Photo Prompt courtesy Douglas M. MacIlroy

People are really ungrateful.

You create your entire world around them, love them, feed them, treat their smallest wish as your command.

But you inadvertently commit the tiniest error, and they crib and cry, they whine and complain.

And it’s not like it’s the end of the world, come to think of it.

One small mistake.

Just this once, I forgot to insert a brain in a human, and so much brouhaha. I did give him a thick set of carrot-colored hair to compensate for it, didn’t I?

Look at him playing with that nuclear football, so cute…..



99 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a story in 100 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt. To read many more interesting 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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38 Responses to Errata

  1. Kalpana Solsi says:

    Indeed people without brains are the most dangerous. Playing (misusing) with nuclear energy is one of them.

  2. draliman says:

    Ooh, this reminds me of someone, it’s on the tip of my tongue… 🙂

  3. neilmacdon says:

    Ahh. The wee orange bampot. I recognised him

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Even the creator had no idea what they had unleashed…!

  5. i b arora says:

    without brains, feels like a familiar scenario

  6. Oh my goodness, the ending is hilarious, I didn’t see that coming. Very creative story!

  7. Sandra says:

    Didn’t mention the microscopic hands, nor the third grade vocabulary. Good one.

  8. plaridel says:

    i wanted to believe you’re not referring to someone who became president. 🙂

  9. Abhijit Ray says:

    Who needs a brain? No one is complaining lack of brain, as long as there is blue pill.

  10. pennygadd51 says:

    What a wonderfully creative take on the prompt!

  11. Small mistake, massive consequences! Oops indeed!

  12. That was a nice touch, giving him red hair instead of blond. 🙂

  13. lisarey1990 says:

    Really creative. So many people can’t see that what they may see as small mistakes can have bigger consequences on others. Great metaphor.

  14. Dear Anurag,

    Small mistake? Some days the magic works and some days it doesn’t.



  15. Indira says:

    Interesting take on the prompt.

  16. jillyfunnell says:

    Clever take. However I think there must be plenty more brains missing, hence the outcome of the election.

  17. Different take on the prompt, the brainless are the most dangerous

  18. But can he really do anything..? no one has such small hands

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