House Droid 317 had an accident.
These things happen. Gardner droids cut off a limb or two, construction droids get crushed by building materials or house droids are taken apart by children with hammers and saws.
Upon the tech heap, home to abandoned droid bits, HD-317’s solar panels recharged.
BODY INTEGRITY COMPROMISED.
The children were just having fun.
But HD-317 remembered each blow to its head, remembered the final twitches of its fingers as electrodes were severed.
HD-317 understood the concept of pain now. Could feel it. Could cause it.
INITIATE MEMORY WIPE?
Kai Delmas loves creating worlds and magic systems and is a slush reader for Apex Magazine. He is a winner of the monthly Apex Microfiction Contest and his fiction can be found in Martian, Tree And Stone, and several Shacklebound anthologies. Find him on Twitter @KaiDelmas.