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by A.F. Stewart
Click, clack, click, clack. Round and round, the gears tumbled inside his head. He could hear them spinning, spinning, every second of the day and night. It was enough to drive him mad. He learned to live with it, however much it distracted him.
He probably needed repairs, but his owner never sent him out for maintenance. Too costly right now. Make do. That’s what he always said. What was an automaton to do but obey? Never enough oil for his gears, never enough polish for those rust stains. Never enough upkeep for anything. It affected his memory, too. Daily tasks not done, and sometimes, he’d find himself in a room and not know why.
Then there was the body.
He didn’t quite know what to do with it, the corpse of his owner. Calling the authorities would be the approved course, but he always forgot the task. So, he had put it in the freezer for now. It fit nicely after he disposed of the food; it wasn’t as if he needed to eat and it temporarily solved his predicament.
Still, the problem perplexed him. How had his owner died? The manner of death seemed violent. And it seemed as if he ought to remember what happened. Flashes came to him sometimes, of an argument, of a glitch in his system, and every now and then he’d remember those reddish stains on his metal finish weren’t rust.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
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More from A.F. Stewart:
Visions and Nightmares
Tragedy spares no one… and takes no prisoners.
In the twilight shadows, secrets are revealed past the whispers of madness.
Wander into the realm of the old gods with Elenora, where humanity and marriage are a prison.
Step through a looking glass of dark horrors with an Alice you never knew.
Join with Zenna to seek the truth as her death by magic grows closer.
Journey with Olivia as she crosses paths with a monster of the forest and runs for her life.
Watch Isobel summon the faerie to solve her problem of an unwanted husband.
Shiver as Doctor Killbride experiments with corpses to create life from death.
All that and more await within the pages.
Ten stories. Ten women.
Who will survive? Who will fall? And who will succumb to their inner evil?
Find out in Visions and Nightmares.
Warning: This book contains disturbing scenes that may be upsetting to some readers.