Fandango’s Flying Machine

The villagers always ‘knew’ that Fandango was a mad scientist, but they were still shocked when they saw his latest creation. And their trust in his craziness was complete when he stood on a platform on top of the monstrosity, and like Moses, spread his arms and proclaimed- “On this machine, one day, I shall fly away.”

Photo prompt courtesy Fandango.

Days turned into months, and months into years, but Fandango refused to come out of the machine.

And then, one day, a great personality came to their village. The greatest human being who ever lived, the messiah of the masses, the fittest, and the most intelligent leader their country had ever seen.

And as he started speaking, the blades of the machine started rotating due to the wind generated by his words.  They moved slowly at first, and then, faster, faster, faster, till they were moving so fast that they blew away everything and everyone in front of them, and then….just as the great leader used the magic word- ‘covfefe‘, Fandango and his machine finally took off.


175 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy. The objective is to write a flash fiction story of 175 words or less, based on the weekly photo prompt. This week’s photo was contributed by Fandango, so I took the liberty of using his name as that of the protagonist of my story. I sincerely hope that the real Fandango will not mind, and apologize in advance if he will :-). For more information on the challenge, visit HERE. To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.




About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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21 Responses to Fandango’s Flying Machine

  1. joem18b says:


    you can see the real fandango in the series “toast of london” on netflix.


  2. Akshata Ram says:

    phew that was something- quite an imagination!

  3. Fandango says:

    “The villagers always ‘knew’ that Fandango was a mad scientist….” Ha! Not a scientist, but definitely mad! And thanks for finally solving the “covfefe” riddle. It’s a magic word that means to conjure up a supernatural bloviator.

  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    This is one of your best, with some pretty strong political satire squeezed into your very few words. Good job.

  5. Excellent ending! Made me laugh. I can picture the scene…

  6. Hahahaha! Great story! You made it humorous and lively! Loved it!

  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha, excellent – a windbag of the first order.

  8. yarnspinnerr says:

    A delightful read. Kudos.

  9. rogershipp says:

    “And as he started speaking, the blades of the machine started rotating due to the wind generated by his words.” That’s the line that got me chuckling!!! Enjoyed!

  10. athling2001 says:

    Great story! Love the ending.

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