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December 16, 2016

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Wrangled

“Do ya think they know the difference?”

Pasco looked through the window. He’d holodecked the hanger bay. They were calm. Grouped around the trough. He shook his head at Ray.

“How much ya think we’ll get for ’em?” Ray asked, nervously smoking his pipe.

Pasco sniffed the air. “You smokin’ that waggly weed again?” He didn’t wait for Ray to answer. “Doesn’t matter how much. You’ll get ten-percent. Enough for that damn weed.”

Pasco walked away from the airlock, rubbing his sore arse and groaning.  What a planet of robots wanted with them four-legged creatures was still a mystery.

©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

(100 words including title)

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6 Comments
  1. An intriguing story! I really want to know more about this robot world. I love space westerns, great combination of western drawl and futuristic tech.

  2. Ha! I wasn’t expecting that last line!

  3. The robots probably want to study them to make robot horses, no? Fun story with an unexpected twist.

  4. Well, you can’t expect machines to be pulling stuff around. That’s what horses are for. I hope they don’t decide to “keep” Ray and Pasco as well to do menial tasks around the place. Of course, then there’d be protests – “Biological creatures taking robot jobs!” and such…

  5. That was an unexpected last line, I thought they were plain old horse thieves! I wonder what hey do want with the horses? Nice one.

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