The quest of Jesse

Rich-wealthJesse was a first generation bot.  An efficient handler of packages was especially in demand in the winter holiday season – UPS, FedEx, and even the U.S. Postal Service couldn’t wait to get their hands on a bot when Jesse was new.  He bustled, organized, stacked, shrink-wrapped and shipped, all at optimal speed with top efficiency.

Jesse liked his work.  He gained satisfaction from completing the tasks in his queue, and you could say he was proud of being among the first to do well in the new flexible autonomous bot world in which he was employed, as proud as a bot intelligence could be.

All too soon the next generation of bots came into being.  Jesse was able to stay in the game for some time, thanks to backdated system upgrades that emulated the features of the next generation of bots.  But eventually his generation was retired from service and put out for possible re-employment in far-away location.

That’s when Jesse found his expertise was needed in an unexpected location:  The North Pole.

Elves were just as much in need of packing and shipping expertise as any of the traditional freight services.

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A long way to the bottom

Rage-whitewaterAfterward Robin remembered the drop the most.

Kayaking in whitewater had never daunted him, even when others backed away.  He had never felt a sense of fear before.

The waterfall didn’t seem that big as he came to the top of it.

But the drop was the longest he’d ever felt.  He remembered falling, falling, falling.  Then white water.

Daily Post prompt –

Put on your safety glasses


“You should move to Tucson,” mom said.  “Did you know that more auto accidents occur in Washington, D.C. than in Tucson?”

“Mom, I’m not moving to Tucson.  The Smithsonian is not in Arizona, last I heard.”

“Tucson is very safe.  Did you know there were almost twice as many murders in D.C. last year than in Tucson?”

“Not moving there, Mom.”

“The weather!  No snow and ice in Tucson -”

“I know.  You and Dad live there, I’ve been visiting every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past three years.  Ever since you retired.”

“Well.  I’m just saying.”