Perfectly Ordinary

Photo by: Dawn M. Miller

The train sailed over the old tracks, hovering millimeters above them with superconductors.

Virgil’s great-grandfather, Bertram, groaned. “First you clone me, resurrecting me from cells, and now a hovering train. It’s too much for me, born in the 1800s!”

“Hovertrains are perfectly ordinary,” argued Virgil.

The train entered a tunnel in Wyoming.


The train reappeared in the Siberian railway.

Old Bertram moaned, “What the…?”

“Wormhole tunnel,” shrugged Virgil. “Perfectly ordinary.”

“One more crazy innovation,” spat Bertram. “And I’ll die of a heart attack!”

Brent held the soup that nanobots created in seconds. He grinned sheepishly. “Look! Perfectly ordinary stew.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers:

Author’s Notes:

Superconductors in trains:

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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25 Responses to Perfectly Ordinary

  1. lisarey1990 says:

    Great atmosphere and visuals.

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  2. James Pyles says:

    I bet you found a perfectly ordinary way to clone memories, too. 😉

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  3. Hah! Good one, Eagle Aye! Very clever.

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  4. An old soul can only take so much, even if fed by a freshly cloned heart.

    His outraged made me grin.


  5. Let him have a heart attack, they can always clone another one 🙂

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  6. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    I feel there are many of my parent’s generation who already feel this way, and they weren’t born centuries ago. Though I shouldn’t laugh. Who knows what technology will confuse me and have me calling for my grandchildren to help in the future. Poor Old Bertram. I hope Virgil remembers to be patient.


  7. draliman says:

    Poor Bertram, a man caught out of time 🙂


  8. Iain Kelly says:

    There’s only so much change an old-timer can take…


  9. kirizar says:

    I’m eating my homemade soup while reading this and would definitely opt for something made by Nano it’s.
    I suspect adding the cauliflower and red cabbage was a mistake.


  10. Dale says:

    It’s too much! Poor Bertram… give the old bugger a rest…


  11. Sounds futuristic but not dissimilar to how anyone growing older regards change!!


  12. That’s great! I wish there was such a thing.. 😉


  13. Abhijit Ray says:

    Virgill is making extraordinary look ordinary but not able to remove hunger and death.


  14. Dear Eric,

    Love this. We take for granted what’s perfectly ordinary, don’t we? These things wouldn’t be perfectly ordinary to Bertram. Well imagined and written. Love it.




  15. Very sensitive of him to give his great-grandfather something familiar, ordinary stew to help restore and ground him. The trauma of the new could have killed him “again.” A wonderful futuristic world you created and I would love to ride a hover anything (car or train). Well written!


  16. granonine says:

    Love the sci-fi aspect to this one. And a little humor thrown in for good measure 🙂


  17. Violet Lentz says:

    Hold your hat Bertram, it’s going to be a wild ride!!! Excellent!!


  18. James McEwan says:

    I feel for him, where were they going zapping through worm holes? I’ll keep my eyes closed the next time I am in a train tunnel.


  19. Ira PT says:

    Even a simple transition becomes scary if one has no idea of its existence. Well crafted Future tour…


  20. You come out in Siberia? What a bummer.
    If they do resurrect me, I want to come back young. Being an old codger once is enough.


  21. Lyn says:

    Poor old great granddad, what a thing to do to him.
    Can I ask a question? Who’s Brent? Am I missing something?


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