Minor Tweaks

Photo by: Matthew Wright

Nils Tanner sat on a bench facing the manicured grass of the gardens. He turned to his companion and said, “I’m so glad World War III is over. Everything can get back to normal.”

“Better than normal,” replied General Cornwall. He turned to smile at Tanner, his civilian liaison. The two had worked closely together for the past six months trying to restore normalcy to the post-war world. “I have high hopes for today’s field test.”

“Me too,” said Tanner. He stopped to enjoy the beauty of the park. Luckily for the locals, the city was untouched by the war.

The ground suddenly began to shake. In the distance, one of the military’s sixty-foot tall battle-drones walked towards them. Its massive foot blasted through the shell of the auditorium. It plowed through gardens and obliterated the manicured trees. Its right arm smashed an ornate fountain as its feet ripped deep gouges in the perfectly crafted lawn.

Tanner dove beneath the bench, shuddering in terror. Cornwall faced the immense killing machine without even blinking. Finally the drone stopped and loomed above the General. It placed a fist the size of a car before him and opened it. Resting upon the durasteel palm was a small package…from Amazon. “Special delivery for General Cornwall,” it said. It produced a datapad and growled, “Please sign here…OR DIE.”

Cornwall smiled. “Oh, it’s the tomato seeds for my wife’s garden!” He signed and thanked the drone. It walked away, crushing hundred-year old trees as it went.

“I’d say the Drone RE-purposing for Automated package Deliveries (DREAD) program is going well, wouldn’t you?” grinned Cornwall.

Tanner still shuddered beneath the bench. He squeaked, “Perhaps some minor tweaks?”
Author’s Notes:

In December of 2013, Amazon announced it would begin delivering packages via aerial drones. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-unveils-futuristic-plan-delivery-by-drone/

Written for Matthew Wright’s weekly Mega Short-Story writing challenge. The photo above is this week’s writing prompt. Look here for the original post: https://mjwrightnz.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/this-weeks-mega-short-story-challenge-and-nano-inspiration/

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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6 Responses to Minor Tweaks

  1. Hah! Great story! Yup, the package will ALWAYS be delivered! ☺ The soundshell there is ripped from the Hollywood Bowl – town promoters went on a junket to California in the late 1930s and came back with the idea. That park, curiously, is built on rubble – it’s where the ruins of pre-1931 Napier were put after a devastating quake. There are persistent rumours that a body was among them, though I looked into the casualty issue when I wrote a book on the quake and doubt it. The generation who cleaned up the mess had fought on the Western Front 13-15 years earlier. They knew all about losing friends whose bodies were never found. And they were not going to let it happen to their families, back home.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you! Yeah the package will get there even if it has to walk through buildings! 😉 That park is really beautiful. To think they made that over the rubble after a disaster makes it even better. Love the background info on this. Very cool!

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  2. List of X says:

    Minor tweaks like also doing daily mail delivery, possibly?

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  3. Lyn says:

    Yes! Yes! Some minor tweaks indeed! And as quickly as possible. The war may be over, but dread still lurks ominously. And once more, Eric’s nether mind is working overtime 😀

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, the war may be over but the General’s idea of rebuilding is causing even more destruction. The first “minor tweak” may be replacing Cornwall! 😉 The Nether Mind is always churning. 😉 Thanks so much, Lyn! 🙂

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