Enormous Wealth

Photo by: Sandra Crook

Althea Warbridge leaned heavily on her cane. Though age had ravaged her body, she still projected a regal bearing. Before them, a rambling building bespoke enormous wealth. Large ponds bordered by Joshua Trees graced the entry where they approached.

“Your father invented the first practical nanotechnology here at Warbridge,” said Althea.

“You must be proud, Auntie,” said Joshua, helpfully holding her arm.

“Pish-posh! Some of his vile microscopic machines escaped and consumed whole buildings before he stopped them!”

Joshua gestured to the elegant building. “At least the mansion survived.”

“Heavens no! The mansion was destroyed. That’s the servant’s quarters.”
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2018/03/07/9-march-2018/

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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36 Responses to Enormous Wealth

  1. James says:

    Nice servant’s quarters.

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  2. Dear Eric,

    What a shame they have to live in such a dungeon. 😉 I could feel Althea’s presence.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. Dale says:

    OOPS…
    Yeah… can’t be comfortable living in such “close” quarters… Poor Auntie…

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  4. Ha ha ha. Where do I apply?

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  5. I was as surprised as Joshua when I read your last line! Nice one

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  6. James McEwan says:

    Nice finish. An illustration of fleeting wealth – I wonder how many Billions lie dormant in off shore accounts.

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  7. ceayr says:

    Nice one, Eric

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  8. Sandra says:

    Ah, times were different then. People really knew how to live. 😉

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  9. Norma says:

    That’s some enormous wealth with a real small servant’s quarters.

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  10. Oh, we ARE talking wealth here! Another good one, Eric. 🙂

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Did you include Joshua Trees to tell us that Althea’s brother had been so wealthy that he could afford to find a way of growing the trees in England (they only grow in hot, arid lands) simply on the whim of the name being the same as his son? That really is wealthy!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh wow, you found a level of depth even I didn’t see. I actually thought the trees in the pic were Joshua Trees. I used to see the a lot in California. After seeing Sandra’s post I realize I misidentified them, Oh well, these folks were still incredibly wealthy. They’re the sort that have whole castles moved on a whim. 😉

      Thanks Penny!

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      • pennygadd51 says:

        It was the coincidence of the name of the tree and the name of the son that triggered the thought. I hadn’t come across Joshua Trees before, so I googled them and came across the geographical constraints on their habitat. And you’re quite subtle enough to hide a joke like that in your text!

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      • EagleAye says:

        Haha! I do sneak things in sometimes, so yeah I have to be careful about unintended associations. The boy’s name should’ve been different. Smart readers like yourself might make a connection I never expected.

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  12. Varad says:

    I like the way your imagination works, EA. Peculiarly brilliant.

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  13. subroto says:

    Aunty Althea must be really slumming it, if her servants had to live in such small quarters. Ooh the shame. I knew this boy in school who was once very subdued. We asked him the reason and he said it was because his Oil Tanker ship sank somewhere in the Persian Gulf. We could so totally relate to this common scenario.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Yeah, Althea is not amused about the disgraceful state of affairs. And that’s funny about the boy in school. I can understand his feelings. I can remember when my first oil tanker went down. *ahem* 😉

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  14. granonine says:

    What an imaginative take on this prompt 🙂 Nanotechnology, on steroids!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you! I tell you what, when nanotechnology really matures as a technology, it’s going to be super-scary. Nanotech will make nuclear weapons look like popguns. Yikers!

      Thanks so much!

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  15. yarnspinnerr says:

    Enjoyed this imaginative piece.

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  16. athling2001 says:

    Love the twist in the end. I know old ladies like her and love them.

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