From the Author
My chest tightens, and I quicken my steps to get away from the stares. Around a corner, I find myself alone with my Father's face. Another The-General-loves-you slogan screams at me. Father, if you loved me, you never would have deactivated me. I worked hard to fit in like a nice cog, obeying your commands as the good little soldier you wanted. But I could never please you.
Though as much as you hurt me, I still wish you could love me. I'd have devoted my heart and not just my body if you had given me one nod of approval.
I was two years old when you first sent me to your scientists. You put nanoids in my brain to control my thoughts and filled my body with metal parts. Look what you've done to me--I'm not even human anymore.
You turned me into a killer.
Don't tell me you love me.
I run past the sign, my eyes burning with unshed tears. Now is not the time to cry.
About the Author
Throughout her childhood, Rita J Webb travelled around the country with a book always in hand. Rita finally settled in Ohio where she attended college to study Computer Science and then began a career as a Software Test Analyst, a beautiful title for an empty position.
Rita's love for books and great stories pushed her to start writing when impending layoffs forced her to reconsider her dreams and goals. Having tested software for ten years, she wanted to create something more meaningful than a test manual, something that would move hearts.
With her husband TJ, Rita home-schools her three girls, who keep her busy with art, science projects, books to read, and walks about the park.