“Male501E, I believe you’ll be happy to know that Female401E is your downstairs neighbor.”
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“I AM VERY PLEASED to meet you” I said. “Please don’t be too formal” she said. “I am Female401E. I am here to help you with everything you may need. I’ll be by your side always unless you tell me to go away.”
“Are you kidding?” I said. “I don’t think I’d tell you to go away if I live to be 100.”
“Your new apartment is our first destination for today” she said. “Do you feel up to it?”
“Lead on Honey, I’m sticking with you!” “Please, my name is Female401E!” she said. “Ok sorry, but the number part sounds to me so official and unfriendly, how about, ‘My Female?” I said. “Just Female’” she said. “As I am not yours.” “Ok. Deal. Female it is then” I said.
“Male501E, you must understand that it is my job to help you learn and adjust to our ways, to make them your ways.” “OK. And I have an adjustment for you, then” I said with a smile. “When we’re together, you just call me ‘Male’, OK?” She thought a moment then said, “OK. We have a deal, ‘Male’.”
I SAT BACK on the hospital bed and gazed at her. She wanted to speak again but I shushed her. “Do you know how beautiful you are?” I said. “You remind me of a female I saw in a publication back in the 20th Century. Your eyes are simply delicious.