“Hey Uncle Rick, this grandfather clock is broken. It’s stuck on 1:47,” said Morty as his uncle tinkered away in his workshop.
“It’s not broken, Morty. It’s not meant to keep time. I modified it to control time.”
“Control it? How?” asked Morty.
“I can stop time from flowing or even reverse it if I want,” replied Uncle Rick as soldering smoke curled around his face.
“Wow, so do you ever use it?” asked Morty, eyeing the old time-piece.
“Yeah, almost every day. Sometimes, I’ll stop time and take a nap or work on a project, but mostly I just walk around town and collect cash from people’s wallets and purses.” said Uncle Rick.
“Y…y… you steal from people?” gasped Morty.”
“I don’t steal, Morty. I’m not a thief. I take… involuntary donations for my work. My inventions help people, Morty. Geez.” said Rick looking at his nephew for the first time.
“But that’s wrong. You can’t do that. I won’t let you!”
“Oh please, it’s not a big deal,” shrugged Rick.
“I… I’ll call the police… or something.”
“Ok, ok, fine. I won’t take any more money,” sighed Uncle Rick.
“Yeah yeah… now go get me a beer from the fridge, will ya? I’m parched.” said Uncle Rick.
“Uh… Ok, sure,” said Marty.
After he left the workshop, Uncle Rick walked to the grandfather clock and opened the side panel to reveal several knobs and buttons. He pressed a button and made a slight twist of one of the knobs. The light around him blurred. He pressed the button again and everything came back into focus. He returned to his workbench where the soldering he’d just finished was now incomplete again.
Morty came walking into the room. The grandfather clock caught his eye.
“Hey Uncle Rick, this grandfather clock is broken. It’s stuck on 1:47,”
“Yep,” said Uncle Rick. “It sure is.”
[This is my entry into the Sunday Photo Fiction challenge, hosted by Alastair Forbes. Write a short story of 200 words or less from the photo prompt provided. I decided to pay another visit to my favorite mad scientist and his well-meaning but naive nephew. You can check out other stories with these two in The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Inventions and Seeing Double]