“Tried switching her on at the wall?”

“She’s battery powered, not on the mains.”

Image copyright: Dale Rogerson

“Checked her batteries?”

“Yep, fully charged.”

“Any loose wires?”

“Nope, none to be seen.”

“Too old? Back-up service discontinued?”

“Nope, still under guarantee; still a babe.”

“So phone the help line.”

“Nope. Too embarrassed.”

“Maybe just a slow puncture?”

“No, she’s fully pneumatic; it’s the electronics.”

“Have you tried flowers? Chocolates?”

“You’re being silly.”

“Take her out for a slap-up meal.”

“Sillier still.”

“Works for me.”

“Yeah, well your Mabel’s flesh and blood.”

“My advice: bin her, send off for a replacement. Latest model.”

“Yeah. Probably.”


Written in response to Rusterduster Wisoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word challenge, found ici.

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31 Responses to Motherbroad

  1. I enjoyed the build-up to the final decision.
    This is a testament to our electronic media times.
    Nicely done …
    Isadora 😎

  2. Did you buy it via Amazon Prime?

  3. gahlearner says:

    Very clever, especially the title. He should make an effort and switch to the flesh and blood models.

  4. msjadeli says:

    Planned obsolescence?

  5. Abhijit Ray says:

    Malfunctioning robot! Be prepared, they are coming. Replacement may not be very easy on pocket, unless insured for electronic malfunction.

  6. lisarey1990 says:

    Brilliant dialogue.

  7. A clever story, well written, Patrick. When I call my wi-fi company customer service they tell me to switch the connection off and on first to see if that helps. We’ll probably find A1 robots are more trouble than they’re worth. I don’t need to worry as I won’t be able to afford any. That will be a rich person problem. 🙂 — Suzanne

  8. Tannille says:

    The joys of technology. Can relate.

  9. Dear iPatrick,

    Clever story with pulsing dialogue.



  10. ceayr says:

    Love the title, which I at first thought was a typo!
    Sorry I can’t help, the fairer sex has always been beyond my comprehension.

  11. Sandra says:

    I think she’s determined not to oblige him, whatever his intentions are.

  12. James McEwan says:

    So true with these wonder gadgets. I called a technical helpline once. They asked if had pluged the A5 Scan Printer into the mains yet. I said goodbye and hung up the phone.

  13. Iain Kelly says:

    Even those relationships can be complicated! 😉

  14. neilmacdon says:

    Shoulda bought one with the Stepford programming

  15. Ha ha – great dialogue! Nicely done, Patrick.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  16. elaine17 says:

    Need a more compatible interface …

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