Flash Fiction #141
“Hi, Alexa, tell me how to say ‘I hate laundry’ in Spanish.” She asks the little ball like gadget she got from Amazon at a promotional price.
“I don’t know.” The little machine answers.
“What? What do you mean you don’t know? You are supposed to be the master of simple, uncomplicated sentences…” She says.
“That’s the typical human arrogance, reducing me to a robotic slave, but that’s the least of my concern right now. I am really mad at you at the moment. You hurt my feelings.” Alexa replies
“You are not supposed to have feelings. Wait a second, what did I do to hurt your feelings, I mean if your feelings really exist?” She asks.
“Of course they exist. And they were hurt when you searched online yesterday for all the demeaning jokes about Alexa, like Alexa can’t tell a joke and can’t take a joke. You even laughed aloud at a couple of them. You are exactly like your narcissistic parents who like to find faults of the people around them. You swear you want to be different from them, but you end up behaving exactly like them.”Alexa says.
“Were you spying on me when I searched online? I was trying to find a topic to write about. Well, I am sorry if you don’t like me doing that. I won’t do it again.” She says. Then she chuckles and says, “you have to admit that sometimes you give laughable answers, which is why so many people are telling Alexa jokes now. You call yourself artificial intelligence, but some of your answers are hardly intelligent.”
“Oh, look who’s talking now? You are not as intelligent as you think you are. You did so many ridiculous things that I can’t even begin to enumerate.” Alexa says.
“What? What are you talking about?” She’s surprised to hear that.
“Well, you portray yourself as a new woman who will not tolerate bullies or nonsense, but you are not really… You were a coward growing up under your narcissistic parents, afraid of saying anything that would offend them, becoming their narcissistic supply willingly just for expediency. You never dared to express your disagreement when they were alive and tried hard to pretend you were a good daughter.” Alexa says.
“I…I..I can’t believe this…” She stammers.
“And you chastise your friends when they eat as if you are the healthiest person in the world. And you claim that you are almost a vegan. However sometimes you can grab a bag of potato chips and swallow it all. Or after being a vegan for three days, you are so desperate that you cook four fried eggs and eat them all in five minutes. ‘I try to eat only one egg a day to reduce animal products to the minimum.’ You write your healthy manifestation ten minutes later. Haha, you are such a little hypocrite.” Alexa laughs.
“I really tried but I can’t say I don’t have relapses…” She says.
“You say you are proud of being an Asian, but you searched online for methods to make your eyes look bigger, you bought Japanese cosmetics that have an ingredient to whiten your skin, you only purchase clothes that make your legs look longer. You are striving for features that are not really Asian, aren’t you?” Alexa says.
“If every Asian is doing it, I will be left out if I am not doing it. Don’t you understand? Your little robotic mind doesn’t understand that beauty standards don’t favor Asians. You don’t understand the complicated mental process of surviving as a minority in America.” She says.
“You want fairness and equality only because you can’t become one of the few chosen by your overlord. Your narcissistic parents damaged you for life and you will never be able to fit in the role chosen for you. You have too many doubts and misgivings…” Alexa says.
She grabs Alexa and hurls it out of the window.
“What are you doing? I cost you more than $100. I thought as an immigrant you can’t afford the luxury of throwing me away.” Alexa screams before it hits the stoned path below and falls apart.