His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue – Chapter 7 Excerpt

While checking on her Infinet sales, Patience called Wanda.

“What are you doing?”

“I’m checking the insulation in the attic,” replied the redhead.

“Have you already disinfected the kitchen and bathroom?”

“Yes.”

“Well, good then. Have you heard anything from Mariah?”

“She called and left a message for Ryan. He didn’t return her call.”

“That’s good. What did she say in her message?”

“Ryan told me he didn’t want me listening in on his private messages.”

“You did anyway though, didn’t you?”

“I did because you told me I should, but I feel guilty. It is a violation of the third law of robotics.”

“Of course it isn’t,” said Patience. “The third law of robotics says that a robot must obey the orders of a human being unless it violates the first or second law. The first law says that a robot may not harm a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm. If you do not listen in on conversations from Mariah, you may allow her to harm Ryan.”

“But what about her. She’s a human being too. What if I harm her by listening to her messages.”

“Screw her. You are not for her. You are for Ryan.”

“I suppose that is true.”

“So, what did she want?”

“She just said that she wanted to talk to him. She didn’t give any specifics, but she must still be intent on trying to convince him to take her back. What do you think I should do about it?”

“Don’t do anything about it. Just keep doing what you are doing. Take care of Ryan. Be vigilant. And remember, it’s less than a week until we leave for the cruise.”

“I remember. Ryan was surprised when I told him we booked the cruise, but after Mike described it all to him, he did not seem to mind very much.”

“I suspected he wouldn’t.”

Patience terminated the call just as Mike walked in the door with two large Wal-Mart bags. He kicked off his shoes before carrying them to the toy box in the corner of the living room.

“Did you find a Barbie horse?” asked Patience.

“Yes, and I bought three new Barbie outfits—riding clothes, a party dress, and a pin-striped dress with a briefcase. I think it’s Lawyer Barbie. We have to let Selma know that women can do any job a man can. She has to know right now that she’s going to college.”

“Will she be matriculating before or after potty-training?”

“Very funny. But kids grow up fast. You have to be prepared.”

“What’s in the other bag?”

“Well, the horse can’t ride in the Barbie Corvette. It needed a Barbie horse trailer.”

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