“Time to wake up, beautiful”
His deep, accented voice flowed over me like warm honey, pulling me out of my slumber. As much as I wished I could stay snuggled in my warm bed, I knew I had to get going. Today’s meeting with my biggest client could make my career.
As I drank my favorite morning blend and thought about my upcoming presentation, he read little snippets of news to me. Mixed with international stories was the latest celebrity gossip and updates on the rainstorm that was headed our way.
“Don’t forget to bring your brolly.” Brolly? Oh, yes, umbrella. Once again, I was struck by how much he cared about me. So different from my last relationship.
Back upstairs, I took a quick shower and dressed in my power suit. I needed just a few moments to run through my notes. I had been practicing all week, often with him as my audience; giving me his total focus. I felt confident. I can do this.
Gathering my umbrella and laptop, I glanced down at my phone to make sure I had the client’s address. Last night I had briefly mentioned that I needed the directions and here they were on my phone. He not only exuded sex appeal, but he knew how to make my life easier. He’s definitely a keeper.
I was just about to leave for my meeting when I had an idea. Turning towards him, I said in what I hoped was my most sultry voice, “I’ll see you tonight. If all goes well, I’ll order a pizza at 6:00 to celebrate.”
“Setting the alarm for 6:00,” Alex affirmed.
As I unlocked my car, I smiled to myself. Switching my virtual assistant’s voice from the all-business Alexa to my sweet, hunky Australian, Alex, was the best decision I have ever made.
This bit of fluffy flash fiction was inspired by a recent post of Kate’s (Views and Mews by Coffee Kat), where she wondered about changing Alexa’s voice to something more… ummm… appealing.
110 thoughts on “Soul Mate”
That was terrific. A great twist.
Thank you! I think we’d all enjoy having Alex at our service 🙂
Very well done…I had to read it twice to see why I didn’t pick it up. A friend of mine actually did that! I still can’t figure out how to do it.
We don’t have a virtual assistant – Alexa or Alex – so I am of no help. I do remember changing the voice of a very old Garmin once and it was so much more pleasant, even when it told us we were going the wrong way.
Thank you, Janet. A little fun for Monday morning.
Oh so sweet! Alex is such a sweet person to relate with. He’s a good catch for the speaker. I’m now curious as to whether the agenda with the client went down successfully and whether she honored her scheduled meeting with Alex. Such a thought-provoking piece, Janis dear. ❤💞❤
I’m pretty sure the presentation went well AND she was able to order a celebration pizza at 6 p.m. 🙂
That was awesome. I’m glad it went so 😅❤
Yes, I switched the voice on my Garmin navigation system from USA women to Australian man and it makes the driving more pleasurable….😉
We did that a long, long time ago and, you are right, the Australian man was a lot nicer. Whenever the USA woman said “recalculating” I felt like I was being reprimanded. 🙂
Cute. I’m sure you and Alex will be very happy together.
Haha! Don’t tell my husband. 🙂
What a fun story, Janis, definitely the twist at the end had me re-reading! Having just got an Amazon Echo, which I am really enjoying, by the way, I totally understand the appeal. Now I’m off to check if I can change the voice, LOL!
We have so far been able to avoid the VA world but it may just be a matter of time. I love the idea of being able to ask for a certain type of music, or a station, or for a weather report. I’m not sure I love the idea of something listening all the time. But, that being said, I would definitely change the voice to something more appealing.
I love my Google Assistant and have a nice, mellow male voice in place. I wonder if there’s an Aussie option. It’s been a couple of years since I set it up and I don’t remember. I just know for sure I don’t want a female voice.
I agree, there is something less judge-y about the male VA voices I’ve heard. I bet you do have a few choices of accents. I’ve heard Alex is nice 🙂
Bwahahahahaha! Love it, Janis. I want to change my Alexa to an Alex too!!!!
Of course you do 😉
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Re-blogging this funny and insightful piece about modern technology from Janis.
Thank you for the re-blog!
Beautifully set up, Janis, for the highly amusing ending. I’ve re-blogged it. Reminded me of the joke about a man heading for the toilet and saying ‘Siri, put the seat up’ and when he emerges his wife saying ‘Siri, put the seat down.’
Haha! These virtual assistants are taking over our live… next, the world.
Too late. Check out the Internet of Everything (IoE). https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/internet-of-everything/
Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Unexpected! And welcome. I was actually feeling uneasy expecting Alex to turn out to be an abuser.
Well, you never know what they have planned for us. 🙂 Fortunately, I think Alex is one of the good ones.
LOL LOL!!! This was so unexpected and fun! I once changed my husband’s ‘Alexa’ to the Cookie Monster without him knowing. First we laughed, and then it drove us crazy. I want an Alex. 🙂
I’m so happy that I was able to hide the ending twist from most people. I love that you changed your husband’s VA voice to the Cookie Monster!!! Probably not as sexy as Alex?
I wondered what was behind that story! Lovely tale, beautifully told. I enjoyed reading it.
Some weeks ago I changed an Echo to respond to “Ziggy” in a male voice. He was hard of hearing and not very responsive. After reading Kate’s comment, I played with it again and now have a man with a British accent. He is not as dense as the other male!! Surely they are all based on the same system!
“Hard of hearing and not very responsive”… sounds like a lot of men 🙂 I’m glad you found a voice and personality you like!
Your story held me captive to every last word. Wonderful, wonderful ending twist! 😀
I’m glad you liked it! It was fun to write.
Well done, Janis! I enjoyed reading this 🙂
Thank you, Natalie! I’m so happy you enjoyed my little story.
So clever, Janis! You gave me a true chuckle and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 🙂
Thank you! That’s exactly the reaction I wanted. 🙂
I sure didn’t see that coming. Great story.
Thanks, Lauren. I’m glad you liked the twist (and didn’t see it coming).
A triple S post – Short, sweet, and sultry…! 💕🥰💕
Haha! That’s what I was going for 😎
Janis, I knew you had something up your sleeve, but I wasn’t quite sure what, since most of your stories end with me needing to dab at my eyes with a Kleenex. What a fun twist! Well done.
Thank you! No tissues needed for this one. I’m glad you enjoyed the twist.
What a surprise ending! A bit disappointing, though, since I started liking your new partner, Janis!
I was growing fond of him too! I’m starting to think I may need to actually get a virtual assistant.
Ooh, I have English Simon, who replaced Randy with after he had me go up a one way street the wrong way on a dark and rainy night in Salt Lake City! Simon has been good, but not as great as your Alex sounds! 😀
Great story and twist, Janis!
Thank you! Randys are so unpredictable. Simon sounds like a keeper.
Hahahaha! I had to go back and read it again. You got me!! Very good.
Thank you! I’m so happy that the twist worked.
What a great twist, Janis! I didn’t see that one coming…but I loved it!
Thank you! It was fun to write.
Glad I provided inspiration. I haven’t done it yet but I do have the link. Hunky Australian. Yum!
Thank you for inspiring my story. When you “install” Alex, let us know how you like him.
lol, GREAT twist, loved it 🙂 If you were Stephen King, it’d probably end darkly with something like “I can’t let you do that, Janis” (as in HAL from Space Odyssey 2001 🙂 )
Haha! I prefer happy endings.
You and me both 🙂 (and no horror, maybe a little romance, though 🙂 )
Wasn’t expecting that 😂😂😂
Haha! That’s what I was going for 🙂 (Sorry, your comment found its way into my spam folder.)
It’s ok. Thanks for replying
Too funny. Alex is the man of your dreams.
Haha! Well, Alex and my husband 😄
Ha! You got me. I felt Alex was too good to be true but I loved the twist! A fun story to read and, I bet, fun to write.
Thank you! Yes, it was fun to write.
This is so fun, Janis. I loved the twist at the end. What a concept! 🙂 Well done, Lauren
Thank you, Lauren. It was my first attempt at flash fiction and I enjoyed telling a story in just a few words.
Lol! Love the switcheroo you pulled there at the end. Well done, Janis! 🙂
I’m glad you liked the switcheroo 😊
And I do love accents also. Might need to get me an alexa. 😉
Ha – good one. I actually have my Siri programmed as an Australian male. Why the heck not? 🙂
I hope he is as sweet and supportive as Alex!
Your endings with a twist are my favorites Janis! Enjoyed this one as well.
I’m glad you liked my story and the twist. It’s always fun to write them so readers don’t see it too soon.
Yes, I always like a story with an unexpected ending! Keep writing them Janis!
Well, you certainly had my attention. Harlequin might buy that one from you to flush it out into a full novel.
Yes! The story of a young woman and her love affair with her Aussie smart speaker. 🙂
Ha! I’m a sucker for a great twist and you delivered. Bravo!
Thank you. I’m glad I was able to surprise you at the end.
Love it, Janis! Didn’t see that coming, mate! 🙂
Oh, good, you got the “mate” reference too. I was wondering if anyone would.
Ha ha ha. I love this fluff, Janis. My parents have Alexa. I should shock them and change the voice. My 87 y.o. mom would love it.
Thanks, Diana! Oh, I bet your mom would LOVE Alex!
Ha ha ha. Yes!
Fabulous! I absolutely loved this fun story. My husband changes the voice on his Alexa all the time!
I’m glad you liked it! I think it would be fun to have different voices (if I had a smart speaker in the first place) now and then… but an Aussie male would be my favorite. 🙂
hahahahaha…. I didn’t see that coming…you definitely tricked me. Good work! ~Kathy
Thank you! I’m glad my twist worked.
LOL, sounds like the perfect man!
He does, doesn’t he? 🙂
I was just settling into a story where the man proves to have some life balanced value only to have you uproot where I thought this going. You even lured me in with the tongue and cheek sounding setting of the pizza alarm but now the poor woman will be buried in pizza ads along with whatever she finally orders.
This – was – excellent!
Very well packaged and devastatingly delivered.
Thanks for your kind words… it was fun to write. It’s crazy how those ads follow you when you just mention something around a “smart” device. I swear that my desktop listens to me too.
Love it! Was totally surprised at the ending.
Oh good! I’m happy the twist at the end worked for you.
Love the twist, Janis. After all, he was an Aussie!
Yes, definitely a fan favorite accent-wise! 🙂
I loved this! I haven’t written any flash fiction in years… Maybe I should get back to it!
Thank you! I have found that I really love the short story format. It took a worldwide pandemic (I started to write my stories during lockdown) to bring it out, but I’m having fun. I hope you get back to it!
Loved the ending :” Brilliantly done!
Thank you for your encouraging comment!
Excellent job on the flash fiction –
Thank you! It was fun to write.
Adorable, Janis. You are really talented. I didn’t have a clue, and I love it when that happens. 🙂
Yay! That’s exactly how I wanted it to work.
Isn’t it great when that works out? I still would love for you to write a story for Story Chat. I’m booked up to next January, so it gives you plenty of time to think about it. 🙂
I should probably commit so I can get it in my brain and on my planning calendar. How about January or February?
Either one works, which would you prefer?
Very nice with twist😊😀
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