Watching the Watchers

Watching the Watchers - PhotoBy, Nan Claire Falkner

Amy finished putting away the leftovers in the cooler while Joe put up his camera equipment. Birding was so rewarding. The seasons changed and the birds migrated spring and fall each year. How lovely to sit on the Dock and watch the ducks fly south for the winter. Waving good-bye to them, Joe snapped one last picture for his yearly portfolio.

The earth began to shake. Amy could see walking giant robots across the water getting closer every day.

The Robot General laughed as he watched the humans from his binoculars and ticked off another species. β€œIf only they knew!”

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42 thoughts on “Watching the Watchers

  1. Hey Nan — Should I get my welder out to stop those Walking Giant Robots or should l just get a lasso to tie up their feet like they did in Star Wars. …. Nah, I like the welder.

    • Dear Sandra, Thank you for stopping by and reading my story. I was so busy this week with company, I didn’t even start writing until this afternoon (Friday – Kansas City time). My take is somewhat sci-fi but I guess it could happen some day – I hope not, though. Nan πŸ™‚

  2. Giant robots who laugh! Maybe we could expose them to some really bad jokes and they might go away. I like your peaceful little scene, before the earth starts to shake. A really clever idea.

    • Dear Margaret, Thank you for stopping by and reading my story! Yes, we need some bad jokes all right! Sometimes I think when it’s peaceful, beware of the coming trouble.

    • Dear Maree, Love your name too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my story. I think the great outdoors isn’t meant to have giant robots killing everything in sight. Thanks, Nan πŸ™‚

    • Dear Draliman, You are absolutely right! Have you every felt your hair standup because you thought someone was watching you? I have and it’s creepy! Thanks for stopping by! Nan πŸ™‚

    • Dear Rochelle, We saw a drone flying in Shawnee Mission Park recently so maybe there really are robots watching us! Have a good week Rochelle and thanks for stopping by. Also, thank you for being our fearless leader – you do an absolutely wonderful job! Nan πŸ™‚

    • Dear Anita, It is sort of “War of the Worldish” But, I think it’s just a matter of time that something like this happens. Well . . . it could! Thanks for stopping by Anita! Nan πŸ™‚

  3. Dear Nan,

    ‘Amy could see walking giant robots across the water getting closer every day.’ This sentence has two things that are somewhat confusing. I want it to read…’giant robots walking across the water…’ Is that possible what you meant? I don’t know. Second is….’getting closer every day.’ The entire story is set in the ‘now’ yet this sentence rips us out of the now and has us twanging back and forth like a bowstring as we try to decipher what has been seen, when, and for how long.

    I mention these items because I think you will treat the questions as just that and not an unwarranted critique. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for clarification or for a warning to back off.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  4. Nan, I agree that I don’t like the tone the robot general is taking. For the ground to be shaking they must be on the move. I would caution that couple to run and hide if possible. O_o Well written. πŸ™‚ — Susan

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