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MFTS: Reboot – Earth 2.0

Here is my contribution to Barbara Beacham’s Mondays Finish the Story. We get a photo and an opening sentence (which is in bold in my story). Then we have 150 words or so to finish the story. The opening sentence this week was contributed by Eric Wickland of Momus News.

Click on the blue froggy for this week’s other contributions.

 

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Copyright B.W. Beacham

 

At first, it looked like an ordinary marble, but it was far from it.

Merrax opened the protective covering to reveal a small blue and green globe. He handed it to the planetary mechanic (No Planet Too Small – Call Now!).

“Hmm, yes, funny smell coming from this,” said the mechanic.

Merrax nodded. “I popped some two-legged creatures on there for a science project and now it smells real bad.”

“Yep,” said the mechanic knowingly. “They’ve stunk the place up. Gases, oils, chemicals… expensive to fix.” His eyes gleamed.

“Isn’t there a cheap option?” asked Merrax. His mum was going to be so mad.

“Well,” said the mechanic. “We could reboot the whole… “

“Earth,” said Merrax.

“Whatever. Start anew. Wipe it all off. Much cheaper.”

Merrax had a think. “We’ll do that,” he decided.

“No worries.” The mechanic popped Earth in a machine and pressed a button. If you listened carefully, you could hear the screams of the dying emanating from the little globe.

“There you go, just like new!” said the mechanic. “Factory reset. Earth 2.0!”

 

  1. June 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I wish it was that easy to clean earth.

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  2. June 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I love your little stories. You have such a huge imagination. I always have to wonder “where did he get this idea from?” But I figure it’s just Drali-brain 🙂

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    • June 16, 2015 at 11:55 am

      That could be a condition – “he’s suffering from Dralibrain” 🙂
      I don’t know where I get my ideas from either, they just arrive. I’m glad you like them!

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      • June 16, 2015 at 11:10 pm

        Haha I love it. The next time I blurt out something that even remotely sounds like one of your stories I’m going to say I’m afflicted with Dralibrain… (Can’t say suffering, as there’s none of that going on.)

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      • June 17, 2015 at 7:23 am

        Yay, it could become a “thing”. Fame at last 🙂

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      • June 17, 2015 at 9:38 pm

        What??? To me you already are famous! 😉

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      • June 18, 2015 at 6:53 am

        🙂

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  3. June 15, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I hope we do better with 2.0 than we did with 1.0. Maybe we’ll make less of a mess second time around. Of course, it won’t BE us.

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    • June 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

      There might not be any two-legs this time around – once bitten, twice shy.

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  4. June 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Wonderful imagination…kudos

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  5. June 16, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Wasn’t there a Beta 2.0 version? I didn’t get to test it.

    DJ

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    • June 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      It was rubbish. You know how it is when they “improve” the user interface. And the mountains were all pixelated.

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      • June 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        It’s aways a “feature” and never a “bug” in those Beta releases.

        DJ

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      • June 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm

        I work in IT and all my upgrades are riddled with “features” 🙂

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      • June 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        Dilbert just developed an app that notifies you 5 minutes before you die. No much interest from advertisers.
        Hey! There’s an idea for a future post!

        DJ

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      • June 17, 2015 at 7:20 am

        That does sound like an ideal short story idea!

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  6. June 16, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Fantastic, so creative!!! This story is wonderful….

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    • June 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked my slightly off-the-wall story!

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  7. Francesca Smith
    June 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Yikes, but as usual, a very unique take on the prompt!

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    • June 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks! I bet no-one else this week writes about a mechanic rebooting the planet 🙂

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  8. June 16, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Hahaha this made me think of Horton Hears a Who 😉

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  9. June 16, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I do hope he re-installed the dinosaurs! Stomp! Stomp! Roar!

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    • June 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Yeah, dinosaurs 2.0 would be awesome! And the squirrels, obviously.

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      • June 16, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        I can’t wait to take pictures of all the cute sabretooth squirrels…. oops, I forgot. I won’t be around. 😦

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      • June 16, 2015 at 12:52 pm

        Boo 😦 Sabretooth squirrels sound awesome.

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  10. June 16, 2015 at 2:14 am

    great job Drali- a reboot does seem to be in order doesn’t it? this reminded me of the ending in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – but yours is much better of course :p

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    • June 16, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Yes, time to start afresh. Thanks for the compliment, I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  11. June 16, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Would that be Chad Merrax, perhaps? Or maybe Brad?
    All kidding aside this was good!

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    • June 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Maybe Chad or Brad in their younger days – before the weed 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  12. June 16, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Ali – you have such an amazing imagination! I love this story! The reference to them stinking up the place with gases, oils and chemicals? Priceless! Thanks again for another clever contribution to the MFtS challenge. Be well my friend… ^..^

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    • June 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked my contribution! You be well too 🙂

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  13. June 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Pardon me while get off during the reboot. Your imagination takes some strange twists and turns, Ali. Well done once again. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • June 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      This is a full system reboot, I’m afraid there’s no escape 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  14. June 16, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Oh, I love this, Earth 2.0 – just what we poor stewards deserve! I agree with evilsquirrel, bring on the dinosaurs! Excellent, just excellent!

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    • June 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you! Definitely time to start again, though I can’t promise the new inhabitants will take better care of the new Earth.

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  15. buddysmom13
    June 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I always like your stories and this had great dialogue too!

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    • June 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. I enjoy writing dialogue.

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  16. June 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Great take on the prompt. Inventive story and well executed. One of my favorites!

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    • June 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  17. June 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    No two-legged science experiments on Earth 2.0, please! I love this story! Very cleverly done. 🙂

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    • June 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Hopefully he’ll know better this time! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  18. June 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    A great extermination of the two legged problem~ Washed away in a trice~ Now we have an over-population of two winged characters flooding the airwaves with resurrection theories ~Well written Alister yet again a spot-on response 🙂

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    • June 17, 2015 at 7:19 am

      We need to watch ourselves – maybe this could happen!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  19. Martin C. Furman
    June 16, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Nice one. I love the healthy dose of humour the story comes with. When I first saw the title I thought we went with the same idea, but I couldn’t be more wrong… 🙂

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    • June 17, 2015 at 7:22 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I like writing humorous dialogue.
      I just read yours, a great “traditional” sci-fi short story, as in the sort of thing one might find in a sci-fi compilation 🙂

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  20. June 16, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I hope we don’t take Earth into a reset 3.0 – Nicely done sci-fi story.

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    • June 17, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Thanks! Maybe he’ll shy away from two-legged experiments this time around 🙂

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  21. June 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Great story! You really have a vivid and active imagination – I love it.

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  22. June 17, 2015 at 8:37 am

    how about trying for entirely herbivorous species this time? Everything holding hands/paws and skipping in harmony as they share plants. ❤

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    • June 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      That sounds ideal. I hope he tries that!

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  23. June 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Well, that’s one say to clean up the environment.
    Guess I should say bye now. See you in the next reboot.

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    • June 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      It is!
      Yup, I’ll see you again as soon as Merrax gives us all another go.

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  24. NotAPunkRocker
    June 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I got a mental picture of the bowling ball cleaner at the bowling alley with the “reboot”. Great take on it! 🙂

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    • June 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      A big one of those would be a good way to clean off the planet!
      Thanks 🙂

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  25. June 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    lol omg, Earth gets a reset! That’s what those stinky two-legged viruses get for destroying everything!

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  26. June 20, 2015 at 9:12 am

    ..and a clean world arised 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

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  27. June 21, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Let’s hope Earth 2.0 hasn’t got the glitches that say, Microsoft Vista did. 🙂
    Personally, I’m for a reboot that leaves the 2 legged creatures as extinct. What goes around comes around.
    Great humourous take on the prompt!

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    • June 21, 2015 at 6:16 am

      If it’s anything like Vista it’ll need to be twice as big to do only half as much, none of the drivers will be compatible with the cars and the trees will keep falling over (yes, my old laptop “runs” Vista!) 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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