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.
This entry was posted in Short Fiction and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

30 Responses to The Bane of Hubris

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

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Lyn says:

    Serves him right the great hairy pillock!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  3. neilmacdon says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  4. joetwo says:

    So the inventor was originally a he. Interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

  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. 😉



    Liked by 1 person

    • 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. 😉 Thanks so much, Rochelle! 🙂


  6. gahlearner says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  7. List of X says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  8. mandibelle16 says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  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!

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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. 😉 Thanks much, Joy! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Indira says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Michael Wynn says:

    That raised a proper chortle. Nice one

    Liked by 1 person

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

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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! 🙂


Don't be shy. Say something!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s