Empire; conquest; power

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

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28 thoughts on “Empire; conquest; power”

  1. This w as a fun read, I related well.
    Your preaching of “international politics, morality, corruption, and money. โ€˜Same old,โ€™ 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 somewhereโ€ฆ 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

    1. ๐ŸคŽ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Jim ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸคŽ ~ those are some lovely memories; I’m really impressed by how you repurposed those alarm clocks!


  2. 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!

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