Moving In #2: House Warming Gifts
This story is a remake of a post from Jan 2020 that was illustrated using new models for Ariane and Rachel that I was experimenting with. Within a month I decided to mark the experiment a failure, but only recently did I remake the images with their current model. So the next three weeks of “Pictures of the Week” will be remakes of these stories.
Rachel: Hey, how’s the painting going.
Ariane: I should be done with this wall by the end of the day.
Rachel: Good. Remember when we talked this morning about each of us getting something new for the apartment? I just bought something and I want to show you.
Ariane: Me too! Let me get down from the ladder and I’ll show you what I got.
Rachel: So are you going to paint this whole room red like your house?
Ariane: No just that wall. I was thinking blue for the wall near the stairs and green for the balcony. I’m trying to decide between neon green and forest green.
Rachel: I like the green on your apron.
Ariane: Dark turquoise green. Yeah that might work. Haven’t decided on the columns yet, they are so inconveniently placed.
Rachel: Well they are keeping 20 stories of building from falling on top of us, so they are staying.
Ariane: Good point. So I got us a Cubert. This little robot guy is similar to Amazon Echo or Google Home in that it is a voice activated home assistant. But instead of a boring can of beans shape, it’s shaped like a robot.
Rachel: Can it do robot things?
Ariane: It’s head will look at you when you ask it a question, and it’s arms do basic gestures depending on it’s response.
Rachel: It’s also got legs and feet, can it walk?
Ariane: Why don’t you ask it?
Rachel: Hey Cubert, can you walk?
Cubert: No, but I am mobile. Can you carry me?
Ariane: Did I mention it has a bit of a weird personality?
Rachel: Awesome. I love it. Kind of cute, too.
Rachel: But my gift might be cuter, let me get it out.
Ariane: What do you have in the box Rachel?
Rachel: I have…
… a little doggo.
Ariane: Oh my god, you got us a puppy! I love it!
Rachel: She’s a bit of a mutt, not sure what species, but she seems friendly enough. She’s already been spayed and had her shots. We just need to name her.
This is a nice bridge. And it’s also nice to see Ariane isn’t ENTIRELY terrified of a real “relationship”. (Does Cubert happen to have a perpetually depressed uncle named “Marvin”, by any chance…?)
Yeah. Cubert is based on a Marvin model made by a Facebook friend named Dodger. https://www.vanishingpoint.biz/freeitemdetail.asp?FreeItemID=924 I added round eyes and a silver blue color for copyright reasons.