The New Hard Work

Photo by: Ellespeth.

The agricultural colony on the planet, Demeter, succeeded beyond all expectations. The previously untouched soil produced bumper crops every year, supplying 32% of Earth’s grain and vegetables.

Still, dark clouds loomed.

While the farmers of Demeter became richer each year, they claimed Earth taxed them too harshly. They worked hard day and night, they said, working their fingers to the bone.

Max Hendrickson, leader of the anti-taxation movement, sat on the porch of his sprawling farmhouse. Robots in the field hauled in hay bales. Other robots tilled the ground for the next crop. In the house, more robots cleaned the dishes from breakfast and started the roasts for lunch.

Max read the news while sipping his mint julep. As he absently set the large glass down he winced in pain. “Ow! Ow, ow.”

“What’s wrong, dear?” said his wife, Magdalena as she paused her soap opera stream.

Max flipped his hand. “I think I sprained my wrist.”

“Goodness me,” she soothed. “I told you colony life was difficult. You’re working too hard.”
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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29 Responses to The New Hard Work

  1. James says:

    Wait until the robot revolt.

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  2. List of X says:

    Well, if it weren’t for the Earth’s onerous taxes, he could have afforded a robot to lift his glass!

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  3. The poor man may cripple himself putting on his shoes some morning!

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  4. Jelli says:

    I saw the picture and just had to follow… so glad I did! Sprang wrist via mint julep…I could go for that one! HEheheh!


  5. Hahahahaha! It must be the United States that is taxing them! LOL! Poor Max, he isn’t doing a darn thing but is working too hard (sounds like our politicians!). Hahahahaha! Great story!

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  6. Mike says:

    A humorous story, which reminded me of the Boston Tea party, 😉

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  7. Shame on you for laughing at the travails of that intrepid explorer 🙂


  8. yarnspinnerr says:

    Agriculture and taxes …….. Interesting read.


  9. Lyn says:

    Reminds me of the occupants on the fully automated cruise ship, Axiom (Pixar’s animated movie, Wall-E) Poor things, bloated and unable to move under their own steam. Let the robots revolt! 😀


  10. goroyboy says:

    Poor Max. He needs to start training if he ever hopes to do 12oz curls.


  11. Ellespeth says:

    Too much mint made the julep heavy? Fitting name for the area.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. athling2001 says:

    Hard, indeed! Sounds like some definite problems for the future.

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