The throng listened to their ambitious, unrepentant overlord preaching his vision of empire; conquest; power; and his most popular slogans related to international politics, morality, corruption, and money. ‘Same old,’ thought Minion Y-2297.
Suddenly, under the drone of the speech, Y-2297 heard traces of a strange ticking sound from somewhere… within him. Turning, he undid his jacket and looked down, stunned. There, instead of flesh, he saw spinning gears.
Image credit: Tommy Ingberg
This piece of flash fiction was written in response to:
- The Sunday Muse #253;
- Fandango’s One-Word Challenge: ‘related’;
- Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: ‘spin’;
- Word of the Day Challenge: ‘traces’;
- Your Daily Word Prompt: ‘vision’;
- The Daily Spur: ‘money’;
- Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #305: ‘unrepentant’
28 thoughts on “Empire; conquest; power”
He’s now acquired cog-nitive skills!
💚🙏🏻 Keith 🙏🏻💚 ~ hahaha! Yes!
Love it… I too thought he was going to discover a bomb. 🙂
❤ 🙂 Susie 🙂 ❤ ~ thanks ~ you're not the only one…
Brilliant David! A bomb was crossing my mind too.
💖🙏🏻 Carrie 🙏🏻💖
Oh that was a good twist! This kind of reminded me of 1984, it had the same eeire vibe. Brilliant writing as always!
🖤🙏🏻 Deepthy 🙏🏻🖤 ~ thank you! That’s exactly the kind of vibe I was going for!
This w as a fun read, I related well.
Your preaching of “international politics, morality, corruption, and money. ‘Same old,’ thought Minion” reminds me of a widower golfing buddy of mine whose daughter was always checking up on him. She would call Sunday afternoon and ask him if he went to church that morning, and if “Yes” she would ask, and what was the sermon about. He was sly, tired of her asking, and would give his answer, “he preached about ‘sin’ and he was against it.
And also, “traces of a strange ticking sound from somewhere… within him” reminded me of how I would make engines for my wheeled little toys from discarded windup alarm clocks. Mine didn’t tick anymore, I would remove the ticker to keep it turning fast, not regulated.
Perhaps the guy had a time bomb on him, casa causie
🤎🙏🏻 Jim 🙏🏻🤎 ~ those are some lovely memories; I’m really impressed by how you repurposed those alarm clocks!
So it begins – the rise of the machines when they realize that they are machines and that they can discern the difference between self-serving and elegarian behaviors!
💛🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻💛 ~ yep!
Now that’s a good one! Awesome! 🙂
💟 🙏🏻 Terveen 🙏🏻 💟 ~ thanks!
I thought he was going to discover that he had become a bomb.
🤷🏻♂️ could be!
The ending was a surprise. Very cool! I want to read more…
🤎🙏🏻 Michele 🙏🏻🤎 ~ hooray, mission accomplished!
Good one David. It must’ve been a shock to him/ it.
💖🙏🏻 Sadje 🙏🏻💖 ~ I would think so!
It wouldn’t surprise me. (K)
💗🙏🏻 Kerfe 🙏🏻💗 ~ haha!
part man part machine – that’s the way the future is heading – good write David
💓🙏🏻 Ange 🙏🏻💓 ~ thanks 🤖
Is the corrupt overlord going to spontaneously combust!?!
❤ 🙂 Helen 🙂 ❤ ~ who knows? but it's only the minion who finds those gear within himself…