The Omission

Photo by: Matthew Wright

FXQ-457 walked down the streets of the city like a ghost, a wraith unnoticed by anyone. It wasn’t the torrential rain that obscured the combat robot’s presence. FXQ-457 represented the absolute pinnacle of battlefield technology.

The microscopic nanotech devices embedded in the machine’s skin could rendered the machine invisible. SmartSurface™ goo on the bottom of its feet damped out any sounds the feet made. FXQ-457 could walk across dead leaves in front of an audience, expecting the machine, and no one would notice its presence.

The machine looked across the street. It could measure the heart rate of the two people in the waiting car. Its weapons were accurate to within the wavelength of light. The guns of the machine could cut the car in half without harming the passenger, and give the driver the closest shave of his life. FXQ-457 could survive the outrageous heat on the surface of Venus or withstand the killing cold in the vacuum of space.

Yet, as the machine walked through the driving rain, it ran into another unseen garbage can.

Its designers were all geniuses, noted the machine’s artificial intelligence, as rain streamed across its forward camera. Unfortunately, the bloody idiots forgot to include windshield wipers!
Written for Matthew Wright’s weekly Mega Short-Story writing challenge. Look here for the original 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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9 Responses to The Omission

  1. Very interesting. I look forward ton reading your posts.

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  2. Very cool! Hah! Wipers were definitely needed the evening I took that photo – we have a saying here, ‘you can’t beat Wellington on a good day’. Possibly true, except that when the bad weather arrives…

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  3. List of X says:

    But if the inventors made FXQ-457 perfect and included the he windshield wipers, no one would buy the next year’s model FXQ-458.

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  4. Lyn says:

    Oh I want FXQ-457 for a guardian! I’d feel completely safe travelling at night. He might be a combat robot, but that’s what you need sometimes. I reckon he and Chummy would get on well together 😉

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, as a personal bodyguard it’d be nigh on unbeatable. You couldn’t be safer. Chummy is a later version of the FXQ-457. “What?” you say. Yep. Chummy is even more advanced. He’s *that* good. But Chummy doesn’t appear until many years in the future. By then, nobody knows where Chummy comes from or who made him. Fun eh?

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