The Great Horse Hope

Photo by: Alastair Forbes

Nick stomped his hoof with excitement. “That’s him right there. Marv is our Great Horse Hope.”

“Him?” said Nana. “What’s so special about him?”

“He got the experimental ‘Uplift’ treatments. It boosted his IQ by like a thousand or something.”


“Yeah. The humans gave him his own tablet. He’s got a special pen he holds in his mouth to control it.”

“Amazing! So what can he do? Is he writing software programs?”

Nick put his mouth close to her ear and whispered. “It’s all hush-hush, you know. He’s working with special software. He says it will bust us all out of here!”


“Yes! Soon we’ll be running free again on the wide open plains.”

“But the fences…”

“They’re all computer-controlled, right? And that tablet is a computer, right? Comprende?” winked Nick. “He’s been working for months on it.”

Nana bobbed her head excitedly. “This is so thrilling! But it’s been taking months. That’s a long time, isn’t it?”

“Patience, patience.”

“Hmmm. What’s the name of that software he’s using?”

Nick whispered. “Well, it sounds all very complicated to me. I don’t understand most of what Marv is saying. The software is called Facebook. Nick’s taking something called Selfies!”
Author’s Notes:

This is very loosely based on David Brin’s “Uplift War” series:

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Look here to see the stories 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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16 Responses to The Great Horse Hope

  1. kirizar says:

    And the selfies will set them free, apparently.

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  2. JS Brand says:

    Cute and deep at the same time. Orwell would like it, I think.

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  3. luckyjc007 says:

    One day he will eventually have a full book of faces for his Facebook!

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  4. Susan says:

    Hilarious. Facebook and selfies will free us all. 🙂

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  5. haha I love it. Free from the outside world 😉

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  6. List of X says:

    Are you sure they raised his IQ, and not lowered it? 🙂

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  7. Shey says:

    Uh oh, poor horses.

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  8. Marv sounds like a brilliant horse! LOL! I think it is great they are taking horse selfies and that Facebook will help them break out and become free again! Hahaha! Great story Eric!

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