The Warning – Friday Fictioneers

Photo by: Jan Wayne Fields

The Warning

Professor Trachtenberg raced into the dining room, his grey hair in disarray. He found him standing there, staring fixedly out the window. “Is it true?” said Trachtenberg.

“It is,” said Beauchamps.

“We should raise the alarm! We should warn everyone!”

“We should, shouldn’t we?”

Beauchamps didn’t move.

“How big is the meteor?”

“It could smash a small city.”

Curious at Beauchamps’ inaction, he said, “Where will it hit?”

“Putin’s Palace near Praskoveevka in exactly 22 minutes,” snorted Beauchamps. “I understand President Putin is there right now.”

“Oh.” Trachtenberg hung his coat on a chair. “Let’s not be rash, then. There’s always time for tea.”
Author’s Notes:
It is widely believed, though not confirmed, that Vladimir Putin built a beautiful, rambling palace for himself using $1 Billion in money “procured” illegally from the Russian government.

Each week, the Friday Fictioneers join for another round of flash fiction from photos. This is my story for the week. Look here for more based on the photo of the week:

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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35 Responses to The Warning – Friday Fictioneers

  1. julie says:

    Sugar? One lump or two? pah-dum-bum.

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  2. Dear Eric,

    Love that last line. Indeed, let’s not be rash. I enjoyed this.

    I’m not sure what’s going on with the link frog but, FYI, I’ve taken the liberty to link you and you are now no. 53 on the hit parade.



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  3. Shilpa Gupte says:

    Haha…amusing! 🙂


  4. babso2you says:

    Will there be any of that alien chocolate to go along with that tea? Loved your story Eric!


  5. BrainRants says:

    And this would be the one captured streaking through the Russian sky, right?

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  6. So the meteors are on the side of the god-fearing. Hooray for that.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Well, they certainly aren’t on the side of Putin. He’s been out of his head lately with his forays into the Crimea and Ukraine, and now threatening nuclear war in the style of Kruschev (“we will bury you”). Bad behavior like that apparently attracts meteors. 😉 Thanks for stopping in! 🙂


  7. Dave says:

    So political, those meteors. At least they have good taste in targets.


    • EagleAye says:

      Who woulda’ thunk it? Eventually they’ll work their way around to Kim Jung-Un and Khomeini too. Sometimes I wish they worked faster. 😉 Thanks for stopping in! 🙂


  8. I’d be seriously tempted to have tea, too (and two for tea, I see.) I’d love to see Beauchamps’ name here instead of “he”, just to make things clearer, as the only person we’ve heard of so far is the professor: “He found him standing there,”.



    • EagleAye says:

      Oh yes. I might have several cups of tea and then send a warning in the final 30 seconds, just to say, “well I did warn you!”

      I see what you mean in that opening sentence. Normally, I would do as you suggest. In this case, I wanted to create an aura of mystery for Beauchamps. I intended for him to be a powerful figure in the physics world. By using the pronoun to start it’s almost like putting “him” into italics. At least that’s my theory, anyway. It reads that way for for me. In movies, when they don’t show an important character’s face right away, it creates tension and fascination. It’s like meeting a powerful figure, but at first his chair is turned away. That was my idea for Beauchamps. Does that make sense?


  9. Margaret says:

    That’s a different take on this week’s prompt! Well done. Pity about all the other people in the palace – but I guess they can’t do much in 22 minutes anyway.


  10. On Tuesday we will be taking down your website and those computers who are following your blog, and those who may be curious and just log on to see what is going on.

    It is not a funny to make funny of the Czar, we mean, the President. Where is your respect? What if we wrote about meteor crashing onto your President’s daughters? Would that be a funny? Free speech? Blech!

    Red Anonymous


  11. milliethom says:

    I enjoyed the dialogue and the last line just sums it all upl This is a great take on the prompt. Thank you for giving me a laugh..


  12. I love the clever way you tied in the tea set from the photo prompt with this great ending line…good job!


  13. Ankur Mithal says:

    Perspective can make all the difference 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Indira says:

    Interesting but it really is tough to be satirist these days. Be careful. Very clever use of photo prompt as usual.


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