Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
PhantomFiction would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Yes, Papa

By PhantomFiction All Rights Reserved ©

Children / Scifi

The Drive Home

"So, Sally, say hello to your new home."

"Yes, Papa. Hello, home."

"You'll have to follow some rules, but we're happy to have you."

"Yes, Papa."

As the car comes to a stop, Francis glances in the rear view mirror again. The little girl clutches a teddy bear, not because she'd wanted one, but because his wife had insisted that she would. A present for the newest member of their family.

Sally looks almost exactly like a little girl should, but he isn't convinced. 

He and Laura could have tried to get a real child, of flesh and blood, and eyes that don't glow from the circuitry hiding behind them, but the laws of where they live make it hard, and robotic children are so much easier to take care of, the salesman at the store had insisted. Even if the behavior they grow into becomes troublesome, you only have to make a trip to a mechanic to adjust them, and your problems are solved. Sally would be easier for them. Better. There would be no risk of reproduction, repercussions, or ruination of their planet. Just a child. To love and cherish, but not feed or support.

So Francis had agreed - being able to skip the baby phase was a plus - but he wasn't totally sold. If his wife hadn't been, he most certainly would have been more likely to refuse.

Getting out of the car, Francis closes the door behind him as Sally waits obediently. When he unclips the seat belt, she hops out, and takes the hand he thinks to offer her.

"So, what do you think?" he asks, referring to the house they begin to approach.

"I don't know, Papa,” the robot says. “We haven't even gone inside yet. I can't tell for sure if you and Mama will like me."

At this, Francis stops, frowns, and kneels down so he can look Sally in the eye. "Well, just know this," he says after a few seconds of thinking. Kindness should help her become more human, like the salesman had said. "No matter what, we'll love you, understand?"

The touching words are somewhat spoiled by a wooden tone, but Sally doesn't seem to notice. As Francis squeezes his new child's shoulders in feigned reassurance, she instead flashes him a pre-programmed smile and says, automatically as ever, "Yes, Papa."

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, PhantomFiction
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Dru83: This is perhaps my favorite part of the Olafson story just because it is here that were are introduced to his "gang". The characters are so diverse and complicated that each of them could just about spawn their own story. Eric's buddies are just so captivating and the plot just rolls along. Again...

Jasmine Chow: As I read this story, I was reminded some what of Terry Pratchett, especially some descriptions of politics and economics. The sci-fic setting is quite intriguing. Writing style is quite lovely and grew on me slowly. I was also slightly reminded of Mark Twain, especially his book A Connecticut Ya...

Steve Lang: I thought this story was imaginative, and well thought out. I also think it was an original piece, and not a rehash of previous scifi stories I've read in the past.Thank you for the effort put into this tale, and I look forward to reading more of your work!

Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...

CookieMonster911: The story overall was an adventure that is appealing to any age. The way the characters develop adds a more human characteristic to the novel. The writing style itself is amazing because you can learn every character's thoughts and emotions. The awkward love triangle and jerk moments adds to the ...

Mark-Mikkel: Got directed here by the author herself. Started reading it, schoolday turned into a day of reading. I really like the apocaliptic world she has created. There are some oddities in the writing tho, but I guess they are because she did have to do it for NaNo (which she wrecked, good job!). In the ...

Dru83: This is a great story, mainly because of the uniqueness and variety of the characters. There's also several mini story lines occurring underneath the main plot. Some of the plot twists towards the end are unexpected and twist at your heart strings a bit. The punctuation and grammar could use some...

thePeeJ: aced it boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii...

DennisT: This is an excellent story by an author who writes very well. the only problem areas that I see relate to proofreading and editing. All of the stories by Vanessa are excellent, and I have read them all more than once. I had hoped that they would be better edited and proofread on this site, but it...

More Recommendations

PaulSenkel: If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days. The overall situation on earth an...

sambolie: Couldn't stop reading this!! Beautifully engaging story & I love the richness of the characters. I hope to see the next volume soon! I can't wait to see how the girls carry on to Invasion Day with all that happened.

kim: This is great! Maybe it could just be a little more specific. One of the keys to great writing is describing things in detail. I think you're off to a great start. I wish you much luck.

hypaalicious: This story follows two main characters, Zoey and Derek, on a winding adventure that sucks you in from the beginning. It was easy to get into and get a feel for the world that the author is projecting, as well as all of the warring factions and difference of ideals that would otherwise be very co...

EchoOblivion: I was hooked from start to finish - couldn't put it down! Excellent story, compelling characters, well-built world and just the right amount of mystery. I would definitely recommend if you are a fan of post-apocalyptic sci-fi, with a few zombies-like creatures thrown in for good measure. Can't wa...

EchoOblivion: As an avid reader of sci-fi, this book really appealed to me, and it did not disappoint with its descriptions of a futuristic society and planet. I really enjoyed reading it, the only slight issue I had with it was there was not much of a overall plot - the whole book just hinged on the fact that...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
King's Lament

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."