Friday, December 14, 2012

The Right Tool


If you’d told Harold a month ago he’d be building a miniature Dyson sphere for an entire race of nearly-microscopic entities, he’d have thought you were crazy. This was assuming he were able to figure out what you meant in the first place. 

In simplest terms, Harold was, most definitely, not a handy fellow. His makeshift workshop was really more for show than destined to serve any purpose.

When the aliens’ took control of his mind, however, Harold was obliged to do as they required or else. Quite unexpectedly, he became no less a tool than those crowding his garage.


This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction prompt based on a photo by Doug MacIlroy.  

12 comments:

  1. Clever take on the prompt. I had to google Dyson Sphere; nice work.

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  2. Well done, especially his becoming a tool to the aliens. You really have to watch out for those aliens!!

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  3. Oh I have to wonder how their choice will work out for the aliens!

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  4. Very clever. I didn't know what a Dyson sphere was either. I learned something new today!

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  5. Awesome story, I hope they know what they're doing with Harold.

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  6. Resistance is futile. Guess you could say that Harold had to just suck it up. Good job, Jeffrey.
    shalom,
    Rochelle

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  7. The scariest aliens are sometimes the smallest.

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  8. Harold sounds like a useful tool. A Dyson sphere sounds a tad challenging to create in.a garage.

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  9. Dear jeffrey,

    I love it that you had people scrambling to look up Dyson Sphere. Of course i knew what it was because that's really what the picture is of. Ring world protoypes in the background.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  10. The first line set the whole thing up. Loved it even more, after looking up what a Dyson Sphere was...

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