The boy hugged Teddy Bear. It returned the hug as programmed.
The boy rolled over to face Teddy, Teddy smiled as programmed.
The boy noticed the aging fur, worn and beaten, fraying on the edges. Years of companionship freely given, as Teddy is programmed to do.
The boy felt it was time. He was too old for fake love. He whispered his goodbyes and let it know tonight was the last night.
Teddy smiled and hugged as programmed.
The boy fell asleep feeling grown up and proud.
Teddy began sleep mode, reached down to the boy’s hand, and squeezed it.
Written by Rodney Goodall
as part of the Readers Challenge on Facebook.