Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers- Sideways World


Image: Iain Kelly

No one was surprised when the world turned sideways how quickly we all adjusted. There was a feeling that it could have been worse. It could have turned upside down which everyone feared.

Now we lived with our lives slightly bent over, we walked more crab-like than ever and we sang the praises of the guy who invented magnets.

Activities took a sideways turn too. Football became a game of being able to run uphill for forty minutes and conversely downhill for the same amount of time. Though it was chaos for those in seaside resorts.

The Sunday chess games in the park benefited from magnets. Gravity did mean a change to the way we not only walked but sat. But the seated games thrived. My son Crabbit was born after the change and  loving chess adapted quickly to life as it was.  His games with Fast Markey became the stuff of legend.


Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/fffaw-week-of-november-8-2016/

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20 Responses to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers- Sideways World

  1. Ha ha ha. Sometimes I feel like this is actually happening.

  2. Hahahaha! I love how you used the slightly topsy turvy photo in your story! Loved it!

  3. Lyn says:

    I’m glad I no longer suffer from vertigo 🙂 It’s bad enough to feel yourself falling sideways over and over again for a day or two, but to have it happen on a permanent basis… 😮 😮

  4. It’s good to know humans can adjust to just about anything.

  5. Joyfrida says:

    Being able to adapt is how we have been able to live all these centuries. This is a lovely story.

  6. yarnspinnerr says:

    That is a brilliant take. I hope the environmentalist do not read this ……. or they shall add another spin to global warming.

  7. milliethom says:

    What a clever and extremely funny take on the prompt, Michael. The whole image you’ve conjured up had me in stitches and your son’s name is just perfect. I imagine even David Beckham would have difficulty in playing football under such conditions. It would be fun to watch, though. Thank goodness for magnets!

  8. Singledust says:

    interesting that in this story humans seem so adaptable, wonder if we really would adapt to such a lopsided world or try to straighten it instead? Really nice take on the prompt, so different from the others I have read thus far.

  9. michael1148humphris says:

    My laptop has just tipped sideways! 🙂🙂🙂

  10. Ha,ha! I enjoyed this. I actually had to tilt my head sideways when I looked at the photo 🙂

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