Agility Trials – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Story begins after the photo.

Genre: Science Fiction/Humor
Word Count: 100

Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Agility Trials

Howard’s new robotic security dog was finally ready. He expected amazing physical feats from it. He placed the control panel, improvised from a keyboard, near the garage entrance and turned it on.

Right then his neighbor, Raj–beads jangling in his blond dreads–walked in. “Dude, que paso…eh. A keyboard!” Expertly, he played a couple riffs.

“No, stop! It’s not…” The robot responded perfectly.

“Check this, Dude.”

“Not the solo from Roundabout! It’s too much!”

The robot flew into incredible flips with double twists, and spinning cartwheels.

This is great agility testing, thought Howard. He gave a thumbs up. “Rock on, Raj!”

Keyboard solo begins at 5:50

Each week, The Friday Fictioneers writes 100 word flash fiction from a photo prompt. Here’s this week’s prompt:

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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28 Responses to Agility Trials – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Clever and funny, EA. I can just see the dog rocking out. 🙂



  2. Al says:

    That’s awesome! I love that you included the video to show what he was playing. 🙂 Brilliant


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Al! I really love that song. The keyboard solo is one of my faves. I can’t resist sharing it. It “played” into the story so well.


      • Al says:

        The song didn’t play into mine, but damaged equipment did 😉

        I like that piece of music. Not one I could listen to often though lol


      • EagleAye says:

        Yeah, the old progressive rock requires a certain mental state to listen to. Sometimes I’m in it, sometimes not. It’s not everyday listening. I always enjoyed the musicians of Yes for their virtuoso skills. As good as the keyboard is, I think the bass (Chris Squire) stands out most in this one.


  3. pattisj says:

    I think I’d like a robotic dog. Good-bye, pooper scooper!


  4. Dear EA,

    A robotic dog would be so much easier to clean up after than a real one. 😉 Your story rocks. Between you and Doug I have 20 minutes of listening time to catch up on. Thank you.




    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Rochelle! And when you come home from work, a robotic dog will not have eaten the couch. There’s many benefits. I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do! 😉


  5. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear EA,

    I thought for a moment it was going to be the end of Raj, but you took the ending to another place. Well done. We each had long piano pieces appended to our stories. Great minds, eh?




    • EagleAye says:

      I just couldn’t let a Rick Wakeman fan, like Raj, come to harm. Great minds, indeed! I love a great keyboard solo. I’m also a big ELP fan. Looking forward to seeing your piece.


  6. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    I used to know how to play the opening harmonic taps, if that’s something. Funny story as always, darling.


  7. elmowrites says:

    Like Doug, I feared the worst from the dog – glad he just rocked out instead!


    • EagleAye says:

      Some of the best inventions happened by accident. Sometimes an accident can be a good thing. I like to switch it up now and then from the usual mad scientist theme. 🙂


  8. I won’t be able to look at my daughter’s keyboard in the same way again. Nice one.


  9. Well, I have a robot dog in my story also! Mine doesn’t do much though. He’s been taken apart like the keyboard. I enjoyed yours very much. I love robots!


  10. Robot dogs probably have better taste in music than real ones


  11. Clever and amusing.
    Well done.


  12. You had me at robot dog. 😉 Very clever and fun.


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