Yours Truly, 2095
Jeff Blue - the victim of a time-travel conspiracy - wakes up trapped in the year 2095. The only familiar face is J0, a robotic copy of the wife he left behind in 1981. But can she be trusted? J0 could be the only key to unlock Jeff's journey home, but it will require her to do something against her programming , something human.
During Jeff's perilous journey through the future, he will have to discover the truth about J0's origins, and solve the mystery behind how he wound up in 2095, in order to uncover the reality of his own destiny.
Armed with a one-way ticket to the moon, Jeff must race against the clock to seize what might be his last chance to return home to his time. A time without hover cars, Justice Computers, or TeleSkins - a time over 100 years ago.
J0 stopped, looked shamefully into her coffee mug, and didn’t bother to drink any of it.
“A soul?” I asked. “Did you think that, because you possibly felt a few natural emotions, you magically were acquiring a soul?”
“Maybe,” she said sheepishly. “Or, at least, a spirit.”
“I don’t really know if there’s a difference.”
She looked at me solemnly.
“Either way, it gives me hope that maybe I’m becoming something more than just wires and metal.”
“J0, you are more than wires and metal. You’re also Julie. And because of that, I love you too.”
“Thank you. That’s very kind of you to say, Jeff.”
“Come on,” I said.
I grabbed her hand and pulled her off the couch. She reluctantly got to her feet as I led her to the stereo.
Remind me how this works so I can change the album.”
But this is your favorite Genesis album.”
I want to do something more important.”
J0 stopped the album with just her voice as “Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats” was about to begin. She handed me a device about the size of a quarter. I whispered the name of the fourth song on Queen’s A Night at the Opera album and placed the device back on the coffee table.
I grabbed J0’s hands as I led her into the middle of the living room. I held her right hand in my left, and moved my right hand around her waist. She put her head on my shoulder, and I closed my eyes.
As we danced around our small town house, I thought I could feel static between us and her pulse quicken. Her prosthetic hair smelled fantastic, and she felt so natural in my arms. Freddie Mercury’s voice broke through the overture. We didn’t say a word during the entire song. We just let Queen do the talking for us. I wondered to myself about how many dances she could perform without getting tired.
As the song ended, I could hear her stifle a cry. I pulled away just enough to make eye contact with her.
“Are you okay?”
“I’m just so happy and scared, all at the same time. If I wasn’t programmed to have these feelings for you, I’m sure I would’ve developed them on my own anyway, you know?”
“J0, don’t get too ahead of yourself with this hope of becoming more than who you were designed to be. I don’t want you to be crushed if we find out that’s not really what’s happening. I don’t want either of us getting more hurt than we need to right now.”
She wiped the tears from her eyes and nodded. I stopped the album just before the chorus of “’39” kicked in.
“Thank you,” she said.
Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. An award winning author, his love of writing began through the medium of short stories at the young age of twelve. After almost 20 years of consistently writing short stories for only his friends and family to read, Brian’s first full-length novel was published in 2007, and he has published two more since then. Brian is married to an Officer in the US Navy, and they have 3 children. Brian is a Police Officer for the St. Mary’s GA Police Department and has been working in Law Enforcement since 2002. He is also a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, and his favorite color is burnt-orange.
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