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The place beyond (Friday Fictioneers)

December 22, 2022

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

We watch through the portal at the world beyond. It is exactly like our own, yet reversed. We see others, with our own face staring back but darkness is in their eyes. Hatred and despair fill the world beyond. Our world is safer, happier. We know, that if anyone was able to cross, our worlds would be destroyed.

We know.

As I stare at my reflection, I wonder… which one am I?

The surface is glass until I touch it and my fingers pass through. I smile at my fractured self. My eyes are black. I laugh.

We shall see.

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  1. Your story raises a philosophical question about human behaviour. Every action and reaction is a response to choice. A kindness to a homeless person or a decision to go to war and kill are driven by the same emotional choice. It does not have to be like that. Your story has served its purpose of making me think what you are saying.

  2. A brave experimental soul, challenging convention and going where nobody has gone before

  3. The person knows that the worlds will be destroyed and wants to pass through anyway. The never-ending dilemma of scientific curiosity and ethics, should we do what we can do? Great story, I love it.

  4. One of the great ethical questions of all time: Do we choose what is right, or do we choose what works? They’re not always the same!

  5. Interesting! I like the line ‘which one am I?’ Perhaps the worlds won’t be destroyed but made whole…

  6. And excellent and reflective take on the prompt. Well done, Laurie.

  7. I imagine her rising up out of the water. A little scary for anyone who decides to “cross over” from one to the other world.

  8. Interesting story! Well done 🙂

  9. Dear Laurie,

    It’s always fun to imagine parallel worlds. Some of my favorite Star Trek episodes played with that. Nicely done.



  10. Love where you went with this. There has to be that one that will not just let the status quo be…

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