Normalcy: Friday Fictioneers 06Jun13

Flash Fiction for the Friday Fictioneers.

Genre: Science Fiction/Humor
Word Count: 101

Copyright – EL Appleby


“Reanimating these animals on Earth’s first colony is essential for establishing normalcy,” said Haley. “Simply empty a vial here, and press this button.” Haley pressed it. Within moments a Badger dashed from the machine.

“Gotcha, boss,” said James.

Haley trotted off, and James emptied a vial into the vat. The phone rang. It was his wife. James listened attentively about the plumbing. Hung up.

James emptied a vial into the vat; the phone rang. His wife. The air smelled funny, apparently.

James emptied a vial into the vat; the phone rang. His wife…

Finally, James pressed the button.

So much for normalcy.

The Friday Fictioneers is a group writing 100 word flash fiction from a photo prompt. Anyone is invited to join Rochelle Wisoff-Fields as she leads us wherever our imagination takes us. Have a look at the prompt page here:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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58 Responses to Normalcy: Friday Fictioneers 06Jun13

  1. Finally, I understand a companies “no personal calls on work time” policy! Turn off the phone!


  2. Lyn says:

    Is it any wonder more men have heart attacks than women? Different and good take on the prompt Eagleman 😉


  3. Trudy says:

    Classic example of the inability to multi-task! Not just restricted to men, I’m rubbish at it too, I could see me doing something like this! Really funny story:-)


    • EagleAye says:

      Yup. I could see me doing that too. I’ve got my head up in the clouds too much for repetitive tasks. Thanks for stopping in the shop, and please come again anytime.


  4. Well! We can land on the moon, establish a new colony, but can’t find a decent plumber. True life story.


  5. First came a badger, then a badger called and badgered the badger creator who created a multiple something or other and BIG Badger things probably followed. I get it. Now, the important question: did James wife get her plumbing fixed?


    • EagleAye says:

      Nope, the plumber didn’t finish. His wife called. Now the toilet spouts and the sink flushes. Earth’s first colony might be in trouble. They’re bringing in Mr. Bean to help…


  6. Even though I could see that coming, I really enjoyed it, EA, and you wrote it well.



  7. Alastair says:

    Haha I love that 🙂


  8. elappleby says:

    This is brilliant – perfectly crafted. Proper laugh out loud funny 😆


  9. Jan Brown says:

    A very imaginative “explanation” of how the creature came into being! Good job!


  10. misskzebra says:

    I like it, very creative. 😀


  11. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    The great cosmic oops, perhaps, that gave us the platypus, the fax machine, and Oprah Winfrey.


  12. H. Ken Abell says:

    My favourite of yours! Well written, and clever.


  13. neenslewy says:

    A great take on the prompt.


  14. LucyJartz says:

    I have been doing a lot of tasks more effectively since I started doing one thing at time and ended multitasking.

    My sic-fi son got a groan out of this one too. Good Job!


  15. Dear E. A.

    A delightful tale. Just as I’ve always suspected…not only will men not ask for directions, they won’t follow instructions.



    PS “Normal” is a setting on a washing machine. 😉


    • EagleAye says:

      Especially when somebody keeps calling. Some of us can handle a washing machine, even. Although, if called frequently, I might put in too much soap before pushing the “button.” Thanks so much for visiting.


  16. kz says:

    so that explains the weird creature. tsk3 ah well, normal is boring 🙂 great tale


  17. Constant distracting calls…seems pretty normal to me. 🙂 I guess it’s time to establish a new norm with this creature.


    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. In the old office where I worked, it was always distracting phone calls. It’s a wonder I got anything done. Perhaps this new beast could be called phonus maximus?


  18. Yes that is quite a plausible explaination…. maybe today it would say… yet another facebook update … vial .. …O a retweet …. vial… yes a like on wordpress (and a comment)… vial


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