The Secret Talent

General Pike took another bite of the savory pastry. “I’m happy you tamed the Terminator T-7000,” he said, talking around the food. “That’s some smart hacking.”

“Thanks,” said Jobe, preening in his white lab coat.

Pike plucked another cheesy pastry. “But I’m disappointed we don’t know more about its military potential.”

“Sorry, sir. We do know it cooks that terrific Pastizzi.”

Pike stopped chewing. “It cooks? How?”

“We don’t know.”

“Show me.”

Jobe turned to the very large, naked, muscular man. “T-7000. More Pastizi, please.”

It crouched down on one knee and blue light globe surrounded it. Then it disappeared.

At Malta, in an alley in the city of Mdina, a man walked happily along with a fresh plate of Pastizzi. A globe of blue light appeared before him. It faded, revealing a naked giant of a man.

The T-7000 stood and said, “Your Pastizzi. Give it to me.”
Written for What Pegman Saw:

Author’s Notes:

Pastizzi is a popular Maltese snack food. Here’s a link to many more Maltese dishes:

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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28 Responses to The Secret Talent

  1. k rawson says:

    Being a sucker for both terminator stories AND pasta, I loved this story.


  2. James says:

    LOL. I just watched the original Terminator movie again last night. Of course, it’s in Terminator 2 that the “request” reaches its full meme potential: “I need your boots, your clothes, and your Pastizzi.”


  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Well, that’s one way to get authentic cuisine! I’m reading a great book on world building right now that keeps pushing the reader to take the idea to the next step, think about how this new idea would change the way people act and think. So of course now I’m imagining a low-tech world where one day, weird metallic people start popping up out of nowhere demanding your food. It starts happening all the time, all over the country. People are panicking, but it’s not an invasion. Just … food snatching. Of the best food, no less. Can you imagine how people would react to that? What new ways of protecting food they might develop? Funny idea…


    • EagleAye says:

      Most interesting. I’m working on a longer piece right now (long novella/short novel) and I’m stewing a lot over how much world-building to include. I like considering technology influences society and changes it. In this world medical nanotechnology is free for all, so bodysculpting can get outrageous. Anyway, I’ve imagined an unusual system of government but haven’t included it because (based on what I’m reading from this facebook group) people would become bored with too much infodumps. Infodumps don’t bother me. I expect authors to expain the world they’ve imagined, but not everyone is me. I do want this to be saleable. *sigh*

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      • Joy Pixley says:

        Nobody really enjoys long info dumps but everyone likes knowing the cool details of your world. There’s definitely a skill to imparting the information without it feeling like a dump, and it starts with that great old “show don’t tell” advice. I keep an eye out when I read for people who do it well, and try to learn from them. Slowly making progress, I’d like to think… Good luck finding the balance.

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      • pennygadd51 says:

        My brother has a great phrase when I inexpertly use dialogue to try and cover too much information “Monolithic slabs of dialogue” is what he calls it…
        Personally, like you, I rather like infodumps if they’re pertinent and interesting, but I think it’s a minority taste!

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  4. For some reason we’re watching T2 again and it’s suddenly spaghetti night. Now I know why! Great stuff.


  5. Hee hee! One way of getting great pasta! Have to ask – did the reprogrammed Terminator also volunteer to masquerade as a well-known baroque composer? You know, ‘I’ll be Baaaach’.

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  6. Lyn says:

    He could have at least gone to the nearest bakery, instead of just taking the guy’s pastizzi. Not very smart thinking on his part – he could have bought back a greater selection and really made a name for himself 😀

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  7. pennygadd51 says:

    Nice humour, EagleAye. You raised a smile as usual. But it’s also interesting as a comment on recent advances in AI. Neural networks trained on big data are very popular now, but people are increasingly realising that they don’t know how the AI does what it does, and they’re beginning to think that’s probably important! Your story highlights that admirably!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep, as AIs become more and more powerful, we’ll have some powerful dilemmas on our hands. The more power we give them the more useful, but also the more dangerous. AIs will be a Damocles Sword. Thanks Penny!


  8. Ha! Can’t get more authentic than that! Love this!

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  9. Ah ha…, your imagination is wilder then I remembered. Great story.

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  10. Dale says:

    Hah! Cheater! Definitely a fun one, Eric. Hmmm… just so happens I’m making pasta tonight… Coinkidink?

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! You know other folks were having pasta and also watching Terminator movies. That’s a whole sequence of coinkidinks. I thought there was something weird about this strange crystal sitting on my desk… 😉 Thanks Dale!

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  11. In that case, I’ll take one, too…but, only if there’s a video camera involved…I’ve just got to see the look on the poor Maltese person’s face! 🙂 ~Jelli on the lam

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