SF Drabble #261 “Reprieve”

I was shaking; the adrenaline released during the chase was still coursing through my veins, causing my heart to hammer away in my chest. The robot stood motionless. I waited with breath held for the beam to reach out and slice me in two. After what seemed an eternity of waiting, I finally wondered if it had shut down: I moved a few steps to the right, and sure enough, it failed to track me.

I considered pausing to sabotage the robot, but thought better of it. This is my chance to escape, this, right now. I turned and ran.

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