Mountains From Mole Hills – Mondays Finish the Story

Photo by: Barbara W. Beacham

Mountains From Mole Hills

The barista shook his head. That hedge couldn’t have moved closer overnight. Could it?

“You noticed that too, eh?” said Becka. The scientist had been a customer for years.

“Probably my imagination.”

“Nope,” said Becka. “I measured the distance from Harry’s Cafe to the hedge yesterday. I measured it again today. It’s exactly five centimeters closer.”

For weeks, the hedge moved closer each night. Soon, a cabal of forty cafe customers and baristas formed. Each day, they anxiously discussed the possible causes. “It might be geology,” said Becka. “I’ve called in a scientific team from the USGS. Just to be safe, I’ve notified the FBI and the DoD. They’ll be sending teams shortly. The government’s getting pretty anxious about it. Even the President has been notified. About 120 investigators will arrive by tomorrow.”

In the cafe’s back room, Harry said, “It’s working great! In one month the backyard will be long enough for a horseshoe court.”

Raj, the owner of NanoMovers Inc, said, “Told you. The nanobots can move buildings without disrupting business. But why keep this secret? You should tell everyone you’re moving the cafe.”

“No way. That would only cause suspicion and wild speculation!”
Author’s Notes:

I bet most folks know these, but just in case:
USGS = United States Geological Service
FBI = Federal Bureau of Investigation
DoD = Department of Defense

Congrats to the US Women’s Soccer team on a fantastic World Cup Championship win!

Each week, photographer Barbara W. Beacham presents a photo as a prompt for flash fiction. She also provides the first sentence to start things off. This week, the sentence was, “The barista shook his head. That hedge couldn’t have moved closer overnight. Could it?” Look here to see what other folks wrote:


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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25 Responses to Mountains From Mole Hills – Mondays Finish the Story

  1. babso2you says:

    Loved the story oh WordMaster! Thank you for another great addition to the MFtS challenge, and be well. Next week will be flying off the page! ^..^

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  2. So very good and clever….. Horseshoes rule!!!

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  3. Martin says:

    There will be some surprised looks on many faces when the investigators arrive and realise who the culprit is. Great story!

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    • EagleAye says:

      I expect many folks in the government are going to be pretty mad at Backa, and also Harry. All that effort for a false alarm. On the other hand, I expect “NanoMovers” might see some government contracts in the future. 😉 Glad you liked it, and thanks! 🙂

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  4. List of X says:

    I think that Becka is about to have her scientific credibility ruined – chances are, once Harry hears about the investigators, the moving is going to stop. Unless, of course, they talk to him and he comes clean.

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    • EagleAye says:

      After getting the scientific community all excited and the government up in arms? Yeah, Becka’s career may indeed take a u-turn. Harry will probably panic when masses of guys in dark suits and sunglasses arrive at the door. He’ll probably flush his stash down the toilet and burn the photos of that girl named Sunshine he met at Woodstock. Raj will probably have a scary visit, but things will go well for him in the end.


  5. Mara Fields says:

    Nice building of suspense and speculation in such a short piece. With just a few lines I was really wondering what the end would bring. I did NOT think nanaobots!

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    • EagleAye says:

      That’s my job: keeping you guessing until the end. 😉 I love it when the story keeps folks interested and wondering the whole time. Sometimes these things just work. Thanks so much, Mara. I really appreciate your words. 🙂

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  6. Great story as always, bit disappointed you didn’t work in the women’s soccer success…..but entertaining as always….

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    • EagleAye says:

      I know, I know. I’ll try to work the women’s victory into another story. Maybe Carli Lloyd will appear and kick the butts of three supervillians in a row. 😉 Glad you you enjoyed this one. Thanks much!

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  7. OnChi says:

    I want a nanobot! Great story!

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  8. Whatta moving story!

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  9. Very funny! and all for a horseshoe court! Yup, those nanobots will be of great interest to the government What a unique idea! Well done!.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Who’d ever thought the whole US government would get stirred up over a horseshoe court? Well at least, if the government decides to move the White House, they know how to do it now. 😉 Glad to know you got a laugh. Thanks much, Yolanda! 🙂


  10. ansumani says:

    Clever use of technology in the story….It was a fun read.

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  11. Great story, Eric. I wonder if that will become possible one day. Well done once again. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  12. Shey says:

    Hahaha, the president has been notified. I wouldn’t think about the building being moved instead. That’s a nice twist.

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