This entry won this Thursday Threads contest with a prompt of "I'm terminal, not contagious"  Thank you to Judge Angelica Dawson and host Siobhan Muir.  Congratulations to the honorable mentions and Motivation Monday regulars: Ryan Strohman, Sheilagh Lee, Jeffrey Hollar & Charles W Jones
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Faded Memories
By Wakefield Mahon

Ramey, put on a containment suit, gloves and a mask before she walked into the room. She trembled as she stared at the most important person in her world.

In her time, Nana was the most advanced nanny-bot on the market, nearly human in appearance with the first fully functional emotional array. Best of all, she willingly devoted herself to all of the human children she helped raise.

No matter how much work Nana had to do, she always managed to make Ramey feel special. It was so long ago, but the memories hadn't faded. Seeing her like this broke Ramey's heart.

"I'm terminal, not contagious. Even if EOL was viral, there hasn't been a machine to flesh infection in over two hundred years. I'm not THAT old!"

"I'm sorry Nana, I didn't mean to insult you." Ramey's tears overflowed rendering her goggles opaque.

Nana swiveled her head and offered a sympathetic if crooked smile. "There, there child; it's alright. You humans are so emotional, I don't think they could give me enough upgrades to keep up."

"It's your memory Nana."

"What do you mean? Sure, they don' t make my memory chips anymore, but the upgrades are lightweight enough. I just don’t think my central processor could keep up."

"No, I mean your memory is failing." Ramey choked back a sob. "I'm not a fleshy, Nana, I'm your daughter."




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