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!”
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: https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/mondays-finish-the-story-july-6th-2015/