The opening sentence for the January 15th Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner:  ” We were within a mile-and-a-half of the service roads when we found it.”

A wooden door in the face of the rock. On opening, it was, as I had feared, a portal into all things dastardly and dangerous.

A crooked man led us down a crooked path, to a crooked room.

The room was barely five feet in height and held no end of crooked objects and a multitude of crooked beings. We were urged to enter and being six foot in height we immediately joined the crooked folk who grinned at us through faces that betrayed the novelty of the occasion.

At the end of the room sat a man. He sat straight where around him all were bent and grovelling.

It was a pitiful sight, such crookedness and such grovelling.

The straight man looked at us said” “I see you have walked a crooked mile to see a straight man, what can I have you grovel for?

We stood speechless as his face disintegrated into a thousand shards of dastard.

There was a flurry of crooked movement as brooms and dustpans appeared and he was swept up.

“Drats,” said a voice behind us, “We thought he was the one. Which of you wants to go next?”

We gave a collective gulp!


Written for: https://rogershipp.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-week-3-2016/

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  1. rogershipp says:

    Clever!!! Loved your consistent playing with the word ‘crooked’. Well done. Thanks for participating this week. Hope to see you next!

  2. I love the word play with crooked and groveling. This is brilliant Michael!

  3. A nice fun and whimsy piece. A smiler — especially at the end.

  4. Mandy says:

    I was so involved in feeling for all those aching backs I didn’t see that ending coming. 😅

  5. Sonya says:

    Oh, clever. Love what you did with “crooked” here, and the surreal feel. Great stuff!

  6. Graham Lawrence says:

    I love the construction and the crookedness!

  7. Totally engaged me as I tried to figure it out! Great story.

  8. mandibelle16 says:

    Wonderful and creative Michael. I love the repetitiveness of the word ‘crooked’ and it’s use through different meanings. Funny how they are trying to find a ‘straight’ man to be their leader and answer questions but it is hard to find. The strangers are in their own way ‘crooked’ so I don’t think they’ll survive either. Great writing Michael.

  9. Lori Carlson says:

    Masterfully written, Michael! Love all of the crooked things and the ending was quite clever.

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