Stop the Machine-men!

PHOTO PROMPT© Ted Strutz

Gramps thinks the machine-men are going to take over the world.  Said he saw his first one in the battle of Heartbreak Ridge.  That’s why he won’t buy Chinese or Korean goods – he thinks the Chinese started it.  But now he is convinced the US made their own machine-men.

Last night he ran out of the house, blasting away with his shotgun, shouting about machine-men.

Craig was working his 4-wheeler and the engine was in pieces.  In the morning Gramps pointed to the parts spread over the yard to prove he hit a machine-man.

Mom is looking into nursing homes….

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Friday Fictioneers is hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo by @ Ted Strutz. If you want to join or see other stories, go to the inlinkz linkup.

I haven’t been keeping up with my blog in the last couple of weeks. Sorry if I didn’t read your FF post last week (I hit a few…) and just a warning that I might not read many this week.

55 thoughts on “Stop the Machine-men!

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sure he never got over it – nobody knew much about PTSD back then and a lot of vets had issues. Perhaps he already was shooting clay pigeons and that is where the shotgun came from… Of course, if he was at Heartbreak Ridge, he is about 90, so may need a more relaxing hobby…

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  1. Lorraine

    A lot of folks came back from war “not quite right” and who knows what Gramps really saw over there? Your machine-men made me think of Dr. Who’s Cybermen. Perhaps Gramps isn’t as “off” as he seems?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I agree that what Gramps saw in the war was most likely much worse than any machine-man could ever be. Right now, though, if robots are taking over, I think they are starting with huge ‘bot armies on the Internet…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Taking the shotgun away is the first step, though maybe not the easiest (“You can take the gun out of my cold, dead hands…”) It is hard walking the fine line between the dark humor and feeling for poor Gramps.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      He might be right in a way, but perhaps needs to go after them a bit more subtly… These days the robots (bots) you are most likely to meet are on the Internet.

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  2. msjadeli

    It’s too bad Gramps’ mind doesn’t match his mobility. I’m so glad nobody caught buckshot. It’s not funny but when he was convinced he’d gotten one of the machine-men I smiled.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is tragic, yet with a twist of sick humor thrown in… And, yeah, for a half a second I did think of ending it with, “Who knew Craig was a machine-man, he seemed so normal…” but that would have pushed the bad taste envelope too far…

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