Humanity: Is It Forever?

Karen Eid

France

Even though she had just turned 21, Elsa still found comfort in running into her parents’ loving arms, especially after the day she just had. Her father understood her best, sensing from the way her big purple eyes lit up and the way she pondered deeply that something was bothering her. The truth was, she couldn’t stop thinking about what she overheard during lunch break earlier that day. Someone had mentioned that back in the Middle East sixty to seventy percent of the population still lived without domestic robots. “Dad, is it true that on the other side of the sea, there are homes without robots?”, she asked. “My little girl, I know your heart to be soft, but you shouldn’t worry. The European Parliament recently announced that they will be sending a significant donation of robots to the families most in need,” her robotic dad answered, holding the hand of her robotic mother.


(Click on the link to read the full story, awarded with the 3rd prize of the A Sea of Words 2023 edition)