"Alexa Hears You" by Joe Giordano

“Alexa has an Italian accent.”

Ted turned off the hair drier. “An option when I downloaded her artificial intelligence upgrade, free with Amazon Prime.”

“Oh,” Jessica asked with some excitement, “what new features did we get?”

Ted shifted impatiently. “Test her. I need to get ready. I’m meeting the guys at McSorley’s to watch the Patriots game.”

She grimaced. “What am I supposed to do while you get pissed with your friends?”

Ignoring her comment, Ted turned on the blow drier and ran a brush through his hair.

Jessica huffed and strode into the kitchen. She opened the refrigerator and realized she needed milk. “Alexa, please add milk to the shopping list.”

“Milk’s already on your shopping list. Would you like me to add more?”

Listening to her melodic Italian accent feels like drinking honey, but how did she know I was short of milk?

“I’ve also ordered Starbucks Café Verona beans,” Alexa said.

Jessica checked a pantry shelf. True enough, she’d be out of coffee in a few days. I never said anything. One of the new AI features, I guess.

“Shall I remind you Tuesday about your Dessange Paris appointment?” Alexa asked.

“How did you know I was going to the hairdresser?”

“You phoned the salon last week.”

She heard me. Amazing. “Yes. Remind me,” Jessica said.

Ted turned off the hair drier reminding Jessica that she’d spend an evening alone.

“Alexa, are there any new shows on Amazon Prime or Netflix?”

Ted flew into the kitchen and gave her a peck on the cheek before he ran out the door. “Don’t wait up for me,” he said.

Jessica frowned. Alexa hadn’t answered, so she repeated her ques