Cute But Silly

Photo by: Janet Webb

Jocelyn Shapira kept the bowl of lights in the window. She loved it because it was the last thing Henry invented before he died.

One day, the power went out in the entire district for days. Yet in the middle of the blackout zone, Jocelyn’s lights stayed on. She opened her home to anyone needing warmth.

Paul Rogard, power company engineer, visited her to learn why she still had power. He stopped to admire the bowl of lights.

“Like it?” said Jocelyn. “Henry was going senile when he passed. He claimed that’s a new power source. Cute but silly, right?”
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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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31 Responses to Cute But Silly

  1. k rawson says:

    Maybe not so silly, eh? There is a thin line between madness and genius sometimes. Great story.


  2. Dear Eric,

    Something that’s providing light when others are in the dark doesn’t sound silly at all. 😉



    PS I think you’re missing ‘he’ before passed.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. In fact she’d better hide that away before the power company guy runs off with it. Imagine if everybody had one? Where would the power company’s outrageous profits go then?

      Good catch, Rochelle. I fixed that. Thanks kindly! 🙂


  3. wmqcolby says:

    Where was Moses without the candle? He was in the dark, that’s where. Really fun story, Eric. Some really good stuff in there. Nice!

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  4. Moon says:

    Is it Jocelyn’s simplicity or is it her ploy- the ” cute but silly “?
    Either way, a marvellous tale! 🙂

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  5. James says:

    Cold fusion. Not so silly. She’ll be rich.

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  6. Miles Rost says:

    Cold fusion? Wow… Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Cute but clever I say! What a delightfully different take.

    Please click to read my FriFic

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  8. Great way to spark imagination! 😉

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  9. Maybe Henry was cute, but certainly not silly!

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  10. Varad says:

    Henry was onto something before he kicked the ol bucket. Jocelyn should find a way to commercialize the tech pronto.

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  11. michael1148humphris says:

    Poor Henry, I hope he had patented his invention.

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  12. luckyjc007 says:

    Being able to provide light is never silly. She should be dancing in the streets with joy! I guess being senile is not always a bad thing!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Ignorance is bliss, they say. She had no idea what she had until then. So if she gets a patent lawyer, and then gets the dollar signs in her eyes, yeah she’ll be dancin’. 😉 Thanks so much! 🙂

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  13. She opened her home to anyone needing warmth………..this line shows the compassion spilling from her heart. Hope the power company engineer is shooed away at lightening speed.

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  14. Dahlia says:

    I wonder if it could be replicated, that would show them all what he was!

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  15. I loved this, Eric. According to your story, those lights provided both light and warmth. Yes, definitely hide it from the power company. I guess it’s too late now, though. Good writing. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • EagleAye says:

      It just provided power to both the lights and the heaters. Everything electrical still ran. The can opener still worked. Luckily, the engineer gave her kindly advice and left the bowl of lights behind. 😉 Glad you you liked this. Thanks so much, Suxanne! 🙂

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  16. Evidently not as senile as she thought.
    Good story.

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