The yashura was a bio-mechanical companion the techno-scientists constantly tinkered with. Made to appear as an animal–a canine, feline or a tiny pachyderm. Some even asked for models made in the image of a deceased mate. Her model was a medium sized canine. Azure color with a fur-like material that sparkled or dimmed depending on its analysis of her mood.
“Did you have a decent day?” it asked.
The verbiage of the beast annoyed her. She knew it learned as she spoke with it, but the idea that an imitation of life, who could not speak correctly, could provide her with something she needed in reality caused a twinge of something more than resentment.