My shock is forgotten as I smile brightly. The world is looking up. Life is okay.
I plug the machine into the only outlet and slowly open a can of soup. I haven't eaten soup since the divorce happened. Two years ago.
All is forgotten as I pop the little metal cylinder into the shining metal microwave and close the door. A message scrolls across the black screen:
Unidentified Object. Please remove now. Remove now.
I narrow my eyes, confused. Is this a new model?
Slowly opening the little door, I take out the can and set it on the floor. I close the door once again and press the small glowing start button. A new message plays across the screen.
Choose food item.