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The Curse of Metal

by Timothy O. Goyette


He had once been perfect.  His metal body the height of design and excellence, suited to his tasks.  That had been long ago. 

The family, the Willywigs, he was made for had passed him down from generation to generation, from the original, Old John, through to his great-great grand son Tibby.  He had no feelings, as he knew the humans did.  He saw their care and concern for one another, even for him.  Although he could not share in their love he accepted his position and felt a certain comfort in it.  He didn’t know how it would feel or if it would matter to him, if he were sold.  But he thought it would be better to stay with the Willywigs as they had depended on him for years.

Would be it useful if he could feel?  He wondered if it would allow him help the family more.  If he cared, would the output of his work increase, would he be able to listen and give good advice to the children?  Would it help him to understand their needs?  Would they be missing him?

At that point in his existence it mattered little.  It had been some days since he had seen his owners.  He had aged, not in human terms but in terms of metal.  It was true that he remained shiny on the outside, but his joints had taken to the curse of metal, rust.  He needed frequent lubrication to remain limber, to do his job.  

It was unfortunate that he hadn’t lubricated himself more fully.  He stood frozen in his metal body unable to help the Willywigs, nor even to care about it.  He would probably remain where he was until his whole form succumbed to the disease.  

As he stood statuesque he heard a voice and wondered if it could be from his owner’s family.  It wasn’t a desire, just a curiosity.  Again he wished he could feel.  If he could feel he might desire to see his owners again.  If he could feel he might come to think of them as his family, to love them.

As the two people approached he could make them out through the corner of his eye.  He began mumbling as best he could with a frozen jaw to the girl and the scarecrow.  Maybe he could care.  Maybe if he had a heart.



2013-06-10 09:34:49
I thought this was a simple, uncluttered story - very precise indeed. I like having just a hint with the Scarecrow and a girl to let the reader discover for themselves what is really going on. Very nice! Michele Dutcher


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