Short Story: Mirrored Movements
Genre: science fiction
The robot moved its arm as she did. Same speed, same angle, same direction. She moved on to simple strikes and kicks. The robot imitated her perfectly.
Little by little, she upped the intensity. She fought imaginary opponents, scaled impossible terrains, twisted her body in ways that would break most people.
Still, the robot kept up, until it didn’t. Eventually, it slowed enough that they were completely out of sync. They stopped the experiment.
“Getting better, but needs more work,” the lead researcher muttered to himself as he dove straight into the controls.
She stood at the side and waited for them to call her again. Given a choice, she would rather be out there, fighting their enemies, but if staying here would help them build an army that could keep her comrades alive, then here she would stay.