Lame Tesla

by , under Fiction Prompts, Friday Fictioneers

When Mr. Jurgens gave him an F on his project, Pete got really upset.

“Edison couldn’t understand that Tesla saw his inventions in visions,” Pete yelled. “They came to him in dreams and he built them!”

“Yes but Tesla’s inventions were functional. This isn’t.”

This took place in front of the whole class, which is how Pete got the nickname.

You see his work all over town. A mechanical spinning chicken that  lays candy eggs. The monkey perpetually pedaling a bicycle back and forth across a tightrope.

None of these machines  have a function either, but people love love them.


Friday Fictioneers

  1. James

    I read about Edison in history books as a child but never heard of Tesla until I was an adult. I also found out Edison was not a nice man and that Tesla, though brilliant, was also kind of nuts. Which one should Pete emulate?

  2. Sandra

    Sometimes the lack of function is almost a relief. We can just stand and stare and give full rein to our imaginations.

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Josh,

    Ooooh, I really want to see the spinning chicken laying candy eggs. That has to be impressive. I love a student who can prove his teacher wrong. Enjoyed the story.



  4. pennygadd51

    Machines that don’t have a function except to give pleasure are a really nice idea, and you’ve put it across well in your story.

  5. Lynn Love

    Sounds like Pete need only be himself to me – he’s making a pretty good fist of things being neither Tesla nor Edison. Nicely done, Josh and love the sound of his machines


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