Image copyright: Dee Lovering

Image copyright: Dee Lovering

“You may well know, Admiral, that our Russian friends have effectively annexed eastern Ukraine in recent months.”

“Yes, Prime Minister, I am aware of all this; I do have Google, you know.”

“And Google has doubtlessly advised you that Mr Putin is now testing Poland’s will to remain independent?”


“And what next? Tanks into Hungary?”

“We have our nuclear deterrent, Sir. We’re bristling with weaponry and modern technology. Including nuclear submarines. “

“Like the one that found itself in a Spanish city marina for pleasure boats.”

“Sir. Sorry about that. Faulty iPad app.”

“Ah, modern technology. Aren’t we blessed.”


Written in response to this week’s photo prompt from Friday Fictioneers.

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38 Responses to Safe

  1. That’s hilarious, Patrick. The submarine ended up in the wrong place because of a faulty pad ap. 😀 — Suzanne

  2. storydivamg says:

    Nice work weaving a story from recent headlines, Patrick. It’s nice to be able to blame machines that malfunction when a maneuver goes awry. I was recently listening to a news article on National Public Radio about computer-driven cars. The computer makes far fewer errors than human drivers, but people are still hesitant to trust them. It’s the same way with other automated features. Even though computers are much more reliable, the errors they do commit make headlines far more often than the errors humans make. It is rather weird, don’t you think?

    Good work! Thanks for provoking my thoughts.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  3. Dear Patrick,

    iPads are nice, but not for everything. 😉 Clever story.



  4. Alice Audrey says:

    Yep, it’s iPad’s fault. Should have gotten a different ap.

  5. Archon's Den says:

    Nice story. Even using it to publish my posts, I am leery of modern technology. One of my stories had a Russian submarine in a lake in Ohio. I didn’t know I could blame it on a rogue iPad. 😉

  6. gahlearner says:

    Ah-haha. But there is Google Earth and Maps on the ipads, too, these days, not only Apple maps. Good thing those two don’t seem to know this. Great story.

  7. Amy Reese says:

    It figures. Faulty iPad. You can’t trust the charge will last either. That could present some technical difficulties. Funny and worrisome, Nice take, Patrick.

  8. rgayer55 says:

    Ah, those Apps. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. I had Map Quest lead me astray a few times too. Very well written, Patrick.

  9. siobhan1967 says:

    Jolly good idea, very original. And probably true…

  10. Jan Brown says:

    Hahaha! But seriously, with the recent news about air travel delays, I couldn’t believe that commercial airlines rely on an iPad app for their maps. Yikes.

  11. Now I’m really scared.. Do they use iPads for intercontinental missiles too?

  12. micklively says:

    Mercifully, only one bunch of nutters have shown themselves immoral enough to use nuclear weapons (ironically, the same bunch of nutters are telling us the Iranians can’t be trusted).

  13. Funny stuff. Not only that, my damn Candy Crush went dead!

  14. Sometimes I wonder what will result from a faulty iPad app. We seem to be relying too heavily on modern technology. Thanks for the reminder.

  15. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Patrick, Good job with your story! I think everyone has become complacent about our arsenal of weapons. This is amusing! Nan 🙂

  16. Sandra says:

    Great take on the prompt. Sometimes I think we get a little bit over-confident about technology… 🙂

  17. ansumani says:

    A unique and funny take on the prompt. Well done.

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