren't really 'he or she'!" He laughed slightly,
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"I, I want to make them wonder about us, I want them to save our everyday life and our precious moments, the times we spend on earth and keep it safe, to pass on to coming generations, when it's all lost and gone I want them to tell tales of our century.."
He looked at me with his broad smile,
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"Ah, I lost you on the last part!"
I embarrassed as he was smiling happily.
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"Well, you should be, as am still pondering what I really want to do sometimes...!"
I only smiled in reply,
"But son, I look forward to a future where robots lived on their own house!"
He looked at the bot on the shelf.
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"Eh, dad we'd soon come across with insufficient space by then! And why do robots need a home?"
He looked as though I said something wrong, well did I?
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"Let's not think about why they'll need a home! For now, and about the insufficient space 'problem';" he smirked, and continued,
"How about they occupied on moon?"
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"A space research academy and a colony of highly intelligent people already exists there!"
I know we aren't debating but I suddenly rebuked denying his argument!
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"Well- then, what about Phobos and Deimos? robots can build their own gravity!" His expression turned as if though he'd been nominated for Nobel for the idea!
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"Perhaps!" I somewhat admitted agreeing on the theory, or I just wanted to act like a grown up, with a wry smile.
Soon the robot came in front him finishing the job.
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"Sir, I've cleaned the lab for you!"
The robot named Jankk reported.
"Well done!" Dad said, "now you can look into the wrecked bots!"
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The robot nodded and walked apart.
"How did he just nod?!!"
I jumped as I have never seen a bot do such expression before.
"Oh that, Jankk is a whole generation ahead from the rest of the bots of his time!, I've given him some rare emotional expressions, and a lot of human gestures, which people thought robots didn't required!! In particular!"
"But you see Jankk is my friend and my PA! I spend my most of the time with him after all; he has to be better than the rest!"11Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJKpEaIZVgS
He proudly offered the last piece of the cheese cake to me.
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"You know dad, if you could build me a custom bot I would name hi..m-"
Before I could finish,
"How a bout a 'her'?"
Dad applied his option with a mischievous grin. I joined him gladly.
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I had a feeling that am going to visit him more often from now on!
And that I'd also like to see robots living on their own houses, one day! It'd be fun.
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