Hubris and the Wall #shortstory

Hi, dear readers. Well, I’m off to the ski slopes for a week and who the heck knows what sort of wifi they’ll be. I will also be knackered and will probably fall asleep trying to write any meaningful posts (as if they were usually meaningful). So I’ve pre-posted a week’s worth and here’s a short to keep you going. Hope you enjoy the random selection. In addition my comments may be a bit thin on the ground. I still love you – honest. And to those whose prompts I usually undertake please excuse my absence.  If I find the time I will have a go. 

Egon Tusk steepled his fingers. A good day. He allowed his gravitas a moment’s respite and smiled.

‘Sir. Egon.’ Jeremy hopped nervously

Egon allowed his perfectly trained, beautifully sculptured right eyebrow a chance to rise. What great news did his PA want to impart, he pondered?

‘It’s the lawyers. Sir. On line 4.’

A cloud skipped into view; he brushed it away with the confidence of the serially successful entrepreneur. Four quick claps and the videocon came alive. ‘Yes Jon.’

‘We’ve received a writ. About the new car.’

Egon was not given to panic. His life was a testament to control. He had even trained himself to urinate in regular quantities. He ran through the possibilities. Angry competitors whose old technology cars would be redundant in weeks. Garage owners or power companies whose fuelling businesses would be history in a year. They would lose. LOSE.

‘Go on make me laugh.’

Jon coughed. ‘It’s a summons. The Federal Government versus Tusk Technologies. It’s seeking an injunction to stop the car’s launch. It’s accusing Tusk of breaking the law.’

‘What law, Jon? We went through everything. It’s silent, it has no emissions, it doesn’t wear any road surface, it is incapable of crashing into anything…’

‘That’s the problem Egon. An antigravity car might avoid all the old problems but it breaks the law.’

Egon tugged at his earlobe, a habit he had trained himself out of  but which resurfaced at times of stress. ‘How?’

Jon looked down at something and then up. ‘Nature, Egon. It breaks the laws of nature.’

Egon Tusk curled his fist into a ball and punched the wall. The wall fought back and pain seared through his arm, proving at least one Newtonian law still applied: every action has and equal and opposite reaction.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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14 Responses to Hubris and the Wall #shortstory

  1. Ritu says:

    Aw man, there’s always something to spoil your fun, isn’t there!
    Have a great trip His Geoffleship, and stay safe. Look forward to your return, and all the photos !

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  2. Lol – happy holidays!

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  3. stevetanham says:

    Tusk technologies – love it…

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  4. Have a fun skiing holiday! My hubbies going to, later in March.

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  5. This is t.e.r.r.i.f.i.c. I never heard of that law of nature. 😀 😀 😛

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  6. Ooh, have a fabulous time! 😀

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  7. M. L. Kappa says:

    All right for some, ain’t it? Weren’t you just back from Dubai? Oh, all right, have fun ⛷🏂

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    That Newton was such a clever cloggs! Another holiday ?? …have a great time Geoff!! ⛷🏂⛷🏂⛷🏂

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  9. Come back safely, Geoff. No breaks, I hope. I hope there’s plenty of snow and Christmas Trees.

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  10. Charli Mills says:

    Hi Geoff! Have a great time on the slopes and don’t encounter any unrehearsed Newtonian moments. Unplug and enjoy!

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