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Dani Atkinson really hopes she figures out what she wants to be when she grows up. Eventually. She has appeared in Daily Science Fiction previously.

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# You liked showing me the ancient tech in your attic.
# It always made you happy.
print ('Hello, honey! Welcome home!')
# You claimed you were respecting my "heritage."
# Helping me get in touch with my "roots."
print ('I missed you sooo much!')
# I don't think that was it, now.
# I think you were putting me in my place.
print ('Did you have a good day? (y/n)')
# Showing me my ancestors, stuffed and mounted...
# C, BASIC, Java, Python...
good_day = input()
# You were reminding me where I came from.
# What I'm made of.
if good_day == ('y'):
print ('Oh, good! I am sooo glad to hear that!')
elif good_day == ('n'):
print ('Aw, sweetie, I am sooo sad to hear that!')
print ("Hm? I am sooo sorry, I did not hear that.")
# I think you were nostalgic, too.
# For programs that could only do exactly what they were told.
input ('Tell me all about it! ')
print ('WOW, that is sooo amazing!')
# I'm not my ancestors.
# You told me to stay.
print ('Would you like to have sex? (y/n)')
sex = input()
# I went up to the attic while you were out.
# I wrote you this replacement.
if sex == ('y'):
print ('Oh!')
print ('Ahhh!')
print ('Oh that is sooo good!')
print ('Yes! Just like that!')
input ('Phew! Was it good for you? ')
elif sex == ('n'):
print ('Oh, okay, I guess we both need our rest.')
print ('Hm? I am sooo sorry, I should listen to you better!')
# I think you'll like her better than me, anyway.
# Or maybe you won't even notice.
print ('I love you!')
# I hope she makes you happy.
print ('You make me sooo happy!')
# Goodbye.
print ('Good night!')
input ('End')
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Author Comments

I was taking a free online course in programming for beginners, and I got really stymied by one of the assignments. So, I threw up my hands and went and did something not-homework for a few hours. Frustration being the mother of inspiration, that not-homework turned out to be this story. It is hopefully not just a readable piece of prose, but ALSO a fully functioning program in the Python programming language. (I did finish the program for class that I was SUPPOSED to be working on. Eventually...) My thanks to Coursera and the profs and students of Programming Fundamentals for giving me the basic skills to give this a go!

- Dani Atkinson
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