Flash Friday: Copy

Tesseract_Cosmic_CubeHarrings sighed and rubbed her temples. “Another long night?” asked Gamble, leaning against the doorframe. He glanced toward the sunrise just beginning to spill through the window shades.

“Yeah…” said Harrings. “I can’t figure it out. He’s too… nice! I’ve tried to provoke him in every way possible. I’ve said horrible things. I’ve presented him with reprehensible scenarios. Nothing seems to faze him. He’s always kind, always understanding, always giving. It’s as if something is missing. Like… it’s like he’s not really him.”

Gamble idly picked up a copy of Devan’s personality data cube. “It’s not really him. Your brother died, Harrings. That hologram is just an imperfect copy.”


FLASH! It’s Flash Friday, the day when Seeking New Earth authors write short stories up to 1000 words (“flash fiction”) or 110 words (“microfiction”). Both are sure to instigate the imagination and stimulate the synapses. Did you like what you read? Want to explore the story some more? Or maybe you want to try your own hand at some flash fiction? Leave us a comment below!

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5 responses to “Flash Friday: Copy

    • I was actually coming at it from a slightly different angle. There’s problems with what I’m doing here, but it was still intriguing enough to write (at least, I thought so).

      Here’s the Scriptural truth behind this:
      The sinful nature is not the same thing as the human nature. Otherwise Christ could not be fully human. However, for the rest of the human race, it is sadly a permanent add-on during their life here on earth.

      So imagine they were able to copy the “essence” of Devan’s personality. His essence, his essentia, does not have the “accident” of his sinful nature.

      The irony is that Harrings and Gamble see this as some sort of defect.

  1. What’s with the formatting with two people talking within the same paragraph?

    Other than that — I’m not so sure a computer recreation would be able to remove the accident of sinful nature. It’s a neat idea, though, and I do like your little idea of it being perceived as a defect.

    • I saw that formatting on something recently. I thought I’d give it a shot. But you’re right, it’s funky. Fixed now.

      Regarding computer copies and the sinful nature: You’re right, of course. 🙂

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