Love and Hugs — Flash Fiction #15

Out of sheer disgust that his scientifically retarded old mother did not know how to be loved and hugged over a smart phone, a gentleman employed a human to help his mother find out that she had been hugged and loved over and over again by her invisible son from across a distance of eight thousand miles. The human in charge was invisible too, living forty miles away from the old woman, and had to deliver the love and the hugs over a phone, which, fortunately, the old woman knew how to answer, except when it stopped working. On such difficult occasions, other humans were needed to deal with the phone’s non-cooperation.

The human employed to convey love and hugs pointed out that the service contract was drawn up for love and hugs alone. A more pricey contract was called for to include the extra responsibility of finding humans to fix the old woman’s phone. The son was endlessly irritated by this inhuman demand from a human, but complied for a few months. He saw that the expenses were mounting, yet he was desperate to love and hug the old woman.

He suspected finally that he was being cheated by unscrupulous humans who had found out how frantic he was to love and hug his mother. Fortunately, he was scientifically inclined, unlike his mother. So, he was able to solve the expense problem. He sent his mother a cake on line and to make sure that the old woman knew that her invisible son truly loved and hugged her, he ordered a little girl’s picture as the topping for the cake. This was meant to make his mother feel young and smile as she tore up the picture while cutting the cake.

Unknown to herself, the woman was riding a time machine. The machine, like the phone, suddenly malfunctioned. It accelerated violently till the woman vanished two days before the day the cake with the little girl’s picture arrived. The human in charge of delivering love and hugs alone offered a special discount to inform the son about the incident. The son was annoyed to no end to learn about the mother unknowingly boarding a time machine without engaging a pilot, though he knew at the same time that pilots were expensive and paying their bills would have seriously compromised his love and hugs budget.

This being an emergency of course, he rushed to his computer to search on line for humans who repaired malfunctioning time machines, however highly priced the service might be. But google informed him that all such humans lived in the future.

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  • arghabagchi  On May 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Great idea through simple strokes. Brilliant. A true flash fiction, of course.

  • Syamala  On May 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    So, loves,hugs…..everything online ??????
    Are they not delicate human emotions any more? Deluvery boys for that? I guess we are not ready for this kind of expression yet. Future…..may be yes. May be by then servicing, repairs and new technology would evolve by then.

    • dipankardasgupta  On May 16, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Dear Syamala,

      I am delighted by your visit.

      The story that you read is not futuristic at all. This is the world we actually inhabit today. By not recognizing it, we may at best create a fool’s paradise for ourselves.

      Best regards.

      Dipankar Dasgupta

      • Syamala  On May 17, 2017 at 7:08 am

        Yes, “Fool’s paradise” looks like the right word.

      • dipankardasgupta  On May 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

        Hard to swallow. But true without a doubt.

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