A tiny tale …

for Friday Fictioneers




I was on a creative roll, my finger (I only use one) flying hither and thither ‘cross the keyboard. Beside me, tempting me, sat my lunch. 

The faster I typed the hungrier I became, so I threw caution to the wind, grabbed my toasted cheese tomato and pickle sandwich with my vacant hand and tucked in.

My keyboard became covered in crumbs. I upturned it and gave it a  bash, showering my lap with sandwich detritus.

There on my screen, mid-document appeared the word ‘Ouch’! 

I typed ‘Sorry’, and it replied! ‘Don’t do it again’.


And if you believe that you’d believe anything!



1Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and to David Stewart for the photo.


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41 thoughts on “A tiny tale …

  1. rochellewisoff Apr 6, 2022 / 13:31

    Dear Keith,

    As one who eats at her keyboard, this made me laugh out loud. (Canned air is my friend 😉 ) You never cease to delight.



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  2. GHLearner Apr 6, 2022 / 16:22

    LOL. Eating while typing is part of the fun. And I believe everything you say.

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  3. trishsplace Apr 7, 2022 / 05:37

    Love it! Quirkily adorable. I’ll be more gentle with my keyboard smashing from now on.

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  4. pennygadd51 Apr 7, 2022 / 15:51

    What fun! Of course your computer complained – I would have complained too in her position!

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  5. Bill Apr 8, 2022 / 02:26

    Yep. I bought a new $150 keyboard, upon which a large glass of water somehow got emptied. I dried it out and bought a nice protective cover. It thanked me. So, maybe I almost believe it. 🙂

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      • Bill Apr 8, 2022 / 17:50

        I was lucky. At first she was unresponsive, but now she is protected from my carelessness. 🙂

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  6. authorfleurl Apr 8, 2022 / 09:45

    Woooo a keyboard that talks back. If mine did that, it would be saying all sorts of things… I’ve written short story narratives about different appliances for our local paper. It’s fun to breathe life into inanimate objects 🙂

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 8, 2022 / 13:03

      That sounds like a fun write! As for inanimate objects conversing with us, I’ve got one called Alexa!


  7. draliman Apr 8, 2022 / 13:38

    Maybe if you ask it nicely it will write a novel. Though I’m not sure I trust it 🙂

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  8. Inside the Mind of Isadora Apr 8, 2022 / 14:36

    I smiled as you were reading the story. You do a fantastic job of conveying the thoughts.
    I think … ‘Don’t eat at the computer’ might help. Good one, Keith.
    Isadora 😎

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  9. Margaret Apr 9, 2022 / 07:29

    Ha. Good one. This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Who knows what depths of feeling and richness of personality are trapped in hard drives just waiting for a good shaking to activate them?

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  10. msjadeli Apr 9, 2022 / 15:19

    Keith, your best one yet, probably because I can relate to it so much. There ought to be a law against eating at the keyboard that results in keyboard cruelty.

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  11. Sandra Apr 11, 2022 / 10:43

    I just lost my entire comment, so I’ll do it again and hope it doesn’t return from the ether. I can well believe your tale, since I knocked a full mug of tea into my laptop keyboard last week causing it to sizzle and hiss at a steadily increasing volume. I turned it off quickly and let it drain for 24 hours. Luckily I don’t take sugar.


  12. michael Apr 13, 2022 / 00:09

    I right enjoyed reading this


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