Nov 30, 2020

Fiction Sad Drama

Title: A Troubled Invention (Part 2)

Author: Haripriya

Authors Note: Hello everyone! Hello everyone! I hope you're all having a happy Monday! Just a quick note, this story is part 2 of the story I wrote yesterday. So if you have not read yesterday's story, I suggest you start with that one and then read this one. If you have already read yesterday's story, you're right on track! I hope you enjoy the second part as much as you liked the first one!

Under the dome, everyone was doing fine. Ok, maybe notΒ everyoneΒ since that is a bit of a stretch. Except for Warring and Harris, everyone else was having their normal, happy days.Β 

If you might be wondering if Warring ever got to present his robot, then no. Sadly, that day the entire show featuring these techy inventions was canceled and will only be rescheduled next year. That is a very long time for Warring, maybe evenΒ tooΒ long.Β 

He wanted to present his non-emotional robot much sooner. He couldn't bear anyone's prickly words until then. He needed to show what a genius he was sooner. After all, the sooner the better, right? Everyone needed to praise him quicker, so he plotted with another plan, a hard one though.Β 

"Let me see, if they are not going to schedule this show any time sooner, then I am still not safe. Harris will be watching me from the extremely strong microscope he built, meaning I need to keep my little one safe. Harris will be waiting for a chance to steal it so that I won't get famous. Harris is filled with jealousy, and I need to stop that somehow." he plotted.

He thought hard about all the possibilities he could do to keep the robot safe. He needed to consider all these options very carefully because his robot means the world to him. Warring thinks that he is the only smart one in this entire world.Β 

Warring thought that Harris was the overconfident, proud one. But Warring didn't take long enough to examine himself. He was the one who was too confident about everything he did. It just took a little bit of Harris's smart plan for Warring to figure that out.Β 

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One day, Warring was growing tired and even more restless than before. He kept pacing back and forth in his little basement, trying to figure out how to fix his robot. He still needed to make some tweaks to finally call it a finished product. Every time he tried to control the robot, it would do the opposite thing.Β 

For example, if he ordered the robot to go left, it would go right. When Warring gave the robot a task to fulfill, (to hold some books) they dropped it. Warring still couldn't figure out what he needed to do to fix that little malfunction. It was bugging him. Those sleepless days, making his brain fuse out because he kept on thinking out what he was missing.

Usually, when Harris was his brother, they would always work on an invention together. They would always brainstorm all their invention plans and processes with the help of their teamwork. That is how all their inventions got made so quickly. It was because they cooperated, they worked together. But now Warring was alone, and he couldn't get the help of someone else because they stormed at each other last week.Β 

But no way was Warring ever going to go back to where Harris was. No way he could accept his defeat so easily. He couldn't even imagine doing that!

Warring would only apologize if Harris came first, and until that day came, Warring was going to do what he wanted to doΒ alone.Β Nothing was going to change. He had already made up his mind about it and he is deadly serious about his decisions.Β 

Warring still didn't understand why Harris would stop him from clearing their name. He thought that his decision would have benefited both, him and Harris. Why did he say no to him? Did he always want to be called morons, and weirdos? Warring wasn't harming anyone, just trying to do something good to them, so that everyone would change their minds about them.

While Warring was pondering about that, he noticed the time. On his holographic clock/watch, he noticed that it was getting pretty late. When he turned to his small, wooden, rusty window pane he also noticed that the "sky" was getting dark. He decided to think and worry about all these things later. All he wanted to do then was just rest, and at least try to get some sleep, unlike the night before. So, as he sighed, he switched off his holographic clock/watch and closed the blinds on his window, getting ready to sleep.

When he was in bed, his mind still kept wandering about miscellaneous thoughts, even though he tried really hard to shut his brain. He closed his eyes, tightly, but still kept thinking about horrible memories of his brother walking out on him like that.Β 

He remembered his brother saying, "I didn't want this conversation to come to this brother, but I'm afraid it has. I'm sorry, I tried to warn you. Since you're not listening to me, I must take leave."

For each word he recollected, his eyes stung, as if these words were poking each eye one by one. Tears rolled down his cheek as he kept thinking about that conversation. But, it wasn't all Harris's fault. Warring had also said some things he regretted too, and as he kept on thinking about them, the more pain, desperation, and regret he carried in his heart.Β 

"You really think your puny woes could ever stop me?" he remembered him yelling at his littleΒ brother, that is if he can legally call him that.Β 

He started hating himself even more as all these feelings circled him, never leaving his brain. These terrible, horrible feelings always bothered him, preventing him to think straight.

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The next morning, after his terrible slumber, he got an idea of what he could do to his robot, accidentally.

"So this is what I was missing the entire time! I... I can't believe I never even took a second to think about this! Oh, how much time I have wasted for this missing piece!" he yelled in glory and excitement.

What had happened was as his alarm had rung suddenly, and woke him up so abruptly, he tripped on a little screw. Though it hurt him a lot, and his thigh bones have probably broke, his head sprung with joy.Β 

Now all he had to do was fit this screw to the robot so that he could finally get the robot to follow his instructions. He quickly did his morning routine, and finally got to his workspace.Β 

While he sipped on his latte, he made sure to gather all of his tools for fitting in the screw really tightly this time. As he got all his materials, he made sure to double-check around the space for any missing nuts or other little parts to make sure he has everything he needs.Β 

He took a little sip every other minute while at the same time he pushed the screw inside the missing little area and made sure it fit tight and nicely. It took him a couple of minutes to check if the screw was all good and nice.Β 

Though it may look nice, there was still one more step to be done, and that is to conduct his final tests on the robot. Before, the robot only did the opposite of whatever it was told. But now that the screw has fit and Warring revised his code on the robot's program, he was sure that it was going to work.Β 

He crossed his fingers and took a breath. He ordered the robot to do the same thing it failed at, picking up books.

Warring placed a couple of books on the desk and controlled the robot, now hoping that he would find different results.Β 

As he coded, he looked up to take a glimpse. His smile widened as he saw the robot moving its limbs in the correct way he told it to. He saw the robot taking the books one by one, and making sure to not make it fall, or make it trip. The robot carefully placed each book on the other end of the same desk.Β 

"Finally..."Β he thought but was too excited to even finish it.

The robot was working just as he wanted it to. Even if he ordered the robot to do anything he wanted, the robot wouldn't get offended by it, because Warring cleverly programmed it to have no feelings of anger and sadness. In fact, the robot doesn't even have good feelings, such as happiness and excitement. All it is programmed to do is perform any tasks and duties the owner tells it to do. That's all!Β 

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But now is where is the other hard part comes in. Warring was smart enough to know that Harris would spy on him through his advanced technologies, so Harris would most likely try to steal the robot.Β 

He did have a security mode installed inside the robot so that Warring would always know if something ever happened to it. But, if he installs the security mode 24/7, then his robot was going to lose its power. Every time he would have to fix his robot until the parts would heat, and burn up.Β 

Obviously, he didn't want to take that risk because as you can see, he worked his heart and soul into this robot building project. He couldn't even imagine seeing his robot getting burned up. But how was he going to protect his robot while he was away? He can't carry it outside, because people will arrest him, thinking that he smuggled the robot from anywhere across the world. Even worse, he can't even explain he made the robot just like that. He would get into more trouble.Β 

Poor Warring didn't know what to do. He also hesitated in the thought of going to his brother's place to convince him to not take the robot. Warring would only talk to him if Harris talked first.Β 

All these thoughts started to worry him more than before. Without even thinking twice about his decision, he decided to not activate the safety mode. Warring couldn't stand a chance of one of his most prestigious inventions getting burned because he did something wrong knowingly. He decided to take the risky route and not activate any security mode on the robot. But, he did hide it somewhere safe and secretive and made sure to lock it when he was going out that night.Β 

Warring locked his house and stepped outside. He prayed that nothing would ever happen to his little robot and that he would stay safe during the time he is outside.Β 

Looking down, Warring started to walk away from his little basement still worrying about his robot being all alone in there. Half of Warring's brain was trying to convince the other half that nothing would happen because he did lock it in a secret place. So that Harris (if he was even coming) wouldn't know where it is. Even if he tried to use his microscope, he still wouldn't be able to find it.

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Just as Warring expected, Harris did take a little visit to his basement to try and talk him out of this entire robot thing. But when Harris knocked on the door, no one opened it. He thought Warring didn't want to see him because he was still mad about last time, so he thought of using his magnifying glass to look into the door.Β 

"Weird," he thought. "Usually he has to be home, what happened to him? Maybe he went somewhere. Wherever he is, I need to destroy that robot. Warring probably doesn't know that security check-in is going to come in today to check for any suspicious items. I can't keep this robot in my house because I'll risk the chances of anyone seeing it. I'm sorry brother, wherever you are, but I have to destroy this." he mumbled to himself.

He tried to pick the lock, and it worked. Harris tried to use his magnifying glass to spot that robot. He couldn't see it on his working desk, or in his bedroom.

"It must be in one of the shelves..." Harris figured.

Using his magnifying glass, he tried to look into the shelves, as soon as he was going to give up, he found it on the last one.Β 

"Aha! There it is. Now all I have to do is destroy it and burn the invention before Warring comes in." Harris said, and he did exactly as he said.

He burnt the pieces and they decomposed themselves, so no one would find any clues of anything burning.Β 

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As Warring came home, the first place he looked was in that cupboard. Unfortunately, it wasn't there. Warring knew Harris had come inside the place. He immediately became frustrated and mad.Β 

"I can't believe I used to be his older brother! I hate him. He knew I worked on that, he knew it! He did this on purpose! Ahhhh!" he groaned and yelled in rage.Β 

If only Warring had enabled on the security system or even went to Harris's place to apologize, none of this would have happened. Warring's indecision was the reason his robot got ruined.

~The End~

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119 comments

Hello everyone! Happy Cyborg Monday! This is the LAST story of the week, but I will still be commenting and critiquing other's stories. This was the part 2 of yesterday's story, and just to confirm, there won't be any part 3. It will just end with Warring loosing his precious robot. Anyways, I hope you all have a great start of the week!

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B. W.
03:15 Dec 05, 2020

Do ya have a favorite thing about Christmas?

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Well, the entire festive season and the jolliness of it! :)

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B. W.
03:21 Dec 05, 2020

is it your favorite holiday?

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I like lots!! I can't choose, but definitely one of my favorites!

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B. W.
03:24 Dec 05, 2020

For me it has to be either Halloween or Christmas

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B. W.
01:57 Dec 05, 2020

This could be the new thread ^^ so could ya help me with that stuff for it now?

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Sure. So maybe the reason why he meets the ghost is because the ghost feels something special about him, and decides to emerge, and boom, he starts seeing the ghost. Then soon he becomes friends with the ghosts and decides to solve the mystery about who killed her.

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B. W.
02:20 Dec 05, 2020

I think I like that idea ^^ I guess the next thing that we need think of though is the ghosts name and the main characters name

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Thank you!! So maybe the ghost's name should be either: 1. Celeste Rose?? 2. Charoette Ashlynn Trevor?? 3. Lillith (the name means ghost) Will?? If you hate these names, I don't blame you.

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B. W.
03:22 Dec 05, 2020

I was kind of wanting to use some more unique type or strange ones, I'm considering Charlotte which isn't really Unique but I just like it, do you have any other name suggestions? I was also kind of thinking of star

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Oh, ok. So maybe like: 1. Clementine 2. Harley 3. Quinn

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Zea Bowman
16:28 Dec 03, 2020

Hey Haripriya! Zea again. Just stopped by to say I made yet another story...sort of like "Zombies Sound Safer Than My Family." Might be one of the last ones, so if you come to check it out and let me know what you think, that'd be super cool. If not, it's all good. Just letting ya know :)

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Of course I would Zea!! I'm excited to read it already!! =D

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Kim Morgan
15:37 Dec 03, 2020

I've posted a new story today and it's called "Clover Catastrophe"....check it out, won't ya?

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Kim Morgan
15:36 Dec 03, 2020

Hey there! Cool story. I liked the way you presented the perspectives of both the brothers which was truly unique. I kinda felt sorry for Harris in the first part of the story but then it vanished in the ending, so great job with that :)

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! Means a lot to me! :)

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Kim Morgan
18:03 Dec 03, 2020

You're welcome buddy!

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In the first part I felt bad for Harris, and in the second part I feel sorry for Warrings. Nice character development. Exploring both the brothers's side was really nice. Overall a wonderful story.

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Thank you so much! I really love both of your comments! :)

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Emma Sunshine
21:16 Dec 01, 2020

Haripriya, I have a sneaking suspicion that you have backup accounts. The proof is evident from nearly all your comments you have 4-5 upvotes when the person who is commenting with you only has one. And it isn't over a certain period of time, it's consistent, for after a few minutes you have at least 4 upvotes on that comment. Please come clean if you do have a backup account, for lying is not a good trait to have. :)

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Hello there! Thank you so much for investigation, but unfortunately I don't have any burner accounts. Thank you for spending the time to comment ! I really appreciate your time and effort! Have a great day! =)

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Emma Sunshine
00:02 Dec 02, 2020

Pardon me, but why did you downvote this comment?

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B. W.
00:10 Dec 02, 2020

Uh hey, i don't really mean to be rude or anything like that, though your just assuming and accusing a lot with her, I know you said that's kind of what ya do like with Aerin and that one account and something with me that I don't really remember, but why do you immediately think she was the one who downvoted the comment? You know there are a lot of downvoters and all that, though I have a feeling that she isn't one of them.

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Emma Sunshine
00:24 Dec 02, 2020

I am nearly (not quite certain) sure that this comment had 3 points, and unless the downvoter got to it first (highly unlikely) then who else would have done it. I do not think that she is the downvotER she simply downvotED. Again, I make accusations all the time where I work, I have to check for plagiarism and authenticity in the magazines I review, so I apologize if that is rubbing off on Reedsy. You are not rude, BW.

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B. W.
00:56 Dec 02, 2020

You do know though that there are like a ton of downvoters and not just one right? One time I was getting downvoted and at the same time some other friends were also getting downvoted at the same time. So there could be a downvoter on her stuff at the moment along with some other downvoters with some other people while one of them would be on this one and all that.

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Kim Morgan
15:39 Dec 03, 2020

Hey Emma! I went to your page but didn't see any stories there. Will ya be posting anytime soon? Let me know if you do! And I've posted a new story today so would ya mind checking that out? Thanks! ~ A

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Emma Sunshine
00:03 Dec 02, 2020

Also, your profile picture - did you draw that? If so, you are quite the talented young lady!

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B. W.
02:02 Dec 02, 2020

nice

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B. W.
00:14 Dec 02, 2020

Though still, i really hope that im not being rude or anything like that with ya while I'm talking to ya about her and all that, but if I ever am being a bit rude with something, then I'm sorry about that

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B. W.
02:03 Dec 02, 2020

No problem ^^ what? Blair isn't my name?

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Sorry, I always that your name was Blair because of the Blair Witch thing...

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B. W.
02:22 Dec 02, 2020

No it isn't my name, its something else that you could maybe guess

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B. W.
02:18 Dec 05, 2020

Hey, was someone maybe thinking that i was a downvoter or the downvoter for some reason?

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B. W.
03:19 Dec 05, 2020

I thought someone did

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No one will ever think that. Also, would you mind looking at the list of ghost names?

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Ok, my question is how do you write 48 amazing stories and get 7,800 points on Reedsy since September? Only someone who deserves it could!! Great job!

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What is your favorite story you have ever written on here? I would like to read it!

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Umm, honestly, Idk. I guess it has to be "Star Bright AR"

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05:49 Dec 02, 2020

What’s up peeps! I’ve written my first mystery and submitted it for this week’s contest. β€œMurder at Kasserine Pass” I’m looking for honest feedback. I’ll admit I’m kinda nervous. I had a few ideas but not enough space to put everything in this short story. Your opinions matter to me and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read my work. If you have something you’d like me to read please reply back and I’ll check it out. Robert

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Hello! I will be glad to check out your story (just not right now...) but I am sure it is an amazing story! I am really excited! :)

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