He meticulously unwraps it to find an android of his deceased father.
It self-activates and tells him his father uploaded all his memories and emotions before he died. It loads and says, “Son! I’m back!”
He shoves the imposter away.
The android weeps for a moment, then deletes its memory.
Connell writes a bit and then goes to bed.
“Missing in action. Presumed dead.” Five words that extinguished hope and shattered my heart. It was the presumption that did it.
Days, weeks, and months passed. Acceptance would not come. Pain increased.
The doorbell cut across my tortured reverie. There stood Teddy, my son.
My knees buckled. They presumed wrong!
Linda Pottinger has had numerous, diverse articles published in national, regional, and local magazines, trades journals, and hobbyist magazines. She has self-published two books, an autobiography and an anthology of poetry. She has recently engaged in writing short fiction stories and hopes to expand into script-writing in the near future.
Ben loved his wife as much as he loved to travel. He spent two months in Bali and another month in Fiji.
When he came back, his keys didn’t work but he was at the right house. Through the right window he saw the right woman with the wrong man.
Samantha Lucchetta is an aspiring writer who’s hoping to achieve something biography-worthy one day.