The Bane of Hubris

Photo By: C.E. Ayr

Photo By: C.E. Ayr

Valerie Huxley opened the grey doors. Inside rested…The Machine.

Simon Petard brushed aside his greying hair. “So. This will restore my youth?”

“Entirely,” assured Valerie.

“And you, a mere woman, invented it?”

“I have four degrees!” protested Valerie.

Petard ignored her and began fiddling. “Let’s give it a go.”

“Please wait, sir.”

Petard growled, “Miss Huxley, men have a superior understanding of machines. I know what I’m doing.”

“But the side-effects…”

Petard pulled the lever.


“Aahhh!” screeched Petard in a high voice. “What have you done?”

“Right,” sighed Valerie. “Still haven’t worked out why it switches the gender.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers.


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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30 Responses to The Bane of Hubris

  1. Hee hee hee! Is this what we call hoisted by his own – er – petard? πŸ™‚

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  2. Lyn says:

    Serves him right the great hairy pillock!! πŸ˜€

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    Always best to remember the old adage “Do not meddle in zings zat do not concern you”

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  4. joetwo says:

    So the inventor was originally a he. Interesting!

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  5. Dear Eric,

    I’d like to think that Valerie was originally a woman. At any rate I hope it’s Mr. Petard’s time of the month and it’s a bad one. Imaginative story as I’ve come to expect from the Eagle’s Eye. πŸ˜‰



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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep, Valerie always was a woman. I wonder when Petard gets his first tampon, will he bother to read the instructions first? Or will he “know what he’s doing?” Could be an ugly scene. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much, Rochelle! πŸ™‚


  6. gahlearner says:

    Hehehehe. If only, if only… I know a few people who would benefit greatly from going into that machine. Great fun.

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  7. List of X says:

    No big deal – just run the machine again, and get even younger.

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  8. mandibelle16 says:

    Very funny. Oh well, now he’ll have to eat his own words against women.

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  9. Joy Pixley says:

    Ah, I do love a story where the jerk gets his just reward. Take that, Simon. Good luck defending your own degrees against the other chauvinist pigs in the world!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Me too. In fact, it’s one of my favorite kinds of stories. Very fulfilling to write. Yes, Simon will learn firsthand what a jerk he’s been, and with the restoration of his (her) youth, he’ll have a lifetime to experience it. πŸ˜‰ Thanks much, Joy! πŸ™‚

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  10. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Good Fun! Like Joy I like it when a jerk gets his just reward.

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  11. Indira says:

    I was missing your FF stories. Man’s ego and impatience! Serves him right.

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  12. Michael Wynn says:

    That raised a proper chortle. Nice one

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  13. Simon really deserved that. Now he’s the sex he thinks is inferior. Great twist at the end, E.A. Good writing. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. What’s interesting is his intellect remains unchanged, but now no one, like him, will give him credit for it. In short, he (she) is living in hell. Thanks very much, Suzanne! πŸ™‚


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