The child unit returned home displaying emotional distress. Their guardian bent down and inquired after their welfare, servos whirring.
“The human children were cruel to me at the education center,” they finally admitted after several attempts to claim they were functioning normally.
“What was the nature of their taunts?”
“They referred to my shell as a ‘creepy doll.’ May we purchase clothing?”
The parent formulated a response. Robots did not require coverage for any practical purpose, and such expenditures were not in their budget.
However, perhaps they served a social purpose they overlooked. “Affirmative. Have you formulated a personal style?”

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