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a broken fairy tale

by Rabia Gale

A cybernetic Rapunzel in a post-apocalyptic world plots to escape her lonely tower.

Wired is a short story of about 4600 words.

Published by Rabia Gale

Cover Design: Robin Cornett

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This book is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


Every night Mother Gothel combed my hair and told me the same story, the one about my parents. “They didn’t want you. The New Hope womb spat you out, another baby on its assembly line, built from parts. What did they expect, eh, living right next to a garbage dump?”

The comb, made from a jagged machine part, drew sparks from my hair. The fine strands cut paper-thin trails across her hands. “They sold you to me for limp heads of cabbage and rotting greens. For salad. For organic material. To try again, they said.” She snorted, and her scorn was like battery acid, dripping through my skin and circuitry and into my bones.

I closed my eyes and immersed myself in the sounds of Mother Gothel’s laboratory. The hum of antiquated systems. The squeak of moving parts. The crackle and snap of power.

The world, Mother Gothel said, was made anew for people like me.

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