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FF – Rise of the Machines

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Claire Sheldon. Obviously, this photo speaks of dire consequences for mankind.

To read this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Claire Sheldon

 

He didn’t know. How could he know?

Every day, Jeff arrived at his desk. Every day he sifted through mounds of old data, sorting, checking and scanning. Every day, he shredded old data and threw the staples in a jar.

He could never have known…

… that his staple collection had achieved critical mass. That the staples had become self-aware.

In offices everywhere, staplers rose up against their masters. Fingers were pierced, while sheaves of important documents fell apart at inopportune moments. Important meetings collapsed. Civilisation fell. The world burned.

He hadn’t known. How could he have known?

 

  1. July 5, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I always wonder about vegetables. What if tomatoes got seriously angry at us?They could snatch the pizza from our hands! The horror! The terror!

    I loved it 😀

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:38 am

      That would be the final straw 😦

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  2. July 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Oh the horror. How long until the pens and copiers join the revolution?

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  3. July 5, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    “His staple collection had achieved critical mass.” Brilliant! Perhaps that’s how all life came to being.

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  4. Adam Ickes
    July 5, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I never did meet a staple I could trust. Of course I’ve never met one I couldn’t either. Honestly, I’ve never given it much thought. I can say for certain that I will never fully trust them again after reading what they’re capable of.

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:39 am

      It’s important that word gets out about these insidious devices.

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  5. July 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Terrifying!

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  6. July 5, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    This was heaps of fun, Ali! It’s just a question of time before other items begin joining in on the revolt…

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Keep your eyes peeled for strange goings on at your desk. Ballpoint meetings and so forth 🙂

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      • July 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

        Right now, there seems to have been some kind of ransack. The place is totally a mess… Methinks I may be late…

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      • July 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm

        Yeah, that’s definitely it 🙂

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  7. July 5, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Brilliant. I urge everyone to use paper clips in future, but, whatever you do, DO NOT link them together!

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  8. July 5, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I will not sleep tonight… being attacked by staples is serious matters. Good to know that I also saw staples and shredding.

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Don’t take your eyes off that office equipment…

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  9. July 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I have to get the staples out…they scare me🤗Pawkisses for a stapless…century😘❤😻

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  10. July 5, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Staples of the World, Unite!

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  11. July 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    What a delightful read. The idea of the pierced fingers made me cringe! That is SO painful.

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:43 am

      I stapled my thumbs together once. Damn staplers 🙂

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  12. July 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I’m keeping a vigilant eye on my stapler as I write. You can’t be too careful. Thank you for the reminder. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I would, you can never be too careful indeed 🙂
      Ali

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  13. michael1148humphris
    July 5, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I never saw that coming. Staplers and me do not usually get on, now I know why.

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

      No-one did. Who could have guessed? I don’t get on well with staplers either!

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  14. July 5, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Great story! …..looks nervously at stapler which has moved closer as the theme from Jaws suddenly starts playing in the background………………

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  15. July 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    A reasonable question: how *could* we have known, when all along it’s been the post-it notes who seemed primed for revolution? That or the ballpoint pens, with all that popping up and down. My cat always wants to knock the pens off the desk and onto the floor. Maybe she knows something about their evil plans and is trying to warn me!

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Yeah, post-its get everywhere… My money is on the pens, though. How do they keep disappearing? Where are they all going? 😦

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  16. July 5, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Whoa! Self-aware staples, who would’ve thunk it. Love the sci-fi element to your story 🙂

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  17. July 6, 2017 at 12:50 am

    in the future when they’re embedded with thinking chips, this will become the new reality. better treat them nice. they can only take abuse to an extent.

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

      No more yanking them out of pages and chucking them in a corner. Revolution!

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  18. July 6, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Ha I love this!! 😂
    I have a fear of a hair brush revolt. ☹️

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  19. July 6, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Ha ha. I’ve now locked my stapler away…

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  20. July 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Ha, ha. If staplers arise and staples disconnect how will we ever get organized again. The disorganized will be the only ones to survive. Oh, the horror. One bright spot is no aliens in their right minds would want to invade. Good writing, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Unless they’re aliens who are heavily into office supplies 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

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  21. July 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Superb writing!

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  22. July 6, 2017 at 9:56 am

    That speaks to me, all right. When I temped at a job at UPS, I got my tie sliced in a paper cutter. Conspiracy! Good story, Ali!

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Office’s are frightfully dangerous places! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  23. July 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    “this photo speaks of dire consequences for mankind.”. My first thoughts exactly 😉 Great stuff

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    • July 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

      You’ve gotta think that when you see a big jar of office supplies…
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  24. July 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Staples Unite! the cry sounded! 🙂 Loved it!

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  25. July 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Hahaha! The Revenge of the Staples and Staple guns! Scary! Great story Ali!

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  26. July 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Now you’ve got me worried! Nice one.

    Please click to read my FriFic

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  27. July 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Hope they haven’t invited the thumb pins to the party.

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    • July 7, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Me too. I don’t want to have to check the floor before getting out of bed every day 😦

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  28. July 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Despair, this is only the beginning. You know the cpoy machines that can staple the documents? That’s where they organize. Stapler-net. It’s only a matter of time until they take over. Which will be a shame, because then we won’t get more of your fun stories.

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    • July 7, 2017 at 6:58 am

      I always thought that stapling copier was looking at me funny…
      Don’t worry, if the worst happens I’ll go “underground” 🙂

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  29. July 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Good one, Ali! I see we were both thinking of Jeff today. He must be the universal alpha office worker. 🙂
    By the way (Smug looks) WE have a little clicker that cuts a small strip and folds it so WE don’t need to over-use staples. Nevertheless, since I’ve been wielding a can of insecticide all week, I could give the office supplies quick swish just to be on the safe side.

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    • July 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      It’s a good name, it brings a certain type of person to mind 🙂
      We don’t have a clicker, we just have a stapler which I cut my finger on a couple of weeks ago 😦

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  30. July 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Maybe I had better get them thrown away!

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  31. July 8, 2017 at 2:51 am

    This is very well conceived – liked the layers and the larger connotations.

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  32. July 8, 2017 at 6:10 am

    This is why I keep my desk a mess and just leave all the papers piled up and unorganized in the corner of……………………..

    Oh no! What if that pile of papers is achieving…………. critical mass!?!?!?!?!?

    Human civilization…… done in by an outbreak of paper cuts.

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    • July 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Eek and ouch! You don’t feel anything, then suddenly you’re bleeding from everywhere… Tidy your desk, dammit!

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  33. July 9, 2017 at 3:19 am

    You know, I’ve never trusted my stapler. Every time I have to open it to add more staples, I’m convinced the darn thing is going to close on my fingers. Staplers are scary!

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    • July 9, 2017 at 5:17 am

      Nasty, dangerous things. I hate them. And that was before I knew they were trying to take over the planet 🙂

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  34. July 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve never met a staple I could trust. Got to be wary of that staple gun and the one hole punch that can kill.

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    • July 9, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      The hole punches will be the shock troops of the revolution.

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  35. July 10, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Jeff shouldn’t blame himself. It’s the shredder’s fault really. If only it had bigger teeth it would have controlled the staples. Nice apocalyptic take this week ☺

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    • July 11, 2017 at 6:49 am

      You’re right, the shredder should have made short work of them. And now we’re all doomed 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  36. July 11, 2017 at 3:05 am

    I’ve been attacked by the little bastards before, it was only a matter of time, really.

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  37. July 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

    You’ve played on man’s inherent fear of being attacked by those evil, sharp little metal things well for this one. Love it! 🙂

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    • July 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Well, there was that one toddler who was run over in a shopping mall by a security robot. It’s the beginning of the end!

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