A Short Story Worth Sharing


The other day in English, we were given a short story to read, and we were told we had to do a Critical Evaluation on it. But I’m not going to go on and on, I just want you to read it, because I swear, at the end, you will get the shock of your life! Here it is:

A LOT TO LEARN by R T Kurosaka

The Materialiser was completed.

Ned Quinn stood back, wiped his hands, and admired the huge bank of dials, light and switches.  Several years and many fortunes had gone into this project.  Finally it was ready.

Ned placed the metal skullcap on his head and plugged the wires into the control panel.  He turned the switch to ON and spoke:

“Pound Note.”
There was a whirring sound.  In the Receiver a piece of paper appeared.  Ned inspected it.  Real
“Martini,” he said.
A whirring sound.  A puddle formed in the Receiver.  Ned cursed silently.  He had a lot to learn.
“A bottle of beer,” he said.
The whirring sound was followed by the appearance of the familiar brown bottle.  Ned tasted the contents and grinned.
Chuckling, he experimented further.
Ned enlarged the Receiver and prepared for his greatest experiment.  He switched on the Materialiser, took a deep breath and said,
The whirring sound swelled and faded.  In the Receiver stood a lovely girl.  She was naked.  Ned had not asked for clothing.  She had freckles, a brace and pigtails.  She was eight years old.
‘Hell! Said Quinn’.

The fireman found two charred skeletons in the smouldering rubble.

What did you think?


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Be careful what you wish for!


  2. Aaron says:

    I agree!


  3. beluga53 says:

    weird, but good


  4. coastingnz says:

    very good – took me a bit too but very clever!


  5. Deniz says:

    I’ve been looking for a post like this for an age


  6. Aaron says:



  7. rachael says:

    ahhhh right now i get it !!!!!:L


  8. Aaron says:

    At the end, the man said “Hell” but the Machine took it literally and gave him hell. – Smouldering rubble… Get it now?


  9. rachael says:

    i still dont get it!


  10. Aaron says:

    Think about it. I took a few minutes for it to sink in for me. 🙂


  11. Rachael M says:

    i dont get it :S



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