Elis woke up a few minutes before her alarm. She was feeling grumpy and her head hurt for some reason. She get a shower and came to the hallway to check the robot. It was quietly sitting in the chair. It had that blue shirt back on, the cable was stuck under it. It looked like in a deep sleep. It's black messy hair was falling into its eyes and on cheeks. It was breathing softly.
Elis didn´t wanted to wake it up. She can give the robot tasks on her way to the work. She took a sip of water and a toast she had in the fridge to take on a road and left the flat.
Her abusive boss was back from the work trip and unfortunately she forgot to take the painkillers for her head so she was just trying all day not to anger him and tiptoed around the facility as silently as she could whining in head pain.
“Heya El!” called her colleague Rosa when Elis was passing the hallway to her office. Rosa was a simple girl. She was that typical “nice face of the company” with her extended blond hair, tons of makeup and at least three push-up bras under the pink and white sweatshirt.
Elis was currently walking around in her gray suit with a blue blouse, back hunched under the stress and pain in her head with a stack of paper under her left arm and her trustworthy cup of a steaming coffee in the other one.
When Rosa called at her, she almost dropped everything she had when her hurting head exploded in colours and fireworks.
Rosa was notorious to have the voice that could crack glass and Elis just experienced that first hand.
“How's it goiiiiiin´!?” she scuttled towards Elis on her black high heels and pat her on the shoulder. Elis knew this girl was the only person in the world who was born to be totally un-offendable so she made a sour face at her “I feel like a beautiful butterfly, Ro.” the sarcasm dripping from every word she said like a venom.
Rose giggled and patted her again “oh stop it you! I can see you feel bad. Did you had your beauty sleep tonight? Because if you don't get it you may have a serious problems with your skin, dear, you must...”
“Miss?” She was stopped by a guy who spoken behind her.
“Yes?!” She turned, visibly upset all of the sudden.
Elis recognised that voice and looked over, shocked.
In front of them was an M-bot. Elis thought for a second her bot found its way here after it made all of its work to maybe ask for another. Then she realised this bot was wearing a bright pink sweatshirt with a golden stitched R on it and a white trousers with a white sneakers. But he was like an identical twin to her own robot.
“What do you want?!” spit Rosa, hands put on her hips in an angry position.
“I completed the mission you asked me to do. Here is your coffee, miss,” it said, handing Rosa a paper mug with a lid.
“Is it latte?” asked Rosa and opened up the lid to check for herself.
“Yes,” answered the M-bot softly.
“Two spoons as you asked.”
“Drinkable as you wanted.”
“What about a cookie?”
M-bot stopped, clearly shocked it forgot. Rosa's face turned red, she bit her lips and started to shake violently. Then she quickly calmed down and breathed out.
“HOW am I supposed to drink this SHITTY coffee if I have NOTHING to bite into?” she grinded the words from behind her teeth.
“I am terribly sorry, miss. I will get you a cookie right away,” the robot made a step away but then Rosa´s patience blew off like a bomb.
“WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOIN´? I AM YOUR MASTER AND I WILL TELL YOU TO GO SOMEWHERE! YOU WILL STAY HERE NOW WHILE I CALL YOUR SUPERVISORS TO SEND YOU BACK! YOU ARE AN UNUSABLE TOOL!” and with that words she run away as fast as her tiny feet could carry her.
Elis was shocked. She also spilled her own coffee when Rosa started to scream. M-bot was still looking unimpressed, but Elis saw its eyes. The robot was looking down as in shame and its eyes were dark.
Elis made her way closer to the robot. It lifted its head slightly to look at her. It was not her robot, she somehow recognized it from its eyes.
“You are a good robot. Do not be offended by her. She is bitchy to everyone.” she tried to lift its spirit and it was listening to her but it did not respond since she was not its owner.
After that she left the robot to itself waiting for the owner.
She came back to her office and shut the door behind her. She put all her things on the table and collapsed into the chair.
How could she be so rude to M?! She was taking him as a fucking tool although he had more humanity in his one mechanical pinkie than the half of the humans together!
She spend the rest of her day contemplating on how to apologise to M. and thinking about herself and what she became.
After the work she rushed to the nearby store to buy food and run as fast as the heavy bags allowed her back home.
“Milady!” M sprung out of his chair and run towards her as soon as she opened the front door and showed in with two big paper bags in her hands. He quickly took them from her and without any problems brought them in the kitchen where he started to unpack it.
Elis took off her shoes, a coat and a purse, threw the keys in the bowl and came in the kitchen.
She watched as M-bot worked on sorting the food and smiled. They were so useful, handy and obliging she could not imagine why she was so cold against him. She felt an enormous anger at Rosa and thought about that poor robot she owned. He was just trying to fulfill her every wish as best as he could and, as she knew Rosa, she was spilling commands at him so fast even his highly functional brain did not catch everything.
As an apology she came closer to M who was currently stuffing cans into the cupboard above him, and hugged him from behind.
A loud clink was heard as he dropped the can he was holding.
“Milady?” he asked, again, unsure what to do. He slowly turned as her hands allowed him and now her head was resting against his chest..
He was not tall, just a few inches more than her, but she had problems connecting her hands behind him as his chest was pretty wide.
“I just wanted to say I am sorry,” she mumbled into his chest.
“For what, milady?”
“For the treatment I gave you yesterday.”
“I noticed nothing, milady.”
She knew he was not telling her the full truth that much his systems allowed him, but she was not arguing with him. She hugged him even tighter instead.
Then she noticed his hands were above his head in an awkward position.
“It is ok to hug me.”
“As you wish, milady.” his hands slowly lowered and landed on her shoulders and he put his palms on her shoulder-blades.
They stood there for a second.
“You have an actual heart beat?” she asked quietly.
“I was designed to resemble a real human being in every way.”
She nodded and burrowed her face deeper into his shirt.
“Did something happen, Milady? You seem upset.”
“I met one of your brothers, M.” she said to him after a short silence.
“I hope it went well.”
“He looked just like you. My coworker had him. She acted like he was just some kind of a tool,” mumbled Elis with her face on his chest.
“Well, technically we ARE tools…” M started.
Elis draw from him “Do not say that! You deserve to be treated as a human with special features, not like some kind of a stupid blender in the kitchen!” she was so upset she started shaking. She remembered Rosa and her behaviour towards another M-bot. Her hands clenched into fists.
“Milady?” asked M softly approaching her “My sensors are telling me your blood pressure is rising rapidly and your temperature is higher than normal. I recommend a light dinner and mild shower for reduction those high numbers.”
“I will be fine,” she mumbled.
“Do you want anything from me right now, milady?”
Elis put a few fingers on her head, which started to hurt again. “I think I will be OK, I just need a hot shower, that's all,” the pain was horrible.
“If you excuse me miss. I can do my work for you automatically without your supervision.” a light blue window showed in front of him with words:
GIVE FULL ACCESS?
Elis was so tired she hit YES just to get away and be in the hot water right now.
M smiled at her “thank you milady, have a nice bath.”
When Elis came back from the bathroom, M was waiting for her with a painkiller in one hand and a wonderfully smelling tea in the other.
Elis jumped in surprise. She was not expecting him waiting there. Thankfully she was dressed up already.
“I noticed some heavy disturbances in your frontal lobe area. I recommend you a light painkiller and a herbal tea.” he handed her the said ingredients. Elis smelled the tea. She did not remembered she bought this type.
M noticed her confusion and explained “it´s a fresh lemon with a cove, sweetened with a honey. This is the natural way of helping with pain.”
Elis smiled at him “you are really observant, thank you,” she took the pill and drink a few sips of the steaming tea. She felt better immediately. “Could you prepare a TV for a movie?” she said between sips.
“It will be my pleasure.” he bowed a little and left here to prepare the living room.
Elis came a short after in her most comfortable pyjamas and with the tea from M still in her hands. She sat on the sofa.
M started the TV and while the logos were running on it, he left the room. Elis was wondering where he went and then she heard popping sounds from the kitchen. M came back with a blanket and a bowl of popcorn. He put the bowl on the table and pushed the table closer to the sofa. Then he unfolded the blanket and tossed it around Elise´s shoulders and back.
Elis was so surprised she just watched as M sat next to her with his daily portion of his drink, folded his legs in a lotus position and sipped from his drink.
After a good minute of silence he noticed Elis staring at him in awe. He was such a gentleman and he did not even know it.
Elis had a few actual boyfriends before but not one was at least half as thoughtful as her new friend here.
“I picked something soft to watch. It is some romantic comedy.” M said because he misinterpreted her confusion.
“Thank you.” Elis said with a high voice. Her cheeks were burning already. She was not used to such pampering! She reached for the bowl of popcorn and stuffed her cheeks.
The movie was really a sugary sweet romance about a love triangle and an attractive confused brunette suffering for many embarrassing moments. Elis was mostly focused on the romantic parts. When the main protagonist and one of her suitors kissed passionately, she could not look away.
“Your pupils are dilated, milady,” said M suddenly.
It was the first thing he´d said since the movie started, making Elis twitch in surprise. She looked at him.
M was focused on her. She could almost hear the silent buzzing of his highly functional eyes and the clicking sound his brain was making while scanning her face and trying to came out with a conclusion.
“I am fine, don't worry so much.” she tried to say, but her voice betrayed her. She noticed her cheeks were burning, she had to be red as a beet.
“You are sending signals of a high level of estrogens and arousal.” he said without blinking like he announced todays weather.
That forwardness made Elis blush even harder. The sudden change in her body temperature worried M so much he sat closer to her and put one of his palms on her burning forehead.
Elis moved back in shock. His hand was nicely cold, big and soft like a silk. He moved his hand on her cheek. His brain was processing the temperature and calculating the cure. She unintentionally leaned into his hand. It was almost as big as half of her face. His skin smelled of soap and faintly of a plastic he was made of.
M noticed her behaviour. “I am able to fulfill your every desire, if you want me.”
Elis opened her eyes and pulled her face away from his hand “Oh nonononono! I was not...I did not...that´s not what I meant..I mean...!” she started blabbering, waving her hands around.
M put his drink away, his palms scooped her face and turned her back to him. Elis was so surprised she just watched as M leaned closer, closed his eyes and kissed her.
It was a simple kiss. Nothing passionate, just a normal easy kiss on the lips.
M pulled away from her. His expression had not changed at all. “Do you feel better now?” he asked softly.
Elis hummed something unrecognisable. She still felt his soft lips on hers and she regret it was just a short feeling. “Can I have another one? And maybe a little longer one?” she dared to ask.
“Of course,” M smiled, leaned closer again and pressed his cold lips on her burning ones. He was kinda numb in it so Elis took the opportunity to kiss him passionately. He tried to do the same, but he fumbled like a teenager who was experiencing kissing for the first time.
M tried to pull away after a few seconds but Elis grasped his shirt close to his neck and pulled him back. She pry his lips apart and met with his tongue. She was surprised how real it felt. Like kissing a human.
“Mi...lady?” mumbled M in between the kiss. He looked kinda scared and confused so Elis let him go.
“I am sorry. I let myself wild.” she quickly returned to her position on the other side of the sofa.
“You did nothing wrong, milady. I am here for you.” answered M but he too looked shy.
“You are not my slave, M.” she turned at him. “And you certainly do not have to do anything you do not want to do.”
“But you are my mistress and I have to do anything according to my programing.” he bowed his head and his shoulders lowered.
Elis sat closer and pat him on his back “I do not want you to be sad, M. What about we rewrite those programs so you will be free of those boundaries?”
M started laughing “those are really complex programs in me and not talking about your zero skills in hacking them. Also they are really highly secured so there is no way of rewriting them. But thank you for caring.” he smiled at her.
At least she made him laugh. Elis smiled back “Is it OK if I lean against you?” she shuffled her blanket and put the half of it around M´s shoulders.
“You are more than welcomed.” he lifted his right hand. When she snuggled closer he put his arm around her shoulders and hugged her tightly.
They spend the rest of the evening like this and when Elis started to yawn and fall asleep M sent her to bed. She hesitated for a second but then she gave him a soft kiss on a cheek and went in her room. M sat in the armchair in the library corner, plucked himself on the electricity and fell asleep with a soft smile on his face.