Old Age and Treachery

Photo by: C.E. Ayr

The warrior stood alone in the golden light of the morning. Only he possessed the courage to stand before the demon.

“Go back, noxious hellion! I, Domingo Eduardo Francisco Cabrera command it!”

The mighty beast paid no heed. Its massive eight legs churned forward, threatening all the innocents of Buena Cordiera. It reached up with a terrible pincer and swung that terrifying weapon towards Domingo.

Domingo raised his M-4 assault rifle and blasted away with righteous fury. The pincer fell away and the demon howled in agony. Wasting no time. Domingo fired an M203 grenade into its hellish skull. The explosion tore away the head and gutted the beast’s interior…

…And then the police arrived.

Five hours later, Lorenza left her grandfather’s nursing home, still sobbing.

“What happened?” said her husband Frederico.

“Grandpa has PLQS, Past-Life Quixote Syndrome.”

“What’s that?”

“Most people cannot remember past lives for a reason. It causes problems. Grandpa has no such safeties. He regresses into the 1980s sometimes. That’s why he shot up a harmless, unmanned construction robot.”

In the nursing home Domingo turned to his roommate and grinned, “Told you I could shoot up a construction robot and get away with it.”
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Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/sunday-photo-fiction-january-21st-2018/

Author’s Notes:

I expect most everyone is familiar with the tale of Don Quixote and his charging at windmills. But just in case:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixote

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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27 Responses to Old Age and Treachery

  1. James says:

    Ha. Clever Grandpa. I’ll have to try that when I get older.

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  2. Lyn says:

    Glad I wasn’t sipping my coffee when I read the last line. PLQS … I love it! What I do want to know though, is where Grandpa had his M-4 assault rifle and the M203 grenade hidden in the nursing home?

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  3. michael1148humphris says:

    I liked that last line, it really got me smiling.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Domingos a very bored man indeed. Or perhaps he is too young at heart and has been playing too many video games. Nice one.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. ceayr says:

    You never fail to amuse me, Eric.
    Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Joy Pixley says:

    Grandpa is such a trickster, how hilarious! For him and his friends, at least — I bet he makes life more challenging for any staff at the home who don’t have a sense of humor. 🙂

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  7. Ha ha ha ha ha. Grandpa was truly wicked. Loved it.

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  8. athling2001 says:

    Love it! What a wily old man. When he pulled out the gun, the whole story changed.

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  9. Shame on Grandpa. The old fox has probably outlived all his enemies and is now taking out his aggressions on robots. Good and humorous writing, Eric. 😀 — Suzanne

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