"Is it done yet?"
"No! Quit asking, geez. Why don’t you keep looking at the spell? We can’t mess this up."
Jenny was crouched on the floor using a pack of Crayola chalk to draw out the Circle; her auburn bangs kept falling into her face so she pinned them back with a bobby pin.
She was speaking to her brother John as he held an aged, worn book. They had discovered it the previous day in the basement during one of their many bouts of boredom. It was lying in the corner under some old boxes that were present when they had moved in. It was a spell book as far as they could tell, and it was written in some ancient language. There was, however, an occasional word in English.
To the right of John sat Matt, his closest friend. Matt was currently sitting with his arms wrapped around his legs which he had pulled close to his body. He was clearly nervous about what about was to transpire.
"Are… are you sure about this?" he asked apprehensively, "Do we even know what a Golem is?"
John responded, “No. But that’s what so cool about it! How are you not excited about this?” Matt didn’t answer and began rocking back and forth.
"So how does this work again? I don’t understand how you’re supposed to read that," inquired Jenny without looking away from her carefully drawn circle and symbols.
"I told you, once the Circle and hieroglyphs are complete all I have to do is say Golem and the name of the nearest major city, in our case LA. Then I’ll somehow be able to read it," Matt replied.
Jenny began to stand. “Well… it’s done,” she proudly proclaimed, clapping the chalk dust off of her hands. The perfect circle was completed, looking exactly like it did in the book.
"Woah," whispered John. He and Matt were gawking at the Circle.
"What?" asked Jenny. John just pointed. The Circle was now softly glowing a cerulean aura.
"I’m ready," said John, his voice mixed with anticipation and anxiousness.
"Okay… go," directed Jenny as she took a seat next to Matt, who was now rapidly swaying with his head tucked into his legs.
John closed his eyes, gulped, and then began, “Golem. Los Angeles, California.” The air was seemingly sucked from the room with an emphatic whoosh. In its place, an electrical sensation filled the room. Everyone’s hair stood on end, and the Circle was now glowing with a brighter intensity.
His gaze fallen on John, Matt had frozen. John had changed with the air; everything about him looked the same, but his eyes were now glowing with the same energy as the Circle.
Jenny did not share in Matt’s terror; she was entertained.
John began reading from the book and chanting in an unknown language. As he spoke, the room shook. The toy chest in the back of the room burst open and the playthings of the children flew towards the Circle along with books from the bookcase.
As the novels orbited the circle, the toys began to form something. John continued with the spell and after a minute or so, it became clear that the toys were creating a humanoid figure. The extra toys had started landing around the automaton to construct structures that resembled buildings.
Matt took on a look of excitement, “It’s like Transformers!”
John stopped his monotonous chant and the glow in his eyes disappeared. As before, he merely spoke a ‘woah.’
Standing before them, in the glowing Circle, was something that could only be described as a robot made of toys with shining, sky-blue eyes. It was still, awaiting instructions.
"Can you speak?" asked Jenny it. It shook its head.
John then gave the first demand, “Walk forward.”
The possessed robot walked in place. Around it, though, the trinkets shifted in sequence with the robot’s movement to signify its progress. Marching in a straight line as directed, it trampled over Hot Wheels and knocked over the “buildings.” A model triplane flew in front of it, and the humanoid mindlessly walked through it, causing the plan to fall apart.
"Turn right," commanded Jenny. The figure stopped and turned right at a perfect 90 degree angle. "Continue walking." The robot did as told, continuing to walk over anything in its way.
John and Jenny noticed that Matt was no longer enjoying this. “Oh no,” he muttered, staring at the television. John and Jenny looked at the TV and their faces went from joy to horror.
In the background, on mute, had been a local TV station airing soap operas. Now, though, the news had broken in. On the screen was footage of an enlarged version of their robot trudging through downtown LA.
"STOP!!!" screamed Jenny, but the figure was no longer listening to their instructions. It was now walking freely and destroying vehicles and buildings at will. John reached forward to try and destroy the monster they had created, but the glowing energy had created a spherical force field. Matt continued to glare at the TV, but now he was looking sick.
"How do we stop it?" yelled Jenny, the automaton quickly becoming more aggressive.
John stared helplessly at what he had created.
"I don’t know."