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This is my story reel! It is my first story reel and my first time doing digital art. I will enjoy any feedback I receive and happily use it as I continue to develop as a digital artist. Thank you!

Aasha was an orphan, with her mom dying of an illness and her dad dying in a hover car accident (shortly after abandoning her). A couple in a valley in Guatemala found her when they were passing through the capital and took her in.

Once upon a time, Aasha lived with her new mama and papi in this valley in Guatemala. She was in an accident with a bull herd while on a hike and appeared to be too close to death to be saved.

Her tia, part of an underground railroad for robots in Guatemala, was able to keep her alive by replacing her body with compatible robot parts.

They lived at her house in fear of returning to the valley. Her tia’s home was raided and she was arrested. Aasha and her family fled to America where robots had a bit more freedom.

Every day Aasha lived in a restrictive state that reminded her she would never have a life like any human. While everyone was growing up, getting married, going to theaters and college, she had strict rules. Robots and humans were always separated. Aasha lived in a time following the passage of a bill that freed robots from work in factories and homes. Even after their freedom, tensions were still high in society and they were limited in many aspects of their lives.

She received a letter of rejection for a clinical trial that worked with performing surgeries to replace robotic parts with human cells. She, of course, was devastated.

Aasha had one more chance to escape what felt like a depressing and meaningless life. She proposed to her best friend one night, hoping they could move to a country where they could freely be together. They left her and reported her. She was forced to take nightly robot etiquette to remind her of “her place.” Human and robot marriage was strictly illegal in the U.S.

Until one day, on her 21st birthday, she wishes to be a human. She decides to pass as someone else to get accepted into a different clinical trial. Her wish is granted.

She sees a newspaper one day about a robot who was in a similar clinical trial and died because their body couldn’t live without those robot parts. She ignores that story, reading more success stories about the clinical trial.

Because she’s human now, she approaches her best friend again. This time, they happily get married. They raise a child together, and life seems better than ever. As time passes in the story, robots become more integrated in society. When applying for a job, she is rejected and a robot is accepted in the position over her.

Aasha’s parents, worried about who their daughter has become, talk with her husband about an intervention. She lashes out at them, saying it’s their fault she ever had to be a robot. And ever since then, they’ve seemed to have grown apart.

Until finally one night when visiting her parents with her husband for dinner to try to “make amends,” she finds their apartment to be on fire. She cannot save them because she risks being burned in the fire. She goes to court, blaming the residents in the unit downstairs that survived the fire. They are a robot family.

Because of that she joins rallies that work on shutting down the robot underground railroad.
Aasha has now taken on an aggressive and reckless persona. She feels like her wish was pointless because she is looked down upon again. She refuses to accept that this is because of her personality. She has lost her status as a respected and caring individual. She feels like robots have taken away her chance of having a happy life.

She finds that her health is deteriorating in being fully human. Her doctors say the clinical trial worked initially, but won’t continue to sustain her. She goes around, getting illegal medicine being sold that can help.

Her husband tries to stop her, seeing how desperate she has become but Aasha doesn’t listen. One night while driving with her son to get medicine again, she’s involved in a wreck.

She and her son both have to get some robotic parts. She is heartbroken because it feels like everything she went through has been pointless. Her son is scared because he’s been raised in a life where robots are the bad people and humans are the good. Aasha decides that she needs to change the system instead of fighting to change herself for society.



The moral of the story is…


You have the strength to fight prejudice in society. Minorities should be granted freedom to live freely without discrimination. You do not have to hide or change who you are, society needs to change their perspective.

This is where the special thanks would go!  I’m assuming they will be a little longer this week, therefore, I designed extra space for them. If there is far more description and special thanks then there is space, this entire box becomes scrollable.

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Maya

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