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Design Flaw

It’s Wednesday. That means it’s time for Friday Fictioneers! Which was posted on Tuesday.

I’m confused 😦

Never mind. I have written my little story. I’ve gone all dialogue-y this week. I hope it’s not too confusing who is speaking, it’s tricky to do three people without any “he said, she said”.

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the talented Rochelle and the idea is to write approximately 100 words in response to a photo, which this week has been contributed by John Nixon. Thanks, John Nixon!

Have a read of all the other submissions for this week by clicking on the little blue froggy below.

forest

Copyright John Nixon

β€œWow, these twigs look huge! Like a forest! Your miniaturisation device worked, Professor.”

β€œIndeed yes, Major. A triumph!”

β€œSo, how do we de-miniaturise? Is that the correct term, Professor? De-miniaturise?”

β€œIndeed it is. I simply reverse the polarity of the emitter.”

β€œThe emitter? The emitter way up there? UsingΒ that absolutely massive screwdriver?”

β€œMmm, yes. In my line of work we call that a β€˜design flaw’.”

β€œIn our line of work we call that a monumental fu…”

β€œSecure that shit, Private!”

β€œSorry, Sir.”

β€œSo what do we do now? Yes, Private?”

β€œI suggest we run, Sir. That cat is coming back.”

  1. March 26, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Hehehe, I like it! πŸ˜€ Design flaw indeed.

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    • March 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      A bit of a biggie, as design flaws go πŸ™‚

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  2. NotAPunkRocker
    March 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    For some reason I picture Bunsen from the Muppets being the professor in this scenario…

    Well done! πŸ™‚

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    • March 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Heh heh, yes, sounds like something Bunsen would do πŸ™‚

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  3. March 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Love it, I’d be worried about the spiders as well as the cats πŸ™‚

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    • March 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      I’m worried about spiders even while full-sized πŸ™‚

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  4. March 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Oopsies I guess is too small a word for this. LOL Great take on the picture.

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    • March 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      I think if the professor had said “oopsies” they’d’ve shot him!

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  5. March 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    ha ha , brill πŸ˜‰

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    • March 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ Thought it was time for a more light-heated story.

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  6. March 27, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Loved it!!! I hope they can outrun the cat….

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  7. March 27, 2014 at 3:56 am

    “Honey, I Shrunk the Douchebags!”

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  8. March 27, 2014 at 6:08 am

    HaHa! GREAT story and perfectly executed! (which is, I am afraid, what just might happen to our brave blokes!)

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    • March 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Yes, I don’t give much for their chances right now 😦
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  9. March 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

    πŸ™‚ Nice one.

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  10. March 27, 2014 at 10:20 am

    haha great story πŸ™‚ but i hope they de-miniaturise soon!!

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    • March 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      They just have to evade the cat and maybe it will wear off πŸ™‚

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  11. March 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    So nice to have other people on the humor track this week. I’d say that was one major design flaw or, in this case, a Professor design flaw! I enjoyed this.

    janet

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    • March 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      I don’t usually read other stories before writing mine but I did this week, and after seeing a couple of funny ones (yours included) I decided to do humour as well.
      Ha, I knew there was a reason I made him a major instead of a colonel πŸ™‚

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  12. March 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Sometimes, what we wish for ends up backfiring. πŸ™‚

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  13. March 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    nice take on the prompt. anyway, even i feel small looking at those trees in the picture.

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    • March 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

      They are pretty impressive trees.

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  14. March 28, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Well, some days are just like that. I like your take on the prompt. A good read.

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    • March 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Hopefully their day will improve later. I’m sure the professor will think of something!

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  15. March 28, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant πŸ™‚

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    • March 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Thanks! I thought I’d do a “humour week” before I go back to my usual “killing all the characters off” thing.

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  16. March 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    “a monumental fu..,” that’s about right. I bet they look like mice to that cat.

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    • March 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      He’s certainly licking his chops in anticipation!

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  17. March 29, 2014 at 1:35 am

    LOL draliman! CATastrophic indeed!

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  18. March 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

    The Professor was not very brainy,was he?Letting Private play with his “design flaw”-now they can play with the cat-oops I meant the cat can play with them-unless she is hungry-meow! Ha!ha!Hilarious and loved the dialogues DR πŸ™‚

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    • March 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Maybe they can evade the cat – they are trained military personnel after all. Though they don’t seem too bright πŸ™‚

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      • April 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm

        πŸ™‚

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  19. March 29, 2014 at 11:46 am

    It’s like “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” for grown-ups! Nice!

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    • March 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      It will definitely be for grown-ups if the cat catches up to them!

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  20. March 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I have a shrinking feeling about this. They’re in a helluva predicament. Clever and funny.

    Oh…and sorry about the early posting. It was an accident. I schedule ahead and obviously did it for the wrong date. I was as discombobulated as anyone. I’ll try not to let it happen again.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • March 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      They are in a predicament indeed. Hopefully the professor will come up with a plan while the army guys concentrate on the cat.
      The accidental early posting was fun – it shook things up a bit!
      Ali

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  21. March 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    This was a great take! (Sorry…I couldn’t comment before.) These trees have that kind of mystical, enchanted quality. Science does not always go as planned! Oops! Just run.

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    • March 30, 2014 at 5:23 am

      When I saw the trees I almost went for a horror story but decided to opt for humour for a change.
      Hopefully they can evade the cat long enough for the professor to come up with a plan!

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  22. March 30, 2014 at 5:51 am

    You are so clever and this is hilarious! Hope they find some thread, and something to tie it on to like “The Borrowers.” My kids loved that movie and the book too. Outstanding piece! Nan

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    • March 30, 2014 at 5:56 am

      Thank you!
      Yes, they just need something to climb up and some way to adjust the mechanism. I’m sure they’ll work it out πŸ™‚

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  23. March 30, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Slurp, slurp, yum.

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    • March 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Guess they didn’t run fast enough πŸ™‚

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  24. March 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

    “Private, we shrunk ourselves”? hehehe That was very entertaining! πŸ™‚

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    • March 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      And now they’re a bit stuck πŸ™‚

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      • March 31, 2014 at 1:33 am

        Indeed! How are you gonna get them out of this mess?! lol

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      • March 31, 2014 at 7:21 am

        I’m sure their military minds will find a way!

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  25. March 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I loved this one. Darn those cats.

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    • March 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Fluffy little Tiddles isn’t so cute when you’ve been shrunk.

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  26. camgal
    March 31, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Hehe this certainly made me chuckle πŸ™‚

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    • March 31, 2014 at 7:21 am

      I thought I’d do some some humour for a change πŸ™‚

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