The Tool

Photo by: Al Forbes

Chief Inspector Hodgens gazed across the interrogation room table. On the other side, the super-villain ThunderStrike sat sullenly. He wore all-black with black nail polish and black eyeliner. A mop of black-dyed hair fell across one eye.

“Why not just talk to me?” said Hodgens.

“I do not speak with mere mortals,” sneered ThunderStrike (aka: George Peet).

“You’re no god.”

“I am too! Fear me!” Peet tried to point in lordly fashion, but his hands were handcuffed to the table.

“I think you’re pissed because a common beat cop arrested you.”

“Not true!” roared Peet. “I permitted him to bring me in.”

“Uh huh. Look, this godly facade is getting old. We searched your apartment and found the machine that powers you. Your ability to launch lightning bolts is artificial, not some godly power.”


Hodgens sighed. “The charges against you are serious. You injured twelve police officers and destroyed six police cars. You smashed a bank office, a Taco Bell, and a tanning salon.”

“That because you’re all tools!” screeched Peet. “I’m showing that you’re all pawns serving a wealthy ruling elite!”

“So why did you stop the attack?”

“I am a beneficent god!”

“Why did you stop?” pressed Hodgens.

Peet sagged, then shrugged. “Was my machine still plugged in?”


“I think I forgot to pay the electrical bill.”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction writing challenge. Look here to find the original prompt and links to many other stories:

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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24 Responses to The Tool

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Ah, even a beneficent “god” can be hampered by the bureaucracy of modern life. Seems like he managed to do a lot of damage first, though!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Seems the old days of the gods are gone. Now even the most powerful must pay their electric bill. 😉 He did get in his licks, to be sure. That may be cold comfort when he meets his prison cellmate, “Bubba.” 😉 Thanks much, Joy! 🙂

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  2. Hahahaha! If you are going to be a god that runs on electricity you better pay your electric bill! LOL!! Cute story. This god was not too smart. 😀 :D. I loved it, Eric!

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  3. List of X says:

    I guess there really is an upside to those constantly rising electricity prices…

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  4. Steve Lakey says:

    Thunder strike proving that power really does corrupt…

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  5. mandibelle16 says:

    Nice twist. What a character this guy is pretending he is some god. I guess god’s have to pay the electricity bill too 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, he’s just a tad bit of a megalomaniac. Narcissist too. The power company doesn’t care if anyone is a god or not. Seems they’ve proven who’s really in charge. 😉 Thanks much, Mandibelle! 🙂

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  6. athling2001 says:

    Love it! Not much makes me laugh out loud, but this did. Great story.

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  7. Susan Langer says:

    So funny especially at the end. Reminder to pay electric bill needed. LOL 🙂

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  8. afairymind says:

    Very amusing, Eric! I hate to think how much damage he would have done if he had remembered to pay his electricity bill!

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  9. Lyn says:

    Unpaid electricity bills will ruin things every time 😀

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  10. luckyjc007 says:

    He learned a lesson…no one gets away with not paying their electric bill! Consequences can be devastating, as he found out.

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  11. Haha that made me laugh. Great

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