Aug 01 2013

“I was meditating…”

I was meditating on existential despair and allowing myself to richly grieve the ultimate heat-death of the universe, when the doorbell rang. ‘I wonder if that’s my new shoes,’ I thought.

This opening paragraph for a story just popped into my head. I doubt that it’s going anywhere, so I’m just going to let it be microfiction, and present it as is.


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  1. 1
    The Mellow Monkey

    Sometimes, a single short paragraph is story enough. I love it.

  2. 2

    I laughed. I cried.

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    chigau (違う)

    That was fiction?

  4. 4
    JesseW, the Juggling Janitor

    Shoes — heat death of the universe. Both good topics to muse on.

    Excellent story.

  5. 5

    Apologies in advance, but this is where my mind went from this:
    ‘As I signed for the package, the icy vacuum beneath the carrier’s cap registered in my mind. “Wait – you’re – aren’t you going to – ” They shrugged, took back the clipboard, and tipped their hat. “Yes, I am, but I’ve got a lot of time to fill until then.”‘

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    Scr... Archivist

    Maybe there’s a way to use this as an atheist koan.

    Either that or the beginning of a story where a different person contributes the next few lines, as Parse seems to be doing.

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    Tsu Dho Nimh

    Bulwer Lytton contest entry!

  8. 8

    This entry can join “Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends.” (Woody Allen).

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    gerald spezio

    With the ominous & possibly cataclysmic methane release in the arctic, the original meaning of the term “heat death of the universe” has been reversed, at least for planet earth.

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