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?”
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/