The Limits – Friday Fictioneers 21Jun13

Written for Friday Fictioneers.

Genre: Steampunk
Word Count: 100

Story begins after the photo.

copyright: Managua Gunn

The Limits

“It’s an automaton,” said Professor Wooten. “But no one need know. No more soldiers suffering a largely ceremonial position.”

“Can it endure the distractions?” Said Lord Houghton. The little dog beside him was barking ceaselessly.

He raised his voice to be heard. “Of course. It’s an automaton. It can endure anything.”

The little dog began tearing at the automaton’s pants leg. “Everything has limits, sir.”

The automaton swiveled suddenly and shot the dog, returning to guard position.

The two men stared dumbly at the, finally silent, dog. “Probably ought to fix that,” said Wooten.

“Quite. It’s aim is slightly off.”

The Friday Fictioneers is a group led by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Each week, Rochelle provides a photo as a prompt to write no more than a 100 word story or poem. All are encouraged to join in, or at least read the fantastic stories from this collection of imaginative people. This week’s prompt may be found 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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48 Responses to The Limits – Friday Fictioneers 21Jun13

  1. Ha! I liked the ending.


  2. Funny!
    Does your automaton drone while causing collateral damage? 😉


  3. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    With a couple of the other stories involving urine, I was quite sure the little dog was going to piss on the automaton’s leg. Quite imaginative story, darling.


  4. that one made me LOL!


  5. Kent says:

    Hee hee hee!!! THAT’LL learn ya, dern ya! Nice!


  6. Trudy says:

    I love that! What else is he going to terminate, I wonder?


  7. Hannah says:

    Funny! Even if it is a little disturbing. 🙂


  8. I’d like to borrow him. My neighbors have a little yappy dog that they leave out for long stretches of time on a short leash tied to the deck. On second thought, could he just come and shoot them? It’s not the dog’s fault.

    Loved it.



    • EagleAye says:

      It probably is the owner’s fault more than the dog. Take this automaton anytime you need him.

      Thanks so much, Janet.


      • It’s definitely the owner’s fault, but it’s the dog’s barking that I have to hear. I’ve actually found myself yelling (in the house) at the people to take the dog in or the dog to shut up. 🙂


      • EagleAye says:

        I know the feeling. Yappy dogs are like pin pricks in the brain. This repetitive barking can easily drive someone insane. It’s up to the owners to get their dog under control. Any chance some “diplomatic words” to the owners would help?


      • I’m going to give it a try, especially since we have an open house Sunday afternoon! Don’t really want prospective buyers hearing that.


  9. Jan Brown says:

    Loved this. The droid could be useful in so many applications. The professor is going to be rich!


    • EagleAye says:

      He certainly should be. But he needs to expand those limits. Yappy dogs are one of the least worries of those standing guard duty.

      Thanks kindly for stopping by.


  10. Damn f**king good story.
    in the infamous words of WC Fields, “Go away dog, you bother me.”


  11. Sandra says:

    Enjoyed this, it didn’t go where I thought it would but the surprise ending was very funny.


  12. Dear E.A.

    Your story aimed true. Very funny.




  13. julespaige says:

    I was laughing out loud her with this one. Loved the last line! Fix ‘it’ indeed. I thought it would have just kicked it across the square. 🙂


  14. Great story — especially the last line 🙂


  15. rgayer55 says:

    I guess if the dog had hiked its leg on those shiny boots, automaton would have speared it with the bayonet. Well done, E.A.!


  16. Shreyank says:

    he would be a hit with people having a pesky dog as their neighbour ! 😉


  17. Dee says:

    Great story, loved it, your last two lines were brilliant.


  18. Great story. 🙂 I think that would keep tourists from annoying the guards and trying to make them smile.


  19. Joe Owens says:

    I am sure the fine folks from the ASPCA will be barging through professor Wooten’s door at any minute. As a dog lover I have to say i would come along to watch!


  20. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear EagleAye,

    Here’s the best compliment i can give an author…. I burst out laughing as this story unfolded. Absolutely loved it. mark it down as one of the best. To say more would be too much.




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