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#22: Crug
Sun 1/13/2013
2:27 AM

She's doing it, again.

I don't have the slightest idea why that human does this.

I'm familiar with every aspect of my operations manual. This behavior isn't documented anywhere inside, therefore it is neither essential nor useful behavior to follow.

Besides, I know how I operate even without the manual. I know about every function, every part and every aspect of myself. But I know nothing about this.

The direct contact transfers a small, barely-measurable amount of heat. While this may be considered energy by some, it isn't a source of energy I can store or use in any way. Further, I'm brought back to the temperature of my surroundings in mere moments, so there is no lasting effect. This exchange, therefore, doesn't seem to benefit me in any way.

I don't see how the human could possibly benefit, either. If anything, it does more harm than good, because her body temperature is usually higher than that of my steel. She transfers heat energy to me, losing it herself. I don't notice her physically changing in any other way, either during or after the exchange.

What purpose could this possibly serve? She transfers energy to me, which is then lost. Why would a human do this? Certainly there must be something more constructive she can do with me. I should know...I'm in construction, after all.

"Why are you still doing that?"

"Because I want to."

"You know it's completely pointless, right?"

"No, it's not!"

"It can't feel anything, you know."

The two young girls stared at each other with vastly different expressions.

"How do *you* know he can't feel anything?"

"Because I just *know.* It's not alive, duh!"

"Sure he is! And he has feelings, just like we do!"

"It's not a *he!* It's an *it!*"

"It is too a he!...I mean, *he* is!"

"See? You're *trying* to admit the truth!"

"Just because you don't like him doesn't mean you know everything about him!"

"What do you mean? I don't... not like him...I mean, it. My dad's owned this site for a few years now, and it's been here the whole time. I know plenty about it. I can't drive it...but Dad said I could when I'm older..."

"He probably doesn't want to be driven by you, since you're so mean to him!"

"How am I mean? I don't kick it, or anything..."

"You treat him like he's a thing!"

"...uh... well, he *is* a thing. He's *not* alive!"

The younger of the two girls began to get flustered.

"YES...HE...IS! He is *so* alive! And he loves me! And he isn't going to like *you* if you're so mean to him!"

"Man, you're nuts."

"Just you wait and see! He *does* love me! And one day, I bet he's going to hug me back. You just wait, and see!"

"brightsuzaku" (Sat 1/19/2013, 11:53 PM):
So, let's take up that challenge! Shall we hug some cranes~? ^_^

"Amy" (Sat 2/16/2013, 2:58 AM):

I liked the ambiguity in the beginning. It kept me on my toes because I didn't know whose perspective I was reading from. It wasn't until I got to the end that I realized that it was a crane. I think more can be explored from that; it's such an alien perspective. I would love to see the relationship between the girl and crane grow, but only from the crane's point-of-view.

Aaaand then I didn't like the dialogue. I'm sorry. I think it's the "cute" image of the girls that seemed a bit twee. Or maybe I'd already bonded with the protagonist in the first half and wanted more of that

"Aaron" (Sat 2/16/2013, 11:13 AM):
Interesting perspective...although, at least within this piece, the crane *really* doesn't have any feelings (although it is apparently capable of bad jokes), so unless one of those clichéd "Oh! I can feel human feelings all of a sudden!" things happen, I'm not sure how interesting it'd turn out if it was expanded upon...

Way to get me thinking about my writing in a whole new way =)

Anonymous (Sat 2/16/2013, 8:54 PM):
Well that's the interesting thing! Does the crane have feelings the same way we humans feel them? And how does the relationship between the girl and the crane develop in light of that? Will the crane, as you say, suddenly realize he has feelings? Or will his perspective in this strange one-sided relationship impart something to the reader about humans and the way humans build connections?

Plus you watched Toy Story, yeah? You don't believe that the inanimate things that are important to us take on humanistic characteristics?

I feel like I've gone too deep. ^^iii gomen

"Brightsuzaku " (Mon 2/18/2013, 12:29 AM):
Deep cranefeels. That's all I can say, although I agree about the dialogue. Maybe they are middle schoolers?