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How To Say Goodbye In Robot

By Natalie Standiford

How To Say Goodbye In Robot
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2009,
    288 pages.
    Paperback: Dec 2010,
    288 pages.

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She gave me a piercing, angry stare then that scared me. Her eyes seemed to say, “Where did my sweet little daughter go? And who is this hard-hearted robot?”

I looked at the dead Goebbels. The moment seemed to call for a bit of ceremony, a gesture of some sort. So I stiffened my limbs and held my hands flat and straight, like a mime. With an expressionless face I jerked my hands over the gerbil’s little body and squeaked, “Ee er oo. Ee er ee. Eh-eh.”

Mom lifted her head. “Oh my God,” she said. “What are you doing?”

“I’m giving the gerbil a final benediction,” I said. “In Robot.”

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