If you ever want to annoy a mathematician ask what happens if you divide by zero, but keep asking “why” like a kid. Then maybe you'll help them reach a scientific breakthrough. Anyway onto the flash fiction!
The gears in the grandfather clock lived together ever since birth. A family. And the most boastful of them all was Ben, the biggest gear. He intimidated the other gears with his size, and how he made the most noise of all the gears. A piece of machinercy that was a natural born bully with a sense of entitlement due to his size.
However one day Quincy, the smallest gear in the clock responded to the usual boasting and bragging of Ben with a calm statement of fact. “You're nothing special. A machine needs all its parts to work. It matters just as much if you or I break, we're just as important.”
Ben could only tick and tock with the others in response. He didn't brag from that day forward.