Abandoned Children

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Then we find a hidden
door that leads

to the half-lizardmen,
half-human children

Buttercup warned us about;
a whole nursery of them

without a caretaker,
trapped inside cages, as they

might be kept in a pet store,
with nanobots like ant colonies

whirring through the L-shaped
room, catering to the toddlers

before they scream,
so the pallid white orphanage

is eerily quiet
and nonconfrontational.

One of the bots
zips up to us on a Hot Wheel

to ask, "Did you want
to take one home? We know

humanity is already
inundated with enough orphans,

but these half-human,
half-lizardmen children

were forcefully separated
from their mothers and fathers

with little documentation
on how to return them to family,

so we're in need
of others to help them

if they were ever meant
to thrive beyond the minimum

threshold needed
for life to survive."

Then the bot on the Hot Wheel
extended paperwork desperately

towards us, all the while
eying the two cats with gloves
standing at our sides.

♦️

First & second drafts: October 18

Word count: first 179 / second 164

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