Story :: Taking Leave

A wee sequel to last week’s piece. I really need to make time for some longer stuff!


Taking Leave (166 words)

Chloe couldn’t sleep. It was a physical impossibility. Her programming allowed her to enter a state of rest that appeared sleep-like to flat humans. It helped to avoid awkward questions, especially when Sam seemed uncomfortable with the idea that Chloe had been manufactured.

“If you think about it,” Chloe had reasoned, “you were manufactured too.”

That line of reasoning didn’t get them very far. It had been the start of the first fight.

On the bed, Sam turned over with a soft sigh. Her sleep was induced. Chloe hadn’t wanted to go so far, but she needed time to process their situation. Before long, the corp would come for her again. She needed to move but she didn’t want to leave Sam again. She also couldn’t ask Sam to go with her.

Chloe rose and stood in the pile of shattered glass by the window. She bent to pick up the hammer, readying herself to leave.

Then, a creak of floorboard behind her. “Not so fast.”


Written for the CAKE.shortandsweet Wednesday Write-in.  Read my other free stories here.



About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. Great sci fi relationships as usual. Plus tension. But haven’t they had time enough to solve the problem of creaking floorboards. Slack scientists!

  2. Tessa Sheppard

    Makes you wonder about the story world and the history of the characters. Makes you wonder what happens next. 🙂

  3. Elaine Peters

    Looking forward to the next thrilling episode!

  4. I’m really enjoying following the adventures of Chloe and her humans! Excellent. 🙂

  5. Elaine McKay

    Love the ideas about ‘sleep’ in the opening. Who is there with her? You do need to let us know!

    • I don’t understand, do you mean who speaks at the end? I thought it was clear that Sam’s in the room, it’s supposed to be unclear whether Sam speaks or someone new has shown up 🙂

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