Monday Motivations – Mechanoid Christmas

Thi is a little Christmas something I wrote a couple of years ago and I thought I would re-post it to keep it fresh!


Esther is always typically seasonal in her Monday Motivations writing prompts, so this week The theme is Christmas Eve. As I write this I have no idea what to write… So this is going to come as it flows:

Mechanoid Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas… Dave started. Then stopped. It seemed that a mechanoid had a few issues with Christmas.

“Why is it twas the night before Christmas sir?” Dave asked McKinley.

“Because it just is, it’s old talk and sounds good, now just tell us the story!” McKinley told Dave.

“Twas the night before Christmas and the five mechanoids were charging their sub systems with…”


“Why sir?”

“It’s too technical, I’m bored already! They only need to be sleeping!” McKinley instructed Dave,sitting back in his seat with his feet on the console. Seanna walked in behind him, she slid her arms round McKinley and kissed his cheek.

“What are you doing?” She asked.

“I’m trying to get Dave to be creative. I have asked him to recite a night before Christmas story with him and his mechanoids in it.”

“Is it working?” Seanna smiled.


“No? How come?”

“He keeps being mechanoidie and making things too technical”

“That’s who he is surely?” Asked Seanna.

“Don’t you start Seanna, let me give this a go! Now from the top Dave!”

“Twas the night before Christmas and the mechanoids were in sleep mode. All noise was below 40 decibels and their foot receptacles hung up by the heat exchanger unit…”

Seanna laughed… “What is this?”

“Still will you?” Protested McKinley “this is the closest I’ve got!”

Seanna tried to stop laughing but couldn’t.

“Can I ask you about Christmas sir?” Dave asked.

“Sure” McKinley replied. Seanna had calmed down a bit at this point.

“Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, a figure from Christian religion.”

“Yesss” McKinley agreed.

“Yet it is not held on his actual date of birth, but instead at a time of year celebrated by other beliefs near to the Winter solstice on Earth.”

“Ok…. What’s your point?”

“I’m confused. Why do humans celebrate Christmas then? It seems to be irrelevant.”

McKinley looked over at Seanna who looked at him and shrugged. “It seems like a good thing to do!” Was McKinley’s answer.

The mechanoid looked at him and made a beep that seemed like some kind of robotic acceptance.

“Now, start again. You be quiet this time Seanna!”

Dave started again “Twas the night before Christmas and the mechanoids were in sleep mode. All noise was below 40 decibels and their foot receptacles hung up by the heat exchanger unit. Unit 3586C stirred when a motive force was detected coming from the heat exchanger. He saw a human with long white busy facial hair and a red suit emerge. His diodes froze with fight…”

Seanna burst out laughing…. McKinley wasn’t going to get his mechanoid Christmas story at this rate!

Β©Simon Farnell 2016

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35 thoughts on “Monday Motivations – Mechanoid Christmas

  1. Perfect! I love it when a Sci Fi story keeps the reader grounded through a character and situation they can relate to. I was put in mind of 3 to 4 year olds with their endless β€˜why’. This meant I didn’t need any descriptive passage to imagine myself sat in that story circle. Very clever, humour. Loved it.

    As an aside thanks for the follow. Glad it led me to your blog.

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    1. Thanks for coming by and reading Jude, I’m not sure where I stumbled upon your blog but I liked your story in your about page and I’m always keen to talk to fellow sci fi writers.

      This was written with some characters from another story that I wrote it kind of did what Conan Doyle did with Holmes and put them in something more normal. I like the result and may do this sort of thing again.

      I hope we can both keep up on each others work πŸ˜€


      1. Well I’m sorry to keep a lovely lady waiting. How about:
        Or rising / setting in general
        Path to… (somewhere)

        Is that enough for now? You can have more if you need them. πŸ˜‰

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      1. I’m kinda ok though I think I’m coming down with a virus…I feel lathargic and energy less and spaced out. Are you okay?

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      2. I hope you don’t get ill. I’m better now, been stressed out and then ill but I seem to be ok at the moment and gradually looking forward to Christmas.
        Look after yourself yeah?

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      3. I will look after myself. I’m going at a slow pace, resting as much as I can 😁 I think I’m fighting it off but I feel run down which is typical for this time of year. Cuddles 😊

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