Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FSF Challenge - Irritation

Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:


What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week Lillie posts one word for inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word.

I have to have a little fun sometimes.... 

This is a follow-up on a FSF challenge written long ago and far away (which may be found HERE).

Strange Loop II

Image "Binary Code" by David Castillo Dominici - www.freedigitalphotos.net

    Wendell pressed the button to execute the code to correct his own errant programming sending coordinated pulses of electromagnetic energy flowing through the matrix of coils and condensers that controlled his vessel. As it took effect, he could feel an unsettling temporal shift as his tumble through time slowed, finally coming to a stop. Once at rest, he looked at his monitor and saw nothing. He checked his instruments, and when he again saw nothing—and I mean absolutely nothing—he scrolled through the supposedly corrected code on his computer and found he had inadvertently entered three "shift and rotate" instructions instead of two, effectively obliterating the universe. Unimaginably irritated with his childish error, he pulled at his hair and said between clenched teeth, "I must be more careful next time," before realizing the sentence he spoke no longer had the slightest meaning.     

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  1. An excellent ending... or is it? I imagine poor Wendell must now recreate the universe in order to exist within it.


    Great piece of speculative Sci-Fi. Very effective.

    1. Recreate the Universe? Hmmm.... interesting. Perhaps there will be a Part 3!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and especially for doing so in both parts!

  2. I don't understand a thing that happened, yet I'm left with a feeling of panic and doom. I do hope Wendell is able to set things right!

    1. As long as you have that feeling of panic an doom, I have succeeded! Wendell does seem to be having a string of bad luck. Perhaps the third time is the charm!

      And many thanks! Comments from you are always welcome and always special!


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