The Award, by Tim Tobin
When I tapped for the one thousandth time the voice inside my tablet told me I’d won.
Won what, I wondered? A new computer? An eGizmo?
But when I touched the spokesman on my screen, he reached through and grabbed me. And pulled. Hard.
My hand and my arms and shoulders slid into the screen. With my last ounce of strength I held my head out. But my computer was too strong.
The monster of chips, wires and heat awarded me the prize of electronic life.
I hope my wife logs on soon. The monster tells me she’ll win too.
Mr. Tobin holds a degree in mathematics from LaSalle University. He retired from L-3 Communications after a career in software engineering. Fifty of his short stories and poems are published. He is a member of the South Jersey Writer’s Group and of the Dead Poets Society of Camden County College. And he is on Twitter @TimTobin43.