Henry had never been more embarrassed. He must have looked so foolish.
When he stood in front of the entire class and told everyone that he wanted to become a Robot when he grew up, he was completely befuddled by their beeping giggles in response.
And then when his teacher monotonically asks him to see him during recess, Henry had no idea what he could have said wrong… What could possibly be wrong with wanting to finally become a Robot, like everyone else?
Since he was the only human boy in the school, Henry figured he was bound to become a Robot soon, and that he was just a late bloomer. Why, any day now he’d wake up and he’d have those cool opti-claw appendages, the fake antenna he strapped to his head would actually work, he’d have an awesome Robot name… something with numbers, naturally. Not the barbaric sounding “Henry” he’s been saddled with.
But now… now his teacher sits him down and tells him that it’s not “possible” for him to become a Robot, because he is a human, and that he is doomed to stay a human. Until he dies.
Henry can’t even change his name to something cool with numbers in it, because those sort of Robot-y names are for Robots only.
As he watches as his pool of tears spread across his desk, only proving his humanity further, Henry tells his teacher that he understands… he must have been naughty in a past life, and now he is doomed to live in this flesh prison.
He goes on to tell his teacher that while his dreams of becoming a Robot in this lifetime have been dashed, he has replaced them with dreams of being the best human boy he can possibly be— That way, in the next life, he can finally be a proud Droid. :-)
His teacher then tells him that reincarnation is not real, there is no evidence for anything resembling an “afterlife”, and that this dream is even more unrealistic than him becoming a Robot.
Henry nods, and decides that he should stop telling his teacher his dreams :-/
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