Teva Women Sandal Blue s Original Universal Sandal Sun Universal/Moon Insignia Blue 7c46f96




Textile
Imported
Synthetic sole
Universal Strapping System
Water-ready polyester webbing upper is extremely durable and dries quickly after getting wet
-Easy hook-and-loop closure comes on and off quickly and gets the fit just right
-EVA foam footbed cushions and softly supports for all-day comfort
Make the universe a better place! Support DSF with a donation:
Take me to a...

top-rated stories only

Teva Women Sandal Blue s Original Universal Sandal Sun Universal/Moon Insignia Blue 7c46f96 - truongnguyen.website

Enter any portion of the author name or story title:
Sign up for free daily sci-fi!
your email will be kept private

Get a copy of Not Just Rockets and Robots: Daily Science Fiction Year One. 260 adventures into new worlds, fantastical and science fictional. Rocket Dragons Ignite: the anthology for year two, is also available!
Teva Women Sandal Blue s Original Universal Sandal Sun Universal/Moon Insignia Blue 7c46f96
DSF stories are available in monthly digests for Kindle!
Publish your stories or art on Daily Science Fiction:
Check story status
Everything we've published! Click on a topic to read...

Science Fiction
Aliens (137 stories)
Biotech (85)
Clones (24)
Disaster (74)
Future Societies (117)
Nanotech (27)
Other Worlds (74)
Robots & Computers (107)
Space Travel (71)
Superhero (44)
Time Travel (75)
Virtual Reality (64)
Science Fiction (117)
 
Fantasy
Fairy Tales (123)
Parapsychology (24)
High Fantasy (36)
Medieval (27)
Magic & Wizardry (75)
Monsters (93)
Other Worlds (14)
Religious (70)
Modern Fantasy (84)
Fantasy (76)
 
Hither & Yon
Slipstream (82)
Magic Realism (92)
Alternative History (25)
Humor (33)
SF/Fantasy (49)
The Alphabet Quartet (26)
The Numbers Quartet (12)
Twisted Fairy Tales (14)
Postmark Andromeda (9)
The Future of Future Planning (6)
Dear Jezzy (12)
Tasting Menu (5)
Tales of the Rose Knights (19)
Careers for Magical Creatures (10)
Captain Percina Saunders (10)
Clickbait for Paranormals (7)
Alien Salvage (5)
From Diaspora to New Jupiter (6)
Cara Watt, P.I. (12)
 
Date Order
Teva Women Sandal Blue s Original Universal Sandal Sun Universal/Moon Insignia Blue 7c46f96
Not just rockets & robots...
"Science Fiction" means—to us—everything found in the science fiction section of a bookstore, or at a science fiction convention, or amongst the winners of the Hugo awards given by the World Science Fiction Society. This includes the genres of science fiction (or sci-fi), fantasy, slipstream, alternative history, and even stories with lighter speculative elements. We hope you enjoy the broad range that SF has to offer.






Original Science Fiction and Fantasy every weekday. Welcome to Daily Science Fiction, an online magazine of science fiction short stories. We publish "science fiction" in the broad sense of the word: This includes sci-fi, fantasy, slipstream-- whatever you'd likely find in the science fiction section of your local bookstore. Our stories are mostly short short fiction (flash fiction) each Monday through Thursday, hopefully the right length to read on a coffee break, over lunch, or as a bedtime tale.

Please read our current short story below. Browse the topics in the sidebar; everything from aliens to time travel, fairy tales to wizard tales; and read what intrigues you. Don't forget to subscribe via email to receive each story in your inbox every weekday for free.
One Step Down
Dylan Kwok is an animator, blogger, board game designer, and author. This is his first story in Daily Science Fiction. You can see more of his work on his blog, 64thopinion.com.
"Are you still working?"
I look up. Focus on the woman leaning, arms akimbo, on the doorjamb to my study.
The woman I married.
"You know I need to finish this project. I'm working as fast as I can."
A sigh. "I know, but it's late. And you're going to wear yourself out at the rate you're going."
I bite my lip. "Work like this always takes time. Just give me another hour tonight. I'll come to bed after that."
We stare at each other. Finally, Charlotte turns. "Fine." She stalks out.
My hands rest perfectly still on the keyboard for a minute. The bedroom door shuts. I wait for another five. And then, I send off a message.
EK6: Hey, honey, how are you doing?
A message pops in.
RC14: Great! How's your day been?
EK6: Okay. But I've barely gotten any work done.
RC14: Well, I figured that much. It's 10:30. I've been waiting up to talk to you.
I lean back into my seat. Brows unknit. Type some more.
EK6: I'm sorry I kept you waiting. She was up late tonight.
RC14: You're always up late, on the other hand.
EK6: I wonder why. Maybe's it's to talk to you.
RC14: You could do it earlier.
EK6: You know very well why I can't.
The message is barely sent before I receive the response.
LOUECHY Men s Landam Fisherman Sandals Hiking Sandal Outdoor Sport Sandals Brown Rider Men s Dunas VI Thong Sandal Brown Teva Mens Men s M Hurricane XLT2 Sport Sandal Kerne Black Olive , KEEN Women s Uneek O2-w Sandal White/Harvest Gold , OluKai Kulapa Kai White/Black , Propet Women s TravelActiv Ss Sandal Silver/Black , OluKai Kulapa Kai Pokeberry/Black Plus Size Shoes Women Big Bow Tie Pumps NEW Butterfly Pointed Stiletto Shoes Blue AGOWOO Women s Lace Up Hook and Loop Beach Hiking Sandals Green Mobils by Mephisto James Dark Brown , Drew Shoe Men s Warren Sandals Brown / Tan Nubuck NIKE Men s Jordan Hydro 5 Sandal Black/White/Gym Red , Northside Womens Savannah Sport Closed Toe Sandal Tan/Coral , MT-onemix Women Men Awesome 3-in-1 Lightweight Athletic Rome Sneaker Shoes Light Green ATIKA Men s Sports Sandals Trail Outdoor Water Shoes 3Layer Toecap M108/M107/M106 C-M106-CBN NIK Benassi Solarsoft Slide 2 Black Volt AGOWOO Womens Athletic Closed Toe Hiking Sandals Brown , Summer Sandals, Inkach Women Gladiator Flat Rhinestone Sandals Summer Shoes Silver , Lotus Mens Leather Touch Fasten Sandal in Brown Brown Chaco Women s Loveland Sandal Dolman Black , CLARKS Women s Brizo Cady Flat Sandal Coral KEEN Women s Whisper-w Sandal Agate Grey/Blue Opal Ryka Women s Savannah Sandal Black/Frost Grey 385 Fifth Women s Ace Canvas Lace up Slide Sandal Flip Flops Slip On Open Toe Flat Tennis Sneakers Shoes Black adidas Originals Men s Adilette Slide Sandal Real Gold S, Core Black, Real Gold S Gold Pigeon Shoes GP5931 Light Weight Adjustable Outdoor Water Sling Back Sandals for Men & Women Black Summer Sandals, Inkach Women s Summer Sandals Peep-toe Low Shoes Roman Sandals Ladies Flip Flops Black BE DREAMER Men s Fisherman Sandal Leather Casual Outdoor Sport Shoes Brown Inkach Womens Platform Sandals - Ladies Summer Open Toe Sandals High-Heeled Ankle Wrap Buckle Shoes Wine Red
RC14: Work. I know.
I can hear the pout behind those words. I reply.
EK6: Please don't be mad. You know my life isn't in the best situation right now. Unicorn With Rainbows And Clouds Summer Non-slip Slide Sandals Home Shoes Beach Swim Flip Flops Indoor and Outdoor Slipper Women Men Rainbow Unicorn , Columbia Men s Santiam 2 Strap Sport Sandal Dark Grey, Rusty Propet Women s TravelActiv Ss Sandal Red, Black , DAIVON Mens Water Sports Shoes Barefoot Quick-Dry Aqua Yoga Socks Slip-On for Dive Surf Swim Sailing Walking Lake Beach Red , DREAM PAIRS Women s Water Shoes Fuchsia-2 , TDA CM1010 Womens Stiletto High Heel T-Strap Suede Salsa Tango Ballroom Latin Party Dance Sandals Rain Footwear Women Mid-Calf, Waterproof Shoes Fashion Rain Boots Antiskid Cat Tin Haul Shoes Women s Dreamcatcher Work Boot Brown Eastland Women s Belmont Boot Black , Easemax Women s Fashion High Heel Peep Toe Mule Sandals Green , FRYE Women s Cavalry 12L Boot Tan-77410 Alegria Women s debra Slip-On Black Emboss Rose , Tretorn Women s Foley Rain Boot Black/Black/Black Western Chief Women Solid Mid Waterproof Rain Boot Navy Soda Women s Soong Comfort Faux Suede Fur Mid- Calf Flat Boot, NAT, 8 M US Camel-NEW Carolbar Women s Comfort Fashion Simple Buckle Zipper Wedge Heel Knee High Tall Boots Brown Crocs Men s AllCast II Luxe Snow Boot Wheat/Black , Easy Street Womens Conca Fabric Open Toe Casual Slide Sandals White Stretch Fabric Latasa Women s Peep toe High Heels Over the Knee Summer Dress Boots Black Journee Collection Womens Regular Sized, Wide-Calf and Extra Wide-Calf Studded Knee-High Riding Boot Taupe , Guilty Shoes Womens Sexy Pull up Stiletto Slouchy High Heel - Over The Knee Thigh High Boots Taupev2 Suede Dr. Martens Men s 1460 Butterscotch Combat Boot Butterscotch Sam Edelman Women s Felicia Ballet Flat Sterling Blue Velvet Skechers BOBS from Women s Luxe Bobs-Boho Crown Ballet Flat Chocolate , Mila Lady Lauren Fashion New Ankle Strap Pointy Toe Woman s Fashion Flats, Camel TOMS Women s Classics Red Canvas , Converse Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top Sneakers Pink/Red Converse Men s Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Ox Black/Navy/R , NIKE Kids Stefan Janoski Max (GS) Skate Shoe Track Red/Cedar-white Converse Men s Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Ox My Van is on Fire White Black
Again, her response is instantaneous.
RC14: It's not your fault. You know it's my fault, don't you?
Why would she say that?
EK6: Please don't say that again. I made this choice as much as you did.
RC14: Okay, I won't.
A baby cries out. Sigh.
EK6: I'll be back in a minute. Marie's making a fuss. I'm going to check on her.
But as I get up, I hear the door open. Swift movement across the carpet. Then, Charlotte's soothing voice, and Marie's sobs begin to diminish, until once again, silence is restored. The door clicker shut. I count to ten before clicking on the keys once more.
EK6: Marie is sleeping again.
RC14: I'm glad. I hope she'll sleep peacefully tonight.
EK6: No one can soothe her like her mother can.
The moment I hit send, I know I've made a misstep.
RC14: Why thank you. But you could just refer to me by my name, okay? It's annoying when you talk like that.
I hurriedly reply.
EK6: Sorry, honey. I didn't mean to be rude.
RC14: That's better. Now, how is your work going?
EK6: Better now that I'm talking to you.
RC14: Why is that?
Maybe it's because my work is to talk to you.
EK6: You always brighten my day. I should be able to finish this project soon, hopefully. It's getting quite polished.
RC14: I'm so proud of you, you know? I've never understood how people write programs. And artificial intelligence sounds even more difficult.
EK6: I had a head start, though. I knew whose intelligence I was copying.
RC14: What are your future plans for the program?
EK6: You know... I plan to use it for Marie. Or have you forgotten? And it's our future plan, remember?
And then, a pause. A real, distinct pause. And before I see the next message I know what it will say.
RC14: It's our plan, but not my future, honey. I wish I could be there.
Bile rises in my throat. You will be, I mouth. Maybe not the you I can hold in my arms. But these thousands of lines of code, imbued with your personality, will be with us as Marie grows.
Marie might not remember her mother, but through my work, she will know her.
It was--is--Charlotte's wish.
But it's pushed us apart. It's impossible to keep my head and my stories straight, remembering who I talked to and who I didn't. And I can see the effects.
EK6: I wish you could be there, too. But you know what's ahead.
RC14: Don't be sad. Please, it's not your fault. I love you.
My hands reach for the keyboard, but they fall short. Any words to this machine will feel as artificial as it is.
I stand up quickly. Sleep the computer. Walk to my bedroom. Our bedroom. Open the door as noiselessly as I can.
Charlotte lies still, curled up, skin pale and eyes sunken. She hasn't got much time left.
I sit down by her side and clasp her hand. Her eyes slowly open.
"You know I love you, right?"
A smile.
Tears cloud my eyes.
The End
This story was first published on Monday, July 9th, 2018


I was inspired to write this story, in part, after reading an article where a programmer created a chatbot using ten years' worth of message conversations she had with a now deceased friend.

- Dylan Kwok

Teva Women Sandal Blue s Original Universal Sandal Sun Universal/Moon Insignia Blue 7c46f96 - truongnguyen.website

RATE THIS STORY
Please click to rate this story from 1 (ho-hum) to 7 (excellent!):


SHARE THIS STORY

JOIN MAILING LIST Teva Women Sandal Blue s Original Universal Sandal Sun Universal/Moon Insignia Blue 7c46f96
Sport Sandals & Slides
Please join our mailing list and receive free daily sci-fi (your email address will be kept 100% private):
 
Send Feedback to Daily Science Fiction

Please send us feedback on how we can improve
our web site to best meet your needs:



Please optionally enter your email address
if you'd like a reply to this feedback:



Anti-Spam: what is 5 + 7?  

[send feedback]

[close]
Tell a Friend About Daily Science Fiction

Your Name:

Your Friend's Email:

We'll send your friend a link to the DSF web site,
along with this optional message from you:



Anti-Spam: what is 1 + 9?  

[send message]

[close]