"Tick-tock, seven o'clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o'clock"
"There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury is a story about a house that has survived a nuclear blast. The house is automated and self-sufficient, and tends to the family that it once held. "Today is August 4... in the city of Allendale, California."
The house's voice-clock rang attempting to wake up the residents that weren't present. The house caters to the family, but the family isn't home. "...the voice-clock sang... time to get up...as if it thought noone would. The morning house lay empty"
The house continued to tend to its emptiness. It prepared breakfast, announced the weather and urged its lifelessness out the door. It opened the garage, for on a normal day it was off to work. "Outside, the garage chimed and lifted its door to reveal the waiting car. After a long wait the door swung down again."
At ten o'clock the house began to die. A tree crashed into the house and sent it into overdrive. The house tried to pump water onto the fire but, continued to be engulfed by flames. "Fire! screamed a voice. The house lights flashed , water pumps shot water from the ceilings."
The house burned to the ground, leaving nothing but rubble and ash. The voices in the house began to die off and the house melted in silence. "Deep freeze, armchair, film tapes, circuits, beds, and all like skeletons thrown in a cluttered mound deep under. Smoke and silence."
The house was nothing but a heap of as and smoke. Everything was silent and dark. The house had now completely destroyed itself, except for one single wall. "Within the wall, a last voice said, over and over again and again...Today is August 5,2026, today is August 5, 2026..."