The Ultimate Defense

Photo by: Al Forbes

Photo by: Al Forbes

Patrick possessed a very rare and unusual mutation: he never got angry. In some ways it was a disadvantage. In one critical way, it ensured his survival. His son’s mutation was far different. Young Jeremy manifested his ability early in life. His first elementary school collapsed in an earthquake. The next one went up in flames. Weber Middle School? It blew up. King Junior High? Nothing but a crater remained.

Eventually, the military caught wind of Jeremy. At 16, the DoD attempted make him into a weapon. A shouting Sergeant and military-style were included. Mere hours later, Fort Johnson and two nearby towns disappeared in a blast that darkened the sky for a week. Luckily for Jeremy, he had a second mutation. He was indestructible.

Patrick always explained how to easily avoid catastrophe. Unfortunately, he never spoke sharply to anyone, so no one took him seriously.

Jeremy was 19 when a mile-long alien battleship appeared in orbit. The aliens demanded that Earth provide soldiers for their war, hundreds of light years away. Earth refused and fought back, but the ship seemed indestructible. Even nuclear blasts had little effect.

Eventually, Earth gave in and offered up their first recruit to the aliens: Jeremy.

Patrick didn’t get upset. He didn’t even worry. As he walked by an office building, mocha in hand, he could see a reflection of the sky. Somewhere above those clouds a supposedly indestructible battleship cruised. It had great armor on the outside, but what about the inside? Idly, Patrick thought: I wonder how long it’ll take before an alien yells at him? In answer, the sky suddenly erupted. An explosion, signalling the death of a battleship, surged in the sky for long minutes.

Patrick just smiled, and he waited for his indestructible boy to fall out of the sky, in time for dinner.
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Written for Sunday Photo Fiction.

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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 Ultimate Defense

  1. Haha brilliant. I love that. It may be indestructible on the outside, but even a hard shell has a gooey centre. :mrgreen:

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  2. joetwo says:

    Don’t make me angry. You won’t like it when…….
    Good one!

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  3. swritings says:

    Very creative! Great take! πŸ™‚

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  4. mandibelle16 says:

    You know it seems like a terrible gift, and probably caused too many human deaths. On the other hand, in war, human life would have been lost at a much bigger rate. So the student of Kant and “utilitarianism” in me says this works out because the greater good is protected. Great piece πŸ™‚

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    • EagleAye says:

      It is a terrible skill. One Jeremy had little control over and no understanding of it. Of course, he eventually became home-schooled with his father who would never yell at him. Luckily though, he was available when the billions in humanity really needed him. He just needed to learn how to control his mutation. Where’s Dr. X when you need him?

      Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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  5. Lyn says:

    Aaah, Eric at his very best! Love it my friend πŸ™‚

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  6. ceayr says:

    Entertaining and corpse-strewn.
    Love it.

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  7. List of X says:

    And if it weren’t for the alien spaceship, Jeremy would just be a mass murderer you can’t even keep in prison unless the guards and other prisoners treat him like he’s in a day spa.

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    • EagleAye says:

      That’s true. What prison guard would ever treat prisoners nicely? And how do you punish a guy who’s indestructible? Jeremy could only ever be a hero if something far worse showed up. In the end,he saved far more lives than he (albeit unwillingly) took.

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  8. Nice indestructible story told beautifully in a nondestructive way.

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  9. Awesome story Eric! Well done… what’s for dinner?? he he! πŸ˜‰

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  10. Indira says:

    Your stories are very interesting. Great imagination.

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  11. Jeremy certainly proved handy to have around in that case. Good writing, E.A. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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