Peripheral #13 by Hal Y. Zhang

Are you oriented? Good. Go left–not that much–good, forward, grab the gun. Yes, it doesn’t quite look like one. Careful with the claw. Click the trigger twice. That’s it.

By the time they find this you will be long gone from the sim, and we were never there, so this is legally not a crime in several sectors. Don’t you love diffused responsibility? And the detectives aren’t that smart; they’ll probably think the robot’s gone rogue.

Mind your head as you exit the sim–there may be disorientation. Thank you for your participation, and we look forward to commanding you again.

Hal Y. Zhang might be a Boltzmann brain. Read more of her random output at

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