There was a time when the Cyber Circus was the biggest show in town, but that was a very long time ago now.
After the crowds stopped coming, most of the bots just kept on doing what they had always done. Asimo the strong-bot kept on lifting heavy things. It was what he did, and he did it well.
With the passing of time, Asimo saw also the passing of many of the other bots. Some failed altogether, their eyes growing dull and lifeless. Some others merely seized up as the rust and lack of maintenance took their toll. They became little more than statues, watching as the remaining bots performed their amazing feats.
In the decades that followed occasionally someone would even wander in to see what was going on, usually someone who was lost and had never heard of the great Cyber Circus. When they came, Asimo put on the best show he could, but they never stayed long.
There was that one day though when it was different. The man that came that day didn’t wander in looking lost and confused. He walked with purpose, found Asimo, and stayed to watch the whole show. Then he offered Asimo a job.
*image notes: hand sketched and inked. colour and post processing with gimp.