Machine Romance

Fyretober 2021

Welcome to day 25 of Fyretober! I hope you’re all enjoying a month of flash fiction as much as I am. Enjoy today’s writing challenge from Fyrecon’s Fyretober!

Click clack. The real spooled between the rods. Across the room an answering echo returned.

“What are they doing in here?” a man asked looking between the pair of machines. The was a note of incredulity to the question. Not an uncommon note in room.

“Recording and sorting through the records.” A second asked. This voice was more bored.

Click clack.

“So that things sorting?”

“Uh huh.”

Click clack. Clack click. The silence stretched out.

“But the sorter… it’s…” The voice trailed off as if searching for the correct words to express its concern.

“Ancient?” The second voice finished. “Yeah, but there ain’t a machine that can do the job better.”

“But the Adrillis model is supposed to run double speed.” Adrillis, the third machine in the room which stood silent.

“Yep.” A paused as the machines clacked away. “But even so, processing slows to a crawl if we try installing one.”

Click clack.

“Huh?” the first man said inelegantly. “That doesn’t make sense.”

The second man chuckled. “Sense or not, it’s how it works. They’re a pair.” The was a paused before the man continued. “That old boy quits spewing out the records if she ain’t around.”

“What?” There was a note of incredulity to his voice now.

“We’ve tried many times. Ain’t no one else he’ll work with.”

“Nah,” the man said. “You must have set things wrong. Here let me give it a try.”

The machines both ground to a halt. Two hours and many muttered curses later the first man switched the old sorter back on. The recorder spun back to life.

Click clack. Clack click.

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