"Have You Tried Turning It Off and Turning It Back On?"
By Melissa Olisse.
First appearance: Cabrera Brothers Free Bundle Magazine, November-December 2021.
Short short short story (4 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
"She cursed herself for not doing something sooner when she first noticed the problem."
Jason and his Argonauts were fortunate to have Medea along for the ride when they encountered Talos on Crete, for she was able to destroy that bellicose automaton. Maxine, however, isn't so lucky . . . .
~ Maxine Elliot:
"Although she managed to even out her breathing, her heartbeat remained erratic. From her spot crouched in the closet corner, she would periodically peer through the gaps between the doors to view her room. She knew it hadn’t made it in yet, as she hadn’t heard anything or seen any signs of movement; however, she wasn't going to take any chances."
"I understand ma’am, but unfortunately I’m not equipped to deal with this situation, I mostly deal with general questions and transferring to other departments."
"Have you called the police, Ms. Elliot?"
"Every time she called out 'Juno', she was met with stoic empty eyes."
- On a couple of occasions, a very famous detective has appeared in a form that duplicates the human without actually being human; see (HERE) for what we mean. For more grounding in what our story involves, it wouldn't hurt to refer to (THIS) Wikipedia article.