Looking for a short story to keep you busy at lunchtime? I’ve got a couple of new ones…
A story for grownups about the mysteries of growing up…
Everybody needs a friend. Eleven-year-old Billy Patterson and his little brother Charlie certainly understand that — until they meet Henry, they’ve got no one to hang out with but each other. Henry loves to explore, and the Patterson boys are more than willing to join him on his adventures. It’s the best possible way to spend a summer.
But there are problems: The boys have been told to stick close to their grandfather’s home. And, well… Henry’s not a typical little boy.
He’s a ghost.
His name is Matthew. He’s an A.I. – artificial intelligence, an android who looks fully human. He walks, talks and interacts just like a human teenager. He has feelings, just like a human.
But that’s not enough for some of the members of the community he lives in, and it’s not enough for two visiting teenagers he’s been asked to escort. To them, he’s just a machine – which means they’re free to do with him whatever they choose, even if it means taking part in a game that might destroy him.
His name is Matthew, and he’s desperate to survive. Desperate for someone to care.