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Grivante is the publisher and author of one of the stories in MASHED. He is also known for his humorous action adventure horror series The Zee Brothers: Zombie Exterminators.
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An excerpt from the story, PACD: The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today! By R.A. Goli
“You can open your eyes now.”
Melanie frowned when she saw the renovated kitchen. She stared, mouth agape at the space-aged looking installation. Gone were the wooden cupboards with their wrought iron handles and the open shelves that held her recipe books and collection of mismatched glass bottles. Replaced by sleek and shiny glass and silver.
“Surprised?” Mike asked.
“Um, yeah. Shocked would be more appropriate,” she said. Then turned to face her husband.
“It’s your anniversary gift. That’s why I sent you to the spa this weekend, so they could install it,” he said, beaming.
“Uh, thank you, but why did we need a new kitchen? I loved the old one. It had personality, charm. This looks like it came from a spaceship,” she said as she turned to look at the kitchen again.
“I know but you’ll love it. This is more than a kitchen. This is your Personal Automated Culinary Droid. Come, I’ll show you,” he said as he grabbed her hand, pulling her towards a tablet that was fixed to the wall. He started swiping and tapping at the screen, his fingers moving too fast for her to follow.
“Slow down! I can’t tell what you’re doing,” she said, her irritation increasing, though Mike remained oblivious.
“Sorry, sorry, I’m just excited,” he said. “So I’m just going to set it to do a simple recipe so you can see it in action. Then I’ll show you all the features.”
A few more swift movements, he hit ‘enter’, then grabbed his wife’s shoulders and spun her towards the kitchen. Mike had measured out the ingredients and arranged them on the bench in individual bowls. She watched as a pair of robotic arms came into view from a panel in the back wall, descending to the kitchen bench. The arms meticulously diced onion and pancetta, sliced mushrooms and tomatoes, and chopped parsley and basil, placing each item back where it had come from. Next, it grated cheese, then cracked eggs into a bowl, whisking them with a finesse she was surprised a machine was capable of. It turned on the stovetop and scooped up a knob of butter with a spatula, placing it into a waiting frying pan. Melanie watched, enthralled as the culinary droid fried onion, added the pancetta, then tossed in the vegetables and herbs.
“Is that a sensor?” she asked, pointing.
“Yeah, it has sensors in its hands and along the bench. You have to get out the ingredients and in the correct quantities and put them on that sensor. That way the robot knows what to grab when and what it’s supposed to do with it. You put them in order, see?” He moved forward and gestured for her to follow. She could see faint numbered lights on the sensor underneath the bowls. “It’s also got a refrigeration mechanism under the sensor plates, so it will keep food cold for hours until it’s ready to start cooking.”
“So what’s it cooking now?”
“Just frittata. I didn’t want it to take too long. Should be ready in about half an hour,” he said.
“But how does it know that, did you program the recipe in or something?”
“It comes with hundreds of recipes built in but you can also add your own. Either by uploading them to the database or punching them manually into the control panel,” Mike said, the excitement in his voice evident. “So do you like it?”
Melanie nodded, mesmerized as the machine’s arms drifted gracefully across the stove and bench top, placing ingredients into the frying pan and stirring it with care. Mike was trying. Clearly, this extravagant gift was to make up for the fact that they had grown a little distant lately, both working long hours. This at least would give them some extra time in the evenings. She turned to him and smiled.
“I think it’s great. I for one am sick of coming home and eating take out or cooking at nine p.m. Thank you,” she said and threw her arms around his neck, giving him the most passionate kiss she had in months.
The droid continued, adding the egg and cheese, tilting the pan to ensure the egg mixture covered the vegetables. After about ten minutes, it turned on the grill and placed the pan underneath to cook the frittata’s top. Once it was lightly golden, the robotic arms removed it from the grill, cut it into wedges and transferred two slices each onto waiting plates. They sat at the dining table eating and watching as the droid arms cleaned up. It put the dirty dishes in the inbuilt dishwasher and wiped the surface of the bench down. Once the kitchen was clean, the dishwasher started, and the arms retracted back into the wall.
Later, when Melanie climbed into bed next to her sleeping husband, she felt closer to him than she had in a long time. She watched his peaceful face, and the rise and fall of his chest; pleasantly surprised by the unexpected tingling between her legs. They had both been too busy and too stressed to be intimate, and she hadn’t wanted to. But now, as she traced her fingernails gently down his chest and stomach, and watched his cock slowly awaken, she felt slick with want. Her attentions woke him.
He smiled at her, then rolled to his side leaning on one elbow and snaked his other hand between her legs, running his knuckle over the wet material. She rolled onto her back, spreading her legs for him, while he teased her, stroking her center, and then moving his fingers away. She became impatient as her arousal grew.
He grinned down at her, then slid his penis deep inside, his muscular body pressed against hers. They both moaned as he entered her, and Melanie thrust her hips up to meet him. He swirled his thumb around her clitoris as he fucked her and was polite enough to let her come first. Her breath quickened and her body felt flushed as the waves of pleasure spread from her aching clit and throughout her body. When she cried out his name, he could no longer hold on and shuddered in his own climax.
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