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FF – DocuDrone 4000

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Roger Bultot.

Copyright Roger Bultot


“Good, yes, good shot, zoom…”

“This drone is great. This’ll be one hell of a documentary.”

“Yep! Lower… careful, CAREFUL! Okay, that was his carotid artery. What a mess.”

“It’s really hard to control.”

“Watch out… urgh. I hope she wasn’t right-handed.”

“Why are the rotor blades so sharp?”

“Dunno. We got it cheap from military surplus.”

“Zooming in for a headshot. Wonder what this button does?”

 Rat-a-tat-a-tat splatter.

“Oh, hell. Headshot is right.”

“What’s the name of this documentary, anyway?”

“Originally, Faces of Art. Now… Murder at the Museum? Bohemian Bloodbath? Thirty to Life, No Parole? Take your pick.”


  1. June 6, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Pretty careless not to try it out first, and I don’t think a museum would sanction the use of a drone inside in any case.


    • June 7, 2018 at 7:07 am

      I’m sure they had no problem flying it around in the field! The museum so wanted a bird’s eye view of their exhibits…

      Liked by 2 people

  2. June 6, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    So, that’s what happened to the Elgin Marbles!


    • June 7, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Yes, Elgin was one of the first and most unfortunate of the casualties…

      Liked by 1 person

  3. June 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Those “bargains” can be killer!!!! LOL! well done!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 7, 2018 at 7:10 am

      They did wonder why it was going so cheap 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. June 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Eek – grisly one! Great take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • June 7, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Thanks, I thought it was time for a bit of comedic bloodshed 🙂


  5. June 6, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Working in the world of TV I have heard the odd story of drones going out of control, on one particular show the operator lost the tip of a finger intercepting his drone before it could harm others, so this isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem!


  6. June 6, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    I shouldn’t be laughing but I am! Great story! 😀


    • June 7, 2018 at 7:12 am

      It’s okay to laugh, it’s all just a bit of fun! Well, not for the unfortunate victims 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. June 6, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Ha ha, great dialogue, especially the last line. When life gives you accidental blood baths, make a Bloody Mary? 🙂


    • June 7, 2018 at 7:13 am

      Ha, I can see them sipping away while they wait for the authorities to knock on their booth 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. June 7, 2018 at 2:32 am

    Just who hired these two nincompoop amateurs, anyway?
    Funny stuff.


    • June 7, 2018 at 7:13 am

      Evidently the museum was trying to save as much money as they were when they bought the cut-price drone 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. June 7, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Brilliant! I could almost hear them talking – and that drone rat-a-tatting!

    Click to read my FriFic tale


    • June 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      It’s all about creating the image in the readers’ minds 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. June 7, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Hilarious and gruesome at the same time.


  11. June 7, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Whoops! That should make the TV news in prime time. I agree it’s both horrendous and hilarious. 😀 — Suzanne


  12. June 7, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Blood spatter does make for great abstract art. I’m sure Jackson Pollack would have used that medium himself if he didn’t mind the prison time…


    • June 7, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      That’s true. The uninjured visitors probably thought it was performance art and applauded at the end.


  13. June 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Reading the directions and personal drone practice should have be taught in ‘Making A Documentary 101’ but those true creative types never think they actually need school. Enjoyed!!


    • June 7, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Nobody reads the instructions these days… I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Merbear74
    June 7, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I guess it is true…you get what you pay for. 🙂


    • June 7, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Yep. An airborne killing machine for hardly any money 🙂


  15. June 7, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Such a different take on the prompt. So glad I wasn’t there. Cheers!


  16. June 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    they should have tested it first in an open field. too late now.


  17. June 7, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Great job.


  18. June 8, 2018 at 9:33 am

    An excellent metaphor for the way some people behave; the consequences are less extreme but the carelessness is the same. Nice story, Ali.


    • June 8, 2018 at 11:38 am

      So many people do things on the expectation that something bad will never happen, rather than planning for it. I’m glad you liked it!


  19. June 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I love the way you pile on the awful damage, all in that offhand, well, these things happen, way.


    • June 8, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      They didn’t seem too bothered by it, did they? 🙂


  20. June 8, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Any of those titles in the last line would work. Too funny. Love the dark humor in this.




    • June 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      They’ll be (in)famous one way or the other. I’m glad you liked it!


  21. AMelodyPearson
    June 8, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Love dark humor.


    • June 9, 2018 at 5:03 am

      I glad you liked it, I like writing dark humour!


  22. June 9, 2018 at 4:14 am

    A gruesome tale. Great job, I enjoyed the dialogue! =)


    • June 9, 2018 at 5:04 am

      It was pretty bloody this week 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. June 9, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    A bloodthirsty story. I liked the perspective of looking down, as in the photo, linked to flying a drone around the gallery. Dark humour in the way the guys changed the name of the documentary ! Made me smile.


    • June 10, 2018 at 4:38 am

      I’m glad you liked it, bloodthirsty as it was 🙂 The high viewpoint immediately made me think of a drone flying around.


  24. June 9, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Love the title!


  25. June 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Eew. Their “humor” in renaming their documentary was pretty brutal. Really good write, though–kept me engaged even with the splatting and defacing 🙂


    • June 10, 2018 at 4:44 am

      It’s a fast-moving world, they needed to stay on top of their production even if they’ll be finishing it in jail 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  26. gahlearner
    June 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    I love this, too funny. ‘I hope she wasn’t right-handed’ had me rofl-ing. Python-esque.


  27. Trisha
    June 10, 2018 at 4:14 am

    This had me giggling all the way through! “Okay, that was his carotid artery. What a mess.” So matter of fact. No freaking out. They just keep going. 😂


    • June 10, 2018 at 4:46 am

      They’re consummate professionals, they’ve seen it all. Though they usually don’t cause the incidents they’re filming 🙂


  28. Sarah Ann
    June 10, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Sooooooooo funny. Wonderful.


  29. June 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Ouch… I wonder if it’s not gonna be “shot at dawn”


    • June 10, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      A good name for their documentary, and also what’s probably going to happen to them.


  30. June 10, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Did the museum staff sleep through this? Bloody hilarious. 😀


  31. June 13, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Playing with drones is not without risk… 😀


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