Mark met Bob from Accounting at the bottom of the stairs.

‘Another Monday morning,’ said Bob, as they began the trudge up to the office. Mark grunted in reply. Bob began every Monday with the same conversation.

‘Don’t you ever feel like we’re hamsters in a wheel, going round and round and getting nowhere?’ Bob continued. ‘There must be something more exciting in life than this.’

As Mark prepared to answer, the lights went out. Out of the window they saw bright orange beams cut through the air. Aircraft buzzed around them, firing at one another. Buildings exploded as aircraft and missiles crashed into them. The sky darkened as a large spaceship loomed over the city. Mark ducked as a piece of debris crashed through the glass next to them. It caught Bob and sent him plummeting to the ground below.


The writer paused and read back what he had just typed. It all spiralled out of control too quickly. He sighed and pressed Ctrl+A and Delete. The cursor on the blank screen blinked at him. He started again.


Mark arrived at work at the same time as Bob from Accounting…

© Joy Pixley. Thanks Joy, great photo.

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story, in around 150 words (I’m pushing the word limit a bit this week, apologies to all) based on the weekly photo prompt. For more information visit HERE.

For more stories based on this week’s photo prompt, visit HERE.

52 responses to “THE WRITER’S SPIRAL”

  1. Love this one Ian. Not only is Bob and Mark in the hamster wheel, but the writer as well. I liked where the story was going though. Ironic after the men having this same conversation every Monday morning in the doldrums. I think the writer should keep it 🙂

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  2. This was such a creative take, and one of my favorites from what you’ve written so far! To have the scene play out the way the writer types it and then to have it change along with the writer, it’s intriguing to say the least. Really superb, Iain!

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  3. Excellent story, Iain. I really like the way you used the abrupt change in the middle to create the twist. The ending seems to resonate with many of us! Very well written.

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