The Good Engineer

Image copyright: Ted Strutz

Image copyright: Ted Strutz

Flight Engineer Hallowes studied the specialist tools slotted into the locker in the control room hoping they would present him with the remedy to the capsule’s failing water purification system.

“Think back to the orientation sessions,” urged the Commander. “Surely we covered this.”

Hallowes was quiet for a moment. “Yeah,” he said, “But remember I missed a couple – bad flu.” What he didn’t say was that he had sneaked off to Vegas for some leisure time with Lana L’amour, his latest squeeze.

He reached for the lazer cutter, hesitated, then selected the paper clip and WD40.

They would be safe.


Written in response to Rochelle Wishoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word challenge.

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61 Responses to The Good Engineer

  1. Dee says:

    The things you can do with a paperclip and a can of WD40…
    Well done Patrick, I’m still smiling

  2. milliethom says:

    It’s funny how bad flu can be a useful excuse for getting out of so many things! A fun read, Patrick.

  3. Margaret says:

    Flight Engineer Hallowes is very resourceful. Just as well – they’d need that purification system to be working. Good story.

  4. Subroto says:

    Great inventive mind. WD-40 will fixing anything, failing that blu tack or chewing gum will work. Nice one.

  5. hafong says:

    You just never know how far a paper clip can get you, especially if you WD40 alongside. 🙂 Here’s the story of one paper clip that traded up for a house.


  6. afairymind says:

    I don’t think he’s going to be missing any more training sessions any time soon… 🙂 I hope the paper clips and WD40 work!

  7. Sarah Ann says:

    Well, if the commander thinks they covered it, maybe he’s got a solution. It’s always best to try the simple option first. Would love to know how this turned out 🙂

  8. Sounds like he is the master of invention on more than one front. Good one

  9. wildbilbo says:

    Nicely done, an engaging introduction to an interesting character.

  10. AnnIsikArts says:

    I never go anywhere without a can of WD40 in my holster, ready-cocked. If the WD40 runs out, tell your character furniture polish is a good substitute. Nice one, Patrick. 🙂

  11. Lana L’amour! The name alone would make a man want to sneak away (I’m guessing). If you can’t fix it, duct it? Perfect use of the prompt. Well done.

  12. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Patrick,

    “Houston, they’ve got a problem…”

    A lovely story about jury rigging and the perils of skipping out on training sessions. Love it.



  13. Dang, now there is a couple days of training you don’t want to miss. Nice story.

  14. What? No chewing gum? Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.

  15. He forgot the duct tape! LOL! Great story!

  16. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Patrick, Lucky he remembered about the paperclip and duct tape. Good story! Nan 🙂

  17. Paper clips do come in handy. Fun read!

  18. I was going to suggest duct tape, but you beat me to it! Well done.

  19. WD40 – the answer to all!

  20. I think most of as had that kind of a flu, at least once in our lifetime. 🙂

  21. This made me smile! He sure had a lucky escape there

  22. MrBinks says:

    I liked how upbeat this was. A cracking read.

  23. storydivamg says:

    Dear Patrick,
    You seldom disappoint, and you certainly knocked this one out of the park. At least this time the crew won’t suffer from our young engineer’s exploits with Ms. L’Amour.


  24. penshift says:

    Better a make shift job then using the incorrect tool in an incorrect way. 🙂

  25. Oh … That is something to try, personally I think connecting the power cord might help… But at least he is good to keep up appearance.

  26. Sometimes the make-do solutions work best. Nice story.

  27. Sandra says:

    I like an optimist. Even more though, I like a man who completed ALL the orientation sessions. Congrats for being first up this week Patrick! Nice one.

  28. Dear Patrick,

    Flight Engineer Hallowes is dedicated to his job…except for that bout with the flu. Saved by a paper clip. Hope he had duct tape to go with it. Nice one.



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