“Please Mom, let me”, he pleaded.

“No means no”, she replied sternly.

“Only this time”, said he with a great sense of urge.

“Its never ending”

“Why no?”, he demanded to know.

“You are too young to join the hacking universathon*. You are yet to reach the eligible age mark for it”

“I’m few years shy of that. I have already crossed that mark in Venusian years. Wont we live on Venus?”

“We do. Let me remind you, you being, earthling, a descendant of human race, you are governed by the laws at Earth”

“That’s not fair”

“Whatever. Right now, I want you to check into your sleep pod”, she instructed pointing to his room in their Venusian dome at Ishtar Terra**. “If I’m right, the center for hacking universathon is at Aphrodite Terra** which is mostly a restricted zone for inter-galactic activities, a high security area.  And its almost three thousand kilometers journey”

“I have saved enough points from my obligatory social service routine, to buy me a round trip to it via teleporting junctions”, he pleaded.

She did not respond. Instead, extended her arm and pointed in the direction of his room.

He was dejected. She could read it very well from the magnetic vibrations emanating from his brain.

“I am programming your sleep pod for giving you a head and body massage. It will soothe your dejection”, she informed him. That made him turn back while on his way to the sleep-pod.

‘She knows me inside out’, he reflected to self.

“I can and must”, she replied, reading his mind again. “For I am your mother”, she continued.

He smiled and rushed to give her a hug. She was little surprised by that move. Before she could react to this outburst of emotion, he turned around and was on his way.

‘The boy is growing fast, yet remains the same little kiddo he was when I adopted him from Earth’, she recorded.

This scene from last night played back in her memory as she was checking the terminals for monitoring the growth of saplings in the green-yard, as a routine. She was an agrarian scientist working on genetically modified wheat to be grown on Venusian lands. She had noticed some marks on the terra-firma. Pausing the footage and enlarging the screen, she was surprised with the discovery. Fresh foot prints were enough to catch her fancy.

“The boy is at it again”, she mumbled to self. Next thing that she checked was the security locking system at the dome entrance. There were three entrances to their dome. The main on the Eastern side, a smaller one towards the end of the green-yard on the western side and a garage opening on the Northern side. None had recorded any breach.

“Time now for me to check the cloud data from Earth for downloading the ‘teen-control’ module from Human-growth-model. Its getting difficult to decipher his actions, emotions now a day”, she reflected as she felt incapable of handling teen-upbringing phase.

‘I am aging. Slowly advancing on the path of redundancy. Time inching fast for me to report at the e-waste port’, she contemplated as she checked his sleep pod’s data. The data informed her that the pod had been vacant for good three hours.

‘How did he escape without security system noticing him? There’s no trace of dome gate security breach either’, she questioned herself.

While she was lost in raking up the memory, he hugged her from behind.

‘Mom don’t trouble yourself. I can read your face though not your mind. I love hacking and simply hacked into the dome security algorithm’, he said with a naughty grin.

“I see you now. But, why could I not trace your escape on cameras?”, she inquired.

“That’s simple. I have used the anti-thermal-imaging suit with invisibility mode for day-light activity. I found a beta version of invisibility mode from your private module on our dome’s central cloud. Its working perfectly, Mom. I already have a solid matter permeability cloak with me, one that you had gifted me on birthday, few years back. Used the suit and the cloak in sync mode to transport me from this side of wall to other”, he said, clearing the doubt with great enthusiasm.

“I badly need an upgrade”, she rumbled, “Bringing up a teen in advanced-space age is easier said than done. No wonder human race is far wiser than likes of AI***  Mom-bots like me”, she chuckled as he joined the laughter too!

I am taking my Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter
This is my #Post1/ #Week2 for #MyFriendAlexa by Blogchatter. My previous posts so far…
#Post 1/#Week 1: Forlorn Notes
#Post 2/ #Week2: Happy Surprise
Few centuries from now, we will have settlements on various planets throughout the galxy. AI-bots by then will have the emotional quotient as well. It would be a common practice to adopt a human child by the AI-bots, to fulfill their emotional requirement. Will the AI-Mom-bot face the same dilemmas, emotional roller-coasters and concerns as that of human-mothers like me, while bringing up the teens? I wonder! What’s your say?
*Hacking Universathon: Hacking marathon competition played across the universe simultaneously. As of now it is as much real as my imagination!
**Most of Venus is covered with smooth volcanic plains. It has two large “continents” that stand out. Ishtar Terra lies to the north. It covers an area approximately the size of Australia. The Africa-sized Aphrodite Terra lies just south of the equator.
***AI – Artificial Intelligence


Priya · September 8, 2018 at 8:30 am

Super, Anagha. Love sci-fi stories. Enjoyed the story ?

    Anagha Yatin · September 8, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Thanks Priya.

myteenytot · September 8, 2018 at 9:37 am

Wow..that’s an awesome read indeed.

    Anagha Yatin · September 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Thanks for dropping by. Glad you liked it!

sukrisblog · September 8, 2018 at 11:10 am

As always your imaginations run wild. I think with AI, Amazon Alexa and Google Home things are bound to become different soon. I guess emotions will probably take a chill pill and mechanism gadgets will rule the world soon. I wonder how will world be without jealousy anger sadness and our own mood swings!!

Mayuri6 · September 8, 2018 at 12:28 pm

You’ve carved your niche in sci-fi , Anagha.You are simply brilliant at it!
Coming back to the story, I guess Teens are the same , rather will be the same, everywhere and in every world:) Endearing story, Anagha!

Preety Tiwari · September 9, 2018 at 6:57 am

Its very interesting and different one, really enjoyed reading it. thanks for writing.
#MyFriendAlexa #DelhibloggerReads

    Anagha Yatin · September 9, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Thanks Preety

BellyBytes · September 9, 2018 at 8:55 am

It’s hard enough bringing up a teen on this earth. Good luck to the space age mom who wants to bring up a teen on Venus. Interesting to see how this experience turns out…..

    Anagha Yatin · September 9, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Challenging I would call it… opportunities to learn new things along with growing teen! How I wish Sunita that I get to go and live on some other planet; i wont mind handling handling a dozen of teens in that case!

      BellyBytes · September 9, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Hmmm . So far away? Just zone out in this world itself

        Anagha Yatin · September 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm

        Hahaha… yeah for the time being, till I go inter-galactic, even that would suffice!

Dr Pooja Tripathi (@drpoojaa) · September 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Superb read

    Anagha Yatin · September 9, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks Pooja for motivating remarks.

simi sp · September 9, 2018 at 4:53 pm

lovely a good one for all the teen parents
this is so beautiful, love to visit once…

    Anagha Yatin · September 9, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Lets go together Simi!
    Thanka for visiting.

romagptasinha · September 9, 2018 at 9:25 pm

This undoubtedly is your niche Anagha, love reading each and every piece from you 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · September 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks Roma for dropping by and for encouraging words.

Dipali Bhasin · September 9, 2018 at 10:24 pm

Anagha, you surpass yourself with every story that you churn out. For me, writing like this would be a mammoth task and I marvel at your effortless writing. I enjoyed the sci fi story. Great work!

    Anagha Yatin · September 10, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Awww…thanks for the heap of praises Dibbi.
    And I so love your foody tales that mark your posts with distinction and put you above the rest.
    Feeling is so mutual.?

Tarang · September 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm

Such a lovely read! Reminded me of my school days when I used read and enjoy science fiction. Well done! 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · September 10, 2018 at 6:44 am

    So you had a time travel!
    Thanks Tarang for dropping by and appreciation.
    Infact my love for SciFi is also rooted in stories that I read during school and college days.

momlearningwithbaby · September 10, 2018 at 11:24 am

Superb writing and imagination. I am a fan of sci-fi fictions and was actually visualizing everything. Excellent description.
#MyFriendAlexa #momlearningwithbaby #blogchatter

Deepa · September 10, 2018 at 6:54 pm

What an interesting story and it shows moms are same everywhere, even on venus. 🙂 Its surely not easy to raise teens.

    Anagha Yatin · September 10, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    WE know it so well Deepa, isnt it? Thanks for visiting and sharing your thought on the story.

blogitwithsurabhi · September 10, 2018 at 9:16 pm

Simply Awesome story! I am becoming a huge fan of your writing as I explore more of your blog Anagha.For this story well the Teens will be Teens wherever it is 🙂 Keep writing!

    Anagha Yatin · September 10, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Humbled! Thanks Surabhi for the blog love.

    Anagha Yatin · September 10, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Sometimes bond with favourite piece of clothing is so thicker than blood, Surabhi. Thanks for sharing your thought on the topic.

eshachaks · September 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Simply superb

    Anagha Yatin · September 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks Esha

Sachin Baikar · September 12, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Interesting and futuristic story 🙂 Anagha. Enjoyed reading it.
Thanks for sharing.

    Anagha Yatin · September 13, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Dwelling in galactic future is so amazing! Thanks Sachin for visiting.

Damyanti Biswas · September 13, 2018 at 11:43 am

Lovely story, Anagha–and the Venus years is exactly how a teen would seek to win an argument, lol

    Anagha Yatin · September 13, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Hahaha…Teens always have creative excuses to challenge the rule!
    Thanks Damayanti for visiting.

Anshu Bhojnagarwala · September 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

A sci-fi, is there anything you can’t write on, Anagha! And that too with your trademark humour! Sorry missed this one earlier because of the reading deluge now trying to catch up with reading posts of my favourite bloggers.

    Anagha Yatin · September 18, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Thats really sweet of you Anshu. I am humbled and overwhelmed by your kind words.
    I am lagging on reading front too. Hope to catch up soon.

jayanthi6 · September 25, 2018 at 10:29 pm

What beautiful imagination!! 🙂 And hacking in this sci-fi story too…! Lovely! 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Hahaha…imagination attracts no tax slab! Thanks Jayanthi for visiting and appreciating.

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