The Contract Fable

Photo by: Goroyboy

Pietro’s tiny paintings made him famous throughout Europe. Certainly, part of his success came from the presence of the Inspiration Devil, Babylonix.

The little horned beast stood a tiny four centimeters high, but he offered giant benefits. Pietro never lacked for brilliant ideas.

The downside was Babylonix occasionally insisted on scattering the paint tubes around the studio. Sometimes, Pietro couldn’t find them. This gave the artist fits.

“Can we make an agreement to scatter my paints only on certain days?” said Pietro.

“You mean a contract?” squeaked Babylonix.

“Yes, I guess.”

“Of course! I’m a devil, you know. But you must write one I can comfortably hold in my hands.”

Pietro agreed and set to work on a page one centimeter across. Likewise, the writing was incredibly tiny. When done, the two signed it.

On Tuesday, Babylonix made a mess as scheduled. On Wednesday, Pietro insisted the devil clean it up.

Babylonix guffawed. “I don’t have to clean anything!”

“Yes you do,” grinned Pietro, retrieving the contract. “You didn’t read the fine print.”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers:

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 The Contract Fable

  1. James says:

    The “fine print.” Oy.

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  2. Deb Whittam says:

    Ahhh the fine print. Wonderful – a great use of fine detail

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  3. goroyboy says:

    Laughing over here!!!! Breakout the electron microscope!! Good one!

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  4. Varad says:

    Haha! Good one, EA

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    A ha, I thought it was going to be the other way round, well done Pietro for foxing the devil! 🙂

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  6. Jelli says:

    Hilarious! The fine print! guffaw! Love it! Here I was expecting a story about a miniaturist.


  7. Hahahahaha! That damn fine print always gets us! LOL! I love this story!

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  8. Devil of a good punch line! I had to say that (groan) 🙂 The old fine-print hidden in a hand-painted microdot at the bottom trick strikes again!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! The devil is in the details, you know. That’s right. The old hand painted microdot maneuver. Why doesn’t everybody know about that one? 😉

      Thanks Matthew! 🙂


  9. Indira says:

    Superb, innovative take.

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  10. yarnspinnerr says:

    Relating this with fine print is just fabulous. Excellent write.

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  11. Delightfully different – loved it.

    Click to read my FFfAW!

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  12. Sandi says:

    My gawd, those had to be chicken scratches!

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  13. Anagha Yatin says:

    Apart from being a apinter, was Pietro and insurance or a mutual fund agent, I wonder.
    That was a witty tale!

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  14. This made me chuckle…a clever spin indeed!


  15. Ha! Those fine prints do have a way of catching up with one. Great twist.

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