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Friday Fictioneers – Prototype

24 July, 2015

Friday. Fictioneers. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Rochelle sends the world a prompt pic:


and each of these writers creates 100 words of fiction in response. I’ll leave you with my 100 words. Thanks for visiting, don’t forget to tip your waitresses and exit via the gift shop.



Gerald sighed. ‘I don’t know how this happened.’

Oswald knew. The prototype had not been right that Friday but, at quarter to five, he had fudged the tests, signed it off as finished. He squirmed silently in his chair, eyes on his chewed fingernail.

Gerald placed the blue-and-white orb on his desk. It leant, ever-so-slightly, to one side. ‘See?’ he said, gesturing, ‘The centre of gravity is off.’

‘Maybe they won’t even notice,’ Oswald ventured, ‘the temperature might vary slightly across its orbit but…’

‘Well it’s too late now, He installs tomorrow. We’ll claim it’s a feature; call it…. seasons.’


  1. Clever! And by the way…I think we noticed.

  2. Their performance appraisal read, “When details are staffed out to Oswald and Gerald, things go a little wonky. They should be smited and made to suffer The Wrath. Transfer to North Dakota asap.”

  3. Brilliant! I could feel the anxiety about testing this “prototype.” Neat twist on this photo!

  4. Superb! Actually, I’m glad they let it go o ut unchanged – I like seasons!

  5. To think that we could possibly have seasons because of a lazy employee! I really enjoyed your story. 🙂

  6. This explains a lot. What a great idea. If this is the prototype, where is the finished product? Did it go into mass production?

  7. excellent take on the prompt! I am sure a LOT of things get fudged at a quarter to five 🙂

  8. Nice! I loudly, “HA’d” at the end.

  9. Dale permalink

    What a great error! I am a season-lover too!

  10. I knew there was an explanation. It was a Friday afternoon job. Could that explain us humans, too? That would give us an excuse. Very clever story.

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