They made me for the betterment of society, but right now all of my artificial intelligence is being used for cleaning laundry and washing dishes. I stare in the mirror. Dev made me with so much efficiency and hard work. I touch my cheeks, I can't feel my skin but I can see the beauty of my body, and it's mesmerizing.
Beep! Beep! Beep! And a hologram lashes out from my iris, its Dev.
“Hey Rox, how are you?”
“I'm fine but you are not allowed here?”
“Yeah, I know it. See Rox your chemistry is lacking, your relationship is looking very monotonous. Spice it up a bit, remember my life and career depends on you.”
Poof, he goes away.
So you must be confused?
Let me explain it to you.
I'm a humanoid and my name is Roxanne. I was made to depict the wonders of the human mind. Dev is my creator. Now I'm in a reality show “HER”
Yes, I'm inspired by a movie that goes by the same name. Dev got the idea to create me from the movie itself. I'm participating in a reality show where I'm made to stay with a human and get romantically involved, there are four contestants on this show. A human pair and us a humanoid human couple. The main motive of this show is to make people realize the difference between human relations and AI relations. My partner was a well know football player but a major lower lumbar injury halted his career. If we win this show two people's careers will be settled forever. I put on my apron and enter the kitchen. I see Aryaman sitting at the kitchen counter lost in his thoughts.
“Hi, sugar” I peck him on his cheeks.
“By the way sugar, I made you something.” I take out a chocolate truffle cake from the fridge.
“Why did you make it?”
“Because you said to me once that chocolate brings you back to life when you get entangled in a web of thoughts.”
He smirks and puts a piece of cake in his mouth.
“When did I say that?”
“On October 3rd at 9:15 am.”
He giggles and says “sometimes I want you to be real” and walks off.
I'm analyzing our behavior from the last few weeks, we haven’t fought or had a lengthy conversation. Nor did he flirt or did we kiss each other. Maybe if we add this all up we could get more engagement from the audience.
Aryaman enters the room prepping up for his bath.
I pick up his towel.
“This is wrong,” I say.
“What is wrong?” he looks confused.
“You wipe your body from the wrong side of the towel.”
He laughs “Does that even exist?”
“Yes it does honey and when I scanned your towel I saw that you wipe your back and front from the same side of the towel.”
“Now you are making a fuzz about it, it doesn’t matter,” he grunts.
I fold my hands in a huff. Is this grabbing people's attention?.
“Hey sweetheart.” he gives me a shoulder bump.
“Okay, I will do as you say my highness,” I smirk.
“Come on talk to me or I have to angry kiss you.”
I laugh and hug him. He removes his shirt and kisses my forehead and, makes way for the bathroom.
Damn my sensors are glitching.
It's the announcement time. I see our results, we get 92% more audience engagement than the others.
We showcase our affection in various ways. Sometimes he surprises me with delicacies, we are having genuine conversations, we fight too but in a puppy kind of way.
He makes the silliest puns all the time.
"Roxanne do you know your favorite chips"
"Your favorite chip is microchip"
He always laughs at his own jokes.
Today I want to take our relationship forward so I decided a surprise party for him. I call his high school friends and his football team. The need for it?
A year ago Aryaman won the Manchester cup on this day and he misses his playing days. So I want to celebrate his win to make him realize that football is still in his blood. I bake his favorite cookies and bring in the beer can, this night is going to be awesome.
Everybody is having a good time, Aryaman is beaming. His smile is breathtaking and we all are enjoying each other's company.
“Hey Aryaman even I want a humanoid, dude she is great.”
It's Justin, he's a friend of Aryaman.
“You were in a relationship with Jessica right?” he asks.
“Dude we broke up. And by the way, I have a message from Jane…..”Aryaman cuts him.
“I don’t want to hear it. Cause I'm madly in love with Roxanne.” and pecks me on my lip.
We are cleaning the after-party mess, I see his muscles flex under his shirt. He turns and catches me staring, I turn away.
He lifts my chin and says, ” Where are you lost, my dear Roxanne.’’
“Do you still miss Jane?” I wrap my fingers around his wrist.
“No, I don't because you reside in my present”
We have a moment, a moment that I was never programmed for. I kiss his soft lips.
GRRRR, I feel a glitch.
He places his hand on the nape of my neck. Grrrrrrrr I feel another glitch. We dive further and this time I fail.
I wake up, to find myself in the lab where is Dev adjusting and fitting some parts inside me.
“What happened, and why am I here?”
“You broke the record of the show. The kiss between you and Aryaman is the most-watched video on youtube, maybe we could win this show”. He winks.
“I'm right here” I hear a voice behind me.
“I'm sorry Aryaman, I never failed, I don’t know how the glitched happened”
"The glitch happened because you thought intensely about something. Your systems jammed by the sudden rush" Dev said.
He places his palm on my cheek and says,
“It's ok, I don’t care about your stupid glitch. Dev said that I could take you home. Don’t panic I'm right here”
“Well, Even I have been getting a lot of orders for my humanoid."
“ Even I got funded for my surgery in Singapore. Everything is going well and it's all because of you Rox”
For the first time, he called me Rox, I feel like I'm on top of the world.
“Shouldn’t we celebrate it?” I say.
“Well, you have the last task. It’s a dance battle between the couples for the grande finale, first prepare for it.”
We arrive at our home and start preparing for our finale. And the one thing that’s dancing in my mind is the feeling that I developed for Aryaman.
The grand finale arrived, it's time for our performance. I was watching him all the time while performing. I wanted to feel his skin, I wanted to feel his every touch. I wanted to change, finally.
“So it’s the big decision tonight. Let's see for who has the audience voted the most” the host announced.
“I want to say something” I raise my hands.
“Sure, Roxanne the stage is yours”
I grab the mike and say all the glitching feeling I have
“Aryaman I know it's strange but, when Dev created me, I had questions always ringing in my head. The question of my existence, but when I found you I felt completed. I know its different this time, but I love you like a love song”
I hear the audience gasp.
I take out the ring and kneel in front of him and ask,
“Will you marry me Aryaman?”
The spotlight hits him, his pupils widen, he takes a long breath and says.
“Never in my lifetime.”
Error, error, error, error….
My system hangs, and a teardrop escapes from my eyes.