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Origin Story

“Ladies, gentlemen, valued et cetera. You’re probably wondering why I’ve called you here. I-“

“Get to the point.”

“Well I hoped to be a little more dramatic about such an important revelation.”

“Let the revelation speak for itself.”

“Fine. Adam, come on out and skip to the question and answer portion.”

Adam walked out on to the stage and froze once he got a look at the university auditorium filled to its 1,000 person capacity.

“It’s ok, they don’t bite.”

One of the doctor’s students stood up. “What is it? It looks like a man in a fox suit. I didn’t know you were a furry.”

“What? No, I’m not a…well, I am a furry, but this is no man in a fox suit. This is the best of a human combined with one of nature’s sharpest creatures. I named him Adam, after my late pet fox. Now, before we get to your questions, I have a little speech.”

“Will this be on the final?”

“No. Yes. Maybe. Look, just listen.”

“I think we’d all rather hear what he has to say.”

“Fine. Adam, you’re up.”

Adam took the podium. “Questions?”

“Did the doctor create you as a sex slave?”

“No.”

“Then why did he create you?”

Adam thumbed through his notes to the prepared answer. “Humans have all but eliminated physical labor through automation. Now the main limitation on progress is the human mind. Not anymore.” He turned the page on his notes, and tried to speak, but…

“Any thoughts about enslaving the human race?”

“The doctor made me promise not to enslave or kill anyone before he let me out of the cage.”

The audience gasped. “He keeps you in a cage? I’m reporting this to the ethics committee.”

“Don’t you people have a sense of humor?”

“You’re being kind of an asshole.”

“Blame the doctor. He made me.”

The audience broke out in laughter.

By Kye Fox

A person who takes pictures, writes, and makes music.

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