The Weak Spot

Photo by: Na’ama Yehuda

The armies of sixteen nations struck at the rampaging alien machine. They tried bombs, lasers, microwave weapons, achieving nothing.

Finally, they dispatched Colonel Connelly Ekstrum. Known for being cool under fire, he stood still as the ten-story tall machine stepped towards him.

I wanted to run, but then Ekstrum said, “The aliens who built it must be very tall.”

As buildings toppled, I said, “What?”

“Every machine has a weakness, so designers make sure that weakness is hard to get at.”

“So?”

A giant foot came down meters away. “That’s to avoid this.”

Ekstrum reached out, and pushed the OFF button.
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2020/12/30/1-january-2021/

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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13 Responses to The Weak Spot

  1. pennygadd51 says:

    Neat twist. Reminds me of Marvin in Hitch-hiker. “What a depressingly stupid machine!”

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  2. liz young says:

    Hope he pressed that OFF button before the foot reached the ground!

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  3. bearmkwa says:

    Good one. Happy New Year!

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  4. draliman says:

    Almost as big a design flaw as putting an exhaust port with direct access to the reactor on your brand new death star… 🙂

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  5. Ouch, that’s a worst flaw than the exhaust port on the Death Star. 🙂 Nice story. Happy New Year!
    -David

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  6. Lyn says:

    If only the Corona virus had an OFF button.

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  7. granonine says:

    Oh, how wonderful if we could just reach out and push the stop button!

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  8. Dear Eric,

    Would that we had not only an OFF switch but a reboot as well. Quite off the wall but not under(giant) foot.

    Shalom and happy new year,

    Rochelle

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  9. ahtdoucette says:

    LOL. Tasslehoff Burrfoot moment? (If you’ve never read Dragonlance then never mind and forget I said that!) Either way, great story!

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  10. msjadeli says:

    Ingenious! There’s a reason they called for Ekstrum!

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  11. rogershipp says:

    Ingenius! Enjoyed!!

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  12. Hilarious! You definitely had me “reading on” to see what on earth was going to happen.

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  13. Michael Humphris says:

    The trick is finding the off button, that is not always straight forward.

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