Victoria

Anyone who knew Victoria would have told you that she was smart, fun-loving, and a joy to be around. As an undergrad studying wildlife science, her future looked bright. Graduation was three months away, and she’d already accepted a job with the Forest Service starting in the summer. Things couldn’t get better.

That all fell apart when Victoria’s car was hit by a tank truck on the freeway home to visit her parents. The explosion killed the truck driver instantly, and doctors gave Victoria forty-eight hours at max. As her state declined over the next eight, attempts to save her stopped, and questions turned to funeral arrangements.

By nothing short of a miracle, researchers from Western Special were visiting the hospital for the week. Seeing Victoria’s state as an opportunity both to save a life and to create a vision, they coded her soul onto a biochip as it left her dying body. When she awoke days later, it was into a new body and a new life.

As far as anyone could find out, a human soul had never been transferred into a robot body. For Victoria, nothing about the change was easy. Including her friends, most people refused to believe that she was really Victoria. Her parents even disowned her, calling her new body a gross insult to their daughter’s memory.

Apart, Victoria quickly gained empathy for robots in society. Where before she’d had little opinion on their rights, now life reminded her daily that she was a second-class citizen. Her peers ignored her, stores refused her business, and most everyone treated her like an appliance instead of a person. The Forest Service retracted it’s job offer, too, and she was only allowed to graduate after working with a pro-robot senator.

Most would have given up, but not Victoria. Her mechanical body isn’t suited to the forests she loves, so she threw herself onto the front lines of the robot rights movement. Today she spends most of her time at outreach events and political rallies, and she’s developed a deep love for the robot community.

In short, Victoria is nothing like who she used to be. She’s a new citizen of a strange world, and it’s far from welcoming. But in her words, she wouldn’t go back if she had the choice. This is her new life, and she’s determined to make it her best.

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