Killer Robots

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It had never been much of a front yard to begin with, a patch of dry grass under the canopy of trees, but now their limbs were bare of leaves that had migrated soon after George had left. Time had seen the vines grow around trees and house equally, like long, thick fingers strangling, while the leaves, which had reached no further than the porch, were crumbling into dust. The early rains of summer had started small colonies of toadstools which nestled together, sheltered under fallen branches and moss. The earth was reclaiming it’s own. Two children hushed as they approached, as if afraid their voices might wake the sleeping house. “Are you sure we aren’t gonna get in trouble?” asked Emily, quietly. Her mother was always warning her away from things. It was a constant struggle to find things she was allowed to do. “C’mon Em,” said Josh, grabbing her hand and dragging her across the empty yard. “It’s ok. Nobody will even see us.” After the last neighbours had left, Josh had watched the empty house for days as people came and looked at it. He’d hoped the new family would have a boy his age, but all they had was a girl. Still, he made do. So far he’d taught her how to throw a decent pitch, and if he could just get her to stop ducking whenever the ball went near her, she’d be nearly perfect. “Mum told me not to go near abandoned houses,” said Emily. “She says they’re dangerous and you could go through the floor or something.” “You can’t go through the floor,” said Josh, his voice harsh with exasperation. Emily dug in her heels, forcing Josh to come to an abrupt halt. He turned and stared straight at her. “Em, you aren’t going to fall through the floor,” he said. “It’s nice inside. There’s furniture and everything.” Emily chewed the edge of her bottom lip between her teeth. “Didn’t he die in there?” “Honestly Em. What? You think this place is…...

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