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...In the Machine

By KJ Kabza
Nov 15, 2019 · 1,051 words · 4 minutes


From the author: We was at the drugstore on South, at the self-checkout thingy with the big OUT OF ORDER sign. It was crowded so I tried scanning a candy bar there anyway. But instead of nothing happening, the checkout thing said, "Help me. Please, help me. Is anyone there?"


"You a liar," said Carlos.

"Just watch," I said, scanning a candy bar.

We was at the drugstore on South, at the self-checkout thingy with the big OUT OF ORDER sign. It'd been crowded yesterday so I'd tried to use it anyway, and that's when I learned—well.

Instead of saying, "One-twenty-nine," the checkout thing said, "Help me."

Carlos jumped back like he been bit.

I scanned the candy bar again. "Please, help me," the thing begged, the way somebody might whimper, "Is anyone there?" after they...

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