"Bunny Resists the Techno Infection" by Richard F. Yates

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Bunny sensed it. (Why didn't WE???) Bunny felt that the INFECTION was spreading. He tried to run from it, to hide underground. He TRIED to stay clean...

But his oldest son (Eric) owned a laptop, and he showed Bunny some pictures that Uncle Fredric had posted from his vacation in Lake … (read more)

Bunny sensed it. (Why didn't WE???) Bunny felt that the INFECTION was spreading. He tried to run from it, to hide underground. He TRIED to stay clean...

But his oldest son (Eric) owned a laptop, and he showed Bunny some pictures that Uncle Fredric had posted from his vacation in Lake Tahoe. Bunny knew it felt wrong to be looking... Knew that it was contagious... But Freddy looked like he was having so much fun...

No!

Bunny went for a walk in the sunset to think. A young couple was taking a selfie with the lovely orange / pink hillside in the background. Bunny averted his eyes and kept walking. He headed for the lake, where a youngster was catching a digital creature out of the lake in an augmented reality game. His friends were cheering him on! And Bunny, tears in his eyes, ran away as quickly as he could (without looking completely insane...)

Bunny felt the world swirling. His wife could check the virtual doctor on her tablet to see what that symptom might imply. He walked until he was almost exhausted, but eventually slunk back to his warren, opened the door, and slipped inside, hoping not to wake anyone. The family, all forty-seven of them, were waiting for him in the living room.

"Hey Pops!" Eric said, "We pooled our resources and got you something! You'll finally be able to get messages from us and see Uncle Freddy's travel photos and keep important dates straight, all with one sleek new device!" They handed him a package...

With shaking claws, he tore open the wrapping paper, and pulled the lid off the cardboard box inside. The little rectangle nestled in the box flickered to life and snapped Bunny's picture, and then printed out a message, "Hello, Bunny! I'm your personal helper. What can I do for you today?"

Bunny dropped to his knees... A smiling EMOJI image winked at him. He raised a shaking claw to the screen and tapped it. It scanned his claw, and said, "DNA profile accepted." The screen twitched, and a voice said, "Welcome to your new life. Let's get started..."

---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)


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