Friday Fictioneers: Compromise

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. Click here to play along or just read more stories.

PHOTO PROMPT © Ronda Del Boccio


A ship flew over the city, darkening the sky. From it, two robots floated down via parachute. A crowd quickly gathered.

“We have come to destroy your city,” said one.

“We have come to enjoy your city,” said the other, at the same time.

“Delay. Your command contains an error,” each said simultaneously to the other.

“We must destroy the city.”

“No, we must enjoy the city.”

“Perhaps both commands are correct. We are to enjoy destroying the city.”

“Affirmative. We will enjoy destroying the city.”

In the ship, two programmers looked at each other. “You programmed your robot incorrectly.”

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  1. Sounds eerily similar to rule by committee, the bastion of mediocrity. Or in this case, being enjoyable obliterated. I thought we were going to get a reprieve there for a second. Funny video.

    The pretty puppy is looking at me.

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    1. Some may still get a reprieve. They might not enjoy destroying the city, and give up on further endeavors.

      That’s from one of my favorite shows, Flight Of The Conchords. They’re New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo. Their show is available on Amazon Prime. It’s one of my favorite things.

      Yes, she is. That’s Charlie. She the matriarch of our matriarchal society of dogs.

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      1. “New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” I dare you to say that 5 times fast. And they are only fourth? Comedy that broadcasts from an alternative dimension for sure. Charlie and her furry angels.

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    1. We don’t know how far up the chain of command this thing goes. I imagine it goes on indefinitely.

      If you liked the video, you’ll like the show. My roommate and I still make references to it or break into binary solos.

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      1. I’m not THAT old… I know what Amazon and Amazon Prime are 😉

        Lemme tell you about Amazon Prime and Netflix. Rip your hair out frustration all the time. What’s available here in Canada, not in US and vice versa. I have a weekly date night with my guy in the States. By the time we find something we can both watch, 3/4 times it sucks balls as a movie..

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      2. It wasn’t an age joke. It was a Canadian joke, eh.

        Psst. You didn’t hear this from me. VPN. You can tell the server you’re from anywhere in the world you want to pretend to be. If you want to watch something in the US, select a location in the US. It doesn’t always work. Some services will block anyone using a VPN. Some VPNs have workarounds for that. If you think of buying one, do some research first.

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      3. No. It’s nothing to turn it on and off. The only problem I’ve had was a compatibility issue with Grammarly. I found ProWritingAid instead, which is a much better and less expensive program anyway.


      4. Nothing. VPN is a virtual private network. It’s purpose is internet security. I use it on everything I use to access the internet. The workaround with the TV is a bonus perk if you get one that works with the Netflix/Amazon/Hulu block. Some people get them specifically for that.

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